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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

From The Rabbi – Parshat Haazinu 5780

Yet again we have learned of yet another chilling act of fatal terror, this time outside a Shul in Germany of all places!!!

A communal vigil will take place on Thursday evening at the South Brisbane Synagogue, to stand in solidarity with German Jewry and against antisemitism. Information will be distributed in this regard by the QJBD in the coming days.

It was a real nachas – pleasure to welcome our many members and their families, friends and visitors at the Brisbane Synagogue over Yom Kippur, and we extend our deep thanks and sincere appreciation to all those who have assisted over the Yamim Noraim – High holiday services, in particular to our visiting Chazzon – Cantor, Rabbi Yaron Gotleib from Melbourne, who will long be remembered for his powerful voice, which almost raised the ceiling of our Shul, as he concluded the climax of the service with the various Pesukim, expressing our declaration of faith in Hashem. Special thanks to board member and long standing communal identity Phillip Zavelski for his ongoing support, especially for his heartfelt and articulate Yom Kippur appeal, which is included below as a message from our dedicated treasurer, Tony Gariano.

It was particularly lovely to hear the sweet sound of many children’s voices in Shul and we extend our sincere appreciation to Vice-President David Paratz and Dr Michael Briner for conducting the children’s program, along with props and all for the story of Jonah.

So many of us loyally attend Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, which is truly wonderful, but please come back for the celebrations next week and the week after for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, when we will draw down all the blessings through our joy and dancing with the Torah.

Please see information below regarding Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Rabbi Levi and Dvorah Jaffe

Shabbat and Festival Times

Fri Sept 27th: Light Candles 5.28pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 28th 6.21pm

Sunday Sept 29th Erev Rosh HaShana: Light Candles 5.29pm

Monday Sept 30th Rosh HaShana Day 1: Light Candles after 6.22pm

Tuesday October 1st Rosh HaShana Day 2: Yom Tov ends 6.23pm

Wednesday Oct 2nd Fast of Gedalia 4.13am-6.12pm

Fri Oct 4th (Shabbat Shuva): Light Candles 5.31pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 5th 6.25pm

Tues Oct 8th: Erev Yom Kippur – Kol Nidrei Light Candles 5.33pm

Wed Oct 9th: Yom Kippur

Yom Tov ends 6.27pm

Fri Oct 11th: Light Candles 5.35pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 12th 6.29pm

Sun Oct 13th: Erev Sukkot Light Candles 5.36

Mon Oct 14th: Sukkot Day 1 Light Candles after 6.30pm

Tues Oct 15th: Sukkot Day 2 Yom Tov ends 6.31pm

Fri Oct 18th: Light Candles 5.39pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 19th 6.33pm

Sunday Oct 20th: Hoshana Rabba Light Candles 5.40pm

Monday Oct 21st: Shemini Atzeret Light Candles after 6.35pm

Tuesday Oct 22nd: Simchat Torah Yom Tov ends 6.35pm

Fri Oct 25th: Shabbat Bereishit Light Candles 5.43pm

Shabbat ends: Sat 26th 6.38pm