Rabbi’s Message

Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the creation of the first human beings, and the day on which all of creation is judged for the past year and our fate is inscribed and sealed for the coming year. It is during this time of introspection that we reflect on the meaning of life, and our unique purpose within creation.

I am writing these words upon my return from a most fascinating and well-attended JLI course, which explores the important topic of Prayer, delving into the deeper meaning behind our Prayers and the structure of the Siddur (Prayer book), a most appropriate topic in the lead-up to the High Holidays. I am thrilled to report that this course has generated more interest than any other course over the past ten years, revealing the genuine thirst that exists within our community for meaningful learning and spiritual growth.

Rosh Hashanah, which means ‘Head of the Year’, rather than ‘Beginning of the Year’, reminds us that, just as the power and attitude of our mind controls and determines the direction of our lives, so too the awesome days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur contain the power to influence the ensuing year 5780. We commend the many, who have taken the opportunity to enrich their Jewish knowledge and observance, and we encourage all members of our congregation and community to continue to grow, in mind and in spirit, from strength to strength.

On a more personal note, we hereby also wish to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to our most dedicated, selfless and cherished communal stalwarts, Sharryn and John Goldman OAM, for their unstinting life-long communal service to our congregation and community and wish them much continued Bracha (blessings) and Hatzlachah (success), and abundant Nachas (pleasure) from their growing family, as they have now moved to Melbourne to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Dvorah and I extend our warm wishes to all members of the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, that they and their 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 revelation of Moshiach!

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