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What’s on this week:
Shabbat Mishpatim,
Parshat Shekalim


  • Candle Lighting              
           Earliest                         6.27 pm
           Customary                    7.33 pm
           (Candle lighting available in Shul)
  • Mincha                           5.55 pm
  • Kabbalat Shabbat       6.15 pm


  • Shacharit*                       9.00 am
  • Children's Services*       10.00 am
  • Mincha*                           7.15 pm
  • Havdalah                         8.29 pm

*Pre-registration required

To register for Shabbat Services please click here.

To download the updated February calendar please click here.
We are pleased to announce that this week we have increased capacity in our shul in line with more relaxed government restrictions.

In addition, masks are no longer mandatory and wearing a mask is now personal preference.

We are thrilled to announce that children's services will be running on Shabbat morning! Please ensure you register each child that will be attending shul on Shabbat.

Due to increased capacity, the kiddush on Shabbat morning is now no longer restricted to members only. 
We are thrilled to invite you to our Children's Purim Carnival on Thursday, 25th February from 5.30pm - 7.00pm. To register, please click here.

Due to number restrictions, please note registration is available for Kehillat Kadimah members only.
Would your high school children be interested in helping us out with the Children's Purim Carnival? Their time will count towards their community service hours.

To sign up, please follow these three easy steps:
  1. Click here.
  2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register for an account on
  3. Choose your spots and sign up!

If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Nicky and she can sign you up manually.
Please join us for our weekly Musical Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evening with Rabbi Rapoport, Rabbi Niasoff and Nissa Niasoff on musical accompaniments.

To watch the Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Live Streamed on YouTube, please click here on Friday at 6.15pm.
Mazal Tov to Matan and Racheli Kofsky on the birth of a baby girl. Mazal Tov to grandparents Malcolm and Jodi Kofsky and Daniel and Amanda Teller. Mazal Tov to great grandparents Myra Sacks-Kofsky, Harvey and Lea Teller and Sam and Judy Seigal. Mazal Tov to great great grandparents Abe and Hetty Seigel.

Mazal Tov to Robert Wayne and Bianca Levy on their engagement. Mazal Tov to parents Peter and Lily Wayne and Raphael and Tami Levy. Mazal Tov to grandparents Diana Wayne, Mimi Soussi, Fred and Annette Sarif.

Mazal Tov to Jenna Fivelman and Dean Cohen on their recent wedding in Melbourne. Mazal Tov to parents Derek and Gail Fivelman and Selwyn and Linda Cohen. Mazal Tov to grandmother Beth Gorley.

Todah Rabah to John and Rose Temple for contributing to this week's kiddush in loving memory of Rose’s mother Pola Borenstein (Perele bat Sischa).
Please join us at our next Kadimah Ladies' Lunch and Learn on Wednesday 24th February. We look forward to hearing Rivkah Rapoport in conversation with Colin Tow. Thank you to Evelyn Perets for sponsoring this event. Please RSVP to Karen in the office or 93717300.
Please support Bnei Akiva and order your mishloach manot for Purim! To place your order, please click here.
The next Kadimah Men's Coffee Club will take place on Wednesday, 3 March at 2pm. All men are welcome to join us for a coffee and a shmooze!
Above: Nissi, Rivkah, Ariel, Rabbi Rapoport and Ella.

My Family Background
My family has moved around quite a bit over the years. My father grew up in Manchester, England and my Mother in Antwerp, Belgium. Before that my grandparents trace back to Russia, Germany, Holland, France and Hungary.

In fact, most incredibly, my great-great grandfather lived in a town in Hungary called Hajdunanas, and he taught in the cheder. One of his young students was our very own Mr Joe Hammer, who is a regular attendee at Kehillat Kadimah.

My parents lived in America, Melbourne and then Leeds. I was born in Manchester as they were settling back into the United Kingdom. After growing up in Leeds and then Birmingham, my family settled in London, living in Ilford and then North London. 

I am one of eight siblings. Two live in Israel, one in Chicago, four in London and I live in Australia. 

My Immigration Experience
I moved to Australia 12 years ago as part of the Yeshiva program to bring young students out to Sydney to help within the community. I started with no intentions to stay, but after beginning to work here, and then meeting Rivkah who is from Melbourne, I ended up becoming an Australian citizen.

Australia is a welcoming place and whilst I find the distance from family and friends very hard, there aren’t many places that have the comforts that Australia has. However, I do look forward post Covid to our yearly travels overseas to see my family. These yearly trips are definitely a schlep and stressful with a growing family, but I believe are essential to anyone who has immigrated to Australia, which can feel so far at times.

How I came to be part of the Kehillat Kadimah community
About two years ago, former Shul Chairman Josh Bolot approached me regarding the position of Rabbi. After much discussion I agreed to meet the Board and the community. Despite my hesitations to join the Rabbinate, I felt so welcomed by the community and feel very much that the Kehillat Kadimah community has a unique spirit of togetherness and warmth. 

My favourite part of being the Rabbi of Kehillat Kadimah
Every job has its ups and downs, pros and cons. However there is something very unique about the job of Rabbi. When you do something, you don’t represent yourself alone but the entire community. Indeed this can be daunting. However I know that when I go to visit someone in the hospital or attend a simcha or funeral, I am representing the entire community. It is powerful. 

Rivkah and I enjoy meeting people. Being at the shul has given us the opportunity to meet with so many people from all ages and all walks of life. 

Something I am looking forward to this year
I am hoping like everyone else that Covid will wane and we can get back to what we do best – being a community. We had 300 people for our Shavuot evening two years ago, similar numbers for our Tisha B’av commemoration, 200 people for Purim, 100 people for our Pesach seder and big crowds for shiurim, minyanim and communal events. I think we all miss that and I hope to be celebrating together with everyone again soon. 

I would like to thank the community for being so hospitable, friendly and welcoming to my family. From Josh and Barry as past and present Chairmen, through to the Board, Chazzan and membership, we have been welcomed so nicely. It makes all the difference.

Membership invoices for 2021 have been emailed out to current members. Please note, membership runs from January to December 2021.

To receive your early payment discount, please pay by 28 February 2021. The early bird membership fee is $1250, discounted from $1380.

If you wish to pay by instalments, please contact the shul office on 9371 7300 to arrange your payment plan. 

If you would like to pay online, please log in to your account at the top right corner of Kehillat Kadimah’s website. To activate your account, click on 'Forgot Password' and enter your details where prompted. 

We thank you in advance for your prompt payment, and your continued support of Kehillat Kadimah.


Please take note of the following in relation to Shabbat Services this week: 

  • Online registration is required by 9.00am on Friday for Shabbat Services.  
  • Providing there are spaces available, registration will continue until 12pm Friday by contacting the Shul office on 9371 7300.
  • At 12pm on Friday, Shabbat bookings will close and no further bookings will be taken.
  • We are pleased to announce that children's services will be running on Shabbat morning! Please ensure you register each child that will be attending shul on Shabbat.
  • There will be a Kiddush on Shabbat morning this week. Please remember to continue to be vigilant with hand washing and hand sanitising, refraining from shaking hands and maintaining social distancing.

We understand that circumstances can change throughout the week. If you know you will be unable to attend a Shabbat service you have already registered for, please advise the office on 93717300 so that your place can be allocated to someone who may be on the waitlist. 

We encourage you to attend our weekday Shacharit and Mincha/Maariv services. Please download the Services NSW App and register via the displayed QR code upon entry into the building. 
Shabbat Shalom,
Kehillat Kadimah 
Thu, 25 February 2021 13 Adar 5781