Service Times

Friday night 6pm (6.30pm during day light savings)

Saturday morning 9.15am

1st Sunday of each  Month 8am Shacharit followed by  breakfast (not on in NSW school holidays)

Our Shul

Coogee War Memorial Or Hadash was founded on our current site in 1960 by a group of Holocaust survivors who left devasted lives in post war Europe to seek a new beginning Australia. They had over the previous 8 years created a small Kehillah who worshipped together in a garage using a Sefer Torah borrowed from The Great Synagogue. At the time there were large number of young Jewish families living close by who banded together to form the nidus of what Coogee Synagogue was to become.

Today we have a membership of over 300 people. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it can be standing room only despite an extensive renovation which increased the seat capacity being completed in 2005.


Our Community

Is ably led by Rabbi Elozer Gestetner. Rabbi Gestetner is welcoming figure who sets the tone for our Synagogue’s community.

The Shul is run by an elected Board, the current President is Andrew Silvers. The Board is responsible for the day to day running of the Shul. Under its auspices are a number of bodies.The Ladies Auxillary, Coogee Youth Zone, ”The 1st Sunday’s Brunch with the Rabbi” which is aimed at our pre Bar and Bat mitzvah children, our own security group, an associated Kindegarten Coogee Bartory Kindegarten which focusses on our under 5’s.

The Rabbi’s Message

Coogee Synagogue was established by holocaust survivors after World War 2 in 1950. These refugees settled in the Coogee District and immediately set about the task of establishing a congregation.

Today our services are led by the members and the youth. All are encouraged to participate in all aspects of Synagogue life. The services are attended by a core group of dedicated individuals and we always welcome guests to join us. Our High Holiday Services are a time of reflection where the entire membership join our Chazan, for an inspiring uplifting and inspirational service.

My family and I are Chabad-Lubavitch and are representatives of the world wide Chabad Chassidic Movement.

I am available for counselling and crisis intervention at any time.

Our Windows

In 2003 when the Shul was being demolished and rebuilt a program of design was being undertaken by an artist to install in our Shul images fitting such an auspicious building. We wanted something eye catching light filtering and something that kept in with the biblical themes expressed elsewhere within the building. The concept for the windows was born.