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 Candle lighting 5:10pm  Havdallah 6:10pm

As Susannah Heschel once said, “words create worlds”. Nowhere is this more beautifully and poignantly apparent than in the act of articulating a vow.

With such words, in whatever form they may take, we promise that no matter what external realities bring, our internal intentions will stand. Vows hold our assurance that some things in life may indeed be forever, in a culture that would constantly have us discard, dispose of, and reinvent.The opening verses of Matot, this week’s portion, are all about the articulation of vows, and remind us that words indeed create worlds. Baruch she-amar v’hayah haolam—“Blessed is God who spoke and the world came to be.”

Words sustain reality. But when reality changes, we may need new words to reflect that.

As we get ready for Shabbat, let us hope these words of Matot help us find the necessary balance between holding the words of our promises closely enough to keep their seriousness in mind. But,  loosely enough to acknowledge that sometimes letting them go is what will truly bring us forward, thus allowing us to take our part in creating the world anew.

Our Shabbat celebration begins this morning with Bubs & Bagels at 10am lead 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 looking forward to services at Emmy Monash which begin with a meet and greet at 3.45pm and then services at 4.15pm with Michel Laloum and Sharon Mattatia. This multi-generational service is a truly meaningful experience for all.

Back at TBI, join us for Pre-Shabbat Drinks at 5:30pm in the courtyard, followed immediately by Kabbalat Shabbat at 6.15pm in the Main Sanctuary.
This Saturday morning at 9.30am, Natalie Stone hosts her first Tot Shabbat. This is a playful one-hour Shabbat morning program for toddlers and their families, with challah plaiting, songs, stories and crafts.
Our Shacharit Shabbat service starts on Saturday morning at 10am.

We also have a special Minchah Shabbat on Saturday at 4pm. This includes the bar mitzvah of Henry Orner! We wish a hearty Mazal tov to the Orner family.
TBI Member Forums
3pm, Sunday 28th July
6pm, Monday 29th July

As mentioned in the President's email earlier this week, we are holding two forums to enable members to participate in planning for the use of the kindergarten space on TBI premises. which will be vacated by King David School in 2020
The Board will present a series of options for discussion.

Bring your ideas; Envision the future; Join the conversation.

Ideas generated are valuable for TBI’s future planning for this space. We’re looking for income producing or cost neutral improvements. This is a once in a generation opportunity.

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:

Ken Klooger, James Silver, Caroline Heard, Adrienne Basser, Alexander Wolff & Arthur Eger.
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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