Purim 2015

Purim 2015
Chabad of RARA and the Jewish Community of Townsville are proud to host this years Purim party. This is our first official event for the year and we look forward to meeting all our new Jewish friends who are in and around the Townsville area. This year we welcome RARA’s new full time staff, a wonderful married couple Rabbi Yissi and his wife Malki who will join us from Melbourne along with their baby boy Yitzchok. Rabbi Yissi will now be running RARA and together with his wife, they look forward to meeting each and every member here in the north. Lots of fun for the kids will be provided with games and arts and crafts all in the spirit of Purim, so bring the little ones along..........DETAILS: Purim this year will be held at the Chabad house. We invite you to bring a cold drink and a plate of something nice to share. We ask you to RSVP so we can prepare enough seating space for everyone. You may RSVP by calling or emailing George who will be hosting the event together with Chabad of RARA. Contact George 0437256355 email southsea.shell@bigpond.com

David Sassoon

David Sassoon
2014 our little community made the local paper when David ( one of our elders ) was captured by the local media lighting the Hanukkia as we came together to enjoy Hannukah. Thank you as always to Saul Spigler and Chabad of RARA for sending two of the finest young Rabbis up north to run the event.

JCU

JCU
Townsville’s James Cook University is one of Australia’s leading places of higher learning with a strong body of Jewish students. If you are considering studying at JCU please call us so we can point you to the right people to speak to. We are proud of our growing Jewish Students Union and work closely with them to bring as much Judaism as possible to their lives while here in Townsville.

Jonathans Dinner

Jonathans Dinner
The members of the Townsville Jewish Community and its students wish to that Jonathan W for hosting a wonderful Shabbas dinner for the James Cook University Jewish Students and friends. It was a friendly casual gathering of friends with wonderful food and company. We encourage all members of the community to host regular dinners that bring us together. Jonathan thank you again for leading the community in a wonderful dinner.

Pesach 2014

Pesach 2014
Chabad of RARA together with George Koulakis of the Townsville Jewish community, invite you all to attend the 2014 Passover Seder. The first Seder will be at 6pm on 14th April (Monday evening) at the Newmarket Hotel located at 499 Flinders St Townsville. For those who may wish to stay the night rather than travel, very reasonably priced accommodation is available upstairs from where the Seder will be held. The Manager of the Newmarket Hotel will close the premises and the Jewish community will have exclusive access to the hotel during Passover. This year we will have 3 young Rabbis attending to bring you a memorable experience. Kosher food and drink is all provided thanks to the generous support of Mr Saul and Shimmi Spigler of Chabad of RARA. This is a big event on the Jewish calendar and we invite you all to attend. If possible, I would like this year to ask for assistance from the community who will be willing to stay behind after the Seder to help clean up, (ie; clearing tables, stacking chairs, etc). As the saying goes, many hands make light work! If there are any questions regarding this year's Seder, please feel free to contact me ( George 0437256355 ) and I will do my best to help. I can’t wait to see you all, please forward this email to anyone within the Jewish community who I may have overlooked on my email list.

About Us

About Us
About us: Shalom and welcome to Townsville Queensland. This website is dedicated to providing accurate information to Jews wishing to visit or live in Townsville and Far North Queensland (FNQ). Information is regularly updated to keep visitors informed. We hope you enjoy your time in FNQ. For any information about Jewish life in Townsville, please contact George 0437256355 or E-mail jewish_townsville@bigpond.com.

Welcome to Jewish Townsville

Welcome to Jewish Townsville

Purim 2014

Purim 2014
The Townsville Jewish community together with the Jewish Students Union of James Cook University, wish to thank everyone who attended this year’s 2014 Purim party. A big thank you as ever to Saul and Shimmi Spilger of Chabad of RARA, who again sent us two of the finest Rabbi’s to lead the formal part of the night. We welcome all the new friends who have joined our growing community, and look forward to inviting you soon to Pesach. Please watch this blog for more updates on Pesach 2014.

