North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
Hashkafah is NSTE’s own lay-led Jewish discussion group.
Hashkafah is Hebrew for outlook, perspective, or point of view. It began in November 2011, and has continued monthly ever since. The sessions originated as one of the chavurah groups, which aimed to bring NSTE members closer together and provide a wider variety of activities.
We meet once a month on Shabbat following NSTE's morning service (approx 12.30pm). The sessions usually go for around two hours, but people are free to come and go as it suits them.
Members and friends of NSTE are all welcome to join us and participate through listening and/or discussing. It's a nice way to spend a Shabbat afternoon – socialising, snacking, learning and discussing.
The sessions are usually facilitated by members of NSTE who wish to present a specific topic. The presenter usually delivers the opening material for a duration of 10 to 15 minutes, after which the topic is then opened up for discussion. Each month, there is a different presenter and a different topic.
Topics may be a mix of both religious and political issues, depending on what the presenter wants to discuss. Previous topics have included: Jewish humour, European bans on circumcision and kosher slaughter, antisemitism, favourite Biblical stories, BDS, Chanukah, homosexuality in Judaism, interfaith dialogue, Israel, kashrut, Australia’s racial vilification laws, release of hostages, terrorism, and many more.
There is no cost to attend - just bring a small kosher snack to share, an open mind, and a smile!
Actual dates of the sessions are publicised in our community calendars and communications.
Following NSTE's morning Shabbat service
The topic to be presented and discussed is: "Should bigots and racists, including antisemites, from overseas be allowed into Australia for speaking tours. What about freedom of speech? Where do we draw the line? And where does free speech begin and end?" All welcome.