Category Archives: Community

Its all happening at 11.30am on Sunday 13 March, but you will have to RSVP to Hila on 0405 600 975 to find out where to come and in order for Security to know about you!!

Keep in touch with Beit Or to find out about:

Purim service – the Megillah!! – late March

Pesach Seder – second night – late April

Weekend Getaway to the mountains with Rabbi Adi mid June

Join us on Friday night, 11 March, for a Kabbalat Shabbat and welcome our visitors from Dallas, Texas. RSVP to to note your attendance and to obtain venue details. Bring along a plate to share and your most joyous of moods.
On Saturday morning 12 March we will hold our service at our usual venue.
On Sunday morning, following Cheder, we will parade, sing and dance with the Torah to celebrate its new home. Join us for fun and a light lunch to be shared. RSVP to to find out about the venue, and for us to plan security and catering.

Netzer Camp is coming! Less than 3 weeks to go!!
This is a FAMILY CAMP and it’ll be great fun.
Yes a family camp – parents are welcome too!
Join us for the whole program or for just a part of the program.

What is Netzer:

Netzer Australia is a Progressive, Zionist Youth Movement, which aims to inspire and educate the youth of our community.

What is Netzer Camp?
Every year BPJC and TSGC (our sister congregation at the Gold Coast) has a combined family camp.  Netzer leaders fly in from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney to ensure that all present have great time!

Friday, 14 August – Sunday, 16 August 2015
or part of it, as you wish!

How much?

Full Weekend: $50 per person (7 years and over); $30 per child (under 7 years – bunk hire)
Shabbat Daytripper: $30 per person (includes lunch and dinner – children under 7 free)

What to expect?
Arrive from 5:00 pm Friday to enjoy our Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a traditional Shabbat dinner and a fun night of entertainment.
Enjoy the camp, share breakfast with all your new friends and participate in the Shabbat morning service.

Partake of the sausage sizzle lunch around the BBQ and enjoy the afternoon activities on offer, suitable for young and the young at heart!

Enjoy Havdalah and share a delicious evening meal, completing the evening with more fun activities for all. Back home exhausted on Sunday morning.

For registration forms and details of venue – email

The next Kabbalat Shabbat will be held on Friday evening 31 July at 6.00pm. Bring a plate to share with everyone!! Fun and games for the children, singing shabbat songs and a strong community spirit is promised. Join in lighting the shabbat candles, blessing the wine and challot and being together. Entry is free for members and $10 for non members to cover venue hire costs. For more information email

Please note time – 6 pm NOT 6.30 pm

Let My People Go (1942/3)

BPJC is proud to publish electronically a historic booklet written by Victor Gollancz in December 1942 entitled “Let My People Go”. Gollancz explains in this 16,000 word pamphlet that between one and two million Jews had already been murdered in Nazi-controlled Europe and “unless something effective is done, within a very few months six million Jews will all be dead.” Gollancz proposed a series of practical responses, centred around a rescue plan, and undertook a lecture and fundraising tour. Published early in the new year of 1943, the pamphlet sold a quarter of a million copies within three monthsand was quoted in the Canadian Parliament in 1943,and in The Adelaide Advertiser on Saturday 15 May 1943. Gollancz’s pamphlet, seen through today’s eyes, is remarkably well informed about the plight of European Jewry  at the height of World War 2, in the midst of the Holocaust.


Sir Victor Gollancz (9 April 1893 – 8 February 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. He was born in Maida Vale, London, the son of a wholesale jeweller and nephew of Rabbi Professor Sir Hermann Gollancz and Professor Sir Israel Gollancz.

Gollancz formed his own publishing company in 1927 and was one of the founders of the Left Book Club. In addition to his highly successful publishing business, Gollancz was a prolific writer on a variety of subjects, and put his ideas into action by establishing campaigning groups. His 1943 pamphlet “Let My People Go”, which called for an attempt by the Allied powers to rescue Jews under threat of extermination in occupied Europe, was widely read in 1943, following coverage in the British media in December 1942 of the Nazis’ extermination policy.

A subsequent pamphlet, published by Gollancz later on in the war, failed to reach a mass audience. By then the British media had almost entirely ceased coverage of the story of the Nazi attempt to exterminate European Jewry, after it had become clear that the western powers were unwilling to respond to popular British sentiment at the end of 1942 and early 1943 in favour of an attempt to rescue Jews in occupied Europe, which would have meant diverting resources from the war effort. He was made Vice-President of Eleanor Rathbone’s National Committee for Rescue from Nazi Terror. Along with Eleanor Rathbone, Gollancz was the foremost British campaigner during the Second World War on the issue of the Nazi extermination of European Jewry.

Let My People Go (1)

Let My People Go (2)


BPJC is very grateful for the generosity of Theo and Joy Castrikum of Woorim, Bribie Island, in donating this important historic pamphlet.


The BPJC Board is always looking for ways to support Jews living outside of South East Queensland. We provide a range of information through our website and Facebook page and welcome any feedback or suggestions for improvements.

Unfortunately, the Awcast option for the broadcast of services is no longer available. Awcast started charging a substantial monthly fee and the Board regretfully decided that the cost is too high.

Our Shabbat services use Mishkan T’filah. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a copy to follow the service.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We would like to put you in touch with articles and news items that we believe to be relevant to you as a religious Zionist. If you wish to give us feedback on these articles and/or tell us what other information you would like to receive from, and about, ARZA please email

For all the latest ARZA news visit the website 

Download a fascinating guide to Jewish burials at Toowong Cemetery. The document was written in 1998 by Morris S. Ochert OAM Queensland Researcher, Australian Jewish Historical Society and edited by Hilda Maclean from Friends of Toowong Cemetery.
BPJC welcomes and supports all Jewish students visiting or studying in Brisbane. All students are welcome to attend our services and festivals. We offer discounted entry to our events and can also help with transport. BPJC can provide students with chaplaincy and advocacy support through the wider community. Leadership opportunities are available within our congregation and the wider Brisbane Jewish community through our affiliations with Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies, State Zionist Council of Queensland and other community groups.
The objects of QAJEX include: 
To perpetuate and honour the memory of all service personnel who served, including those who died during or since service.

To protect the interests and advance the welfare of all Jewish ex-service persons and their dependants.

To represent officially Jewish Ex-Service persons in all matters affecting the Association.

The Association needs your support to continue this important service to our community. Please contact us if you would like further information.


Netzer is a youth movement committed to encouraging individuality, critical thinking and personal growth through developing an ideological community of knowledgeable, empowered youth.

What is Netzer Australia?

Netzer Australia (Inc) is the Zionist Youth Movement of the Progressive Jewish Community of Australia. We are part of an expanding world-wide movement, with Netzer branches in Israel, Europe, North and South America (we are in fact the largest Zionist youth movement in the world as of 2004). We are also expanding within Australia-we have chanichim (participants) in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

JNF Queensland publishes a monthly newsletter, Shalom, to inform the local Jewish community of social gatherings, fund raising activities and general interest news items. To subscribe to this publication, email the editor.