Entries by BShalom

Shavuot Milk Drive

This year we are hoping to assist the work of FOODBANK, in their breakfast program for school kids.   They are in constant need of LONG LIFE MILK.   Please, in the run up to Shavuot, or on the day itself, bring along a carton of LONG LIFE MILK (any kind).   A special box […]

Holocaust Centre makes ABC National News

Andrew Steiner is in the news this month with an article covering the creation and capital launch of The Steiner Centre for Compassion and Holocaust Remembrance. The project has been developed to establish a unique contemporary Centre for Compassion and Holocaust Remembrance in the city of Adelaide. The centre will ensure remembrance to future generations […]

Anzac Day 2018

This last Wednesday, I spent much of my day doing Anzac Day activities. No sleeping in for me! I didn’t get to a dawn service, but did go to the Torrens Parade Grounds at 9:30 for the march. This was only my second time at the march and my first time standing next to the […]

International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day which is gaining increasing recognition around the world. Strangely enough, I first learned about International Women’s Day while studying for a year in Beijing. In 1984, this day wasn’t observed at all in the United States but was absolutely huge in China where, of course, there was a […]

Bringing food to Synagogue

For functions at our synagogue please assume food is vegetarian (with fish and dairy allowed). The exception is when a “Meat” meal is specified, where meat including chicken is allowed ( but no dairy). Pop up meals and Kiddushes following a Bar or Bat Mitzvah are always vegetarian (fish and dairy allowed). It is our […]

Shushangate

The Daily Persian – Adar 5778 Titillating news from the palace! The official spokesman for King Ahasuerus has reluctantly confirmed that the rumours are true: Queen Vashti has banished her king from the harem after learning of his ill-conceived affair with long-time harem manager Asha Farouz. The official also confirmed that Ms. Farouz is pregnant […]

Ode to the Smartphone

Let me now sing a hymn of praise to the smartphone—surely the greatest object known among humanity. In this blog post, I will endeavor to tell you all the different ways that my smartphone proved absolutely invaluable on my recent trip to Indonesia: –Google translate: it’s not perfect, but I used it multiple times a […]

Rabbi in Indonesia – Enrichment from Afar

I’m writing this month’s column on a plane from Japayura to Bali at the end of an extraordinary ten days. I’ve had Shabbat in Jakarta and Jayapura, with a visit to Timika on the south coast of Papua squeezed in between. I’ve enjoyed wonderful reunions and had way too many tearful goodbyes. It only happens […]

Jerusalem

For better and probably for worse, I am a Facebook user. I have a ridiculously large number of friends, including a few that I’ve never met and, embarrassingly, people I knew 30 years ago whom I don’t remember but who remember me. I have friends in Indonesia and Israel, but for the most part, about […]

Rabbi’s Column: Think Globally, Act Locally

Sunday 19 November was designated Mitzvah Day across Australia. Their website http://mitzvahday.org.au/ lists over seventy different projects that took place just about everywhere there were Jews. For the fourth year, Beit Shalom joined in, and it was very special. We put on a beautiful barbecue lunch for clients of the Mercy House of Welcome, a […]