Rabbi’s Message 5781


Rosh Hashanah Message

Dear Congregant

Shalom Uvracha – Greetings and Blessings

As we enter the introspective month of Elul in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we reflect on the past year and prepare ourselves for the New Year ahead.

This past year, particularly the past six months, have been incredibly challenging for all of humanity, causing many to question the meaning of life and our place in the Universe.

The Covid pandemic has dramatically changed our perspective and has compelled us to discover new and creative approaches regarding how we interact as individuals, and function as a community. It has been personally heart-warming for us to witness the outpouring of love and the sincere desire of so many within our congregation and community to connect with each other and to maintain the observance of our time-honoured traditions.

Our traditions and the Jewish calendar are important reminders that, while the variables in life are prone to unexpected change and, ultimately we don’t have control over many aspects of our lives, the ever-present existence of Hashem, and the consistency of His eternal Torah, including the cycle of the Jewish calendar remain unchanged and serve as a strong source of comfort and support, and spiritual navigation through the stormy waters of life.

Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the creation of man. One of the profound messages we learn from the fact that man was created alone, as an individual, reminds us that we each have the unique G-d given capability to fulfil our mission in life to transform ourselves and the world around us into a Holy abode for Hashem.

The pandemic has reinforced for us all the above message of the far reaching effects of a single individual. If this is so in a negative way, how much more so do we each have the far-reaching power to literally transform the entire world into a better more spiritual abode for Hashem.

The coming year will mark 135 years since the consecration of our beautiful Synagogue and, as we are entering into an exciting new phase of our congregation’s future with the upcoming development of the Memorial Hall and the Cheder Rooms, may the interest and enthusiasm generated by this project translate into continued material and spiritual growth within our congregation and community, from strength to strength.

Dvorah and I extend our warm wishes to all members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, that you and your families may be blessed with a כתיבה וחתימה טובה, לשנה טובה ומתוקה to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year, filled with all blessings, materially and spiritually.

May we merit the ultimate blessing of ultimate peace in Israel and throughout the world, with the coming of Moshiach!

Rabbi 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