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.

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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

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.

Upcoming Event

Sinai Scholars

We are excited to announce that a new semester of Sinai Scholars is launching soon. Sinai Scholars is an 8-week course, exclusively provided for University students, which allows young Jewish men and women to explore their Jewish roots and find answers to lifelong questions — all in a friendly and encouraging environment. 

All students who complete the course receive a $350 stipend. The new course will begin on Wednesday, the 7th of August at Newtown Synagogue from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and continue for eight Wednesdays following. To register for the new course, click here.

Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Pinchas

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Aaron’s grandson Pinchas is rewarded for his act of zealotryin killing the Simeonite prince Zimri and the Midianite princess who was his paramour: G‑d grants him a covenant of peaceand the priesthood.

A census of the people counts 601,730 men between the ages of twenty and sixty. Moses is instructed on how the Land is to be divided by lottery among the tribes and families of Israel. The five daughters of Tzelafchad petition Moses that they be granted the portion of the land belonging to their father, who died without sons; G‑d accepts their claim and incorporates it into the Torah’s laws of inheritance.

Moses empowers Joshua to succeed him and lead the people into the Land of Israel.

The Parshah concludes with a detailed list of the daily offerings, and the additional offerings brought on ShabbatRosh Chodesh (first of the month), and the festivals of PassoverShavuotRosh HashanahYom KippurSukkot and Shemini Atzeret.

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!

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:

Torah Studies Topic: Why do we celebrate Rosh Chodesh?Feel free to ask questions in the comments section during the broadcast and I will endeavor to answer them during the class! 😊

Posted by Rabbi Eli Feldman on Thursday, 25 July 2019

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 4:35 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


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 5:51 PM

Thought for the Week

To Know Is To Do

By Yitschak Meir Kagen (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

Moses, Aaron and the Elders stood, weeping with despair, not knowing what to do, as Zimri, a prince of the tribe of Shimon openly defied G‑d’s laws of morality. With them stood Pinchas, a grandson of Aaron (from his son Elazar). Pinchas saw that the leaders were silent, yet he did not hesitate. Courageously, he re-minded Moses of the law which the latter seemed to have forgotten — that under those circumstances, one who is “jealous” of G‑d’s honour may execute the offender. Moses replied “Let the reader of the letter be the one to deliver it,” meaning, “You are the one who has remembered and reminded us of the law. You be the one to carry out the verdict.” Pinchas did and earned a great spiritual reward for averting G‑d’s anger against His people.

Pinchas was not only junior to the leaders in age but also in learning. Moses would first study and teach the Torah with Aaron, then with Aaron’s sons Elazar and Itamar (in Aaron’s presence), then with the seventy elders, and finally with all the people. So Pinchas, unlike his more fortunate father and grandfather, only studied the Torah together with all the people. Yet when Torah-law demanded action, Pinchas did not indulge in rationalization; he did not say, “There must be a good reason why Moses, Aaron and the elders—who surely know Torah better than I—are silent.” No! Respectfully, yet boldly, he spoke up; he took decisive action with great self-sacrifice—and he saved Israel.

To know is to do: If one becomes aware of a Torah-teaching that he can implement, let him do so! If one witnesses an injustice or an act of immorality against which Torah demands a protest or corrective action, let him speak up, let him act! If he sees that the accepted leaders are silent and inactive, let him realize that this may have happened in order that he should earn a special Divine reward. (As in the case of Pinchas; G‑d caused it to happen that Moses should forget the law, providing Pinchas with the opportunity to act, and earn G‑d’s reward of the Kehoona — priesthood.) For in the Al­mighty’s plan for the universe each individual has certain precepts, certain opportunities for Torah-action, that are destined to be presented to him—and to no one else—for fulfilment.

If therefore, one notices that no-one is taking action in a situation that he has come across, this may be because it is his precept, for him alone to fulfil.

Shabbos Chuckle

Israel’s economy is in a bad way, inflation is getting higher and immigrants are flooding in from all over the world. Problems, problems, problems, but what should they do? So the Knesset holds a special session to come up with a solution.

After several hours of talk without progress one member, Yitzhak, stands up and says “Quiet everyone, I’ve got it, I’ve got the solution to all our problems. We’ll declare war on the United States.”

Everyone starts shouting at once. “You’re nuts! That’s crazy!”

“Hear me out!” says Yitzhak. “We declare war. We lose. The United States does what she always does when she defeats a country. She rebuilds everything; our highways, airports, shipping ports, schools, hospitals, factories, and loans us money, and sends us food aid. Our problems would be over.

“Sure,” says Benny, another minister, “And what if we win?”

Newtown Shul Recycling Scheme

Newtown Shul is joining the Return and Earn Scheme to raise money for the Synagogue and help the environment. When you go to Synagogue, you’ll see a blue bin near the stair to the ladies section in the courtyard. This blue bin is for Recyclable Containers Only. When it is nearly full, that bin will be swapped for an empty bin and the money will go into the synagogue’s bank account. 

This is a way to help with the running costs of the shul. When you bring your empty soft drink tins, water bottles, beer bottles, etc., you will be contributing to the costs of the shul. Every ten items will bring $1 to the shul, so save your bottles, ask your neighbours, family and friends and help sustain our shul.

It is important that only correct items are placed in the bin. Please refer to the picture below and make sure that you bring in acceptable items for recycling next time you come to shul. 

Issued July 25th, 2019