Rabbis, cantors and lay leaders from around the UPJ region have shared their High Holy Days sermons; click on "Read More" to see links to view videos and print versions of sermons. Stay tuned - more sermons will be posted as they are received.
Melton welcomes two experienced educators onto the Trans-Tasman team: Rabbi Dr Danny Schiff and Rabbi Ronnie Figdor. Rabbi Dr Danny Schiff will be teaching Melton's six-week course "OMG, Can You Believe!?" on Mondays, starting 11 October, 7.00-8.30pm (AEDT) via Zoom (6 weeks). CLICK HERE to register and learn more.
The Board of Temple Sinai wishes a very warm welcome to Rabbi Dr Esther Jilovsky, who will begin her new role as Temple Sinai's rabbi in early November this year (Covid-willing!). Rabbi Jilovsky was born in Melbourne, but spent some of her primary school years at Wadestown school in Wellington, and later became a member of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne. Rabbi Jilovsky wrote: "I am truly excited that I have been given the opportunity to lead Temple Sinai into a new era of creativity, engagement and growth."
With great sadness, the UPJ mourns the passing of Rabbi Richard G Hirsch z"l. We are grateful to Dr John S Levi AC, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, who wrote the following memorial tribute: We met first in Washington in 1968. I had read and heard of the Reform Movement's Social Action Center and, after seven year's experience as a rabbi in Australia, I needed to catch up with my colleagues in America and see where we were lacking.