It would be our absolute pleasure to host you (and your lovely family) in our historic and warm sanctuary of prayer here in East Melbourne these High Holydays.
Our friendly shul runs a warm, engaging and welcoming traditional prayer service featuring many of the familiar songs and liturgies. The Rabbi provides a running commentary and gives direction for what to do in the service. We also offer you a reserved seat, complimentary prayer books, a play area for children in the rear hall, tea and coffee and a nice kiddush with refreshments after the service.
Service times are found further down this page and all services take place at our Synagogue premises in East Melbourne.
Historically, the model for attending a Synagogue over High Holydays has been a membership or some other affiliation fee. We feel very strongly that a Shul by definition is open to all and here at East Melbourne we welcome everyone regardless of formal affiliation or contribution and have guest seats provided precisely because we know not all are able to contribute. However should you wish to support the continued operation of our congregation and reserve a seat, there are generally two ways in which this can be done:
The first is a full membership/seatholder. Membership Fees are relatively manageable (compared to other Shuls in Melbourne and around the world) and affords you a range of benefits such as pastoral support from the Rabbi, access to special events, and free lifecycle ceremonies (Bar/Bat Mitzvah etc) at the Shul. Membership can be applied for here on our website.
The alternative option is to fill out an attendance form notifying us of who is attending. You will notice that it is followed by an optional donation form in which you can make a voluntary donation of your choosing if you so wish.
We very much look forward to welcoming you into our congregation and upon receipt of your registration, will make sure that you are named on the entry list.
If it is your first time attending our Synagogue, for security reasons, please include a reference such as your Rabbi, regular or previous congregation or even your employer.
If for whatever reason Shul is not your thing, we have the shofar being sounded in three local parks across the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Click here for details.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org