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 Candle lighting 7:15pm  Havdallah 8:14pm

Another Yom Kippur has come and gone; we have communally and individually celebrated, reflected, and atoned. Now we shift our focus toward the conclusion of our cycle of Torah readings with parashat Haazinu, the penultimate portion of the Torah.

In a few days we begin the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot followed by Simchat Torah – a holiday whose name literally means “joyous celebration of Torah.” Then we start over as we do each year with Genesis – and the cycle begins anew. Endings and beginnings, beginnings and endings. I’m reminded of that popular song from the 90s by the band Semisonic – “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

Haazinu is the epitome of this cycle, for the parsha is Moses’ farewell speech to the Israelites. He reflects, at times with pride and at others lament; yet the centrality of God is paramount throughout. Just as Moses bids farewell, the Israelites gear up for their new chapter in the Promised Land. It is a strange juxtaposition between old and new; between ending and beginning, between life and death.

The parallel between Haazinu’s message and the passage of time in our Jewish community is no accident. In these days our transitions are abundant – from year to year, season to season, chag (holiday) to chag and Deuteronomy to Genesis.

In these sacred days, may we continue to pay attention to those transitions, reflecting on the centrality of our Jewish community and our belief in something greater than ourselves.

Our celebration of Shabbat begins this week with our fantastic Sukkot themed Bubs & Bagels at 10 am, led by Natalie Stone and Ido Sagir. Bubs & Bagels is a  unique program of playtime and music, designed specifically for children aged 0 - 2 years and their caregivers. 
Our Shabbat celebration continues on Friday afternoon with our Pop-Up Shabbat Service at Emmy Monash which begins at 4.15pm.

Kabbalat Shabbat begins with Kabbalat Panim at 6pm followed by the evening service at 6.15pm.

This week's Shacharit Shabbat service is highlighted by the celebration of Eli Rauchberger's Bar Mitzvah. We wish him and his entire family a hearty mazal tov!
Once again, I would like to express my appreciation to our gracious volunteers who arrived bright and eager this morning to push the bimah, sort the chairs and assist with preparing the synagogue for Sukkot and Simchat Torah.  Thank you!
This Shabbat we also want to take a moment to wish Mazel Tov to our members who are celebrating smachot.
Happy Birthday to:

John Fast, Charles Hackman, Marlene Dryen & Lorraine Kindler
Happy Anniversary to:

Victor and Sally Barnes

Sukkot celebrations this year begin with Sukkah decorating and family activities on Sunday 13th of October at 4:30pm. This energetic program is one of the highlights of our year and is not to be missed.

Our BBQ dinner will be followed by Maariv Service at 6:15pm.

Sukkot Morning Services are at 10am on Monday and provides another wonderful opportunity for the whole family to celebrate the harvest festival together. This service is followed by a fruit-filled kiddush in the Sukkah.

As Sukkot comes to an end, we move into Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, celebrating the end (and the beginning) of the annual Torah reading cycle.

This is an incredible joyous occasion, made even more special by appreciating some of our amazing volunteers through the awarding of honours. This year we recognize Andrew Sward - Chatan Torah; Ginny Klooger - Kallah B'reishit; Tamara Kay - Junior Kallah Torah and Abby Goldstein - Junior Kallah B'reishit.

I look forward to welcoming you all on Sunday 20 October at 6.15pm and on Monday 21 October at 10am.
We are delighted to be hosting our annual TBI Breakfast on 6 November 2019. We are fortunate to welcome Dave Sharma MP as our inspiring guest speaker and I encourage you to come along for a lovely fresh breakfast and some topical discussion. Visit our website for bookings and more information.
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Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Gersh Lazarow 
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