Kabbalat Torah 2017

A very proud Shabbat for our community last weekend.
Raphy Klinger-Fixler
Ella Balint-Kurti
Evie Anticoni
Tali Erlich (granddaughter of Rabbi Harry Jacobi)
Ruben Qassim
Hannah Gellman

Our fabulous Kabbalat Torah class of 2017 were called to the Torah in the presence of His Excellency Mark Regev the Israeli Ambassador. He was our secret guest and our young people felt honoured by his presence. Last week was a challenging one for the Progressive Jewish world as the Israeli government's response on the Kotel  and progressive conversion were de-stabilised. Mr Regev addressed the Kotel but not the other one. We understood. We appreciated him joining us and bringing his brother and family visiting from Melbourne. It was a very good occasion. Our young people brought much pride to their community, I say this not just because my Ruben was one of them.
May we go from strength to strength and put July 7th 2018 in our diary for next year's Kabbalat Torah.

Shabbat Shalom to all
Rabbi Rebecca

The KT class's introduction to their service
We are celebrating our Kabbalat Torah journey together with our community. Kabbalat Torah means ‘receiving of the Torah’ and was a Liberal Jewish invention to allow teenagers – at a more reflective age than Bar and Bat Mitzvah at 13 – to come together as a group to learn and recommit to their Judaism. Next year we will hopefully go on Israel Tour, most of us being in the LJY-Netzer group in Israel sharing that experience as well.
KT has been about making friends that I have been able to see regularly and to see the way we all interpret Judaism differently. Our friendships have extended further out from synagogue.
We are all aware of how turbulent and chaotic the world seems at the moment. The community that we have from KT and FPS provides us with an anchor and some stability that is very important.