Events for July/August 2019

Family Shabbat Dinner
Temple Beth Israel will host a musical Family Shabbat Service on 5 July at 6pm, followed by a community dinner at 7pm. Please bring a milchig/pareve dish to share.

Shabbat Kat children's service
Beth Shalom in Auckland will host its children's service on 6 July at 10-11am, with stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History of the Palestinian refugees
Presenters Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black and Elisabeth Holdsworth will present on "Why Palestinian refugees different from other refugees" on 7 July at 3pm at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism. Click here for more information.



War on Slavery
On 7 July, 5.00-6.30pm, Emanuel Synagogue will host an international panel, including Kevin Hyland OBE (member of the Vatican's Santa Marta Group, former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commission), John McCarthy QC (Chair of the Sydney Archdiocese Anti-Slavery Taskforce, former Ambassador to the Holy See), Jennifer Burn (NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at UTS) and Fuzz Kitto (National Co-Director of STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition), and moderated by Jane Jeffes (Co-founder of War On Slavery and former ABC Head of Religion & Ethics. Click here to register.

Hebrew from Zero
Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black will offer a six-session course for beginners on Sunday mornings at 10am on 7, 21 & 28 July, 11 & 25 August, and 8 September. Cost $75 includes textbook.
Click here to book.

Josephus: Hero or villain?
Kedem will present Dr Geoff Jenkings, former senior lecturer on Early Judaism and Classical Semitics at the University of Melbourne, will on 14 July at 7.30pm. To RSVP and venue details, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Etz Chayim Choir Auditions
Choral teacher and cantorial soloist Sharon Mattatia will lead the new Etz Chayim Choir and will hold auditions on 16/17 July. Click here for more details.

Food Fighter film
The film about OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn's crusade against waste will be screened on 21 July, 5.00-6.30pm at Emanuel Synagogue. Ronni will introduce the film. Members: $10; non-members $15; under-18s free. Click here to book.




Book launch "Beyond Survival"

Ken Arkwright OAM, German-born Holocaust survivor and long-time member of Temple David in Perth, has written a Holocaust memoir that was recently launched  in Melbourne and Perth. The Sydney book launch, co-hosted by the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be held on 24 July at 1.15pm at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Canberra Shabbaton open to all
The Progressive Congregation of the ACT Jewish Community will host a peaceful Shabbat experience within the tranquil gardens of Brahma Kumaris Meditation Retreat Centre in Wilton on 26-28 July. Rabbi Gary Robuck will present the program, with support from Sue Beecher. $250 members; $275 non-members includes comfortable twin-share en-suite accommodation. Click here to book with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (before 10 July).

The Lost Princess
Cantor George Mordecai will offer a new series of classes, beginning with a deeply insightful story from Rabbi Nahman, incorporating music and meditation, weekly from 25 July at 7.15pm. Click here for more information and to register.


Who were the Sages?
Simon Holloway will offer a four-week course on the rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud, beginning on 8 August, 7.30-9.00pm, at North Shore Temple Emanuel. Cost: $120 for NSTE members; $140 for non-members. Click here to book.


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