The Great approaches its 140th anniversary

December 29, 2017 by  
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2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the consecration of  Sydney’s The Great Synagogue, which took place on 4 March 1878. Read more

A first Rosh Hashanah

September 17, 2015 by  
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Sydney’s Great Synagogue’s new Chief Minister Rabbi Dr Ben Elton was inducted less than a week before Rosh Hashanah…he tells J-Wire of his first Rosh Hashanah in Sydney. Read more


April 18, 2013 by  
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20,000 sailors, 70 warships and 20 tall-ships from 50 nations will participate in the International Fleet Review in Sydney in October…and the local Jewish community will be involved. Read more

The Media gets a thumbs up

March 9, 2010 by  
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As Spiderman and Superman both worked in newspapers and both had Jewish parents (creators), it’s no wonder that the Jewish community thinks that journalists are superheroes, fighting for justice and truth. Read more

Baby Minyan at the Great

February 22, 2010 by  
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Ten babies had their first taste of shule community at Sydney’s Great Synagogue’s Mazal Tot Shabbat. Read more

Multi-national service for Order of Australia recipients

September 8, 2009 by  
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The Great Synagogue played host to the Order of Australia Association Multi-faith observance at which a Buddhist nun, various Christian representatives and a Wiradjuri elder participated with rabbonim. Read more

Law service at the Great

February 12, 2009 by  
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law-shabbat-09Judges in scarlet and purple, Queen’s and Senior Council in full-bottomed wigs and a parade of other distinguished members of the legal procession attended the annual Jewish service at The Great Synagogue for the opening of the 2009 Law Term in early February.

In the presence of the NSW Chief Justice James Spigelman AC, the service included an address by The Great Synagogue’s Senior Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence. 


Giving the congregation a fascinating insight into the way Jewish traditions interact with the world, Rabbi Lawrence described the Jewish response to the credit crunch of 2000 years ago when the sage Hillel created the concept of the prosbul.

Members of various levels of the judiciary participated in the service, which was conducted by Rabbi Lawrence and Rabbi Chaim Ingram following the illness of Chazan David Hilton.

The service was followed by a dinner for more than 120 people, addressed by World Jewish Congress vice-president and Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Robert Goot.

The dinner was sponsored by Thomson Reuter.