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September,2013

Wed, 4 September 2013
until Sat, 28 September 2013
February,2014

Fri, 21 February 2014
9:00AM
To ask questions, volunteer, etc. please email: ellen_fiedler [at] yahoo [dot] com

THURSDAY 13 MARCH – BAKE LIKE YOUR BUBBIE. HAMENTASHEN BAKING EVENT.

Join Pamela at the Synagogue on 13th March to bake Hamentashen for the community. Freshen up your skills or develop new ones. For a donation you can take some Hamentashen home.

Email ellen_fiedler [at] yahoo [dot] com to let us know that you are planning to come and if you want to make a donation to take hamentashen home with you

SATURDAY NIGHT 15 MARCH – PURIM.

We will be reading the Megillas Esther on Saturday evening 8:30 PM followed by an adult party featuring beer from around the world for sale, snacks and (of course) hamentashen.

Volunteers needed to assist with set up of party and tidy up afterwards.

Assist with sales of items

SUNDAY 16 MARCH CHILDREN’S PARTY AT 11AM.

We are looking for a number of volunteers to assist with the Children’s Purim Party at 11am.

Volunteer roles are:
Can you supervise a children’s activity? Inspire drawing, paint a face, make a balloon toy? Sing or tell stories? do magic tricks? Volunteer and help make this a great Purim for the children

Volunteer judges to award prizes (every child will get a prize)
Two volunteers or more to help set up

Two volunteers or more to help clean up.

PESACH IS ONLY A SHORT DISTANCE DOWN THE ROAD FROM PURIM

SUN 13 APRIL – PREPARE FOR THE FIRST SEDER

Volunteers to:

One volunteer to collect shopping from Bondi (e.g. meat, etc),
Three to four volunteers to help make salads, starting around 2-3pm
Two volunteers to set tables.

MONDAY 14 APRIL IS FIRST NIGHT OF PESACH SEDER from 12pm –

Two or more volunteers required to assist with cooking from 12pm – 4pm. Four volunteers or more to help serve at the seder and help clean up.

April,2014

Sun, 6 April 2014
1:00PM
on Sunday 13 April we  need volunteers to help make salads.   from approximately 12pm for about 2 – 3 hours.  We also need people to set the tables.

We need volunteers to help with food preparation from around 2pm on Monday 14 April.

To volunteer, please contact Rosana at rosana.tyler@bigpond.com

Sun, 13 April 2014
1:00PM
on Sunday 13 April we  need volunteers to help make salads.   from approximately 12pm for about 2 – 3 hours.  We also need people to set the tables.

We need volunteers to help with food preparation from around 2pm on Monday 14 April.

To volunteer, please contact Rosana at rosana.tyler@bigpond.com

October,2014

Sat, 25 October 2014
12:00PM
This week, as part of the worldwide Shabbos Project*, Newtown Shul will be hosting a special Shabbos Lunch following the Shabbos Morning Service. Because we are expecting a large crowd, it would be most helpful to RSVP with the amount of people attending.
* Click here for more info about the Shabbos Project www.theshabbosproject.org/

December,2014

Fri, 26 December 2014
6:30PM
This week, as every week, Newtown Shul will be hosting a  Friday Night Dinner. Friday Night Services start at 6:30PM followed by Shabbat Dinner (No Charge). Please come and invite friends!

March,2015

Wed, 4 March 2015
8:00PM
Purim poster

Fly your paper plane high this Purim at Newtown Synagogue.

On Wednesday 4th March there will be a Megillah reading followed by a BBQ and a paper making and flying competition.

There will be a children’s program on Thursday 5th March from 4pm with Megillah reading, prizes, food and a best costume competition. 

May,2015

Wed, 6 May 2015
6:30PM
Lag B’Omer Bonfire and BBQ Starting @ 6:30 PM

We are looking for some volunteers to help out on the night of the event.  If you are able to help, please plan to arrive a bit earlier.

*Food and drink will be availible for purchase

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Newtown Synagogue Community Hall, 20 Georgina St, Newtown, NSW 2042

Sat, 23 May 2015
6:00PM
The Shavuot Night Service will commence at 6:00 PM

Sun, 24 May 2015
9:30AM
The Shavuot Morning Service will commence at 9:30 am followed by a special Shavuot Ice Cream Party in the Hall.
This is a special event not to be missed.

Sun, 24 May 2015
6:00PM
The Shavuot Night Service will commence at 6:00 PM

Mon, 25 May 2015
9:30AM
On the Second Day Shavuot we will be having a Yizkor Memorial Service after the reading of the Torah.
Services start @ 9:30 AM and Yizkor will be at approximately 10:45 AM

Mon, 25 May 2015
9:30AM
The Shavuot Morning Service will commence at 9:30 am

July,2015

Sun, 5 July 2015
5:41AM
5:26PM
The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.

If the 17th of Tammuz falls on Shabbat, as it does this year, the fast is postponed until Sunday.

The fast commences at 5:41 AM on Sunday morning JULY 5th and ends at 5:256 PM Sunday night JULY 5th.

