Welcome to Shira Hadasha! 

Shira, the shul of song, is an inclusive Orthodox community in Melbourne that embraces a commitment to Jewish law (halakha) and social action (tikkun olam). For more information, click here.

Who Are We?

Shira is an inclusive Orthodox minyan in Melbourne where both women and men are active participants and song permeates the service. 

Come visit us for an experience of prayer and song. If you need a place to stay or eat, don’t hesitate to ask.

See you soon!

Yamim Noraim at Shira

We invite you to join us at Shira for the High Holiday . Shira provides a place of reflection, connection and intention. The liturgy is traditional but the kavana is here and now,  personal and soulful. Musical tfila led by our wonderful chazzanim Talia Lakritz and Micah Sapir will enrich your experience and lift your spirit.

Services are held on the first evening of Rosh Hashana and on the mornings of both days of Rosh Hashana (shacharit and musaf), on Kol Nidrei and through the day on Yom Kippur (shacharit, musaf, mincha and neilah).

We are proudly lay led, and drashot are delivered by members of the community.

There are children’s programs for three age groups to give our younger congregants strong content and good shul memories.

Alternative programs

Alternative programs on themes of the Yamim Noraim will be offered in Shira's roof top tent after the drasha each morning.

Rosh Hashana:

Return through stories: story telling for young and old - Lara Lubitz.

Forgiveness and reconciliation: reflections on incorporating dialogue into everyday life based on experience as a  Heartbeat facilitator,  enabling dialogue through music for young Israeli and Palestinian musicians -  Coren Feldman. Suitable for teenagers and adults.

Yom Kippur: 
Reading Yonah on the roof: Revisiting the story of Yonah through story structure, character and motivation with performer and screenwriter Coren Feldman. Suitable for teenagers and adults.

Children’s Programs

Rosh Hashana:

Day 1

Preschool children -  10.45 am with Layla – Kids’ room (In partnership with PJ library)

5 to 7 year olds – 11.30 with Layla – Kids’ room

8 to 10 year olds – 11.00am – roof top tent with Aria

Day 2

Preschool children -  story telling with Shachar – 10.45am Kids’ room

5 to 7 year olds – 11.30am with Layla – Kids’ room

Children should bring their own lunch but apples and honey will be served on both days

Yom Kippur: 
Program to be advised


We ask everyone attending Shira on the High Holidays to support the shul through membership so that we can continue to thrive through the year and on Yamim Noraim. If you would like to pay your membership in instalments  please be in touch. Please takes out membership here (link to membership).

Seating update

The response has been really strong and for Yamim Noraim, fixed seating for women is almost fully booked. We remain committed to having enough quality seating for members who prefer unallocated seating so we aren't opening more allocated seating, but if you need help with fixed seating or you'd like to change to fixed seating, please write to admin@shira.org.au  

This Week at Shira

20 September 2019

Shabbat morning Shacharit will begin 9:45am Saturday. The Dvar Torah will be given by Mark Symons.

The community is invited to a kiddush following the service.

Children's programs

Tots: 10.45 - 11.30
Primary kids: 11.30 - 12.15

Victor Majzner, "Holding onto Heaven," 2009. We would like to acknowledge and thank Victor Majzner for his beautiful art work on our home page, from his book Painting the Song, in collaboration with the wonderful poetry of Debbi

e Masel z'l.


Caulfield, VIC

Events Calendar

Tefillah Times

Kabbalat Shabbat is held on the last Friday of each month. Next Kabbalat Shabbat: 27 September 2019, 5:30pm.

Saturday, 9:45 am 

Tots' Program: 
Saturday, 10:45am - 11:15am

Primary Kids' Program:
Saturday, 11:30 am -12:15 pm

More info on programs