Parshat Behar

Please join us for a warming Kabbalat Shabbat at 6pm this week.  Shacharit commences 9.45am sharp this Shabbat morning.  Please note that there is no shiur this week!

This week's Parasha, Behar, tells us about the laws of Shmittah, the Sabbatical year where working on the land in Israel ceases every seventh year.  Chooch (Esther) Takac will be giving the Dvar Torah this Shabbat on "My Promised Land - Parashat Behar and Ari Shavit". We look forward to seeing you all there. A light Kiddush will follow as usual.

Next Shabbat, 17 May, we are hosting Q&A at Shira: The Racial Discrimination Act - is it good for Australia?

Please join us for a spirited and thought provoking panel, sure to inspire robust debate, moderated by Ittay Flescher.

We are honoured to have the following guests as speakers on our panel:

Michael Gawenda: Award winning Journalist and author.

James Paterson: Director of Development and Communications at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Nasya Bahefen: Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at UNSW.

David Marlow:  Executive Director of the JCCV.

For more detailed bios and to read up on some interesting articles about this topic, please see our Facebook page here.

We will have a Kiddush before the Q&A, and we appreciate your contribution of $10 for this Kiddush by Monday 12 May, for catering purposes.  You can make your payment here. Otherwise, we welcome you to just join us for the panel if you wish.

Hope to see you at this event, listening to a wide variety of views on this very topical issue.

Shavuot is approaching and once again, we are delighted to be hosting our always interesting and engaging Tikkun Leil Shavuot at night 3 June.  Watch this space!

Limmud Oz is being held this year in Melbourne from 7 to 9 June. There will be 180 sessions led by international and local presenters (including many Shira members) of pluralist Jewish learning, as well as many musical performances.  For more information and tickets please see here (early bird prices before 31 May).

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted on May 8, 2014 .