Newsletter

13/09/2019

By the Grace of G-d
Newtown Shul is the only synagogue in Sydney’s Inner West.  Newtown Shul’s activities are possible because of your kind generosity and we thank you for it.

Please consider becoming a member.

Should you wish to donate to Newtown Shul, you can always do so using the bank account details below. Please make sure to send an email to newtown@shul.org.au with a copy of the transaction confirmation.

Account Name: Newtown Synagogue INC, BSB: 032036, Account No: 960034


ATTENTION REQUIRED
Newtown Shul Membership 2019-2020

The NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2019 – 2020 is now on.

Please join up or renew your membership, thereby enabling Newtown Synagogue to keep on being unique, beautiful, and blessed.

PLEASE SIGN UP OR RENEW TODAY details are available on the following link.
https://shul.org.au/membership-application/


Upcoming Event

Book your seats now, for 1 or 2 nights. 

DATES:
Sun & Mon: 29 & 30 September 2019

TIME:
Service 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm

PRICES:
members $40
non-members $50
students $30
family $100 (adults plus all children)

PRE-BOOKING AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE ESSENTIAL
So book and pay to guarantee a seat! Numbers limited to 70. 

2 WAYS OF BOOKING:  

1: go to http://newtownshul.iwannaticket.com.au/

OR

2: EFT to BSB 032036; a/c 960034 *and* email to newtown@shul.org.au copy of the transaction confirmation and the NAMES of each person attending


Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Ki Teitzei

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 commandments (mitzvot) are in the Parshah of Ki Teitzei. These include the laws of the beautiful captive, the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young, the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one’s home, and the various forms of kilayim (forbidden plant and animal hybrids).

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction of an unmarried girl, and for a husband who falsely accuses his wife of infidelity. The following cannot marry a person of Jewish lineage: a mamzer (someone born from an adulterous or incestuous relationship); a male of Moabite or Ammonite descent; a first- or second-generation Edomite or Egyptian.

Our Parshah also includes laws governing the purity of the military camp; the prohibition against turning in an escaped slave; the duty to pay a worker on time, and to allow anyone working for you—man or animal—to “eat on the job”; the proper treatment of a debtor, and the prohibition against charging interest on a loan; the laws of divorce (from which are also derived many of the laws of marriage); the penalty of thirty-nine lashes for transgression of a Torah prohibition; and the procedures for yibbum (“levirate marriage”) of the wife of a deceased childless brother, or chalitzah (“removing of the shoe”) in the case that the brother-in-law does not wish to marry her.

Ki Teitzei concludes with the obligation to remember “what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt.”


New Front Gate for the Shul!

Designed by our very own Offer Isreali!

The words in Hebrew are “Zeh Hasha’ar Lahashem” which means “This is the Gate to Hashem”


Setting Up The Library

Oleg Stesh helping with the library set-up

Thank you to everyone who came in to unpack the library into the brand new bookshelves built by Barry Elbaz in the back of the ladies section!

Still a bit more to do this Saturday night from 7pm – all are invited to help!


Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group

In honour of the new month of Elul we had a wonderful morning of healthy food and food for thought with the wonderful Marcelle! Thanks to Tania and Margot and all the helpers!


Newtown Shul Weekly Friday Night Dinner

The Shabbat Dinner is the traditional focal point of every Jew’s week. We at Newtown Shul, extend a warm welcome to all people to join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner.

The Shabbat Dinner is held in the hall beside the Synagogue immediately after the 6:30pm Shabbat service.

The Shabbat Dinner is a joint project of Newtown Synagogue and Young Adult Chabad and operates by virtue of the generosity of donors and volunteers.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person. To make a tax-deductible donation for the Shabbat dinners, please click here.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love. 

Cooking at Newtown Shul is fun, friendly and needs you! You don’t need to know how to cook and you don’t need to come every week! Just a willing pair of hands whenever you are available and a smile as great as the ones in this picture!

Photo of Alex, Elinor and Margot who were at Shul cooking for Shabbat dinner a few weeks ago. Thank You!

Torah Studies Class

Rabbi Eli Feldman gives a weekly Torah Studies class Live on Facebook every Thursday night at 8:30pm.

