Shabbat and Simchat Torah

Tonight as part of Grand Final weekend, Ashley Browne will share some stories on when yomtov and football collide. Join us for a l’chaim and nibblies at 5.45pm followed by Kabbalat Shabbat, and then Ashley’s talk before ma’ariv.

Kabbalat Shabbat - Friday 6.00pm
Shabbat Shacharit - Saturday 9.30am

On Shabbat morning the Dvar Torah will be given by Seraphya Berrin and following the service we will take a short walk to the sukkah of Annette Charak and Alain Herz for Kiddush.

The Kids' Club will also be running as usual for a fun and educational Shabbat experience.

Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

We welcome the community to Shira on Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torch.

On Monday evening from 4 - 5.30pm, Simchat Torah celebrations will begin with a children's party including a puppet show! A light dinner of mac and cheese will be served. 

The celebrations will continue at 8.15pm with hakkafot, singing, dancing, coffee, cake and schnapps.


On Tuesday morning, we will honour Jeff Meyer as Chatan Torah to mark the end of Torah reading for the year and Annette Charak as Kallat Bereishit as we begin the cycle again. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the simcha of this beautiful tradition with them.

In honouring the voices of all the children of the shule we especially want to highlight the beautiful contribution made by the children of the shule each week as they lead the community in tfila. We will share that joy by calling Aaron Zelman to the Torah to celebrate the contribution of Bella Zelman, Ella Carmeli-Wolski and all the children.

All men and women in the community over batmitzvah and barmitzvah age are invited to receive an aliya for Simchat Torah. This is a wonderful tradition and we look forward to the festivities.

A special celebratory Kiddush lunch will follow the service.

Shmini Atzeret
Monday 5 October- 9.30am (Yizkor after 11am)

Erev Simchat Torah
Monday 5 October - 4.00pm (Children's Party)
8.15pm - Shira Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah
Tuesday 6 October - 9.30am

Leslie and Brie Shroot have invited all the Shira children to their sukkah for a Shira kids' party!

WhenToday at 10am (Friday 2 October),

Bring: A plate to share of something kosher (milchig or parve), some fruit, muffins, veggies etc.

Please reply to this email for the address and if you plan to come so that activities can be planned accordingly.

Bereishit Workshop for Parents of Children Aged 5-12

Join Esther (Chooch) Takac and Jane Korman on Tuesday 13 October 2015 at 8pm for an experiential workshop for parents of children aged 5 to 12 years. The workshop will explore the magic and poetry of the stories of Genesis. Whilst reading a range of texts, we will be playing with ideas and creative responses through art and writing. Most importantly the workshop will explore how to pass on the richness of this tradition to our children.

Esther Takac is a child and adult psychologist. She is also an author having published Genesis – the Book with Seventy Faces (National Jewish Book Award) Loni and the Moon (Premier’s Reading List) and Jacob: a world of faces (Young Adult novella, Third Space series designed to develop intercultural understanding). 

Jane Korman is a performance, video and visual artist. Her work confronts prejudice and racial stereotypes. Jane also has twenty five years experience delivering private art workshops for children, teens and adults both locally and overseas.


Thank you to everyone who has already renewed membership. Your support makes Shira possible!

If you attended services on the yamim noraim but have overlooked taking out membership, you can still take membership now. We really do rely on the contribution of everyone attending to make it possible to run the shule.

Click here to take out membership for 2015/16.

Cholent Roster

We love cholent at Shira! If you wish to make a pot of delicious cholent, please click here for step by step instructions and to put your name on the roster.

Community Announcements

Diller Teen Fellows

Applications are now open to be a part of the first group of Diller Teen Fellows in Melbourne. The program is an international leadership course for Jewish teens currently in Year 9 and 10.

For more information, contact the Melbourne coordinator, Ellie Golvan via or visit their website by Clicking Here.

oh Australia oh Israel

A ZCV and I Am Art Gallery Event

An exhibition of the work of Israeli artist, Yosl Bergner, in honour of his 95th birthday, will take place 9–18 October 2015 at The Attic Gallery, 297a Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick. 

The exhibition includes new works, including sculptures, not previously seen in Australia, and Mr Bergner’s work will be available for purchase.

A Gallery Talk will take place 11 October at 2pm.

For more information about Yosl and the exhibition Click Here.

Posted on October 2, 2015 .