Russell Cohen

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Beit Emanuel Matters 29/30 March 2019

(Russell Cohen, Executive Director) Akierrah Magrath Bat Mitzvah The highlight of this week’s Shul Calendar will be the Bat Mitzvah of Akierrah Magrath at 09.30 on Saturday Morning. Because of the Battie, the service will be held in the Shul rather than the Boardroom or Garden, and the Brocha will be held in the Janks …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 1/2 February 2019

(Russell Cohen, Executive Director) Plenty of interesting snippets this week, with our focused sub-committees (Subcoms) getting into gear for 2019. Annual General Meeting (AGM) First, a new date for our AGM. Mancom is proposing several changes to our Constitution. In order to give all those involved enough time to discuss, agree and formally draft the …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 25/26 January 2019

(Russell Cohen, Executive Director) For those of you who’ve been asking (okay, nobody actually asked, I just thought I’d tell you anyway), the title of my (mostly) weekly column, Beit Emanuel Matters, is a play on words. It covers Beit Emanuel matters, but it’s also a statement asserting that Beit Emanuel really does matter, not …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 18/19 January 2019

Russell Cohen (Executive Director) Memorial service for the late Ronnie Lubner Before anything else, just a quick reminder that the open memorial service for the late Ronnie Lubner will be held this evening (Thursday, 17 January) at 18h00 at the Houghton Golf Club. Rabbi Greg Alexander from Temple Israel CT will be leading the service, …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 11/12 January 2019

Russell Cohen (Executive Director) I have a lot to say this week, so please bear with me! First, we wish all our Members and Friends (both formal and informal) everything of the best for 2019! The holiday season is well and truly behind us. Jozi is almost back to its usual frenetic pace, and seaside …

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Beit Emanuel Matters: 2/3 November 2018

Proudly Progressive Shabbat Project Our Proudly Progressive Shabbat Project took place over 26/27 October. Our Shabbat programme is pretty full as it is (especially on Saturdays), so the only additional activity was the Tallit-making workshop facilitated by Sharon Shaked. Now that PPSP has become an accepted part of our Shul calendar for the year, we’ll …

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14th Auerbach Memorial Lecture, presented by Irwin Manoim

The 14th Annual Franz Auerbach Interfaith Memorial Lecture was held on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 19h00 for 19h30 in the Slome Auditorium. This year’s speaker was Irwin Manoim, former Chair of Beit Emanuel and co-founder of the Weekly Mail and Mail & Guardian. His topic, ‘What happened to our courage to debate?’ dealt with …

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Beit Emanuel Matters: 19/20 October 2018

(Russell Cohen, COO) If you attended the service in the Janks Hall last Friday, please complete the VERY brief online survey linked to elsewhere in the Bulletin. ONLY if you were here last Friday though. We couldn’t help noticing that many of our regulars didn’t attend, and we’re hoping it was due to the inclement …

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Beit Emanuel Matters: 12/13 October 2018

When Avi’s away, the Choir will play. Choirmaster Avi Kanar is away this week, so the format of this evening’s service will be slightly different. The venue is the Janks Hall, and the Choir members will be distributed amongst the congregation. To accommodate this, the Brocha will be in the Courtyard/Boardroom/Slome Foyer area. The JKids …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 5/6 October 2018

The High Holy Days “season” is well and truly over, and our staff routines and the Campus are now returning to normal. The Introduction to Judaism (ITJ), Religion School, JTalk and Talmud Study sessions will all resume in terms of their own schedules, especially with the KDS school holidays coming to an end next Monday. …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 28/29 September 2018

The trend of strong attendance at our High Holy Days services continued during Sukkot, especially the Erev Sukkot (Open Sukkah) service on Sunday evening. The Shul, Janks Hall and Sukkah were all filled with members and visitors, both regulars and curious first-timers, of all faiths. This weekend will bring the “season” to a close, with …

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Beit Emanuel Matters 21/22 September 2018

While the High Holy Day “season” is far from over, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are now behind us. Attendance was strong at all our services, and feedback regarding the new Machzor (Mishkan HaNefesh), the allocation of honours and the increased participation of lay readers in services has generally been positive. A second presentation of …

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Beit Emanuel Choir CD released

The Beit Emanuel Choir CD has finally been produced and is on sale now at the office.

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Pitch Perfect (Magevet in SA)

We are proud to announce that Beit Emanuel will be hosting Magevet, a premiere Jewish a cappella singing group from Yale University.

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Services on Saturday 7 May 2011

Saturday 7 May 2011: Torah Breakfast … join us at 8.30am. Breakfast sponsored by Lionel and Alicia Slier. Topic: The story of a teenage Jewish boy in Holland, caught up in the Second World War Speaker: Lionel Slier Morning Service 10am – the service will be followed by a Kiddush

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