Following the service on most Shabbat mornings, Beit Emanuel hosts an interesting and informed speaker on a thought-provoking topic, usually – but not always – related to Jews or Judaism. Sessions run for approx. an hour starting at 11.15 am.
29 March – ‘How to green your home and save thousands’ – Don Boroughs
You probably know Don Boroughs as the brilliant tenor in our choir. When he’s not singing, his passion is energy efficiency. Don recently won an Eskom Energy Efficiency Award in the category of Energy Savings in Households. He has reduced the electricity consumption of his home by 75 percent, saving R20 000 a year and is radically improving his family’s carbon footprint. Don is a journalist, photographer and blogger (www.greenerhouse.co.za) who writes about green living. He will speak about energy-saving technologies and techniques that we can apply in our own homes.
5 April – ‘Insights into the Haggadah’ – Prof. David Bilchitz
The Haggadah is a remarkable text around which generations of Jews sit around, discuss and engage with the big questions of freedom and injustice. The seder is not meant to be simply a forum for reading through the Haggadah – it is a symposium in which we subject its texts to detailed engagement and conversation. This participative session will bring ancient and modern commentaries to discuss one or two important texts in the Haggadah. Come and explore the Haggadah before Pesach so that you have new insights to share with your family and friends at the seder!
12 April – Colin Purkey – To be Advised