Volume 24 Issue 30 23 Sep 2016 20 Elul 5776


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Sonia Newell

Sonia Newell – Development Officer

More amazing music…..

Despite the rain last Sunday, you may have been among the hundreds of people who attended Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival at Bondi Beach Pavilion.  If you missed out, you will have to wait until 2018 for the next Sydney event. Held in Sydney every two years since 2010, the Shir Madness 2016 lineup included numerous well-known national and international performers including Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier. Sunday’s event also showcased four members of the Class of 2016 – upcoming band Before the King (Dean Smuskowitz, Asher Klein, Daniel Radomsky and Gabriel Jammy); Year 10 student Genevieve Goldman supported by her parents David on guitar and Michelle on keyboard and Paris Freed in Year 11 as backing singer for the band Azadoota in the main arena. Perhaps you also recognised Leonie Cohen who is a part-time Music Tutor here and Sandy Lipworth, one of our casual teachers, a member of the Sydney Jewish Choral Society, as well as parent Josh Oshlack and his drummers. 

The event, which officially opened at 11.30am and finished at 10pm, was manned by volunteers, many of whom are members of our Emanuel community.  Year 9 students Rachel Jammy helped me on the Merchandising Desk selling artists’ CDs whilst Natasha (Tashi) Gering worked on the Registration Desk. We saw many of our alumni volunteering for CSG to ensure the safety of everyone at the event and current parent, David Mane was one of the official photographers.  

There were past parents and even a few grandparents, all too numerous to name individually, who were also part of the volunteer group ensuring this event ran so smoothly. Well done to all the volunteers and to the performers. 

You will have to wait for the next issue of Ma Nishma at the start of next term for my article about today’s Primary Grandparents and Friends Day.  Meantime, I hope you all have a restful holiday and I wish you and your family Shanah Tovah and well over the Fast.


Before the King. Photo: David Mane


Genevieve Goldman. Photo: David Mane


Paris Freed. Photo: Tony Hart

Save the date for our Gesher Nine and Dine golf event on Thursday 17 November 2016.