The concept of family is absolutely fundamental to Judaism. Mizrachi Bondi is home to multi-generational families steeped in the history of the shule as well as new families eager to establish roots within its embracing and inclusive environment.
With a young, modern orthodox family it was important for my wife Dina and I to join a shule that catered to our needs. Meeting Rav Shua for the first time was integral in our decision to join the Mizrachi family and become an active part of the shule’s young adult community. We were honoured that our oldest son was the first boy to have his Brit Milah under Rav Shua’s leadership. Our two young sons love coming to shule every Shabbat and especially love the amazing kids programs run by local and Israeli madrichim. They also enjoy the ever-growing Monday morning play group. We continue to build strong friendships with other young families with similar aged children and feel very fortunate to be a part of this vibrant shule. – Ryan Savitz
My family’s affiliation with Mizrachi began in 1950 when my late grandfather, Charles Koss, joined the shule and soon became an active board member helping to build the synagogue at its present location. Sadly, he passed away before its completion. My mother, Betty Levy, grew up in the shule which was her home away from home. My parents married at Mizrachi and my father, Frank served as President and Gabbai for many years. My brothers and I attended services every Shabbat. All our smachot including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and sheva brachot and most recently, our son Levi’s brit milah, have taken place at Mizrachi. Shimon and I are proud parents of a fourth generation Mizrachi member. Mizrachi Bondi is where I come to pray. It is where I feel comfortable and where I want to grow my family. The members of the shule are a part of my family, many of whom have watched me grow up from a very young age. It is heartwarming to bring my son to shule led by our dynamic Rabbi and Rebbitzen and it is encouraging that so many young adults are joining our family. – Janine Davidowitz
My wife Terry and I experienced a smooth transition when we moved from the North Shore to the Eastern Suburbs but the one thing missing was finding a shule that suited our lifestyle and level of observance. Some years later with our son’s Bar Mitzvah looming, we did our research and ended up at Mizrachi upon the recommendation of close friends who knew us well. It was the best decision we ever made as we immediately felt at home. Rav Shua took our son under his wing and became an integral part of his journey into manhood providing him with a deeper Jewish grounding and a new-found respect for Judaism. At Mizrachi we feel part of the family and connected to an energetic, thriving community.