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

Special Milestone Shabbat

Dear Friends,

I have just reached a special milestone – my 40th birthday.

Please join us at Shul this Friday night and or Shabbat day to say L’chaim in honour of this occasion! 🙂

In Jewish tradition, on a birthday one has special “Mazal” or enhanced energy. It is therefore a time to reflect and make positive resolutions in one’s life as well as give blessings to to others. Blessings given on a Birthday are said to be more potent.

I take this opportunity to bless you and your loved ones with health, happiness, meaningful relationships and financial abundance. May all of your positive dreams and desires be fulfilled and may all surprises be good. May Australia be blessed with rain, an immediate cessation of fires, and protection and safety to all those fighting, volunteering, and impacted by the fires.

May your endeavours be blessed by Hashem with success and may you find deep satisfaction, fulfillment and inspiration in the study of Torah and performance of Mitzvot. May the World be blessed with an end to war, hunger, and poverty and may we experience true and abiding peace with the coming of Moshiach.

With warm regards and blessings,

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Eli Feldman

Jewish Communal Response to Bushfires

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies together with Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World, have so far raised $590,000 for bushfire relief. The funds will be disbursed shortly.

Given the increased and ongoing severity of the fires, the Board of Deputies has established a new campaign with Stand Up for further donations for dispersal to those affected in NSW and elsewhere. The new campaign can be found here: https://www.givenow.com.au/standup-bushfire-appeal

We encourage those who are able to give to do so. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Furthermore, a national Jewish response to the disaster is being coordinated by the ECAJ. Click here for their statement on the bushfire response.

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Vayechi

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Jacob (Yaakov in Hebrew) was the third and final of the Jewish Patriarchs. Jacob lived in the Land of Canaan, Haran, and Egypt. Unlike Abraham and Isaac, Jacob’s entire family remained righteous—his 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel, the Shevatim.

The Jewish Sages call Jacob the “favourite” of the Patriarchs. After Jacob successfully fought off an angel, G‑d named him Israel(Yisrael in Hebrew)—the name that the entire Jewish people became known by as “Bnei Yisrael,” the Nation of Israel.
Check out these in-depth summaries of Jacob’s life and times.

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 6:00pm 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.

There is a suggested donation of $36 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 big smile.

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:52 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 6:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:30 PM


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 8:53 PM

Thought for the Week

Life Never Ends

By Yitschak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Youngadultchabad.org)

And Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered up his feet into the bed, and expired, and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis 49:33

The Torah does not state “he died,” and the sages declared, “Our father Jacob did not die… just as his children are alive, so is he alive.”

What forms the basis for the love and communion between two dear friends, between husband and wife or between children and their parent? Not the physical body, which is flesh and bones and guts, but the characteristics of the spirit, the true essence of man. It is only that man communicates with his fellow through the body and its limbs. Through his eyes, ears, hands, organs of speech, etc., man gives expression to his thoughts, feelings, and the characteristics of his spirit, and (obviously) it is they, not the bodily tools of expression, that constitute his true essence and being.

It follows that in the World of Truth (the spiritual hereafter) the soul of the departed has particularly great pleasure on seeing the members of his family recover from the tragedy, come to themselves, make every effort to set their lives in good order, and act as an inspiration and encouragement to others.

A bullet, a shell-fragment or a sickness can damage the body, but they cannot hurt or affect the soul. They can cause death, but death is only a separation between body and soul. The soul continues to live (eternally); it continues to have a connection with the family, especially with those who were especially dear and beloved. It shares in their distress, and rejoices at every joyous event in the family. It is only that the members of the family, living in this earthly world, cannot see the soul’s reaction with their flesh-and-blood eyes, nor can they touch it or feel it with their hands—for the physical connection has been broken.

The soul of the departed derives especial satisfaction from seeing his children being reared in the proper Torah-spirit, free of any feelings of despair or depression, G‑d forbid, but rather (as the traditional expression goes) ‘…to raise them to Torah, to matrimony and to good deeds.’

From a letter of the Rebbe written to a war widow in Israel.

Shabbos Chuckle

Miriam begins to notice that whenever her 5-year-old daughter Sarah is asked her name, she answers, “I’m Mrs Freedman’s daughter.”

So one day, just before bedtime, Miriam says to Sarah, “Bubbeleh, whenever anyone asks you what your name is, you shouldn’t say, ‘I’m Mrs Freedman’s daughter.’ You should proudly say, ‘My name is Sarah.’ Sarah is such a beautiful name – the Torah even tells us that another lovely Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac.”

“OK, mommy,” says Sarah.

Later that week, a Rabbi is visiting Sarah’s class at school and as soon as he sees Sarah, he goes over to her and says, “Hello, aren’t you Mrs Freedman’s daughter?”

“I thought I was,” replies Sarah, “but my mommy says I’m not.”

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.

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