Jewish Youth

Jewish Youth
It is with great pride to the Jewish community of Townsville to know that our numbers are growing every year. Every year a steady number of youth arrive to study medicine and marine biology. This close knit group comes together most weekends for a BBQ and on the odd occasion they even invite George Koulakis (Administrator of the Jewish Community) to dinner as seen in this picture. Sadly not everyone could attend on the night this photo was taken.

John Gribbin

John Gribbin
The Jewish community of Townsville is proud to have John Gribbin Realty as our provider of rental properties. John has a long established history with members of the community and is a key sponsor of cultural events in Townsville. We advise all our friends to contact John Gribbin Realty for all their property matters. CLICK ON THE GRIBBIN BANNER TO FIND YOUR NEW HOME

Kosher Cairns

Kosher Cairns
We are proud to announce that a huge variety of kosher food including meat is now available in Coles Clifton Beach (located in the Northern Beaches, just north of Cairns). Thanks to the tireless efforts of Cairns new Jewish community leader Michael Mostyn. A facebook has been set up and by clicking the image above, you can go direct to the page to have all our questions answered. Michael on behalf of the Jewish community in Townsville, thank you very much for your dedicated effort.

Hanukkah 2013

Hanukkah 2013
Thank you to the good friends who attended this year’s Hanukkah celebrations at the Chabad house. The Jewish Community of Townsville wish the thank Eli and his hard working wife Goldi for their outstanding efforts on a beautiful Shabbat dinner on Friday night and a fun Hanukkah party on Saturday night. The celebration rolled over past midnight, with kids playing, folks chatting and food being eaten in a fun casual and friendly environment. We welcome back some old friends who have been away for a while but now they are with us again. The small but strong Townsville Jewish Community is the pride of Chabad of RARA, who have supported nurtured our development. May you all have a great Hanukkah ( 4 more days ) and a safe new year, as we close 2013, and welcome 2014 soon. Keep well friends.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah
Thank you to all members of the Townsville Jewish Community and guests who attended this years Rosh Hashanah party at JCU. I have received lots of emails from you all thanking me for such a fun event, but I must say thank you to you all as it was one of the best events my wife and I have had the pleasure of hosting. Once again Lior led the way by opening the night with prayers and concluding with the blowing of the Shofar. Thank you to Maggie for her Hallah bread and all who brought such a large variety of foods that kept the party going well past 10pm. Thank you Molly and Lex for helping us clean up the place, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the group. Finally thank you to all the new members who attended, welcome to the community, and keep and eye on this webpage for our future events. It was a complete pleasure having you all attend and once again thank you to each and every member for their generous contributions. George.

Hebrew Interpreters Available

Hebrew Interpreters Available
If you have need for an interpreter of Hebrew please contact George on 0437256355.

Our Community

Our Community
In the Townsville area there are approximately 55 people in the Jewish Community. During Pesach or Rosh Hashanah this number often increases with Israeli backpackers or Jewish students studying at James Cook University. The local Jewish families and members often get together for Shabbat dinners and BBQ’s to foster a sense of community.

Rosh Ha'Shanah 2012

Rosh Ha'Shanah 2012
Thank you to Joe Pollock and fellow students from the James Cook University’s Jewish Student Union for hosting this years Rosh Ha'Shanah dinner. Young and old gathered together for a wonderful evening that brought many new faces together.

Haman

Haman
Teaching the kids about the past, such as the festival of Purim is always a fun and noisy occasion. Please join us every year as we come together for the reading, the food, the company and laughter of Purim in Townsville.

Rabbi Moshe

Rabbi Moshe
The young Rabbi from NY visting Townsville, blows the shofar which is used on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. 2011 Townsville

About Townsville ( Click Photo for full details )

About Townsville ( Click Photo for full details )
Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland. Adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, it is in the dry tropics region of Queensland. Townsville is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a 2006 census population of 143,328 and a 2009–2010 estimated population of 185,768. Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland, Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Points of interests ( click to read about each location )

Popular attractions include 'The Strand', a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; and Magnetic Island, a large neighbouring island, the vast majority of which is national park.