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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Morning Services

Please register your interest in attending in-person Shabbat Morning Services at NSTE before Thursday 9:00am each week that you wish to attend, by clicking HERE.

We are pleased to share that those who feel comfortable to attend Shabbat worship in person will now have the opportunity to attend a short, small, modified service in our sanctuary on Saturdays.  Attendance will be limited and by pre-registration only. Social distancing will be observed, per NSW government guidelines.  Please register your interest before Thursday 9:00am each week that you wish to attend. You will receive an email on Friday morning confirming your attendance. If you do not receive confirmation, please do not attend as we can only accommodate a limited number each week.

We will not be holding b’nei mitzvah ceremonies until after High Holy Days, however our b’nei mitzvah students are welcome to attend on Shabbat mornings to assist with learning and maintaining their skills. Please note that children under age 13 must remain with an adult at all times inside the building, and young children are not permitted to wander freely in the sanctuary or other indoor areas. The toys and books have been removed from the children’s corner for the time being for safety.

We will not be holding an in person Shabbat service on Shabbat Shuvah (the Saturday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).  More information regarding Shabbat Shuvah will be provided in due course.

Our Friday evening offerings will continue to be online only, not in person. Please continue to join us from your homes every Friday for the 6:30pm Livestream Kabbalat Shabbat service and 7:20pm Zoom Kaddish call - see e-Hatikvah or our website for how to connect.


Everyone is requested to wear a mask when attending services, as a precautionary measure. All are responsible for providing their own masks, and we request they be donned before entering our premises and removed after exiting. 

For guidance on how to correctly wear a mask please watch the Australian Government video HERE.

We ask that you refrain from requesting to attend services if:

  • You have within the last 14 days, returned from interstate or regional travel or 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 by the NSW Government website   HERE .
  • you are experiencing ANY symptoms of illness. These include but are not limited to: 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 is self-isolating.


Please arrive at 10:00am at NSTE. The Security Guard will ask you to acknowledge a number of COVID-19 related statements, prior to entry. 

Upon entering the sanctuary, your temperature will be taken and you will be given instructions regarding taking and returning siddurim. Please wait to be directed to a seat.

Once seated, please remain at your designated seat throughout the service, and do not approach the bimah or readers’ table, or another person’s seat, at any time. (Honours will be performed in place, from one’s seat.)


  • Please bring a mask for your personal use.
  • Please bring your own tallit and kippah from home, as these will not be available for loan from NSTE.
  • We suggest dressing warmly, as A/C will not be in use.  


  • Sadly, guidelines suggest that singing and chanting is discouraged, whether from the bimah or by the congregation.  
  • We  also regret that we are unable to serve kiddush for the time being.  
  • Other than during the worship service in the sanctuary,  congregating may only take place outdoors.
  • Our service will run about 50 minutes, including a short Torah reading with “group” aliyot - one for all observing a yahrzeit, another for those observing other occasions, and a third in honour of all in our world in need of healing, or who cannot be present due to health concerns.


Please be mindful, in all places and times, of the recommended distancing (1.5 metres) with respect to all who attend and lead our services, and reserve the bimah for only the service leaders.  The rabbis will be alternating service-leading between now and High Holy Days, such that each is present only every 14 days.  Please respect the needs of the rabbis to stay healthy and out of quarantine and please do not take offence that the rabbis will not be hugging or shaking hands and will only be available for conversation outdoors, not indoors.

Thu, 22 October 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781