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What’s on this week:
Shabbat Korach


  • Candle Lighting 4.37 pm
  • Mincha 4.45 pm
  • Kabbalat Shabbat* 5.00 pm


  • Shacharit* 9.00 am
  • Mincha* 4.30 pm
  • Havdalah 5.36 pm

*Pre-registration required.
For the full June calendar, please click here.
Reflections on Parashat Korach from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:
Korach was swallowed up by the ground, but his spirit is still alive and well, and in the unlikeliest of places – British and American universities.

Korach was the embodiment of what the Sages called, argument not for the sake of heaven. They contrasted this with the schools of Hillel and Shammai, who argued for the sake of heaven. The difference between them, according to Bartenura, is that argument for the sake of heaven is argument for the sake of truth. Argument not for the sake of heaven is argument for the sake of victory and power, and they are two very different things. To continue reading, please click here.
Mazal Tov to Ryan Borstein on his Bar Mitzvah. Mazal Tov to parents Laurence Borstein and Natalie Borstein. Mazal Tov to grandparents Charmaine Gerber and Martin and Sylvia Borstein.

Mazal Tov to Jakob Binstock on his 100th birthday.

Mazal Tov to Leon Joffe on his 95th birthday.

We wish long life to Susan Raber and Nathan Raber on the passing of their husband and father Jack Raber (Yaacov ben Baruch) ע׳ה.
We are pleased to continue offering weekday services for Shacharit and Mincha followed by Maariv. We encourage you to attend, and an attendance register will be taken at the service.

For Shabbat services, we require every person wanting to attend services to complete this Request to Attend Services Form by 10am Friday morning. Unfortunately, late applications cannot be considered.

Please note, there is a Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat and there will not be as many places available for regular attendees as usual. We thank you for your understanding while we are restricted with numbers.

Please note, completion of the above form guarantees your attendance at the requested service(s) unless otherwise notified by the Shul office. You will only receive a communication from us if we are not able to offer you a place at the requested service(s).

Please keep in mind that all decisions will remain fluid and subject to change considering the nature of the times we are living in.

Please be aware that when you complete the form, we count you towards the number of people allowed in Shul at one time. It is therefore important that you only fill in the form if you definitely plan to attend. Of course, if you become unwell beforehand (and hopefully this won’t happen!) then please do not attend. Please advise the office if this is the case so that your place may be offered to someone else.


Please join us for our online Kabbalat Shabbat service with Rabbi Rapoport, Rabbi Niasoff and Nissa Niasoff playing musical accompaniments.

Please join us through Zoom at 3.55pm for a 4.00pm start.

Online: Please click here.
One tap mobile: +61731853730,,89788131003#,,#,053770#
Phone: +61 2 8015 6011
Meeting ID: 897 8813 1003
Password: 053770

Please note, there is no Havdallah service on Zoom.
Is your son or daughter celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in 2021?

We offer engaging, educational and fun Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs! To express your interest, please email Karen in the office:

When we attend shul, we greet many people and wish them Shabbat Shalom and Good Yom Tov. The faces are familiar, but how well do we know our fellow congregants? Our members come from many different backgrounds and everyone has a story to tell. Each week, we would like to profile a different member of our community in our weekly newsletter.

Please complete the below questionnaire and email it back to John: in word format. In addition, please send in a photo too!

To obtain a copy of the questionnaire, please click here.


Above: Colin (right) with his brother Barney.

My Family Background
Both my parents were born in Lithuania. In 1936 my Father fled from Europe to Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, where he had an uncle. My mother endured the Holocaust. She was in the Kaunus ghetto, Stutthof Extermination Camp, and then a displaced persons camp in Munich before arriving in Israel in 1947. She served in the Israel Defence Force during the War of Independence. She met my father and migrated to Livingstone in 1951. Together they moved to Kitwe in 1956.

My Childhood Memories
The education system in colonial Northern Rhodesia collapsed when independence was granted in 1964. At that time, most Jewish scholars were sent to boarding schools in Southern Rhodesia or South Africa. My parents prioritised Jewish education, and decided to send my brother and I to the boarding hostel at King David School in Linksfield, Johannesburg. My late father insisted that my brother, who was entering high school, go to boarding school immediately. However, I was only nine and still in primary school. I was given the choice whether I wanted to go to boarding school with my brother, or wait until I commenced high school two years later. When I asked my parents how we would get to Johannesburg, I was told 'by plane'. I had never been on a plane before, and it was the excitement of flying in a plane that made me decide to go to boarding school as soon as possible!

