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Tuesday Talk: Non-Orthodox Services Open Forum

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Have Your Say About Non-Orthodox Services

The Progressive lay leadership group is delighted to host a forum where anyone with an interest in non-Orthodox services at Hobart Synagogue can offer feedback about how they should be run.

The forum isn’t just for people who attend regularly. If you might be interested in coming to non-Orthodox services more than you do, we’d like to know what puts you off now and what changes would attract you.

The big subject that’s always raised when the content of non-Orthodox services is discussed is how much Hebrew to include. The Masorti (Conservative) movement is just as insistent as Progressives on gender equality but follows the traditional Siddur with its Hebrew-only prayers.

To what extent would the Masorti model work in Hobart? Could Progressive services incorporate more Hebrew and traditional liturgy than at present even if they don’t completely follow Masorti practice? Or would some people would prefer less rather than more Hebrew?

There are plenty of other possible topics for discussion, including:

  • How much singing or chanting, by whom, and do people like the tunes that are currently in use?
  • Should we try to have instrumental accompaniment more often? If so, which instruments?
  • Are there any prayers, blessings, or songs that people miss hearing at the moment, or on the other hand don’t enjoy now?
  • What kind of sermons do you like? Is the length right at present, or should they be shorter or longer?
  • What would attract more people to our monthly Friday-night shared meals on Erev Shabbat?
  • Are people comfortable with some of the prayer practices we follow currently that could easily be changed, such as sitting down for the Shema, and inviting everyone present to join in the Mourner’s Kaddish rather than mourners only?
  • And anything else that you want to raise about what you like now in Progressive services, or what you’d like to see in the future.

This is your chance to have a say about the kind of organised egalitarian Jewish worship in Hobart you’d like to take part in. We urge everyone who wants to contribute or learn something to come, no matter what Jewish religious attitudes you hold.



About Tuesday Talks

Synagogues have traditionally been a place of learning as well as worship. The occasional Tuesday Talk series aims to fulfill this educational role at our shul. It includes presentations on a wide range of serious and not-so-serious subjects of interest to members and friends.

Admission is free. Please note that opinions expressed by presenters of Tuesday Talks are their own, and are not endorsed by the congregation.


Tuesday, 7 November, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia
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