From the President

The Hon. Justice Stephen Rothman AM

Dear Friends,


This week is our regular Tot Shabbat, run by Hinda for 1 to 4 year olds, which has been very successful. The children have enjoyed it, as have their parents or grandparents, who sit, schmooze and participate. We also continue to have the regular weekly Children’s Service for those older children who would benefit from that. Rabbi Richter continues to win hearts and praise for that activity (as well as his leining).

This week we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah Anniversaries of Steven Jurke and Peter Phillips. We wish them both many more years of good health, happiness, peace and prosperity.

We also celebrate this week the wedding anniversary of Juliane and David Michaels and we also extend the same blessings for their continuing life together.  

Apart from offerings on behalf of those occasions and offerings for Steven Jurke’s Bar Mitzvah Anniversary by Diane & Paul Drexler and Rochelle & Joe Kensell, special offerings have been made by Caroline & David Lewis for the safe sojourn of their daughter, Charlotte, and their son-in-law, Robbie Weiss, who will be in the US for the next 3 years; Gary Elsass & Hilary May Black have made a donation to the Rabbi’s Charity fund; and Craig Shulman, Daniel Abbott and Dan Milder generally to the Synagogue. And Harry Lewis has donated a Kiddush Cup on the occasion of his 90th Birthday.

These donations are most welcome, as the Synagogue is most in need and, even with significant donations, we do not break even. Capital, when drawn on, will not last. 

To all celebrating Simchas, we extend prayers for the blessings of good health, happiness, peace and prosperity over many years!

I remind you that this Sunday (namely on 13 August) there is to be FIGS (Friends in Great Synagogue) Pre-Rosh Hashanah Shiur to which all are invited. The details are further inside.  

To all those commemorating a Yahrzeit, or who have recently suffered a loss, we wish you a long and good life.

See you in Shule!