The Shira community warmly welcomes you to join us for the chagim. If you've been with us before, you'll know that Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are true highlights of the year at Shira. If you're new to our community, we can't wait to have you with us!
By popular demand, we're bringing back the wonderful husband-wife duo, Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfield from New York! They'll be leading our musically-inspired services, just as they did so beautifully last year.
It is time to renew your membership at Shira for the coming year. For many years we have had an open door policy without set seats. There are many people who come without paying membership, which makes it unfair for those families who honour our open system by taking out membership. As a Board, we have decided to maintain our values to a non-hierarchical system that is open to all. But we want to emphasise the word honour: your membership covers the huge cost of maintaining a shul in all its dimensions. We ask everyone therefore to take out membership before Rosh Hashana.
We have maintained our membership structure at similar rates to previous years making it affordable for students and families. For those who can afford more, please take out the higher level of membership by adding a donation. If you can’t afford our fees, then let us know. No one in our shul will ever be turned away or made to feel unwelcome.
By renewing your membership, you are supporting the only inclusive Orthodox minyan in Melbourne where both women and men are active participants in the service.
Your membership will also enable our shul to grow and thrive in the coming years, and help us to provide exciting new projects such as employing our new Education Director, Raf Descalu.
Children of all ages love Yom Tov at Shira - our amazing educators bring these chagim to life through puppetry, song, stories and morning tea, with a creative space set up to the theme "What a Wonderful World", for the 0-6 year olds. We also have a Shira Kids Club for 7-12 year olds, exploring New Year themes in a creative and fun way. All programs will be run by qualified madrichim (leaders) and educators. Your contribution to children's memberships is invaluable.
Your generosity is what makes our shul work.
Thanks so much, and Shana Tovah!