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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Am Yisrael Chai

At the time of writing, the horrific terrorist attack on Israel on 7th October 2023 left more than 1,200 Israelis dead and over 240 held captive by Hamas. 

Many in our community have described their loss, worry, shock and grief. In Sydney, the Jewish community and our congregation are working to keep us all safe, respond meaningfully with purpose and compassion, demonstrate support for our Israeli family and friends, and provide a sense of hope and comfort at this most difficult and tragic time.

We have collected some resources you can view below, including a list of 'roof body' organisations that have established financial appeals, mobilised other forms of support, and issued statements. 

We know so many in our congregation have family, friends and loved ones in Israel, and we enfold you in our prayers at this frightening time. If you need personal support, don't hesitate to be in touch with us at, so that one of our Rabbis can connect with you.

Am Yisrael Chai,

Rabbi Nicole Roberts, Rabbi Moshe Givental and Julia Selby, NSTE President.

Where can I donate?

United Israel Appeal (UIA)'s Israel at War Emergency Appeal

Your donation will provide immediate financial assistance through the Victims of Terror Fund to those most directly affected on the ground in Israel.

Donations will be transferred to Israel immediately as the Fund has already commenced supporting the immediate needs of the victims.

Beit Halochem Australia

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)'s Israel Emergency Appeal

Donations are not tax-deductible

Donors who are able to donate $25,000 or more should contact David Knoll at



Magen David Adom

Magen David Adom in Israel has faithfully served the country’s population for many decades by adhering to principles which derive from the sublime value of “saving a single soul of Israel”. 



Beanies for IDF soldiers

The Black Beanie Project is aimed at providing warm beanies to Israeli soldiers before winter. Knitters are invited to contact for more information or to obtain the pattern in various languages. 

Sandwiches for soldiers

A friend of the NSTE community has written to us from Israel: Over the past month since the war in Israel began, my office building has been making sandwiches for the soldiers. Each day we volunteer an hour or two of our time to prepare the sandwiches, which are delivered the same day to the brave soldiers serving on the front line, risking their lives to protect us….We have been told that the soldiers are so appreciative of these sandwiches, which don’t replace their army meals, but rather are an extra treat to spoil them, and one they can easily eat on the go while on the front line service. The food is accompanied by notes that express how grateful we are for what they are doing for us, and that we are thinking of them and praying for their safety.  It costs around $AUD400 per day for the ingredients for the 250 sandwiches we’ve been making. There are no overhead costs as they are prepared and delivered by volunteers, so it is just the ingredients that need to be purchased.  Donate here



  • The Daily Briefing from The Times of Israel

  • For Heaven’s Sake from The Hartman Institute

  • What Matters Now from The Times of Israel

  • Perfect Jewish Parents from the Hartman Institute

  • Israel Story from the Jerusalem Foundation and the Times of Israel

  • The Promised Podcast from TLV1

  • The Tikvah Podcast from the Tikvah Center

YouTube Videos

וּפְרוש עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שלומֶךָ
May a shelter of peace envelop us and all of Israel.

Wed, 6 December 2023 23 Kislev 5784