Brisbane Synagogue   ברוכים הבאים

Welcome to the website of the Brisbane Synagogue and the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation.

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The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation is the largest Jewish organisation in Queensland and its Synagogue is the oldest in Queensland.

The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation welcomes all and promotes active participation. Under the leadership of the Board and Rabbi Levi Jaffe, the we offer the many services essential to a Jewish way of life.

For the many people that attend the Shule each week, the Brisbane Synagogue has become like a second home. There is a warmth and atmosphere that is created during the services and activities, that can not be experienced elsewhere. This is in part due to the sense of belonging to a Jewish Community with a long, rich history of which we can all be proud. We are traditional and pragmatic following in the footsteps of our forefathers who created this Congregation 150 years ago. The beautiful Synagogue was built in 1896, 135 years ago this year and we endeavour to maintain both our own Heritage and the Heritage of our magnificent home.

The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation is, however, a modern and dynamic Orthodox Synagogue (by way of charter), which aims to achieve a sense of community within the wide range of its members and participants and we welcome you to join us.

On this site you will find information about the Brisbane Jewish community, activities, kosher products, services, visiting the synagogue and many other topics. 
For school group visits to the Brisbane Synagogue or other queries please use the Contact Us page.

Attending Services During These Unpredictable Times

The Shule is open for services, however, for security purposes, we ask you to follow the protocols as below.

Service days and times can be found under the Service Times tab on this website.

For those who prefer to join on-line, we are hoping to continue to host a Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom prior to Shabbat at 2:00pm on Friday – more details of this in the Rabbi’s weekly newsletter.

New protocols for the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation include the need for members and friends to pre-register to attend a service via the booking form on this website. Please follow these guidelines:
• If you wish to attend the Shule service 






Your details of your attendance, name, mobile phone and email will be kept on a register, as currently required by the Queensland Government. These details will be kept for at least 56 days in case we need to contact you in future.

Should Covid 19 Require us to Take Precautions:

If restrictions are once again (G-d Forbid) put in place due to Covid the following will apply:
Should you not be signed in prior to attending a Service, you will NOT be admitted

If you are over 70yrs of age or have diabetes/cardiovascular or heart disease or are immuno-compromised, you are at a greater risk from Covid 19 and should not attend Shule.
The Sydney Beth Din has advised in their detailed Covid 19 ruling that staying at home out of health concerns is as much a mitzvah as going to Shule itself, perhaps more so.
You may be asked to sign a disclaimer saying that if you do wish to attend Shule and are at higher risk you understand those risks and are still prepared to come.
If you have recently returned from travelling abroad or are in isolation, exhibit cold like symptoms or a sore throat or temperature PLEASE DO NOT COME UNTIL CLEARED BY YOUR DOCTOR.

We strongly advise that you should wear a mask at all times when in Shule. Although we cannot insist on this it is strongly advisable for your own benefit and those of others in the Shule.

Please bring your own Kippa/Siddur/Chumash and Tallit and remove them from the Shule with you when you leave as we cannot provide them.

Please be good enough to sanitise your hands before you come and after you leave. Specific sanitisers will be available.

DO NOT move around the Shule during the service and sit only on the designated seat.
Please leave straight away, do not congregate and leave via the separate exit than the one you came in through – follow the arrows.

Much as we all enjoy a “good schmooze” please avoid congregating in the Shule and leave as soon as you can.There will be a separate entrance and exit to the Shule. Please pay attention to the directing signs at all times

The upstairs women’s area may be temporarily closed so please ladies, use the new downstairs women’s section.

Due to the fact that our usual minyanim have several men over 70, I urge in the strongest possible terms that younger congregants please make every effort, particularly at this difficult time, to attend to ensure we have a minyan so people saying Kaddish are able to undertake this mitzvah.

As Jewish people we have always seen the “cup half full” and know that our best days are ahead of us! We look forward to when we can return to normal services with each member of our Shule family participating in Jewish life at the Shule.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Brisbane Hebrew Congregation Board.


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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