Archive for September, 2020

From The Rabbi – Shabbat Rosh Hashanah 5781

As we prepare ourselves for Rosh Hashanah this evening for a fresh New Year, many of us will not be celebrating in quite the same manner that we usually do, with more intimate festival meals, without the company of extended family and friends. We are however thankful to Hashem that we are at least able to attend Shul, unlike many in Australia and around the world, who are not even permitted to attend Synagogue services.

In a recent conversation with one of our members, we were discussing how, with all its challenges, the past few months has provided many of us with the opportunity to gear up for the High Holiday spirit of  Cheshbon Hanefesh, spiritual stocktaking, as we reflect internally on our most personal inventories.

These Days of Awe are designed to jolt us out of the tedious treadmill of the everyday. They compel us to think about our mission in life, as individuals and as part of the larger community, and to make amends for the past and prepare for the future, improving on our relationships with G-d and our fellow humans.

It has been gratifying and heartwarming to witness the amazing and enthusiastic spirit of so many within our congregation and community, who are actively reaching out to each other and committing themselves to help create more vibrancy and work towards a brighter and more meaningful future for ourselves and our children.

It is our sincere hope and prayer that, as we celebrate the New Year, that we all emerge soon from this current challenging Covid era, as better people and better Jews, more refined and spiritually sensitive

May the coming year be filled with much good health, happiness, nachas and prosperity, and Shalom in Israel and throughout the world.

We look forward to see you at Shul over Yom Tov. If for whatever reason you are not able to make it to Shul on Sunday to hear the Shofar, please see information below regarding alternative options to hear the Shofar in the afternoon in East Brisbane or the City.

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה​​​​​​​​​​​​​
May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

From The Rabbi – Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelech 5780

With only one week to Rosh Hashanah, we would really like to accommodate everyone for the Synagogue services however, due to Covid restrictions and guidelines, we will be limited to the number of people we are allowed to have in the Synagogue for the service, therefore it is imperative for you to book in advance via the Synagogue website at: in order to be able to attend. Please ensure that you book early to avoid disappointment and, if for any reason you are not able to book via the website, please feel free to send an email to Phillip at: in this regard.

We are thankful to Hashem that at least we are able to attend Shul, unlike our southern friends in Victoria and, as we have heard this morning, in Israel too, the entire country is being locked down for an entire month, over all the Chagim (festivals), who are much more restricted that we are in this regard.

Following the success of last Friday evening’s pilot Covid-safe Communal Friday evening meal, a Communal Rosh Hashanah dinner is being organised, following the first night service at 6pm. Please see information below in this regard and Kol Hakavod to Odeliah Fitzpatrick for organising these wonderful events.

This week we read of the double portion of Nitzavim and Vayelech and, ironically these two names Nitzavim (standing firmly) and Vayelech (and he went), seem to express two different, even conflicting messages. Are we standing or going? However, the message is simple but profound, in order to progress it is important for us to stand firm and strong in our beliefs and convictions. This is not always easy and may even cause us to be ridiculed by others, however this is often a most important ingredient for success in life.

This Parsha is always read before Rosh Hashanah, as it contains many important messages regarding the importance of unity, making correct choices, and living with integrity.

One of the key themes of Rosh Hashanah is the unique relationship and love between Hashem and His people. No matter how far we may have strayed from our Jewish heritage, like a loving father who’s unconditional love for his child will never wane, regardless of the his behavior or circumstances, so too, Hashem looks forward to our sincere return to Him, as expressed in the piercing sounds of the Shofar, like a child crying “father, father, I want to come home”.

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim Tishrei – (the Shabbat which blesses the incoming month of Tishrei). We usually recite a special blessing on Shabbat Mevarchim, but for this first and most important month, Hashem himself will bless us for the coming month and year ahead, may it be filled with much good healthy, happiness and prosperity.

Please consider joining us for our special midnight Selichot service this Motzoey Shabbat (Saturday evening / morning), as we usher in the High Holidays atmosphere with this uplifting and meaningful service.

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה​​​​​​​​​​​​​
May you to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year.

Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times


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

Fri Sept 4th: Light Candles 5.18pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 6.11pm

Fri Sept 11th: Light Candles 5.21pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 6.14pm

Fri Sept 18th: Erev Rosh Hashana Light Candles 5.24pm

Sat Sept 19th: Rosh Hashana Day 1 Light candles after 6.17pm

Sun Sept 20th: Rosh Hashana Day 2 Yom tov ends: 6.18pm

Mon Sept 21st: Fast of Gedalia Fasting 4.26am – 6.07pm

Fri Sept 25th: Light Candles 5.27pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 6.21pm

Sunday Sept 27th: Erev Yom Kippur Light Candles 5.28pm

Monday Sept 28th: Yom Kippur Yom tov ends 6.22pm

Fri Oct 2nd: Erev Sukkot Light Candles 5.31pm

Sat Oct 3rd: Sukkot Day 1 Light Candles after 6.24pm

Sun Oct 4th: Sukkot Day 2 Light Candles after 6.25pm

Fri Oct 9th: Hoshana Raba Light Candles 5.34pm

Sat Oct 10th: Shemini Atzeret Light Candles after 6.28pm

Sun Oct 11th: Simchat Torah Light Candles after 6.29pm

Fri Oct 16th: Light Candles 5.38pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 17th 6.32pm

Fri Oct 23rd: Light Candles 5.42pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 24th 6.37pm

Fri Oct 30th: Light Candles 5.47pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 31st 6.42pm