Events for March 2019

Conversations about health
Dr Kerryn Phelps will present an informative session "Older and wiser: live your best life" on issues including retirement, superannuation and protection of income, at Emanuel Synagogue on 10 March at 7pm.  Members: free (non-members: $10). Click here to book.

Yohai Cohen Quintet
VJs and Jewish Artis will present internationally renowned oud player, vocalist and percussionist Yohai Cohen for a concert on 11 March, 7.30pm, at North Shore Temple Emanuel. Cohen, a native of Safed,  performs Moroccan Andalusian and cha'abi (popular) music in Hebrew and Arabic. Tickets: $25; $20 concession. Click here to book.


Annual Leo Baeck Lecture
Alison Harcourt, Victorian Senior Australian of the Year will speak on 17 March at 7.30pm on "Forty Years Wandering Through Judaism" at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism. 

UIA Progressive Appeal 2019
We are excited to share the news that our distinguished guest speaker for this year's campaign will be Orly Erez Likhovski, head of the legal team at the Israel Religious Action Centre. Israel's "Ruth Bader Ginsburg", Orly has:

  • Led the fight to end gender segregation in Israel, winning cases in the Israeli Supreme Court ending gender discrimination on public transportation;
  • Forced the Rishon Le Tzion library in 2018 to stop having separate hours for religious and secular Israelis;
  • Led the Progressive Movement's landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Israel in the case known as the Rabbi Miri Gold Suit, which resulted in the court compelling the government of Israel to pay salaries to non-Orthodox rabbis who function in regional councils.

Orly Erez Likhovski will speak at public functions in Melbourne and Sydney:

Thursday 14 March
Temple Beth Israel at 7.30pm

Monday 18 March at 7.00pm
Emanuel Synagogue

Purim events

ACT Jewish Community
A Purim party on 21 March will follow the Megillah reading at 5.30pm, featuring a carnival, dinner, interactive activities for kids and a Purim spiel.

Beit Shalom Synagogue
Dress up, pop into your Yellow Submarine and join for a night of fun, frivolity, Fab Four songs and Beit-el Mania on 21 March; Megillah reading at 6pm; Purim spiel at 7pm. $10 per person; $20 per family.

Beth Shalom
Purim party with family craft activities, Megillah reading and Purim spiel, followed by potluck finger food, on 20 March at 6.30pm. Purim Carnival on 24 March, 2-4pm (Venue TBC).

Emanuel Synagogue
Bat-Mensch: Holy Hamentaschen, it's Purim! Join Bat-Mensch and Rivkah as our kippah-ed crusaders fight the evil Haman on  20 March. Megillah reading at 6.15pm, followed by the spiel.

Etz Chayim
A Merry Potter Purim on 20 March at 5-8pm, featuring Purim spiel, food, Megillah reading and kids' activities. Members: $10 adult; $5 child; $25 family (Non-members: $12 adult; $7 child; $35 family).

Purim party and fancy dress on 20 March. More details soon.

North Shore Temple Emanuel
A backwards service  on 20 March will feature unexpected musical fun with the choir, with Megillah reading and Latkes vs Hamentaschen Debate. 

Temple Beth Israel
Purim Spiel according to Frank Sinatra on 20 March and 24 March. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Temple David
Purim Spiel and Megillah Schmegilah on 20 March at 5.30pm.

Temple Shalom
Purim party on 20 March at 6pm for Megillah reading, following by a party and Oneg-style meal. Bring a non-meat dish to share (sweet or savoury) and wear your fancy dress (praises awarded for best costumes).

Etz Chayim Annual Women's Seder

Enjoy a four-course Kosher l'Pesach Seder on 31 March at 6pm for 6.30pm prompt start. $45 members; $55 non-members. Information: (03) 9563 9208 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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