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ANZAC Memorial Service

There will be special prayers recited tomorrow (Friday) in the Synagogue in honour of our Servicemen and women as part of the 7th day of Pesach prayers.
Service begins 9:30 am followed by a Kiddush Lunch.

Lest we forget.

Last Days of Pesach

Thursday – April 25

Candle lighting time: 5.03pm
Evening Service: 
6.30pm followed by Kiddush

Friday – April 26

7th Day of Pesach
Kabbalah Class: 
Morning Services: 9.30am (Service includes special Hallel and priestly blessing followed by Kiddush Lunch)
Candle lighting time: 
Evening Services: 6.30pm followed by special Pesach Shabbat Dinner

Shabbat – April 27

8th Day Pesach
Kabbalah Class: 
Morning Services: 9.30am
11.15am (Service includes special Hallel and priestly blessing followed by Kiddush Lunch)
Evening Services 4.00pm followed by Moshiach Seuda-Meal
Yom Tov Ends: 

Parshah in a Nutshell


Courtesy of Chabad.org

On the SEVENTH DAY OF PASSOVER we read how on this day the sea split for the Children of Israel and drowned the pursuing Egyptians, and the “Song at the Sea” sung by the people upon their deliverance (Exodus 13:17-15:26; a full summary with commentary here).

On the EIGHTH DAY OF PASSOVER we read Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17. Like the reading for the second day, it catalogues the annual cycle of festivals, their special observances, and the offerings brought on these occasions to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Eighth Day’s special connection with the Future Redemption is reflected in the Haftorah (reading from the Prophets) for this day (Isaiah 10:32-12:6).

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.

Thought for the Week

Did Pharaoh Die in the Red Sea?

By Menachem Pozner (Courtesy of Chabad.org)


Did Pharaoh accompany his army when they went after the Israelites? If so, did he die with them?


We read in Exodus 14 that Pharaoh personally led his army against the Jews.

There are differing opinions in the Midrash1 concerning his fate. Some say that he drowned in the Red Sea together with his army, while others opine that he survived the miraculous event. He survived in order to retell a firsthand account of the miracles and wonders that G‑d performed.

According to one Midrash, he made his way to Nineveh, Assyria, where he became king—the same king who when hearing the prophet Jonah’s message from G‑d foretelling Nineveh’s destruction, encouraged all his subjects to repent in order to avert the divine decree. Apparently, he had learned his lesson.

Wishing you a happy and kosher Passover!

Shabbos Chuckle

Did you hear about the gefilte fish that went deaf?

He had to buy a herring-aid.

How does Moses make beer?

Hebrews it!

When it comes to Karpas, who is the king of Passover?

Elvis Parsley

An Egyptian task master fell down a wishing well, The Jewish slave was amazed, “I never knew they worked.”

How does NASA organize their Passover Seders in space? They planet

Issued April 25th, 2019