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Dear Friends,

This last week around Australia, many gathered to celebrate NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week. The theme of this years NAIDOC week is Voice, Treaty, Truth. 2019 is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Voice, Treaty & Truth were three key elements to reforms set out in the Uluru Statement for the Heart.  The Uluru Statement was the culmination of 13 Regional Dialogues held around the country. The Uluru Statement from the Heart asked for two reforms: 1) a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution; 2) a Makarrata Commission, which could be set up by legislation. I believe that acknowledging the First Peoples of Australia is essential for our people and all people to feel whole.
In in this week’s parasha, Balak, the King of Moab, wanted to curse the Israelite people.  He hired a sorcerer named Bilaam. After several trials, and a talking donkey, the only words exiting Bilaam’s mouth were ones of blessing.  Bilaam said:

"Mah Tovu ohalecha Ya’akov mishkanotecha Yisrael,
מַה־טֹּ֥בוּ אֹהָלֶ֖יךָ יַעֲקֹ֑ב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶ֖יךָ יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃,
How goodly are your tents O Jacob, your dwelling places O Israel".

How poignant are these words? An early recognition of Israel’s right to exist and with blessing!
We can say the same for the First People of our Nation, Australia. We are a country of unique languages and cultures to be recognised and cherished by all who chose to live in Australia.  We are a country of diversity as we well know.  To end this drash I would like to acknowledge that TBI is assembled on land whose traditional custodians are the people of the Kulin Nation.
This Friday we have Bubs & Bagels at 10am. A unique program of playtime & music and designed specifically for grandparents, parents and guardians with children aged 0 – 3 years. We also welcome TBI member who will Natalie Stone will leading Bubs & Bagels for the first time.
We are looking forward to services at Emmy Monash which begin with a meet and greet at 3.45pm and then services at 4.15pm with Rabbi Kim Ettlinger.  This multi-generational service is truly a meaningful experience for all.

Join us on Friday for Kabbalat Panim at 6pm followed immediately by Kabbalah Shabbat at 6.15pm.   This week will be a little different as we share in the unique Hineinu experience. Services will be co-led by Rabbi Kim Ettlinger and Hineinu, service leaders Patrick Prunster and Beth Riordan.

Our Shacharit Shabbat service starts on Saturday morning at 10am, and we welcome Maddison Harrison, who joins us from Perth, to the Torah to celebrate her bat mitzvah!  Mazal tov to Maddison and her family. 

Beginning next Wednesday is the fabulous Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish learning course of both Crossroads in Jewish History and Ethics of Jewish Living.  There are still a few spots left, so why not join master teacher and amazing Rabbi and Scholar Fred Morgan AM in this journey of learning.  

Classes begin on July 17 at 7pm.  Come along on this wonderful journey.  

Learn more

Hineinu - Kabbalat Shabbat service
6pm Friday 19th July

An alternative Kallablat Shabbat and Maariv experience, providing an opportunity for personal and communal prayer in a tranquil & invigorating setting. Lay-led by Patrick Prunster and Elizabeth Riordan.
Next Dor Mid-Winter Games Night Pyjama Party
7.30pm Friday 19th July

For those in their 20s and 30s, Next Dor is hosting a Mid-Winter Games Night Pyjama Party, following Hineinu.

Hang out with us, warm and cosy in your favourite PJs or onesies, with a selection of board games to play.
We’ll be enjoying matzah ball soup and hot chocolate too!
Happy Birthday to:

Michael Cashmore, Stephen Chemke, Edward Ekselman, Yvonne Hershan & Karen Wise
Happy Anniversary to:

Roger and Jan Goldsmith
Fran and Yossi Goodman
Charles and Janice Hackman
Mishkan T'shuvah, our new machzor 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. $80 per set.

Look out for special opportunities to learn about the Machzor in August & September during Lunch 'n Learn.

For more information, call 9510 1488 or email:
Order A Set!
Sponsor A Set!
This year, like last year, TBI will be producing our Book of Remembrance to help us recall and honour our loved ones during the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur.
In keeping with this tradition, it is customary to recall our loved ones’ names at times of mourning, and to keep them at the forefront of our hearts and minds. When we write down their names their lives continue to have a significant place in our world, even though they are physically no longer with us.
We encourage you to continue this tradition, and to fulfil the mitzvah of remembering by completing and returning the form by 12 August 2019 to ensure the inclusion of your loved ones’ names in the TBI Book of Remembrance.
This book will be distributed prior to the TBI Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, Wednesday 9 October 2019.

If you have any questions about the Book of Remembrance, please email us.
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Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Kim Ettlinger
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