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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 25 Aug 2017 05:34 PM and ends Sat 26 Aug 2017 06:35 PM
כ"ב סיון ה' אלפים תשע"ד
Gedolim in Eretz Yisroel headed by Rav Shteinman and jointly by Rav Drukman and Rav Stav have called for Jews to start Shabbat earlier than usual, in a spiritual show of support for the three kidnapped teens. Rav Shteinman has encouraged people to make use of the extra time for Torah study in the merit of the captive boys.
Synagogues throughout the Eretz Yisrael have already begun to respond to the calls, with communal leaders changing prayer times and some instituting extra "Avot Ubanim" father-son study sessions on Erev Shabbat.
Owing to the fact that we in the southern hemisphere are at mid-winter and Shabbat is coming in at its earliest, it is suggested that kehillot in Melbourne add in the Torah learning between Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. For more information see the following websites.