Beit Emanuel Matters, 10/11 December 2021

Festive Season Schedule

A quick recap of what you can expect over the summer break:

  • We’ll revert to online-only Shabbat evening and morning services from this Shabbat (10/11 Dec 21) through 7/8 Jan 22. Hybrid services in/broadcast from the Shul will resume on 14/15 Jan 22.
  • The Shul’s administrative offices will effectively be closed from Fri, 10 Dec 21 through Sun, 2 Jan 22, although there will still be a skeleton staff on duty. Telephone calls and email messages will be redirected and dealt with.
  • Our final full weekly Bulletin for the year will be published on Wed, 15 Dec (the 16th being a public holiday). An abbreviated Bulletin (Birthdays and Yahrzeits) will be circulated for the weeks ending 24/25 Dec, 31 Dec/1 Jan and 7/8 Jan. Normal Bulletin publication will resume on 14/15 Jan.
  • Please see below for an update regarding the Sarmies Project collection dates, etc.

Sarmies Project

The Sarmies Project volunteers from Beit Emanuel and Temple Israel Hillbrow distributed sarmies and fruit for the last time in 2021.

The Christmas Hampers will be handed out next Wednesday (the 15th). We understand that some 350 hampers are being made up for distribution. An amazing achievement for the project and its donors and volunteers!

The project will then close off for the year, and will resume in the second week of January 2022, with contributions being received on Wed, 12 Jan and distributed on Thu, 13 Jan.

16 Days of Activism

Friday, 10 December is international Human Rights Day, and in SA is observed as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (known elsewhere as 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence). This campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Carolyn Saks produced this short video on these related themes. Enjoy!

Shabbat Shalom!


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