Events 2016-2017


The following is a edited version of a letter from the Vandors following the passing last month of their son, Jonah (14).

“Could you please convey our deepest gratitude to the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation, especially Avi and Lauren Gurion, Mark, John, and yourself (Max Lasky), for your help and support. There were many more who generously contributed to giving Jonah a dignified and honourable burial and we look forward to thanking each member personally. We have been overwhelmed with the open-arm response to this crisis and we are proud to be part of the Ballarat Jewish community. We will be back in time for the Rosh Hashanah service and look forward to being with you all again.”

Much love to you all,
Jono, Chani and Will



Ballarat Heritage Weekend, 27-28 May

See the Ballarat Courier’s coverage of events at the shul at this link (and a lovely photo of Bernard Stone and John Abraham).

About 350 people visited the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation shul during the Ballarat Heritage weekend.  The shul was open from 10am to 3.30pm on Sunday. President John Abraham gave talks to visitors at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. A big shout out to Avi Gurion, Jono Vandor and Max Lasky who helped out with security during the day. The temperature hovered around nine degrees during the talks, but John’s words of wisdom helped cheer and warm the audiences.

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The Australian Jewish News, 12 May 2017

Ballarat and St Kilda shuls held a joint Shabbat service on 29 April. The service was featured in a picture-story, Around the Shuls, in the Jewish News in early May. Pictured below are Ballarat ba’al koreh Max Lasky and St Kilda rabbi Yaakov Glasman. Ballarat and St Kilda celebrated the “Ballarat Shabbat” (Parshah Tazria-Metzora) at Charnwood Grove, St Kilda, shul. The service featured chazzan Brett Kaye and the St Kilda Shul choir.

Max Lasky and Rabbi Yaakov Glasman


Purim: Sunday, 12 March, 2017

Some 65 people attended Ballarat Hebrew Congregation’s reading of the Megillah on Sunday, 12 March. The reading was held in conjunction with Jewish radio station J-AIR and interfaith program Tikkun Olam, hosted by Abe.

Visitors in their fancy dress came from as far away as Torquay, Melbourne, Ballarat, Hepburn Springs and Clunes.

The reading of the Megillah by Ami Even-Chaim was broadcast live on J-AIR and streamed on the internet from 5.30pm to 6pm.

Later, in the evening (from 9pm to 10pm), Abe broadcast Tikkun Olam live from the Paul Simon Hall.

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Guests, members and visitors were addressed by BHC president John Abraham (pictured, below), who invited all to take part in a sumptuous Purim seudah in the Paul Simon Hall.

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As part of the Purim celebrations, the Australasian Guild of Town Criers publicly acknowledged David Goldman, of Hepburn Springs, who is believed to be the first Jewish town crier in Australia. David is the deputy town crier for the Hepburn Shire.

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Monday, 26 December, 2016

Ballarat Hebrew Congregation’s Chanukah soiree was held at the home of the Gurions of Gordon and coincided with the affixing of a mezuzzah on their new home. Mazeltov to the Gurions. The mezzuzah service was led by Alan Jacobs. Max Lasky led the lighting of the candles and Chanukah service.
Some 40 friends of BHC from the Ballarat district and Melbourne were in attendance.
Great company, great food, great time.



Avi and Lauren and their new mezuzzah.












Max and the menorah. Avi and neighbour Inna light the menorah.




Avi and Alan; and David, of Hepburn Springs, with his Chanukah cabaret.


John Abraham, Max Lasky and Bernard Stone during 2015's Chanukah service.

John Abraham, Max Lasky and Bernard Stone at 2015’s Chanukah service.

Watch video of 2015’s Menorah lighting in the Paul Simon Hall here


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  • President

    John Abraham
    Mob: 0414 714 851
    Tel: 03 5333 4941

  • Secretary

    Bernard Stone
    Tel: 03 5332 1271

  • Chazan

    Max Lasky
    Mob: 0418 335 446

    Alan Jacobs
    (Rosh Hashanah leader)

  • Ba’alei Koreh

    Ami Even-Chaim
    Shimshon Marom






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    Harry Cook

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    Gary Mallin
    Mob: 0430 043 706


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