Welcome to our warm and open community
Beit Emanuel is an open, egalitarian and progressive community in Johannesburg, Souith Africa, where you will receive a warm welcome. We offer a full range of Jewish religious services, from Shabbat services to marriages, bar/bat mitzvah and conversion classes, community outreach, youth programmes, facilities for hire and much more.
For our latest news and forthcoming activities, see our News page.
Our congregation is led by Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked. See our profile of Rabbi Shaked.
Friday night services commence at 6.00pm. There is usually a Kiddush accompanied by a light meal, at around 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Facilities are available for baby-sitting and for youth-led childrens’ services. A highlight of the services is our choir. Once a month, there is an alternative chavura service.
Saturday morning services are split into three parts, and participants may attend any or all activities. The service itself commence at 9.30am. There is a brocha at 11.00am, followed by a discussion session on an interesting topic of Jewish interest, usually led by a member of the congregation. See the Weekend Shabbat Services link under What’s Happening at the top of the right-hand column for latest details about topics and speakers. The discussion is followed by a Talmud study session at 12.30pm, to which anyone, beginner or advanced, is welcome to listen and contribute. Visitors are also welcome.