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, 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 a century and a half ago. The beautiful Synagogue was built in 1886, 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 which aims to achieve a sense of community within the wide range of its members and participants and we welcome you to join us.

From secular to Orthodox, all are welcome.

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 please use the Guided Tours page.

For 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

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.


Please check our Facebook pages if you can, answering the security questions to obtain access, or emailing us to be included on our list for weekly updates, and special announcements.




Candle Lighting Times Brisbane


Fri Nov 5th: Light Candles 5.51pm
Shabbat ends: Sat 6.47pm

Fri Nov 12th : Light Candles 5.57pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.53pm

Fri Nov 19th: Light Candles 6.02pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  6.59pm

Fri Nov 26th: Light Candles 6.08pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.05pm

Fri Dec 3rd: Light Candles 6.13pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.11pm

Fri Dec 10th: Light Candles 6.18pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.16pm

Fri Dec 17th: Light Candles 6.22pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.21pm

Fri Dec 24th: Light Candles 6.26pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.24pm

Fri Dec 31st: Light Candles 6.28pm
Shabbat ends: Sat  7.26pm