Parshat Va'etchanan

This week's Parsha continues with Moses speaking to the gathered people, reviewing events and miracles that have occurred since leaving Egypt, including a repetition of the Ten Commandments.

We look forward to singing in Shabbat together at our beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6pm.  NEXT Friday night (15 August) we are delighted to welcome Dr David Bernstein, Dean of Pardes in Jerusalem, to Shira, where he will give us a short Dvar Torah.

Shacharit this week commences 9.45am, and we welcome back Mark and Kerryn Baker from their recent trip overseas with university students.Mark will be giving over the Dvar Torah this week, and we will also enjoyKerryn's wonderful chulent once again at our Kiddush this week. All are welcome.

Save the date!  Exciting performance @ Shira:

On Sunday 31 August at 7.45pm, Shira is excited to host acclaimed educator and performer, Helen Gottstein.

Helen will be performing her most recent bestselling one woman show at THC: "Under the Radar: The Israel that doesn't make the headlines". Helen was born in Australia and has lived the past 20 years in Jerusalem. She has toured internationally, to great accolades, including in the US, Australia, Limmud UK and NZ.  The cost for this session is $15, pay at the door. However, RSVP replies are essential! We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a fabulous, thought provoking and entertaining evening.  For more information, please join our Facebook events group here.  

Other community news and events:

Caulfield Junior College (formerly Caulfield North Primary and Central School) is celebrating 100 years this year and is looking for ex-students to be interviewed and/or photographed.  Please contact Annette Charak or before 15 August.

The Grassroots Dialogue Project is a new project run by the Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria), and Shira is pleased to be a supporter of this project.  The project is looking for a presenter who is well grounded in their faith, confident to present themselves and their faith as they experience it, to those of other faiths and traditions.  Please reply to Ilana if you are interested in obtaining a Presenters Position Description for further details about this exciting opportunity.

Tzedek is hosting a live screening of the new ABC documentary "Code of Silence", directed by Shira member Danny Ben Moshe, on Tuesday 12 August at 8.30pm at Classic Cinema.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with Danny Ben Moshe and Manny Waks, moderated by Colin Golvan QC.  Click here to view trailer, and tickets can be purchased here.

Gift of Life Australia is holding an urgent blood testing  session at Caulfield Red Cross Blood Donor Centre onTuesday 19 August from 4pm-7.15pm.  There are currently 4 Jewish Leukaemia patients between 1-61 years who are in urgent need of matching stem cell donors. Appointments are essential, and more information can be found here.

Shabbat Shalom

Posted on August 7, 2014 .