Parshat Chayei Sarah

Abraham makes it to 175 years old in this week's Parshah, and Sarah to 127 before relocating to the cave in Hevron. How is this longevity achieved? It seems extraordinary. Even though this is the fastest growing demographic in the Western World, it is very hard to actually make it to three figures. Come to Shira on Shabbat to learn some tips from our forefathers, and you might enjoy this Ted talk about how to live to be 100+. Listen here.

This Shabbat: Come along at 6.30pm tonight for Kabbalat Shabbat and some lovely singing, and then on Shabbat Morning at 9.30am. We have had a special request for a Minyan to be there on time during the next month so that a congregant can say Kadish during Shacharit, so please make an extra effort to be on time.

The Dvar Torah will be given by a visiting guest lecturer from Israel, Dr Shani Tzoref, entitled "Why Start At The Beginning?". Dr Tzoref is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls and a researcher at the Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem. She has lectured in Biblical Studies and ancient Judaism at universities in the US, UK, and Israel. Her academic awards include Fulbright and Rothschild Fellowships.

The Kiddush this week will be sponsored by Penelle and Sasha Klein, in honour of Aria's Batmitzvah anniversary, and to celebrate the safe return of their sister and aunt, Sibella Stern from her travels. We wish you both a Mazal Tov and a Welcome! I would also add that this Kiddush should celebrate Penelle, who is an unsung hero of our community. Her many acts of kindness may not be publicly acknowledged, but many, many people are touched by them.

Next week we have a special guest speaker on Friday night. David Landau is former editor-in-chief of Haaretz newspaper, one of Israel's foremost political commentators and correspondent for the Economist. He will be giving a short address after Kabbalat Shabbat. Next Shabbat is also the Aufruf of Ronli Sifris and Michael Ross, to which the community are invited. A lunch will follow the Service — all welcome.

AGM: Wednesday December 7th at Shira, 8pm. Mark your diaries!

JAA Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser for Jewish Aid Australia on Dec 4th. Sponsor Team Shira here!

Shabbat Shalom

Posted on November 18, 2011 .