Shabbat

When are services?

Friday night services begin at 6:30pm and last about an hour.

Shabbat morning services begin at 10am and usually conclude between 11:30am and noon.

Services are followed by a lovely kiddush (blessings over wine and challah, plus refreshments).  

What are Shabbat services like?

As a Progressive Synagogue, our services blend creativity and tradition, age old rituals and contemporary elements.  Expect a mix of Hebrew and English (our prayer books have transliteration for non-Hebrew speakers).  We are an egalitarian congregation that loves traditional and contemporay melodies, so men and women sit and sing together.  There is a children's corner with toys and books so families can enjoy services together. Tallitot (prayer shawls worn by Jewish men and women), siddurim (prayer books), chumashim (Hebrew Bibles), and kippot (head coverings) are all available in the synagogue’s foyer.

Here are links to some common pieces we sing on Erev Shabbat - 

What should I wear?

NSTE is an informal place. Your presence is more important than your outfit. For Shabbat services, most dress in business casual attire. Members tend to dress a bit more formally when they have been invited for an honour on the bimah (pulpit)or are attending High Holy Day services.  

Is there parking?

Yes. There is parking available onsite and on the street. Please note that we are currently undergoing renovations, so our onsite parking is limited. If you wish to secure an onsite parking space, please call the office by Friday morning and we'll reserve a spot for you.

Mobile Phone Usage

Please note that to preserve the calm and sanctity of Shabbat (the Sabbath), we do not allow photography on our campus on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Therefore, all mobile phones and electronic devices must be switched off when inside the synagogue building on Shabbat.  (However, devices required for those with hearing or visual impairment or mobility challenges may be used in all areas of the campus at all times.) 

 

Are all Shabbat services the same?

While the structure of our services is consistent, we have many "special" Shabbatot, including:

Shabbat dinners

Offered every six to eight weeks. These fill up quickly, so be sure to book early if you are staying for the dinner. 

'Hands-free' Tefilah

A joy for all ages, our quarterly 'Hands-Free' Tefilah service is an engaging, innovative, liberating worship experience that frees participants from the printed page.  Held in the Valerie Jaye Hall on a Friday night, these services utilise our state-of-the-art audio-visual resources to project blessings and beautiful photos as a backdrop to our (even more beautiful) children, who lead the service alongside Rabbi Nicole. Each quarter we celebrate the children’s birthdays with blessings, singing, and chocolate cake at Kiddush

Our next event is on Friday 30 November 2018.

Bagels & Brachas Family Shabbat

Once a month, children and their parents enjoy the first half hour (approx) of the Shabbat morning service,  before heading off to an organised craft activity for the children while the parents schmooze over a delicious breakfast. FIND OUT MORE

Our next event is on Saturday 27 October with an activity by KidsCircle.

Teen Torah Tag Team

Every six weeks or so, our NSTE teenagers who form our Teen Torah Tag Team conduct the entire Torah and Haftarah reading for the congregation, while also sharing “words of the wise” (inspiration and encouragement) with our current B’nei Mitzvah students. Their participation is an inspiration!  Teens are welcomed onto the Team immediately following Bar or Bat Mitzvah. FIND OUT MORE

Our next event is on Saturday 3 November.

Shabbat Groove

A super musical, super groovy Friday evening service, thanks to the NSTE Choir.

Special guest speakers

We regularly welcome speakers on a variety of themes and topics throughout the year.  This past year, we have hosted speakers on the topic of healthy relationships, disability inclusion, the Progressive movement in Israel, Holocaust remembrance, and more.  Our guest speakers have included members of our own shul, as well as representatives of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Centenary of ANZAC Jewish Program, United Israel Appeal, the Israel Study Tour, and government dignitaries.

Upcoming shabbat Guest Speakers


Friday 5 October - Rabbi Adina Lewittes, founder of Sha’ar Communities in America

Adina founded Sha’ar Communities in Bergen County, New Jersey, offering creative and diverse portals into Jewish life and fellowship and new forms of membership and engagement as an effort to contribute to the evolving landscape of American Jewish identity. In addition, she serves as the Scholar in Residence at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City, a leading congregation recognized for its spiritual and social activism, and is a member of the senior rabbinic faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute. 

Adina is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC. Previously, Adina served as the Assistant Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS, and founded a synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey, modelling shared leadership and collective communal responsibility. Adina regularly enjoys speaking engagements in the US and Canada and publishing essays on topics including Jewish identity, leadership, Jewish innovation, sexual/gender diversity, and contemporary Jewish spirituality. She is a leading voice in the conversation around intermarriage and multifaith/multiheritage Jewish family engagement. She is married to Andi Lewittes, and has four children and two stepchildren. 

Friday 30 November - Meah student, Naomi Alleck - at our next Hands-Free Tefilah service.

Please join our ranks as a shammash

We do our best to make our services run smoothly and help the Rabbi as much as we can. Most times you may not even notice us; we try to be as inconspicuous as we can.

BUT - the number of shammashim are dwindling, and we could really do with more on our roster. The work is easy enough, and it is a good opportunity to get to know more congregants. Training is easy and you will get a more intimate knowledge of the service.

You don’t have to attend every week – the roster means (at the moment) about once a month for the erev service and once every two or three months for the morning service.

It is a good feeling to be doing something worthwhile and assisting our community. Many hands make light work, so if you are interested please let the office know on 9419 7011 and I will get in contact with you.

Thank you,
Della Russell 
 

 

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