23 August 2018

This week we have worked very hard to complete the form work, lay the steel mesh and also the post tensioning cables. After the concrete is poured, the post tension cables will be pulled very very tight. This will compress the concrete together and suspend the slab almost like a bridge. This is what allows us to have the nice big open spans downstairs without annoying columns in the way.

To all who are going away for the Shabbaton have a wonderful weekend, and Shabbat Shalom to all.  


16 August 2018

This week we have almost completed all of the formwork for the ground floor as well as filling all the blocks with concrete, which will be the stabilising walls for the next level. We shall begin steel fixing soon leading up to the pouring of concrete for our prayer hall level! This will be a great milestone for us as not only we are out of the ground, but we now will have a working platform for storage at last :-) this will make work a lot easier for everyone.   

Shabbat Shalom,



2 August 2018

All formwork has now been delivered and is being fitted to make the slab on the ground floor.  

Shabbat Shalom,



26 July 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to solid ground!

Last night I took out my son's Lego pieces to figure out the best way up, and now I think I've worked it out.  

Shabbat Shalom,



19 July 2018

Well, it seems that we have reached a milestone: The Earth is finally prepared for our concrete pour.

It has been a long hard run to this point but G‑d willing we should now be out of the dirt and going up!

Shabbat Shalom,


12 July 2018

A letter of thanks to a door (a message to all)

When you were made more than 30 years ago you were just an ordinary door. You were fitted to an ordinary opening and used in an ordinary manner for a very very long time. You soon became neglected, dirty, rotten and unusable, and you were replaced.

By chance someone happened to keep you just in case they needed a spare old door. Then one day you were required for a job and you became a special door. We used you to hold up the concrete foundations. Without foundations we have nothing. You are now part of one of the most important buildings in the Eastern Suburbs.  

Let this be a lesson to all the other doors out there. There is always hope. Even when you think you're nothing more than a useless rotten old piece of timber, you just never know what plans Hashem has for you. 

Thank you Door for all of your help, we could not have done it without you. And now you'll be laid to rest.  

Shabbat Shalom,



5 July 2018

Welcome to our kitchen!

Thanks to the clear weather we were able to successfully fit off the plumbing. The black pipes are made of an extremely high grade (and expensive) plastic used in laboratories that can withstand the chemicals and other products and wastes that go through commercial kitchens on a weekly basis. 

Shabbat Shalom.



28 June 2018

In spite of more wet weather, we have made progress this week. We have cleaned up a lot of the site and more material deliveries have been dropped in by crane. I guess we just have to stick to the old saying: slow and steady wins the race. When the weather changes things will speed up.

Shabbat Shalom.



21 June 2018

Welcome to a very special edition of the weekly buildup.

This is the week that you have the power to make a difference and put a lifelong stamp on our community. We are blessed with the unique ability to be a part of something that rarely comes around. This is your chance to help make a communal 'home base' and meeting point for our children and G‑d willing, many more generations to come.  When you are contacted on Sunday, please please please give generously to our  charidy event, for every dollar that is donated will simply create a better place for our community to grow in. Just think how nice it would be when our children can say they remember when that place was just being built...

What an amazing feat to get it this far, now let's not lose our momentum and work towards completion of this place we can all be proud of.  This week we have battled the rain, wind and other natural conditions to complete the placement of water tanks and the block work in the basement. This was a very trying task and thank G‑d not only did we complete it but we were given the opportunity to work through many testing situations... AND SUCCEEDED!!!   

Shabbat Shalom!


14 June 2018

Going up!!!

Shabbat Shalom everyone

Have a great week! 



7 June 2018

This week we have completed as much as possible in the challenging weather conditions. In my down time, I have put together some lyrics for a new song: Rain rain go away, come again on Saturday..... 

Speak again next week.



31 May 2018

Good morning all and welcome again to another trusty addition of the weekly build up. This week was a little frustrating as we had no availability of tradies, so major work will start again next week. In the meantime, we prepared the footings for block work, installed all starter bars that will tie the walls to the footings, and had all necessary materials delivered.

Speak again next week. 



24 May 2018

The Concrete is Poured!

17 May 2018

Good afternoon and welcome to another instalment of the weekly buildup.
This week we have concentrated on digging more holes and contending with more ground water. These are the footings that will be holding the weight of the building as the loads travel through beams and columns into the earth. A very crucial part of any building site.

Speak again next week and hope to meet with all of you soon again in person.  

Shabbat Shalom,



3 May 2018

We have just completed pouring the lift shaft.

Looking forward to seeing you at the "Meet the Builder" kiddush tomorrow! 

Shabbat Shalom,



12 April 2018

Mission complete!

We have now completed shotcrete in the basement.

Hopefully next week we will get back on to footings and plumbing in the basement.

Have a wonderful weekend!