When I was young, I was on the wild side. My parents spoke Yiddish at home and would say 'er is a vilde chaya!'. I was not interested in school, played the drums in a band, had long hair, rode a motorbike without a licence, and smoked a lot - including cigarettes! However, I desperately wanted to go to university because nobody in my family had done this before. At around 17 years old, I cleaned up my act and began to take my studies seriously.

My Jewish Journey
We belonged to a very active Jewish community in Kitwe. There were approximately 100 Jewish families out of a total population of 5 000. Our shul cantor also served as a cheder teacher and spiritual head. My late father was instrumental in building the shul, and I believe the foundation stone bearing his name is part of an exhibition on the Jews of Zambia, based in Livingstone. In 1967 my parents moved to Johannesburg. We were traditional rather than observant, and we joined the Linksfield Synagogue community. I gained a solid grounding in Judaism from my time at King David, however I became significantly more involved after my late father’s untimely passing in 1979, aged 56.

My immigration to Australia
My wife Bev also attended King David School and was brought up in a traditional South African Jewish home. Her mother, Gloria, came from Southern Rhodesia. We met through a relative of mine we both knew. Having seen what happened in Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe), we decided to leave Africa as soon as we started our family in 1985.

Australia had become a country of choice for migrants from South Africa in the mid 80s, especially for those of us in banking. The Hawke government had modernised the banking system, and there was a shortage of finance and accounting professionals so it was relatively easy to get permanent residence.

How I came to be part of Kehillat Kadimah
We joined South Head Synagogue because it resonated with us. It was similar in custom and orthodoxy to the shuls we had attended in Johannesburg. The shul was close to where we lived, and we knew many of the ex-South African migrants who had joined the kehillah.

Bev and I have been blessed with three children: Daniel, Antony and Jacqui. The boys are married and we have one 21 month old granddaughter. We are lucky to have them all living within four kilometres of us.

Below is a photo taken in January 1966. My brother Barney and I were standing in our garden in Kitwe, Zambia. We were about to leave for the airport to travel to boarding school in Johannesburg where we would commence our Jewish education.

Do you love to knit? You are invited to join our 'Comfy Covers of Love' project!

Please see the below flyers for more details. When completed, the blankets will be donated to Jewish House.

We have had wool donated in memory of Sonia Kahn. If you would like to collect some, please contact the Shul office.
Further details below.


The Friday shiur this week will discuss Tehillim. Sunday's shiur will be on next week's Parsha.

Friday: please join us through Zoom at 8.10am for 8.15am start.
Sunday: please join us through Zoom at 8.55am for 9am start.

Please click here to join the shiur.
Meeting ID: 861 2355 3420
Password: 209755

To join the Morning Shiur WhatsApp group, please click here.


These weekly shiurim cover a broad range of contemporary topics in Jewish Law and Philosophy.

Please join us through Zoom at 7.55pm for 8pm start.
Please click here to join the shiur.
Meeting ID: 850 2409 3282
Password: 288112

To join the Wednesday Evening Shiur WhatsApp group, please click here.


These shiurim are a great opportunity to start learning Talmud. The shiurim will cover Tractate Sukkah.

Please join us through Zoom at 9.25am for 9.30am start.
Please click here to join the shiur.
Meeting ID: 846 3550 8861
Password: 026628


This week's topic is 'The Jewish Perspective of Wealth'.

This week the girls were very excited to have their Bat Mitzvah session live, in person!

They learned all about the historical and spiritual origins of the Mikvah. They talked about the spiritual power of being surrounded by a body of water that is essentially pure, and its effect on our Neshamot - our souls. The group then toured the beautiful Mikvah Aziza at Kadimah, and learned about this special mitzvah for women.

In addition, the girls also learned how to toivel (immerse) dishes in the vessel Mikvah. They received a new water bottle, and had the opportunity to immerse the water bottles in the Mikvah.

To conclude the session, the girls decorated their own mirrors with empowering thoughts and messages to remind them daily of their own strengths and unique qualities.
Fri, 17 July 2020 25 Tammuz 5780