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

Purim at Newtown


Purim is coming up on Thursday, March 21st.

Newtown Shul will be holding a BBQ from 5.30-7.30pm with a Megillah reading and slideshow, hamentashen and live entertainment!

Look out for a beautiful flyer with more details coming soon and be sure to invite your family and friends to come along.

Pesach at Newtown

Pesach begins with first night Seder on Friday, April 19th. Purim is coming up on Thursday, March 21st.

We are gearing up for an awesome Pesach here at Newtown and we need all hands on deck to help make it happen! There will be a cleaning bee in the next few weeks, a cooking marathon not long after that and lots of setup required over the Pesach period.

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshas Pekudai

Courtesy of Chabad.org

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments—the apronbreastplatecloakcrownhattunicsash and breeches—according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the Divine Presence that has come to dwell within it.

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.

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 7:05 AM

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 12:15 PM

Shabbat Ends 7:59 PM

Weekly Insight

Getting to Know You

By Yitzi Hurwitz (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

This Shabbat is my 44th birthday, and I find that life has gotten difficult. I wonder why G‑d has chosen to give me ALS. While it is difficult for me, it is by far harder on my wife, Dina, who has taken over all my responsibilities on top of her own. It is hard to understand why G‑d does these things. The only thing I can do is trust that He knows what He is doing.

In the portion of Pekudei we read how the artisans made the clothing of the Kohanim and several vessels of the Mishkan. After every item was completed, it says, that they made it, “as G‑d commanded Moses.” Indeed, Moses was so impressed by this that he blessed them.

Later in the parshah, we read how Moses erected the Mishkan and placed all its vessels in it. Again, after every job done, it says that he did it “as G‑d commanded Moses.”

Why is it so important for the Torah to repeat this over and over again?

Artists and craftsmen have a creative spark in them. They have their way of seeing things that influence the outcome of their work. It takes a special kind of person who can listen to another and create the other’s vision, completely ignoring his or her own inner creative spark. It is truly difficult to do what another asks in exactly the way they want you to. And because of this, it is amazing that by the Mishkan, every task was done “as G‑d commanded Moses.”

How were they able to do it?

They were not ignoring their creative spark. Rather, they were so in tune with G‑d that their creative spark was totally in line with G‑d’s will. When you are one with G‑d, you find it easier to do what He wants.

The book of Exodus ends with this story. It tells us that when the Mishkan—built by these artisans—was completed, G‑d’s presence filled it.

Like the artisans of old, we are each blessed with our own dispositions, natures and creative energy. We all have our own way of thinking.

And we also have those moments when we think: “Everyone else is wrong and I am right. When things are not the way I think they should be, the world becomes a dark place.”

When this happens, the ego has taken over, and there is no room for anything or anyone else. When that happens, you are alone because your ego leaves no space for anyone else.

Yet when you bring humility into the picture, you find value in others. When you begin to see and feel another person’s way of thinking, you open the door to friendship, closeness, love and oneness.

The same is true when it comes to our relationship with G‑d. We all have ideas of what G‑d wants of us. However, through studying Torah, especially the esoteric Chassidic teachings, we get to know G‑d in a more intimate way. Slowly, we transform and align ourselves with Him, and His will becomes our will.

Realizing that all that we go through is from G‑d is also part of getting to know Him.

It is my hope that we will soon merit to see G‑d’s presence fill our actions, our lives and our Temple. May we come to see how our difficulties contributed in accomplishing the transformation that brings Moshiach. Until then, be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen each other. Chazak, chazak, venitchazek!

Shabbos Chuckle

A woman telephoned the Mount Sinai Hospital.

“Hello, I’d like to talk to someone who can give me some up-to-date information about one of your patients.”

The operator said, “Please hold while I find someone who can help.” Soon, an authoritative voice said, “I’m the hospital manager. Are you the lady who is asking about one of our patients?”

“Yes,” she replied, “I’d like to know exactly how Rifka Levy in Room 23 is doing.” He replied, “Levy, now let me see…Lewis, Levine, Levy… yes, I have Mrs Levy’s details here. It says she is doing very well. She’s eaten two full meals and her doctor says if she continues improving, he is going to release her on Tuesday. Is that the information you need?”

The woman said, “Yes, it’s wonderful news that she’s going home on Tuesday. I’m so happy.”

The manager then asked, “From your excitement, you must be one of Mrs Levy’s close family.”

She says, “What close family? I am Rifka Levy. My doctor won’t tell me anything.”

Special Announcements

Issued on March 7th, 2019