Entries by Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky

Chesed–Embodying Grace

Rosh Hashanah 5779 Even long-time Beit Shalom members may not be aware that this congregation has embraced five Jewish values as its core mission. They are chesed, Torah, tikkun olam, hachnasat orchim, and tzedakah. I have decided that this year I’m going to dedicate my High Holy Day sermons to these topics and what each […]

The Worst of Times and the Best of Times

(pictured above: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Reverend Eric Elnes and Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi of the Tri-Faith Initiative.) I haven’t uploaded a sermon in ages, so I’m going to make up for lost time by adding in several all at once. I hope you enjoy them. This sermon was written before it became apparent that we […]


(Presented at the May 17 meeting of the SA Council of Christians and Jews by Merrilyn Ades) Emanuel Solomon arrived in Australia at the age of 18 on the ship Lady Castlereagh, with his younger brother Vaiben Solomon, as convicts in 1818. Both had been convicted of larceny and transported to the colony. After serving […]

Coming this week to Torah Study: A study guide on sexual misconduct in the Hebrew Bible and in Jewish Tradition

The Central Conference of American Rabbis Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate has created this fascinating insight into women’s issues in Jewish tradition. Our next three Torah study sessions will be dedicated to exploring different issues of sexual misconduct in the Bible and beyond. This Saturday’s theme: Kol Ishah, the rabbinic prohibition on hearing […]

Our Recycling Challenge

As seems to happen at least twice each year, I spent a significant amount of time this week cleaning out the Cheder classroom. So much accumulated rubbish! I tossed out two large boxes of brochures about services for the elderly that were leftover from a Bagel lunch last year. I also tossed out dried-out paintbrushes, […]

Australia’s first Jewish same-sex wedding in a synagogue!

Okay–so this clearly isn’t a sermon, but it’s such a gorgeous moment recorded for history. (And the photo is from a renewal of vows, but still fits the theme.) L’chaim! Making history: Australia’s first religious Jewish same-sex wedding Making history: Australia’s first religious Jewish same-sex weddingWATCH: Ilan Buchman and Oscar Shub made history when they […]