Entries by BShalom


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 […]

The Same Sex Marriage Survey

by Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky   It’s been a little over a week since we heard the announcement of the result of the Same Sex Marriage Survey. As several observers have noted, the results demonstrated exactly the same level of support for same sex marriage as polls have been showing over the last couple of years. We […]

Kristallnacht Commemoration

  Thursday 9 November was a special night as Jews and Christians gathered at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht—seen by many as the start of the Shoah. The Beit Shalom choir was enriched by the addition of Zachary and Alex Knopoff, as well as guest singer Paul Oppenheimer, and its […]

Netzer Appeal

Our future is dependent on having young people feel like they belong, and Netzer is the very best vehicle that we have in the progressive community to provide young people with an opportunity to belong – Rabbi Gersh Lazarow The Board of Beit Shalom endorse the Netzer Appeal and encourage the community to support this […]

Searching for an Ethical Phone

  by Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky In my handbag is my trusty Sony Experia phone. It is small, lightweight, and has served me well over the last three years. It is also obsolete and rapidly becoming unusable. It has a tiny amount of internal storage and so no longer has space to update its software. It […]

Jack Gubbay Farewell

By Rabbi  Shoshana Kaminsky Deciding which particular part of this week’s parshah to read this morningwas a daunting challenge. Should I read the dramatic verse in which the floodgates of the heavens are split open—using the same verb as is used for splitting the Red Sea? Should I skip all the way to the upbeat […]

Multifaith Matters October

This month Rabbi Kaminsky represented Beit Shalom at several significant multifaith events. On Monday 9 October, she joined leaders from a number of other religious faiths to help the Baha’i community to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’ullah. On October 23, Rabbi Kaminsky joined the inaugural conference on Domestic Violence in Faith […]

Kol Nidre Sermon 2017

I have been busier professionally over the last year than I’ve ever been. Life at Beit Shalom has just hummed along, with a lovely succession of b’nai mitzvah, baby namings and other celebrations, along with our Cheder, teaching Torah, and visiting members who are ill. The main reason for my increased level of busy-ness has […]

Yom Kippur Sermon 2017

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Our festival prayers speak of the season of our freedom—Pesach, the season for giving the Torah—Shavuot, and the season of our rejoicing—Sukkot. For rabbis, this time of year is וניתביתכ ןמז the season of our writing. I attend to my usual […]