UPJ congregations offer virtual services

Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer virtual Shabbat and daily minyan services, as well as courses during this time of social isolation, and the CCAR Press has generously provided a flip-book version of our region's siddur, Mishkan T'filah: World Union Edition (click here to open the flip book). 



Shabbat services (please note: some of these may be changing from live-streaming to Zoom or other platforms, please stay tuned)

Congregation Friday evening service Shabbat morning service Link to join service
Beit Shalom Synagogue 6.00pm 10.30am Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to subscribe
Emanuel Synagogue 6.15pm   https://www.emanuel.org.au/shabbat-live-stream#
Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue 6.30pm  "Thank G-d it's Shabbat!" 20-minute express  10.00am (every Shabbat) Friday: https://zoom.us/j/512512110
Saturday: https://zoom.us/j/709601912
 Kehilat Shanghai  7.15pm   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/309895204
 Kedem's Service for the Soul    28 March & 25 April at 10.00am Email to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Kedem    4 April, 9 April (Pesach), 17 April at 10.00am Email to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 North Shore Temple Emanuel 6.30pm Pre-recorded D'var Torah and Torah leyning https://www.nste.org.au/virtual-community.html
Progressive Congregation of ACT Jewish Community 5.30-6.15pm   https://zoom.us/j/130140028
Temple Beth Israel 6.15pm 10.00am https://www.youtube.com/tbimelbourne
Temple David 6.30pm 10.30am https://www.facebook.com/templedavidperth/
Temple Sinai    Saturday 4 April
9.00am: Tot Shabbat with Shannyn & Max
10.30am: Shabbat service

 Daily minyans

Emanuel Synagogue
Weekdays M-F at 8am: https://zoom.us/j/702546413 
Musical minyan Sundays at 9am: https://zoom.us/j/306800789

Temple Beth Israel
Sundays through Thursdays at 6.15pm: https://www.youtube.com/tbimelbourne

Other virtual offerings

ACT Progressive Congregation
Offered by Rabbi Gary Robuck:
Cocktail Chatter (Grab your favourite beverage/nosh and chat with friends) on Sundays at 5.00-6.00pm (beginning 29 March): https://zoom.us/j/621219278
Havdalah Storytime for Families: Saturdays 6.00-6.30pm (beginning 11 April through 23 May); link to be provided soon
Lunch and Learn on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors) Thursdays 12-1pm (beginning 23 April through 28 May); link to be provided soon

Emanuel Synagogue's Preparing for Pesach sessions at 8.00pm on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/734473443:
"How do I run a seder in the age of Corona?" on Monday 30 March (Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth)
"The theme of four in the Haggadah: Cups of wine, questions, children ..." on Tuesday 31 March (Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins)
"Ideas to create a fun seder for everyone" on Wednesday 1 April (Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio)
"Why is Elijah at my Seder and How can I put his lesson into action?" on Thursday 2 April (Rabbi Misha Clebaner)
"The Deeper Meaning of Pesach" on Sunday 5 April (Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff)
"Chol Ha'Moed - What's the Deal?" on Monday 6 April (Reverend Sam Zwarenstein)
"Afikomen: The Transformation of a Ritual" on Tuesday 7 April (Cantor George Mordecai)

Emanuel Synagogue
Clergy Virtual Cafe - chat, catch up over coffee, tea, wine whisky or green smoothie!) on Sundays at 7.00pm, Tuesdays at 11.00am and Thursdays at 3.00pm: https://zoom.us/j/560011869

Etz Chayim Progressive Congregation
Intro to Judaism class with Rabbi Allison Conyer: "The Pesach Journey" on Thursdays 29 March (8.00-9.30pm) and 2 April (8.00-9.00pm); https://zoom.us/j/110231019 or dial: 03 7018 2005, meeting ID 110 231 019 #

Be a Good Ancestor study session with Ilan: To register contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Text Study Group on the Book of Ben Sira: Indicate interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0410 483 676.

