Mazel tov to Avi & Chanie Teleki on the birth of their baby girl, Leah Chava. Mazal Tov to the grandparents and great-grandparents. 

Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candlelighting at 4:51pm, ends Saturday night at 5:51pm. The weekly Torah portion for Shabbat is Bechukotai. Rosh Chodesh Sivan is on Tuesday (7/6).

Upcoming Event: Wednesday, 8 June: Lunchtime lecture with Rabbi Doron Podlashuk on“Conversion Post Emancipation and the Crisis in Israel Today” at 1:00pm with mincha following lecture. Wingate, Level 48, 101 Collins Street. RSVP for catering purposes to by COB Monday, 6 June.

Friday Mincha in the CBD: Mincha on Friday is at 1.00pm at 5/459 Collins (not at St James) with kugel & whisky and using the SMS reminder system to confirm numbers.

Mincha in the CBD: Melbourne CBD’s minyan factory is continuing, with an amazing three minyans per day, every day. Thank you for your attendance and participation.
Buffet Lunch from 12.30pm-2.00pm.
Mincha at 12.45pm, 1.00pm, and 1.15pm.
Melbourne Room of St. James complex near the corner of Little Collins Street and Church St. Click here for a map. For more information click here.
Email to be added to the list for any daily updates.

Study: Wednesday shiur is on break this week.

Kosher Food in the CBD: Nifla Kosher Catering (KA Hechsher)
Offers Corporate Catering, specializing in individual and board room  lunches. For further details visit
 10% Discount on your first website purchase. Enter promo code “FIRST TIME”. 
Kosher sandwiches, muffins and salads are available at the following locations:
IMPORTANT NOTE: the two CBD locations are not reliably stocking kosher products due to low demand. One of two things will happen: either they will stop carrying them, or more people will start buying and it will be worthwhile for them.
1932 Café- Ground floor –Manchester Unity Building- 220 Collins Street. Melbourne.
CBW EXPRESS-181 William Street.(Entrance Little Bourke St)
IN A RUSH CAFE-616 St Kilda Road-(Ground Floor-Lowe Lippmann Building)

Thought of the Week with thanks to Rabbi James Kennard. The Talmud decrees that weekly portion of Behukotai is read immediately before Shavuot (although the custom now is to make it one week earlier). Perhaps the connection between the portion and the festival is that the main subject of the reading is the blessings or disasters that will befall the Jewish people depending whether they, collectively, are loyal to G-d or not. It is this shared fate that binds the people together and creates one single entity out of disparate individuals.

That unity was also the prerequisite for receiving the Torah, as demonstrated by the verse describing the Jews’ arrival at Sinai with the words. “it camped by the mountain”, and not “they camped”. Entering into a covenant with G-d is something that must be done together, as one. We unite to receive and commit ourselves to the Torah; we unite as we accept our collectively destiny. Behukotai prepares us for Shavuot.

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