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RESOURCES

Library

We are in the process of cataloguing our library and adding our books to the Lamm Library Catalogue.  When you need to search for a book, you will be able to use the online catalogue link or use a dedicated laptop in the library & learning section of the Synagogue complex.

You can make a tax deductible donation to support the purchases and ongoing running of the library and learning centre through our deductible gift recipient (DGR) Community Library Fund (choose Community Library (DGR) donation category and a receipt will be emailed to you).

Mezuzahs

Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff is available to install mezuzahs for members of the community. Please contact the office on 9500 0906, to make an appointment. 

Conservative Movement

Learn all about the Conservative / Masorti movement through the following Australian and International links.

  1. Masorti Australasia website, FaceBook page and email.
  2. Emanuel is Sydney's Conservative & Progressive congregation (email)
  3. ExploringJudaism - helping people learn, practical guides to observe and reflections on making life meaningful.
  4. Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
  5. Israel Masorti Movement
  6. Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem
  7. UK Assembly of Masorti Synagogues
  8. US United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
  9. Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles

 

Guidance, rulings, decisions and teachings.

  1. Conservative Judaism: Covenant and Commitment (PDF) – Rabbinical Assembly brochure
  2. Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants – Online excerpts from a book by Rabbi Elliott Dorff
  3. Revelation in Conservative, Reform, and Orthodox (chart) – PDF excerpt from Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants
  4. The "Ideal" Conservative Jew: Eight Behavioral Expectations – United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (US)
  5. Principles and Values of Conservative Judaism – BBC Religion site
  6. Teshuvot by the American Rabbinical Assembly
  7. Responsa by the Israeli Rabbinical Assembly in English / teshuvot:

Bat Cohen/Bat Levi Aliyot: USCJ CJLS positive opinion; Shechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Israel) negative opinion (summary)

Driving on Shabbat – PDF photocopy of the original 1950 responsa and Rabbi David Novak's 1974 dissent (from Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants)

Eating Kitniyot on Pesach (summary) – Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Israel)

Homosexuality, Human Dignity & Halachah (PDF) – USCJ Committee on Jewish Law and Standards

Including the Matriarchs in the Amidah – USCJ Committee on Jewish Law and Standards

Using Electrical and Electronic Devices on Shabbat – USCJ Committee on Jewish Law and Standards


Religious Resources

  1. Candlelighting times worldwide
  2. A guide to mourning and bereavement
  3. Siddur Audio - Audio files for the major prayers in the Siddur Sim Shalom, the Conservative movement's prayerbook (note that the page numbers are different than in our edition)
  4. Virtual Cantor - Audio files for Shabbat and holidays, including the Passover haggadah, the megillot, Akdamut, and a host of others
  5. Yahrtzeit calendar calculator
  6. Navigating the Bible - Audio files and tikun presentation for Torah and Haftarah portions (uses standard parasha divisions), plus Divrei Torah
  7. Torah Trope @ CAA - Sound files for Shabbat Torah and Haftorah trope, High Holiday Torah readings, and Purim megillah readings (US)
  8. Triennial Torah readings- printable text and audio files for each aliyah and parasha using triennial divisions, Congregation Shearith Israel, Dallas, TX, (US)
  9. UK Haftorah Trope (scroll down the page) - Study notes and links to sound files

Study Resources

  1. A Page of Talmud - Interactive site that breaks down the sections of a page of Talmud
  2. Biblical Hebrew resources
  3. The Hebrew Reading Crash Course - The National Jewish Outreach Program, available free online.
  4. BMV - Virtual Beit Midrash of the Masorti movement in Israel
  5. Darsheini - Community Learning Program, Australian Centre for the Study of Jewish Civilization, Monash University
  6. learn@JTSA - Jewish education through distance learning
  7. Melton - The Florence Melton adult mini-school (Melbourne)
  8. My Jewish Learning - The Personal Gateway to Jewish Exploration
  9. Sefaria - Commentaries, connections and translations across a library of texts

General Resources

  1. Hebrew calendar tools - Jewish calendars, date converter (Hebrew to Gregorian dates), and other related information
  2. Jerusalem Post
  3. Judaism 101
  4. Maven - Jewish Web Directory and Search Engine
  5. Shamash.org - International kosher restaurant database
  6. ShopinIsrael.com - Israel shopping online to support Israeli merchants
  7. VirtualJerusalem - Jewish life, Israel, Judaism, News, and More

Local Jewish Organisations

  1. AIJAC - Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
  2. AJN - Australian Jewish News newspaper
  3. JCCV - Jewish Community Council of Victoria
  4. JECO - Jewish Ecological Coalition
  5. Jewish Australia - All you want to know about the Australian Jewish scene
  6. JOIN - Jewish Ozzies' Inter.Net: "The electronic voice of the Australian Jewish Community"
  7. SZCV - State Zionist Council of Victoria

Interfaith Websites

  1. AIS - Australian Intercultural Society
  2. CCJ Australia - The Australian Council of Christians and Jews
  3. ICCJ - The International Council of Christians and Jews
  4. JCMA - Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
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