These three weeks of mourning and reflection culminates in the fast day of Tisha Beav commencing 5.34pm Monday 4 October until 6.03pm Tuesday 5 October. Please join us at Shira for the reading of Megillat Eicha (Lamentations) with a Film Screening to follow. Maariv is at 6pm on Monday 4 October, followed by reading of Megillat Eicha at 6.15pm

The Israeli film "Wonderful Women" (Nashim Nehedarot) will follow Eicha:

Israel hit international headlines in 2012 with controversial stories of intolerance and religious radicalism. In the center of these stories was the small town of Beit Shemesh. In response, a series of tolerance building projects were launched in the city in an effort to support and strengthen the voices of mutual respect.

Shira is proud to be the first kehilla in Australia to screen Wonderful Women (Nashim Nehedarot) this Tisha B’Av. First screened in Israel on Tisha Be’Av 2013, the documentary was produced by filmmaker Hila Timor Ashur. She co-founded the initiative “Wonderful Women” together with her friend Chaya Josovic. Hila is a secular woman from Mateh Yehuda and Chaya is a Haredi woman from Beit Shemesh. They decided to create an initiative to bring women together from totally different backgrounds, to get to know each other and break down stereotypes by creating films together. The project is currently in its second year. 

The documentary is 52 minutes in length. It is in Hebrew, with English subtitles.

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Welcome to Shira Hadasha! 

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

At Shira, you’ll find a mehitza dividing the praying-space into two, but services are led from both its sides. Shira believes that Orthodox Judaism must strive for such inclusiveness, and it leads the way as the first such congregation in Australia. 

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!

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 Debbie Masel z'l.


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Events Calendar

Tefillah Times

Kabbalat Shabbat:
Friday, 6:00 pm

Saturday, 9:15 am 

Saturday, 9:45 am 

Tots' service:
Saturday, 10:45 am

Children's service:
Saturday, 11:15 am