Prayer services in Australia
ACTProgressive Congregation of the ACT Jewish CommunityDuring the Shabbat serviceFriday 2 November, 6.00pmNew South WalesThe Great Synagogue(with NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Emanuel Synagogue)Wednesday 31 October, 6.00pm
QueenslandTemple ShalomDuring Shabbat servicesFriday 2 November, 6.30pmSaturday 3 November, 10.00am
Queensland Board of Deputies(at Brisbane Hebrew Congregation)Thursday 1 November, 7.00pm
TasmaniaHobart Hebrew CongregationTuesday 29 October, 7.30pm
VictoriaKehillat NitzanMonday 29 October, 6.30pm
Rabbinical Council of Victoria and Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria(at Caulfield Hebrew Congregation)Tuesday 30 October, 7.00pmTemple Beth IsraelDuring Kabbalat Shabbat serviceFriday 2 November, 6.00pm
Prayer services in New ZealandTemple Sinai (at Myers Hall, 80 Webb Street)Tuesday 30 October, 7.00pm
Prayer services in AsiaKehilat ShanghaiFriday 2 November, Prayer service, Shabbat dinner and discussionUnited Jewish Congregation of Hong KongFriday 2 November, 7.00pm
The Jewish Community of Japan and the United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore held prayer services on Sunday 28 October.
I am writing this response to the terrible shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh from our UPJ congregation in Singapore, where I am standing in for Rabbi Nathan Alfred as he and his wife Shelly prepare to welcome their first child into the world. In the face of death, new life is created!
The community here in Singapore, like Jewish communities large and small around the globe, is devastated by this tragic expression of anti-Semitic hatred and the loss that the Pittsburgh community has to face. The victims are ordinary people. But the ways they lived their lives made them extraordinary. They were living out their commitment to their faith and traditions, sharing with others and doing the simple things that give life meaning and direction. Many were stalwarts of their congregations, gentle, generous souls, parents and grandparents, from many different backgrounds. We are shocked that their lives, so precious to family and friends, could come to an end in this violent, senseless way.
But the meaning imbued in their lives continues for us. Even in these far outposts of Jewish existence, we mourn their passing. As I write these words, we in Singapore have just concluded a special Monday Shacharit service which we held to honour them and to demonstrate our solidarity and mutual support. The small prayer room here was filled to overflowing. Such is the strength and tenacity of our people.
I know that congregations across the UPJ will be holding services to honour these victims of violence. Wherever you are, I pray that the days to come bring you healing and renewal. In the light of your Jewish community, may you find light. May the day come when anti-Semitic hatred is a thing of the past. Until then, may we find the courage to strive always for a better, more complete world.
Rabbi Fred Morgan AMMovement Rabbi, UPJ