You can participate in the class while it is broadcasting and ask questions in real time. The broadcast is at www.facebook.com/rabbielifeldman

Alternatively, you can watch the replay of this week’s class below:

https://www.facebook.com/rabbielifeldman/videos/10157234654061346/s/10157116107036346/

Shabbat Schedule

Friday

Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 5:27 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 5:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:00 PM

Saturday

Shabbat Morning Kabbalah Class in the Hall 9:00 AM

Shabbat morning service in the Synagogue 9:30 AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Children’s Service in the Hall 11:00 AM

Rabbi’s Sermon and Choir 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Lunch in the Hall 12:30 PM

Shabbat Ends 6:23 PM


Thought for the Week

Keep the Faith

By Elisha Greenbaum (Courtesy of Youngadultchabad.org)

There is an old joke illustrating the difference between a believer and an atheist:

The believer wakes up, looks up to heaven, and with heartfelt devotion and true gratitude exclaims, “Good morning, G‑d!”

The atheist, by contrast, rolls over one last time, yawns and stretches, strolls over to the window, looks outside and declares, “My G‑d, what a morning!”

Believers know that our every waking moment is a gift from G‑d. They treasure the moments that He has planned for them, and express their gratitude with pride. Those with less faith take their moments as they come, and judge the quality of a day by the amount of pleasure they manage to wring out of it.

The first prayer a Jewish child is taught to recite every morning is the “Modeh Ani”:

“I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.”

Believers know that our every waking moment is a gift from G‑dWe acknowledge our Creator and thank Him for the gift of a new day. By starting off the day full of humility and gratitude, we pledge to live up to G‑d’s vision for the world.

But, I ask you: once you’ve rolled off the bed and rubbed the sleep from your eyes, how much of the Modeh Ani do you take with you? So you spent eight seconds admitting that you owe your life to G‑d. Does that really affect the rest of the day?

I Do Solemnly Swear

The Torah advises us to “fulfil the utterances of our lips.”1 Ostensibly an injunction to pay up our pledges to charity and to live up to our vows, the verse can be homiletically rendered as a directive to listen and learn from the words said while praying. It is too easy to just go through the motions, letting the familiar words roll off the tongue and into oblivion; however, G‑d wants prayer to be more than mere lip service.

The words we say must mean something. Prayer is not just dead time spent mindlessly repeating a monotonous mantra, but a unique opportunity to communicate with the divine. When we train our children to say the Modeh Ani first thing after rising, it is in the hope that the feelings and emotions encapsulated in the prayer will permeate the days of their life.

G‑d demands that we fulfil our pledges and live up to our promises. Each morning we acknowledge our Creator as King, and thank Him for gifting us with our soul again. We approach the rest of the day with the enthusiasm and knowledge that we are following the route suggested in G‑d’s guidebook. We will fulfil the oaths we made to Him, and live by our promises, for now and forever.


Shabbos Chuckle

One night, 6 year old Rivkah walks up to her mother Leah, looks at her mother’s hair, and says, “Mommy, why is some of your hair white?”

Leah replies, “Well darling, every time you do something wrong and it makes me unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”

Rivkah thinks about this for a second, looks at a picture of her grandmother on the wall and then says, “Oh my goodness Mommy, you must have been a very naughty girl when you were a kid for Bubbie to look like that!”


High Holy Days Schedule

Rosh Hashanah

First Night
Sunday, 29 September 2019

Light Candles at 5:38 pm
Evening Services: 6:30 pm
First Night Feast: 7:00 pm
Make Sure to BOOK ONLINE @ newtownshul.iwannaticket.com.au

First Day
Monday, 30 September 2019

Morning Services: 9:00 am
Kids Service: 11:00am
Shofar Sounding: 12:00 pm
Priestly Blessing/Mincha – 2:00pm
Festive Kiddush Lunch – 2:30pm

Second Night
Monday, 30 September 2019

Light Candles after 6:34 pm from a pre-existing flame
Evening Services: 6:30 pm
Second Night Feast: 7:00 pm
Make Sure to BOOK ONLINE @ newtownshul.iwannaticket.com.au

Second Day
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Morning Services: 9:00 am
Kids Service: 11:00am
Shofar Sounding: 12:00 pm
Priestly Blessing/Mincha – 2:00pm
Festive Kiddush Lunch – 2:30pm
Holiday Ends at 6:35pm

Fast of Gadalya

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Fast Begins: 4:13am
Fast Ends at 6:24pm
It is customary to visit graves of relatives on this day.