4 April 2018

This week we have spent time preparing for Shot Crete and continuing to fine tune the drawings of the building. As you can see from the before and after photos, we have to clean each pier individually so the concrete will stick to them to make good strong solid walls for our dear shul. 

Chag Sameach, 




22 March 2018 

Good Afternoon everyone,

We have spent some time this week fine-tuning the final layout of the Shule and are awaiting some responses from other consultants. As soon as we have the plans finalised, we will proceed, until then, we will continue planning in advance for other important parts of the build coming up when we get out of the ground.

Until then, we can enjoy the view with this interesting weekly photo, can you spot the Shul? 

Have a great weekend. 


15 March 2018

Good morning everyone,

Excavation is now complete!

Time to move on to preparation for footings. 

Speak next week again

Shabbat shalom



8 March 2018

Hi All,

Presenting our new Mikva :-) just joking this is the elevator pit that has just been dug out. I always love to notice the different layers of earth as you are digging down into virgin soil. It's amazing how nature makes such neat layers and beautiful colours over time. 

Speak again next week and have a good weekend. 



1 March 2018

This is me suspended from a temporary beam that is supporting the frame of the building. This one tonne beam will remain until we pour the concrete.


15 February 2018

Capping beam is now complete!

We will now wait for the concrete to cure and begin to excavate down to create the basement. This can be a little tricky and may take some time, so please bear with us whilst we complete this delicate and complex process. 

Shabbat Shalom! 


8 February 2018

Now that the steel cages have been formed, we shall start doing the formwork and G‑d willing be finished pouring before the end of next week. 

Shabbat Shalom!  


1 February 2018

This week site preparation and cleaning has continued to get rid of the huge 'sandpit' that has been made by the displacement of the sand from the piers. We have accepted the steel delivery and organised to begin creating the 'cages' that will sit in the capping beam after we clear the land and align the tops of all the piers to create a flat surface for the beam to sit on.Although it doesn't seem it, about 100 tons of sand and dirt was removed from site this week. 


18 January 2018

Today is the day, G‑d willing, that piling is complete!

Drilling machinery will now be exiting the site and we will be receiving our steel and other materials to produce and form the 'capping beam'.

This is basically a big column of concrete that sits on top of the piles and ties them all together, adding strength and making a solid wall for the basement of the synagogue.

Good Shabbas and G‑d bless. 

11 January 2018

We faced a small hiccup when one of the main cables on the drilling machine snapped! These things happen, but due to the holiday season it took some days to remedy.

We are finally back on course this week and will be finished drilling all piles by the end of next week G‑d willing. I hope everyone had a great holiday period.

Wishing everyone the best and hoping to provide more exciting update next week :-)


14 December 2018

Shabbat Shalom everyone!

I thought this week I will give you a few fun facts about the piles we are digging. Currently we have dug more than half a kilometre of piles into the ground, using 11 tons of steel and 150 tons of concrete. It has taken us so far 10 days or 50 man days to get this far. G‑d willing, our estimated completion date will be Wednesday, 10 January next year.

Today we have had our second delivery of steel, 11 tons of it! It took us approximately 1.5 hours to offload it and bring it on site. Hard hard work! 

Have a great weekend everyone and Chag Sameach!!!!

7 December 2017

Drilling of piers has begun and will continue now for three weeks solid.


30 November 2017

1) Piling machinery delivered on site

2) Roadbase delivered for trucks to drive on site 

3) Steel delivered for piles

4) Platforms prepared for machinery and pile setup (lines and boundary markings) complete. 

5) Drilling to commence G‑d willing next week as we are awaiting a new specialized drill bit for machine 

23 November 2017

Here is a summary of what we have done this week: 

1. Footings removed 

2. Land prepared for bulk excavation

3. Updated engineering plans completed

4. All machinery offsite and site awaiting auger for pier drilling starting Monday (please G‑d)


16 November 2017

Here is a summary of what we have done this week: 

1. Building has now been completely removed 

2. Topsoil has been removed

3. Large machinery has left the site

4. Removal of footings begin  


9 November 2018

Here is a summary of what we have done this week: 

1. Heavy machinery moved in  

2. Demolition complete 

3. Excavation and clean up begun


2 November 2018

Here is a summary of what we have done this week:

1. All timber and metal stripped for recycling 

2. Scaffolding erected 

3. Top half of building deconstructed  

A huge thanks to Gabi Rachamim of Hercules Demolition for generously donating his services. 


26 October 2017



Here is a summary of what we have done since starting the Nefesh build last week:


1. All services have been cut

2. Site has been established, ie fencing up, signs up and protection for neighbouring properties established 

3. Deconstruction of roof and structure begun

4. Building completely stripped. All that remains are bare walls and the floor, as well as metal trusses on the roof to keep the building stable until complete demolition can begin.

A huge thanks to Gabi Rachamim of Hercules Demolition for generously donating his services.