Events for May 2019

Shabbat Atzmaut
Temple Beth Israel's Shabbat service on 10 May at 6.30pm will feature our region's new Netzer Shaliach, Sefi Shalam and his wife Sara, who will be guest speakers. If you'd like to learn how your congregation can host Sefi, contact the UPJ office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
A Tale of Love and Darkness
As part of a series of films presented by Plus61J and Emanuel Synagogue, this 2015 film starring Natalie Portman about the memories of Amos Oz growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood will be shown on 15 May, 7pm for 7.15pm start. Click here to book.
The Deeper Meaning of the Omer
Over four weeks, Cantor George Mordecai will present a series of discussions to examine the themes of the Omer titled "From Slavery to Freedom", on Thursdays, 16, 23 and 30 May, and 6 June, from 7.15-8.45pm. Click here to register. 

Yom Ha'atzmaut dinner 
The Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism will host its annual Yom Ha'atzmaut dinner on 11 May at 7pm, with Rabbi Fred Morgan speaking about "The Jews of the Silk Road" at Uygur Restaurant, featuring a full lamb on a spit (other dishes, including a vegetarian range, will be available). Click here to book.

Lag b'Omer bonfire
Next Dor (Temple Beth Israel's 20-30s group) will warm up with a big bonfire party, with dinner, drinks and toasted marshmallows on 17 May at 7pm. Click here for more details.

Iftar in Auckland
Beth Shalom and its friends at Pearl of the Island will present a joint Ramadan Iftar dinner on 18 May at 5.20pm for a 5.30pm start. Click here to RSVP by 8 May.

Shabbat in the Circle
Cantor George Mordecai, musicians and storytellers will present a Shabbat morning gathering on 18 May at 9.30am, to include study of Chassidic and mystical texts and how they apply to our daily lives, followed by a collaborative musical experience based on the Shabbat morning service, incorporating melodies, poems and dance.

A month of interfaith at LBC
The Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism will offer 4 interfaith events:
Youth Forum: My Faith, My Story
Sunday 19 May, 1.00-4.00pm
Open to anyone of all ages, but specifically intended for ages 18-30. Cost: $10/$5 unwaged. Bookings essential: click here or call LBC at (03) 9819 7160. 
19 May, 4.00 for 4.30pm start
Join for vegetarian Iftar meal to break the Ramadan Fast with Muslim friends, and brief talks about fasting in various faiths. Cost: $20 ($15 concessions). Bookings essential: click here or LBC (03) 9819 7160.
Festival of Shavuot
8 June, 7pm to midnight
Informal service with songs and meal, followed by Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, with breaks for cheesecake competition and chats. Either pay $10 ($5 concession), or bring a strictly dairy/vegetarian dish to share. Bookings essential: click here or LBC (03) 9819 7160.
Day seminar for faith leaders
Monday 17 June, 9.30am - 4.00pm
"Prayer into Practice: Keeping Religion Relevant". Seminar must be pre-booked, $50/$25 unwaged. Click here to book or LBC (03) 9819 7160.

Hearts on Fire
In celebration of Lag b'Omer, Cantor George Mordecai, Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff and guest musicians will present songs, teachings and meditations on the Omer and Jewish mystical tradition on 22 May at 7pm. Free of charge. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join. This is an offering from Neshama Life and Emanuel Synagogue.

Text Study on Book of Ruth
Kedem will host a text study group once a month on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, to study the Book of Ruth. Next study session will be on 30 May. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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