Shabbat Shuva – Regular Shabbat Services

Friday, 4 October 2019

Light Shabbat Candles at 5:42pm
L’chaim in the Shul hall: 5:30pm
Evening services: 6:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
*book for Dinner at www.youngadultchabad.org/dinner*

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Kabbalah class 9:00am
Morning Services: 9:30am
Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids service 11:00am
Rabbi Sermon and Choir 11:30am
Kiddush Lunch 12:30pm
Shabbat Ends at 6:38pm

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Eve
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Light Candles at 6:45pm
Fast Begins at 6:45pm
Kol Nidrei Services: 7:00pm

Yom Kippur Day
Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Morning Services: 9:00 am
Kids Service: 11:00am
Yizkor Memorial Service: 12:00 pm
Afternoon Prayers – 5:00pm
Fast Ends – 7:41pm
Break the Fast Feast – 8:15pm
*book for the feast at www.youngadultchabad.org/hhe*

Shabbat – Regular Shabbat Services

Friday, 11 October 2019

Light Shabbat Candles at 6:47pm
L’chaim in the Shul hall: 5:30pm
Evening services: 6:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
*book for Dinner at www.youngadultchabad.org/dinner*

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Kabbalah class 9:00am
Morning Services: 9:30am
Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids service 11:00am
Rabbi Sermon and Choir 11:30am
Kiddush Lunch 12:30pm
Shabbat Ends at 7:43pm

Sukkot

To purchase a Sukkah or a Lulav & Etrog,
please call Golds Judaica Store at 93000495

First Night
Sunday, 13 October 2019

Light Candles at 6:48pm
Evening Prayers – 7:00pm
Dinner in the Sukkah – 7:30pm
*book for dinner at  www.youngadultchabad.org/hhe*

First Day
Monday, 14 October 2019

Pop in to Shake the Lulav and Etrog and have a piece of cake in the Sukkah!

Morning Services: 9:30 am
Hallel & Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids Service: 11:00 am
Rabbi’s Sermon: 12:00pm
Priestly Blessing: 12:30pm
Kiddush Lunch in the Sukkah: 1:00pm

Second Night
Monday, 15 October 2019

Light Candles  after 7:45pm from a pre-existing flame
Evening Services: 7:45pm

Second Day
Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Pop in to Shake the Lulav and Etrog and have a piece of cake in the Sukkah!

Morning Services: 9:30 am
Hallel & Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids Service: 11:00 am
Rabbi’s Sermon: 12:00pm
Priestly Blessing: 12:30pm
Kiddush Lunch in the Sukkah: 1:00pm

Holiday Ends at 7:46 pm

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot

Friday, 18 October 2019

Light Shabbat Candles at 6:52pm
L’Chaim in the Sukkah: 5:30pm
Evening services: 6:00pm
Dinner in the Sukkah 7:00pm
*book for Dinner at www.youngadultchabad.org/hhe*

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Kabbalah class in the Sukkah 9:00 am
Morning Services: 9:30 am
Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids Service: 11:00 am
Rabbi’s sermon & Choir: 11:30am
Kiddush in the Sukkah: 12:30pm
Shabbat Ends at 7:50pm

Shemini Atzeret

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Light Candles at 6:54pm
Evening Services: 7:00pm

Monday, 21 October 2019

Morning Services: 9:30am
Hallel & Torah Reading: 10:30am
Kids Service: 11:00am
Yizkor Memorial Service: 11:30am
Priestly Blessing: 12:30pm
Kiddush Lunch in the Sukkah: 1:00pm

Simchat Torah

Simchas Torah Eve
Monday, 21 October 2019

Evening Prayers,  dancing with the Torah and Festive Dinner: 6:30pm
*book for Dinner at www.youngadultchabad.org/hhe*

Light Candles after 7:51pm from a pre-existing flame

Simchat Torah Day
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Morning Services: 9:30 am
Priestly Blessing: 10:30am
Kiddush: 11:00am
Dancing with the Torah: 11:30am
Torah Reading: 12:00pm
Rabbi’s Sermon and Musaf: 1:00pm
Festive Kiddush Lunch: 1:30pm

Holiday Ends at 7:52pm


Issued September 13th, 2019