Archive for October, 2019

From The Rabbi – Parshat Bereishit 5780

This Shabbat, in synagogues all over the world, Jews will read Parshat Bereshit – the first portion of the Book of Genesis, where we read how G-d created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, concluding with the familiar words of the Friday night Kiddush.  Just as G-d it necessary to take a break after seven days, we too follow His example and do the same.

Please consider joining us for the upcoming Shabbat Project, which will take place 15 & 16, as an opportunity to observe a complete Shabbat experience. The Shabbat Project is part of a growing global effort to encourage Jewish people to observe Shabbat as a  a wonderful spiritually charged and meaningful experience. Watch this space for more details and please join us in ma king Shabbat an island in time, and you’ll find tranquility and peace that’s been waiting for you since the beginning of time. Please see more informatio n below in this regard.

As we come to the conclusion of our busy and uplifting Yom Tov (festive) season, and prepare for Shabbat Bereshit, the first Parsha (Torah portion) in the annual Parsha cycle, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the many board members and volunteers, including our dedicated CSG and ‘Dad’s army,’ who have worked unstintingly over the past few weeks to ensure the smooth running of our services and events. We are indeed blessed to have so many of these wonderful communal members in our midst.

Our Simchat Torah evening celebration was quite well-attended, and the atmosphere in the Shul and the subsequent buffet dinner was filled with excitement by the many children and their families. Our special thanks are extended to the families of the UBHE Cheder, in particular to Sandra Fried and Craig Waner for their valuable contributions.

Our Mazal Tov wishes are extended to Aron and Zel Goldman and their family, for their respective Chatan Torah and Chatan Bereshit roles, and the lovely Simchat Torah Kiddush which they generously sponsored. The beautiful and scrumptious kiddush was graciously prepared by Janine Arenson, Anette Fine, Peta Briner, and Gail Paratz and was enjoyed by all amid the happy and convivial communal atmosphere which pervaded the day.

Now the work begins to ensure that we can hold on to our festival experience. Each in our own way we have to unpack and use the gifts we received during this month. Whether it is attending a new class, doing a new Mitzvah or strengthening our relationships, we all need to find something tangible with which to take this month’s inspiration with us.

According to the great chassidic masters, “Vi mir Shtelt Zich avek Shabbos Bereshis azoy geit der gantzer yor”, – ” the way we establish ourselves on Shabbat Bereshit, sets the tone for the whole year,” therefore, let’s make the most of this special Shabbat.

Please consider joining us for our upcoming inspiring and life-enhancing JLI course, ‘Worrier to Warrior’, which commences next Wednesday, Nov 6, 2020.

For those wishing to join us early tomorrow morning prior to the service to recite the book of Tehillim (psalms), we will gather from 7.30am.

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Shabbat Sukkot – Shemini Atzeret – Simchat Torah 5780

What a nachas – pleasure it was this morning to listen to the sweet melodious sound of our Sinai College students davening -praying in the beautiful Communal Centre Sukkah, which is being shared between Sinai and the Jewish Retirement village. It is indeed a wonderful blessing for our community to have such wonderful facilities and how fortunate are we to be able to educate our children in such a wholesome Jewish atmosphere, coupled with a high level of general education.

The intermediate days of Chol HaMoed have been busy! From the communal Sukkat Party to the moving Vigil, organized last night by the QJBD at the Brisbane Synagogue, in support of German Jewry and standing together against antisemitism, which was attended by a broad cross-section of the Jewish, non-Jewish and German communities. And now, we are gearing up for Shabbat and then Sunday night it’s Yom Tov again with Shmini Atzeret and the Grand Finale of Simchat Torah on Monday evening and Tuesday. Please see information below in this regard.

We extend our sincere appreciation to Rabbi Binyamin Tanne, who ably assisted in leading services over the first days of Sukkot and to Tony Gariano for preparing the delicious Sukkot Kiddush, which was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended the Synagogue services.

Welcome and thank you Rabbi Binyamin and Chana Serebryanski, who will be assisting at the Brisbane Synagogue over this Shabbat. Please make an effort to attend services over Shabbat and the last days of Yom Tov next week, as we were unfortunately short of people to make up Minyan numbers over the fist days of Sukkot.

On Shemini Atzeret we will recite the Tefillat Geshem – Prayer for rain, and we look forward to receiving much needed rain for our farmers and all Australians.

Please see information below regarding Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Candle Lighting Times Brisbane


Fri July 2nd: Light Candles 4.47pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 3rd 5.43pm

Fri July 9th: Light Candles 4.50pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 10th 5.46pm

Fri July 16th: Light Candles 4.53pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 5.49pm Tisha B’Av fast starts Sat 5.12pm until 5.38pm Sun 18th

Fri July 23rd: Light Candles 4.57pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 5.52pm

Fri July 30th: Light Candles 5pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 5.55pm

Fri August 6th: Light Candles 5.04pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 7th 5.59pm

Fri August 13th: Light Candles 5.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 14th 6.02pm

Fri August 20th: Light Candles 5.11pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 21st 6.05pm

Fri August 27th: Light Candles 5.14pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.08pm

Fri Sept 3rd: Light Candles 5.17pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 4th 6.11pm

Monday Sept 6th: Erev Rosh Hashana Light Candles 5.19pm

Tuesday Sept 7th: Rosh Hashana 1 Light Candles after 6.12pm

Wed Sept 8th: Rosh Hashana 2 Yom Tov ends 6.12pm

Thurs Sept 9th: Fast of Gedaliah: 4.40am-6.02pm

Fri Sept 10th: Light Candles 5.21pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 11th 6.14pm

Wed Sept 15th: Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Night Light Candles 5.23pm

Thurs Sept 16th: Yom Kippur   Yom Kippur ends 6.16pm

Fri Sept 17th: Light Candles 5.24pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 18th 6.17pm

Mon Sept 20th: Erev Sukkot  Light Candles 5.25pm

Tues Sept 21st: Sukkot 1  Light Candles after 6.18pm

Wed Sept 22nd: Sukkot 2  Yom Tov ends 6.19pm

Thurs Sept 23rd – Sunday 26th: Sukkot intermediate days (Chol Hamoed)

Monday Sept 27th: Hoshana Rabba    Light Candles 5.28pm

Tuesday Sept 28th: Shemini Atzeret: Light Candles after 6.21pm

Wed Sept 29th: Simchat Torah   Yom Tov ends 6.22pm