NSTE Communal Pesach Seder

Saturday 4 April 6:00pm

The traditional Seder meal will be hosted by Rabbi Gary and Jocelyn Robuck with Rabbi Nicole and David Roberts. Catering will be by Di and Peter Torok of Bassetts Catering under the supervision of Rabbi Robuck.


'Make haste slowly' - Words from Rabbi Jordan Cohen

I prefaced my talk at NSTE on Friday 20 March 2015 remembering Hans Jensen and his words to me many years ago: "Make haste slowly". I connected his words to those of Maimonides who wrote that human nature does not adapt to change well. That is one of the reasons God made the concession for allowing animal sacrifice.

The Book of Leviticus, Sefer Vayikra, is referred to by the rabbis of the Talmudic period as “Torat Kohanim” because of its overwhelming concern about matters related to the priesthood and their facilitation of sacrificial worship in the Tabernacle (and later the Temple).

Elections in Israel- Understanding the results

By Yuval Nemirovsky

Most of the Jewish world and many other worldwide leaders were observing closely the electoral process in Israel.

For some of us, the results are not really surprising, but maybe more challenging. For others, it was really a surprise and step back in the peace process and hope to get a more open and pluralistic Israel.

The reality is that we won’t have many new faces in the next Knesset (parliament) and Benjamin Netanyahu will remain as the Prime Minister. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that there were no new agendas. On the contrary, these elections were very focused on domestic affairs.

Annual Mums' Retreat

Nurture yourself - for a change!

Back by popular demand after our incredibly beautiful day last year, our 2nd Annual Mums' Retreat will be taking place on 15 and 16 August 2015.

Designed specially for mums of children under age 13, you can come just for the day (Sunday), or head over a day early and enjoy a sublime Havdalah and program the night before. 

Shmooz Bus Outing - North Head Quarantine Station Tour

Join us for the next Shmooz Bus Outing for retired NSTE members and friends!

Wednesday 29 April 2015

9:30am - 4:00pm (We will meet at North Shore Temple Emanuel at 9:15am.)

Cost (includes transport and tour): $28 members and $33 guests

We will have an a la carte lunch at Harbord Diggers - at the own cost of attendees.

Story of Masada retold at NSTE

A crowd of 100 people were privileged to hear renowned Jewish historian, Professor Tessa Rajak, from Oxford University speak at NSTE. Professor Rajak is the Sir Asher Joel Visiting Fellow 2015 to Macquarie University. She delivered the annual Oration on the topic of Masada in the 1st and 21st centuries. 

Professor Rajak recounted the story of Masada and discussed the truth of the ancient account in the author Flavius Josephus. She took the story through the ages commenting especially on its reception and use in the establishment of the modern state of Israel. The audience was left enthralled and enlightened. 

Lunch & Learn with Simon Holloway

At our recent Lunch & Learn on 14 March 2015 we were joined by guest speaker, Simon Holloway who spoke about the relationship between the mishkan (which is described as being a "dwelling" for God) and Jacob's dream in Bet El (which concludes with the realisation that he is standing in God's "house").

For those unable to attend the session, Simon has kindly provided an overview of his talk.

Rabbi Gary's Totally Excellent Torah & Travel Camp - 'Surf & Turf' Edition

Keep Tuesday 7 April 2015 in the school holidays free for Rabbi Gary's next exciting Torah and Travel Camp!

From 9:30am - 4:30pm, join us for a day filled with hiking and boating in the picturesque Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It will be a 'totally excellent' day out for kids/teens in Year 2 - 7.

To express your interest, email nste@nste.org.au or call 9419 7011.

What is a 'Synaplex Shabbat'?

The second 'Synaplex Shabbat' event was held on Saturday 14 March, which provided attendees a variety of opportunities for spiritual, educational, and communal enrichment, including:

• A Masorti Service (Conservative)

• A "Kaleidoscope" Contemplative Service (Progressive)

• Siddur Study with Rabbi Robuck

• Meditation and sound healing session

• Kiddush and Lunch-and-Learn

Save the date for the next 'Synaplex Shabbat' on Saturday 9 May 2015!

A Feast of Chametz

The Pre-Pre Pesach Dinner recently held on Friday 13 March was a fantastic evening with over 75 members attending, including a number of younger families and their children.

For the first time ever, the Kitchen Krew created a Shabbat Pop Up Restaurant which miraculously appeared (courtesy of some muscled volunteers) just 15 minutes after the end of the Hands Free Tefillah Service held in VJ's beforehand. Attendees dined on a delicious feast of chametz, including baby pizzas, a pasta bar and roast veggies, followed by fruit salad, cookies and ice cream. Table entertainment included a quiz that had people checking their knowledge of chametz in preparation for Pesach, which begins on Friday 3 April 2015.

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