Mazon appeal

Posted: 28 October 2019

The congregation participated in Mazon Australia‘s Mazon Bag appeal, where 14 synagogues across Australia collected donation bags for people in need between Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot.

We donated 10 Mazon bags to Colony 47, and received a letter of thanks for this important effort:

In our program we support people who are experiencing chronic homelessness with high and often complex needs. Your donation of food is very much appreciated and will be provided to those in need. We often provide non-perishable food such as what you have donated, toiletries and clothing to those that we support and they are very appreciative of this help.

Thanks again for thinking of our clients.

Thank you to our secretary Sean Ladiges for organising this appeal, and to everyone who made donations!

ABC Radio tours the synagogue

Posted: 17 June 2019

ABC Radio Hobart visited the synagogue and interviewed our acting president and long time member David Clark.

Each twelve minute segment has many fascinating historic details about our synagogue.

Part one of the interview.

Part two of the interview.

2019-2020 Board of Management

Posted: 15 September 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation was held on Sunday, 15 September 2019.

The following people were elected to the Board of Management:

Officers

President: Jeff Schneider
Vice President: David Clark
Secretary: Sean Ladiges
Treasurer: Laurence Herst

Board Members

Louise Knopman
Phillip Zoldan
Danny Joseph

For more information, please visit the board of management page.

New Prayer Books for High Holy Days

Posted: 15 August 2019

For two years now, those that have been coming to the Progressive High Holy Day services in Hobart have been promised a new machzor (High Holy Day prayer book) for the following year.  Some may have thought it was some kind of lay-leader hoax or practical joke seeing as the promise didn’t seem to come to fruition.  However, it has finally happened!

The new Machzorim are easy to follow and full of thoughtful material appropriate to each part of the service.  They match the Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book in that they have transliterated Hebrew and lots of alternative readings on every second page.  This has made planning our services a little more complicated than usual but hopefully the services will have a lot more to offer. 

The Rabbis who edited the new Machzorim have shared an introduction of the new prayer books.

Kathy, Progressive Services Coordinator

Shavuot Soup Initiative

Posted: 10 July 2019

The Shavuot soup initiative is ran by Mitzvah Day Australia with the aim of making soup all over Australia for those in need during the winter months. We participated by making soup for Loui’s Van, which delivers food to different communities in the Hobart area.

On Sunday 26 May, an enthusiastic team gathered at Sean and Sarah’s house to cook up big pots of soups. The kitchen quickly became warm and steamy with soup boiling away and much chat and noise from the cooks swapping stories and recipes as they chopped. It was a great way to do something together as a congregation but more importantly to give to others from our fortunate position of relative affluence and abundance.

Thank you Sean and Sarah for hosting and all those who came to chop and chat and stir, and others who brought soup. The soup was delivered the next day to the delighted kitchen manager at Loui’s van, who thanked us all warmly.

–Louise

Soup made by the HHC