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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Services

At this time we are not offering in-person Shabbat Services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

When services are able to resume, for Covid safety please scan the QR code on arrival or give your name and phone number to the guard. Pre- registration is no longer required.

To meet our COVID safety requirements, please do not attend services if:

  • within 14 days prior to the meeting you have visited an area which has been identified as having increased COVID-19 activity that would require you to self-isolate or be tested under local government guidelines, as outlined on the NSW Government website.

  • you are experiencing symptoms of illness, including fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, aches & pains, ear ache, diarrhoea.

  • you have had close contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 or who is self isolating.

Both our Friday night and Saturday morning services are available to livestream via our homepage. 

When are services?

Friday night services begin at 6:30pm and last about an hour.

Shabbat morning services begin at 10am and usually conclude between 11:30am and noon.

What are Shabbat services like?

As a Progressive Synagogue, our services blend creativity and tradition, age old rituals and contemporary elements.  Expect a mix of Hebrew and English (our prayer books have transliteration for non-Hebrew speakers).  We are an egalitarian congregation that loves traditional and contemporary melodies, so men and women sit and sing together.    Tallitot (prayer shawls worn by Jewish men and women), siddurim (prayer books), chumashim (Hebrew Bibles), and kippot (head coverings) are all available in the synagogue’s foyer.

Here are links to some common pieces we sing on Erev Shabbat - 

What should I wear?

NSTE is an informal place. Your presence is more important than your outfit. For Shabbat services, most dress in business casual attire. Members tend to dress a bit more formally when they have been invited for an honour on the bimah (pulpit)or are attending High Holy Day services.  

Is there parking?

Yes. There is parking available onsite and on the street. 

Mobile Phone Usage

Please note that to preserve the calm and sanctity of Shabbat (the Sabbath), we do not allow photography on our campus on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Therefore, all mobile phones and electronic devices must be switched off when inside the synagogue building on Shabbat.  (However, devices required for those with hearing or visual impairment or mobility challenges may be used in all areas of the campus at all times.) 

Are all Shabbat services the same?

While the structure of our services is consistent, we have many "special" Shabbatot, including:

Shabbat dinners

Offered every six to eight weeks, Covid restrictions permitting. These fill up quickly, so be sure to book early if you are staying for the dinner. 

Young families Shabbat


Teen Torah Tag Team

Every six weeks or so, Covid permitting, our NSTE teenagers who form our Teen Torah Tag Team conduct the entire Torah and Haftarah reading for the congregation, while also sharing “words of the wise” (inspiration and encouragement) with our current B’nei Mitzvah students. Their participation is an inspiration!  Teens are welcomed onto the Team immediately following Bar or Bat Mitzvah. FIND OUT MORE

Shabbat Groove

A super musical, super groovy Friday evening service, thanks to the NSTE Choir.

Special guest speakers

We regularly welcome speakers on a variety of themes and topics throughout the year.  This past year, we have hosted speakers on the topic of healthy relationships, disability inclusion, the Progressive movement in Israel, Holocaust remembrance, and more.  Our guest speakers have included members of our own shul, as well as representatives of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Centenary of ANZAC Jewish Program, United Israel Appeal, the Israel Study Tour, and government dignitaries.

Please join our ranks as a shammash

We do our best to make our services run smoothly and help the Rabbi as much as we can. Most times you may not even notice us; we try to be as inconspicuous as we can.

BUT - the number of shammashim are dwindling, and we could really do with more on our roster. The work is easy enough, and it is a good opportunity to get to know more congregants. Training is easy and you will get a more intimate knowledge of the service.

You don’t have to attend every week – the roster means (at the moment) about once a month for the erev service and once every two or three months for the morning service.

It is a good feeling to be doing something worthwhile and assisting our community. Many hands make light work, so if you are interested please let the office know on: (02) 9419 7011 or email us:


Tue, 28 September 2021 22 Tishrei 5782