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Archive of: 2020

  • From the President

    While many Temple activities continued to hum away in the background during the COVID-19 restrictions, lifting them seems to have brought new energy to the shule. Services have been well attended and several innovations introduced: a dinner after one Kabbalat Shabbat service; coffee and cake before another, both likely to be repeated as they were much enjoyed, extending the social aspect of services much the way coffee in the boardroom precedes Saturday morning services.
    It has been a relief to hear that most of you have not suffered seriously from the economic fallout of the pandemic, although the jobs of some members remain at risk and others of you will have friends and family who may be struggling. Our hearts also go out to all the Year 12 students whose next steps have been made less secure….

  • D'var Torah - Talia Wise

    My parsha is from the start of Vayakhel-Pekudei, and it tells us about the Children of Israel after the exodus from Egypt. It includes several verses about keeping the Shabbat, before moving onto a detailed list of parts the Israelites donated to build the Tabernacle. At first, I was more into in the first of those two sections, the verses about keeping Shabbat, as I wasn’t particularly interested in searching through what is essentially Ye Olde IKEA Catalogue.

  • Enduring the Unknown

    I know that many of you may be worried or anxious at this time, and so most importantly, I want you to know that we at Temple David are here to offer our support and our prayers, even while we may not be able to offer our physical presence. As a synagogue community, we are here to provide comfort, support and inspiration to one another, whether we are in each other’s physical presence, or not.

    In difficult times, our Jewish traditions and faith have nourished our spirits to endure the unknown. I believe our Jewish values should guide us

  • Parashat Hashavua for Sh'mini - Leadership in times of crisis

    “Fire came forth from before the Eternal and consumed the burnt offering and the fat parts on the altar. And all the people saw, and shouted, and fell on their faces. Now Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the Eternal alien fire, which He had not enjoined upon them. And fire came forth from the Eternal and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the Eternal.” (Leviticus 9:23-10:2) In times of global crisis, each and every one of us is called to take leadership to be pro-active and to practice our values. Parashat Sh’mini offers us an insight to some of Moshe’s leadership qualities dealing with a crisis. At a sublime moment of the first ritual, at the tent of meeting, Moshe and Aaron are confronted with both a personal and a public crisis. Two of Aaron sons are killed and consumed by the holy fire in front of the whole young nation.

  • COVID-19

    I am writing to express my heartfelt solidarity with you during these tense and troubling times. I am increasing the number of calls during this time in order to continue to check in with you. I encourage you to also be proactive in reaching out to check in with each other in the congregation. If you know of someone from our congregation or from the Jewish community who are not members of any congregations and need our support, please let me know. All available Rabbis in Perth are working together with the CCJWA to support the wider community.

  • D'var Torah - Bram

    My first Parsha theme is silence. Think about the characteristics of a fire. There are bright flames and intense heat. It is vivid and alive. But is it silent? No. When you read the sad stories about survivors and the firefighters of the recent terrible bushfires around Australia, many of them refer to the roaring rush of flames and wind, and sounds that were like explosions. So, how did Moses hear God through the fire? And how did God make his presence known? Today, could God always be communicating with us, but we don’t hear it? Do we all live lives that are too busy to take the time to listen to God? There might not be fire around us, but the noise comes in other ways, through devices and technology, or machinery, or the constant stimulation that we all seem to crave these days. We need to learn the sounds of silence and how to listen for God.

  • From the President

    From the President

    It is a pleasure to report that the ‘new’ Board of Management – now into its fourth month of operation – has been extraordinarily dedicated and hard-working. It has established new committees/teams and is overseeing an on-going drive to strengthen procedures, all designed to make operations more transparent, consistent and effective.