The fast actually commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date:

1. Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshipping the Golden Calf.
2. During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.
3. Apostomos burned the holy Torah.
4. An idol was placed in the Holy Temple.
5. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.)

The Jerusalem Talmud maintains that this is also the date when the Babylonians breached the walls of Jerusalem on their way to destroying the first Temple.

Practically speaking:

Healthy adults—bar- or bat-mitzvah age and older—abstain from eating or drinking between dawn and nightfall. Click here for exact times in your location.
Pregnant and nursing women may not have to fast. Someone who is ill should consult with a rabbi. Even those exempt from fasting, such as ill people or children, shouldn’t indulge in delicacies or sweets.A fast day is an auspicious day, a day when G?d is accessible, waiting for us to repent

It is permitted to wake up early before the fast begins and eat, provided that prior to going to sleep one had in mind to do so.

During the morning prayers we recite selichot (penitential prayers), printed in the back of the prayerbook. The “long Avinu Malkeinu” is recited during the morning and afternoon prayers.

The Torah is read during the morning and afternoon prayers. The reading—the same for both morning and afternoon—is Exodus 32:11–14 and 34:1–10, which discusses the aftermath of the Golden Calf incident, how Moses successfully interceded on the Israelites’ behalf and attained forgiveness for their sin. After the afternoon Torah reading, the special fast-day haftarah, Isaiah 55:6–56:8, is read.

During the Amidah prayer of the afternoon service (Minchah), those who are fasting add the paragraph Aneinu in the Shema Koleinu blessing. (It is also added in the cantor’s repetition of the Amidah in both the morning and afternoon services, as its own blessing between the blessings of Re’eh and Refa’einu.

Additionally, the priestly blessing is also added in the repetition of the Amidah in the afternoon service.

Abstaining from food and drink is the external element of a fast day. On a deeper level, a fast day is an auspicious day, a day when G?d is accessible, waiting for us to repent.

The sages explain: “Every generation for which the Temple is not rebuilt, it is as though the Temple was destroyed for that generation.” A fast day is not only a sad day, but an opportune day. It’s a day when we are empowered to fix the cause of that destruction, so that our long exile will be ended and we will find ourselves living in messianic times; may that be very soon.

Sat, 25 July 2015
7:00PM
Saturday Night (25th July) @ 7:00 pm we will gather together in the Synagogue to read the book of Lamentations to commemorate the destruction of the Temple on the 9th of Av.

Following the reading, we will go next door to the hall to watch the movie “Life is Beautiful”

Click here to view a trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAYEQP8gx3w

September,2015

Sun, 27 September 2015
9:00AM
Sukkot Evening Service begins at 6:30 pm

Mon, 28 September 2015
9:30AM
Sukkot Morning Service begins at 9:30 am

Mon, 28 September 2015
6:30PM
Sukkot Evening Service begins at 6:30 pm

Tue, 29 September 2015
9:30AM
Sukkot Morning Service begins at 9:30 am

October,2015

Thu, 1 October 2015
6:30PM
The Newtown Shul AWESOME Sukkot and Hakhel BBQ will be on Thursday 1st October @ 6:30pm at Newtown Shul.   Make sure to bring your friends and family!

Sun, 4 October 2015
8:00AM
The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah, and is considered the final day of the divine “judgment” in which the fate of the new year is determined. It is the day when the verdict that was issued on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is finalized.

The Midrash tells us that G?d told Abraham: “If atonement is not granted to your children on Rosh Hashanah, I will grant it on Yom Kippur; if they do not attain atonement on Yom Kippur, it will be given on Hoshana Rabbah.”

This year, we will be joining with the Great Synagogue on Sunday Morning for Hoshana Rabbah Morning Services at 8:00 am at 166 Castlereagh Street, Sydney followed by a full breakfast in their Sukkah.

Sun, 11 October 2015
7:00PM
We now have a Weekly Sunday Night Minyan for Mariv

This week the service will be @ 7:00 PM 

Tue, 13 October 2015
8:15PM
We are delighted to be hosting Rabbi Michoel Gourarie from Binah at Newtown Shul.

On Tuesday night 13th of October 8:15pm he will be delivering a fascinating talk in connection with the upcoming Shabbos Project.

The title of the talk is : Extra Soul : Understanding the evergy of Shabbat.

Click here for more details about the Shabbos Project in Sydney.  https://www.theshabbosproject.org/en/sydney

Thu, 22 October 2015
7:30PM
The Great Synagogue and Newtown Synagogue invite women of all ages to join us for a unique Challah baking experience.

Thursday 22nd Octoberfrom 7.30pm at The Great Synagogue (Castlereagh St Entrance)

Together with millions of Jewish women worldwide,  we will baking Challah in honour of the safety and protection of all our brothers and sisters in Israel, and around the globe. In these dark times, every good deed makes a difference, and your participation in this special mitzvah could tip the scales to bring about true world peace.

Cost: $20 per person includes ingredients, your very own Challah and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to 0422 470 655 by Tuesday 20th October.
We look forward to seeing you,

Rebbetzin Sara-Tova Yaffe and Rebbetzin Shani Cohen