Archive for June, 2019

From The Rabbi – Parshat Nasso 5779

Last weekend, Shavuot was celebrated at our beautifully adorned Brisbane Synagogue, with a great attendance of children and their parents, who filled the Sanctuary with so much youthful vibrancy and joy. For the reading of the 10 Commandments, the Bimah was filled with children, as our esteemed member John OAM (Reb Yona) Goldman recited the blessings on the Torah followed by an enthusiastic and resounding amen by everyone, especially the children. Kol Hakavod to all the parents for coming along with their children, and to Toba and Shternie Jaffe, who came up from Melbourne for Shavuot, who assisted Rebbetzen Dvorah in leading our notorious children’s program and Ice-Cream Party.

It was particularly lovely for us to welcome two of our youngest members, Jacob Cohen and Chana Rothenberg, who were brought by their parents for their first visit to Shul. We were also privileged to receive the Birchat Kohanim (Priestly blessings) from our wonderful and dedicated Kohanim, (of priestly decent) Neil Kaplan and Jarrod Kaplan, Shkoyach Koahanim!

Yashar Koach (good on you) to all those who made a special effort to attend services to assist in securing Minyanim over Shavuot. We extend our deep thanks and sincere appreciation to Ibrox Nursery in Burbank, and the students of Sinai College and the UBHE Cheder for the lovely floral and greenery Shavuot decorations which adorned our beautiful Synagogue. Kol Hakavod! 

Shabbat Shalom and we look forward to seeing you in Shul. 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Bechukotai 5779

A special Kiddush – luncheon will be held, following the Shabbat morning service tomorrow, to farewell our long-standing dedicated and beloved communal stalwarts, Sharryn and (Reb Yona) John OAM Goldman, who are relocating down to Melbourne to live closer to their daughters, sons-in-law, and their families. Both Sharryn and John have unstintingly and selflessly served our Shul and community over many decades. In addition to the help and support they have provided to countless individuals on a personal level, they have served in various leadership and other volunteer positions, among them, as President of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, the BHC Women’s Guild, the Chevra Kaddisha (Jewish Burial Society), WIZO, NCJW, Courage to Care, and B’nai Brith Youth Group in the 70’s. Both Sharryn and Reb Yona are stirling examples of Mentchlechkeit (human decency) and communal dedication, to whom we all owe a tremendous dept of thanks and appreciation. Reb Yona will deliver a farewell sermon from the pulpit tomorrow.  Last Shabbat the Brisbane Synagogue was host to a most wonderful group of over fifty high school students and their leaders  from the Bnei Akiva youth movement, who converged on Brisbane from Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, to spend a Shabbat in our community. Prior to the Kabbalat Shabbat service, Vice-President Aaron Goldman presented a fascinating history of the congregation and community, and members of the Bnei Akiva, along with our local Betar Youth movement, assisted in leading a most melodious and uplifting Friday night service. A combined Bnei Akiva and Betar spirited Youth Shabbat dinner followed the service in the Memorial hall, which was also attended by members of AUJS (Australian Union of Jewish Students). The Shabbat morning service was again led by Bnei Akiva, including the reading of the Torah, which was shared by various members. Several members of our congregation have commented on how uplifted and inspired they were by the lively and youthful atmosphere which pervaded our Shul. We look forward to many more such experiences in our Shul and community. Tomorrow evening commences Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day, marking 52 years since the Reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. What a miracle that we have a united Jerusalem and the Western Wall which was off limits to Jews from 1948 – 1967       Save the date for the great celebration of our special anniversary on Shavuot, commencing next Motzoey Shabbat (Saturday evening). Please see service times and information below in this regard, including our annual popular kids program and ice-cream party,which will take place next Sunday.     

This Shabbat we will bless the incoming month of Sivan. You are welcome to join us at 7.30am tomorrow in the Synagogue for the recital of Tehillim (Psalms), prior to the morning service.             Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov
Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe
Shabbat and Festival Times


Fri July 3rd: Light Candles 4.48pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 5.44pm

Thurs July 9th: Fast 17th Tamuz                5.20am-5.34pm

Fri July 10th: Light Candles 4.51pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 5.46pm

Fri July 17th: Light Candles 4.54pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 5.49pm

Fri July 24th: Light Candles 4.57pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 25th 5.53pm

Wed July 29th: Tisha B’Av fast 5.18pm

Thurs July 30th: Tisha B’Av fast ends 5.44pm

Fri July 31st: Light Candles 5.01pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 1st 5.56pm

Fri August 7th: Light Candles 5.05pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 8th 5.59pm

Fri August 14th: Light Candles 5.08pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 15th 6.02pm

Fri August 21st: Light Candles 5.12pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 22nd 6.05pm

Fri August 28th: Light Candles 5.15pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 29th 6.08pm