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This week we find ourselves not only concluding the biblical Book of Numbers with the reading of Parashat Mas’ey but also marking the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av.

If this had been any other month in the Hebrew calendar, we would have read Isaiah 66:1–24, the traditional haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, "the Sabbath that falls on the first of the month."

But instead, we read a special haftarah chosen for the period leading up to Tishah B’Av. This haftarah from Jeremiah is part of a series chosen just for this season, when we remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

Jeremiah is the second of ten haftarot in the series; traditionally, three are read on the Sabbaths prior to Tishah B’Av and seven are read on the following Sabbaths.

Broadly speaking, the three haftarot of retribution (also called the three haftarot of affliction) were chosen to represent prophetic visions of the sins of the Hebrews that led to the destruction of the Temple.

The emphasis in this weeks haftorah, as well as the ones that precede and follow it, is not on mourning the destruction of the Temple, but on the actions and beliefs of the people who—from a biblical perspective—violated God’s commands.

The midrash and the examples it presents stress the capacity for self-reflection and self-evaluation, and an acceptance of responsibility for what has gone wrong. Together, the biblical text and its Rabbinic interpretation offer a transformative model for our thinking about Tishah B’Av.

Instead of simply being a day for remembering past losses, Tishah B’Av could be a day that we spend in self-reflection and self-examination regarding (1) the legal, economic, social, moral, and religious issues of our own time, (2) the ways our congregations and communities might measure ourselves and society against our commitments to social justice, and (3) the obligations we have to take responsibility for helping to make this a better world.

To this end, I hope you can us join over shabbat as we mark the arrival of the month of Av and ready ourselves to find personal and communal meaning in the observances that follow.

In advance of that our celebration of Shabbat begins this Friday with Bubs & Bagels at 10am led by Natalie Stone. A unique program of playtime & music and designed specifically for grandparents, parents and guardians with children aged 0 - 2 years. 
We are doing a very special combined Family & Kabbalat Service this Friday at 6pm. It's a vibrant & refreshing Shabbat experience including youth involvement, activities and the latest Jewish melodies. This service is perfect for TBI Tamid and Binah families, as well as the entire TBI community!
If you wish, stay on for Community Dinner at 7:30pm. It's a potluck affair! Please bring a Parve or Milchig dish to share with the community.
Then Shacharit Shabbat service starts on Saturday morning at 10am. We are proud to call Neil Cowen to the Torah who will be reading for the first time for his adult bar mitzvah at 62, so his Bar Mitzvah is only 50 years late! Happily married to Rosemary and the proud father of three children and one grandchild, Neil has been practicing his Torah reading for many months, and we can't wait. Mazal Tov Neil!

Rosh Chodesh
7.30pm, Sunday 4th August

TBI’s women’s group meets every month for the new moon in a private home. If you’d like to join, please RSVP by Friday and we’ll send you the location and more details.

This month's speaker is: Dr Deborah Rechter:
Deborah is a curator of exhibitions and a literary consultant. She is a founding editor of Jewish Women of Words, a blog for, by and about Jewish Women. She will talk about the ways that JWOW has created an online community for Jewish women and a platform to explore the ideas that matter to them.

We are pleased to welcome Sefi Shalom - our community Shaliach (Israeli Emissary) as our guest speaker at "Jews in the News" on Wednesday 7 August. Sefi will be joined by members of the visiting Israeli delegation who are currently working in our community for timely updates on events leading into the upcoming Israeli election.
Together with Shira, Leo Baeck Centre, Etz Chayim, Kedem & Kehilat Nitzan, join us for the fourth annual cross-communal Tisha B'Av Commemoration. We will remember the destruction wrought by the Sinat Chiman (baseless hatred) of our past and committed for pursuing a future defined by Ahavat Chiman (unconditional love).
Saturday 10th August
7:00pm Maariv
7:30pm Eicha Reading & Study Program to follow

Hosted by Shira: 222 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North VIC 3161

Lunch and Learn with Bill Appleby
12.30pm Saturday 17th August

Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer – JewishCare.

Jewish Care Victoria has an ambitious agenda to change the face of aged care, disability and community services for our community.

Investing $200 million dollars in six projects over ten years, Bill Appleby will talk about some of these exciting projects and how they will help our community.

Fertility, Genetics & Judaism Panel
3pm, Sunday 18th August

Join us for a compelling conversation exploring the challenges and achievements of fertility, technology and Jewish tradition. Moderated by Rabbi Kim Ettlinger

Happy Birthday to:

Sarah Etinger, Jill Harris, Simon Jakobovits, Carl Klempfner, Paul Nussbaum, Geoffrey Prideaux, Ashley Rosshandler, Stan Saks, Jenny Schulman, Rifka Silver, Cheryl Spivakovsky, Anthony Stern & Gerda Thurin 
Happy Anniversary to:

Geoff Sandler and Natalie Taft
Julia and Troy Wajsman
Mishkan T'shuvah, our new machzorim for the High Holy Days are almost here. There are limited quantities available for sale in the office. Order your set today, or sponsor a set for the community. Look out for special opportunities to learn about the Machzor in August & September during Lunch 'n Learn.
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Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Gersh Lazarow
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