Parshat Matot-Masei

Join us this week as we bring in Shabbat with a melodic Kabballat Shabbat at 6pm. At 9:15am on Shabbat morning we will enjoy a shiur on the parasha which will be run by Yaron Gottlieb, before commencing Shacharit at 9:45am.

Kiddush Lunch and Guest Speaker: A Kiddush Lunch will follow the Service and Rebecca Forgasz will speak on the topic  ‘Women known for these acts’:  Lesbianism in Halacha. Bookings for the lunch have closed.

Consecration of Debbie Masel (Miller): The consecration of the tombstone erected in loving memory of Debbie will occur this Sunday at 10am, at the Chevra Kadisha Cemetery (Browns Road, Springvale) Section 13, Row N, No. 30.

Tisha b’Av: Next Saturday night we will host a Megillah reading followed by a program.

Where: Shira (222 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield)

When: 6:45pm on July 28th

What: The reading of Megillat Eicha, followed by a screening of episode 3 from the brilliant TV series “Ancient Rome: The Rise and fall of an Empire” which dramatically depicts the rival Jewish factions at the time and the sinat chinam (baseless hatred) between them that contributed to the end of Jewish sovereignty in Judea. We will conclude the evening with a discussion about the historical context and modern incarnation of baseless hatred in Judaism.

Shira Tzedaka: so far we have raised $294.00 towards employing a nurse for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. One year's salary for a nurse is $3600.00. To contribute to the cause and see more info, click here.

Young MDA Speed Dating: Young MDA is hosting a speed dating night on Thursday August 2nd. You can find out more details here.

Jewish Aid Australia program: Jewish Aid Australia runs a 6 week social justice course for 11 and 12 year olds called Stand Up.  It is an excellent program which complements Shira’s own Bnei Mitzvah program. To find out more about Stand Up, click on this link. If you have any queries about Shira’s Bnei Mitvah program email

Shabbat Shalom

Posted on July 20, 2012 .