The birth of a child is a moment for celebration, both in your family and our community. It is the joy in the fulfilment of the promise of the next generation. As with many moments in our lives, we use a ritual to add meaning and context and celebration, to sanctify this great occasion.

This is a very special and personal experience and the entire staff at Emanuel Synagogue are here to ensure an uplifting journey for your family.

If you are expecting and would like to find out about a naming ceremony, a circumcision or have any other questions, you can contact us on (02) 9389 6444 or info@emanuel.org.au and we will direct you to the right person.


We have a special group for expecting couples, regardless of whether this is your first, second or more child. Join Rabbi Kaiserblueth for a series of informal sessions designed as preparation for birth in a Jewish context. This is also a wonderful opportunity to meet others about to welcome a new bundle of joy. Sessions are held every month in a private home.

This is a program for those expecting a baby in their lives, whether through birth or adoption, and whether the 1st or 5th!

The concept is to foster/build relationships with people going through the same life stage that will carry forward after the class has concluded.

The program consists of 4 sessions:

Jewish Traditions and rituals around Brit Milah, Simchat Bat, naming, and rituals to do at home with the child

The birth experience – a doula or midwife is invited to speak about the process leading up to and the birth itself and to foster a dialogue

Finance –  Financial advisors are invited to have foster a conversation regarding how you and your family will speak about, plan for, and implement the financial considerations of your new arrival

First Aid/CPR – Instructors will instruct the participants on the basics of infant first aid and CPR.

Dates for 1st cycle 2020

16 Feb – 12:00 – 1:30pm

8 March – 12:00 – 1:30pm

22 March – 2:00 pm – 3:30pm

5 April – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (First Aid Course)

Jewnatal is held in a private home. Please call the office on 9389 6444 for details.

Download Birth Booklet here


Emanuel Synagogue
7 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW 2025

Contact Us

02 9389 6444

Shabbat Times

Parashat Ha'Azinu
Shabbat, September 12

Candle Lighting
Friday, September 25  5.35PM

Motzei Shabbat, September 26, 6:23PM

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