North Shore Temple Emanuel
Pyjama Time for Young Families on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on NSTE YouTube Channel

Temple Beth Israel
Bubs & Bagels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.30am (children aged 0-2 years): https://www.youtube.com/tbimelbourne
Musical lunch with Cantor Michel Laloum and song leader Ido Sagir on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12pm: https://meet.google.com/_meet/mgn-fjnf-hye
Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Gersh Lazarow and Rabbi Kim Ettlinger: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12pm: https://meet.google.com/_meet/mgn-fjnf-hye

Temple David
Online Kabbalah Meditation with Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff on Tuesdays, 24 March through 7 April, at 7.00-8.15pm AEDT. You can join live or watch the recorded class at your convenience. Click here to book.

WUPJ classes "Connecting our Global Family in Times of Corona": Learn from leading Progressive and reform rabbis and rabbinical students in a series of webinars offered in our specific time zones; you can also watch prerecorded webinars. Upcoming webinars include "Historical Viruses and Disasters that influence the Seder" on 27 March,10.00am (Jerusalem time) with Rabbi Grisha Abramovich of Belarus, and "Two Rabbis and an Imam" on March 27, 5.00pm (Jerusalem time), with Rabbi Nathan Alfred, Rabbi Jordan Helfman and Imam Dr Mamadou Bocoum. Click here to learn more.

The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival has made some excellent Jewish-themed movies available at significantly reduced pricing. These critically acclaimed films, available via Prime Video or Apple iTunes for as low as US$0.99 each, include “1945”, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”, “Inside Hannah’s Suitcase” and “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream”. Click here to view the list of movies that are available.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning (a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is offering text-based, pluralistic and interactive online courses, at no cost, to learners around the world via Zoom. Click here to read about the courses, which range from “Freedom is a State of Mind: Passover 2020” to “From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes”.

Preparing for Pesach and virtual sedarim around the region
UPJ congregations have exhibited fantastic creativity in providing engaging and useful online classes and virtual experiences, particularly with the upcoming festival of Pesach.
Stay tuned, as more listings are expected soon.

Many thanks to the Jewish Community of Japan and Temple Beth Israel, who have prepared and shared three excellent haggadot. Click on the links below:

Jewish Community of Japan Haggadah (in Hebrew, English and Japanese!)
Temple Beth Israel Family Haggadah
Temple Beth Israel Community Haggadah

 Congregation Date & time of Seder/Passover services How to join Other information
 ACT Progressive Congregation Thursday 9 April at 6.30pm (2nd night seder) Click on this link to join Zoom Seder  
 Beit Shalom Synagogue Wednesday 8 April at 6.00pm (1st night seder)
Thursday 9 April at 10.30am (Day 1 service)
Wednesday 15 April (last day Pesach/Yizkor)


Seder baskets provided
 Emanuel Synagogue
 Kabbalah Seder

Monday 13 April, 7.00-8.30pm To book and receive link:
Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff and Cantor George Mordecai will unpack the deeper spiritual meaning of the journey from slavery to freedom, including melodies from around the world
 Etz Chayim Progressive   Synagogue Thursday 9 April at 6.00pm (2nd night seder) https://zoom.us/j/332328366  
 Jewish Community of Japan Thursday 9 April (2nd night seder) Click on this link to join Zoom Seder Seder kits provided
 Kehilat Shanghai Thursday 9 April 5.30pm (actual seder) Millenium Hongqiao Hotel RSVP by 2 April: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Leo Baeck Centre Wednesday 8 April at 5.30pm (1st night seder)
Thursday 9 April at 10.00am (Day 1 service)
 North Shore Temple Emanuel Thursday 9 April (2nd night seder) Visit NSTE Virtual Community Page  
 Temple David Wednesday 8 April at 7.00pm (1st night seder) Temple David Facebook Page  

Subscribe to our news updates

Keep up to date with our latest news and events. Subscribe to our weekly updates.

Find a Congregation Near You

Find a jewish congregation near you Jewish Community of Japan Kehilat Shanghai Kehillat Beijing United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong Thailand Progressive Jewish Community United Hebrew Congregation Kehilot Brit Beracha (Indonesia) Rodef Shalom Jewish Religious Union (Mumbai) Temple David Congregation Beit Shalom Synagogue Progressive Congregation of the ACT Jewish Community Tasmanian Union for Progressive Judaism Dunedin Jewish Congregation Beth Shalom Temple Sinai Congregations in Victoria Congregations in NSW Congregations in QLD