Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked and many of the lay leaders of the congregation will be in Cape Town this weekend for the biennial congress of the SAUPJ. The congress will also be attended by a delegation of leaders of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, who visited Beit Emanuel last Friday. The deliberations are expected to include the election of a new national leadership and decisions on various issues, including changes to Minhag SA, the movement’s guidelines to religious customs. We will report back on decisions next week. Friday’s service at Beit Emanuel will be left in the safe hands of Jeff Davis and Saturday morning Joshua Sehoole.