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Farewell Stan Abrahams, ten times chair of Beit Emanuel

Stan Abrahams

Tribute by Irwin Manoim Stan Abrahams’ career at Beit Emanuel began, so he told me, right at the bottom, bailing buckets of water, along with his good friend Dickie Lampert. On the first High Holy Day service at Temple Emanuel in 1954, the roof leaked, as it would continue to do for the next 66 …

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Beit Emanuel will not yet return to on-site services

(From Dr Paul Davis, Chairman, Beit Emanuel Management Committee) Our Management Committee met along with Rabbi Shaked earlier this week to discuss whether to return to physical services from this Shabbat. Our unanimous decision was that this would be premature, given the demographics of our congregation, and the risk that the pandemic might enter a …

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A new togetherness while apart

Dear Beit Emanuelnik, COVID-19 is a Groot Klap! As we emerge from this crisis it seems to me that we should not even try to recreate what we thought we were. Honesty and reality are the new watchwords of the way forward. The spiritual side of Beit Emanuel is emerging stronger. A dedicated sense of …

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Appeal on behalf of The United Sisterhood

CALL FOR DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOODSTUFFS/DONATIONS FROM THE UNITED SISTERHOOD Due to the lockdown, The United Sisterhood has not been able to do our normal monthly food collections outside Pick n Pay branches. Without these collections, we have been unable to supply food parcels for the families that we feed on a monthly basis. In …

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The Care Committee under Lockdown

Our Care Committee has met the challenge of the COVID-19 Lockdown head on. A matrix of resources available to provide support and deal with issues around mental and psychological well-being has been published and is widely referred to. Several weeks ago, the Care Committee looked at ways to extend that care beyond our immediate community …

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Beit Emanuel under Lockdown (Revised)

Our schedule of services, activities and resources for the initial 5-week Lockdown period in SA has been extensively updated and simplified. The schedule covers all regular scheduled events on the Beit Emanuel calendar, apart from Festival evening and morning services and ad-hoc events. The schedule is available in Google Docs format from the link below, …

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Beit Emanuel under lockdown

The schedule below lists our online services and other activities/events for the duration of the Lockdown in South Africa. All services and other events have been set up as recurring meetings, so links to Zoom meetings will not change from week to week. (The recurring meetings have been scheduled up to 2 May 2020. Let’s …

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WhatsApp and Telegram channels

If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to the Beit Emanuel WhatsApp Channel by clicking on the link below. Updates will usually be sent weekly (with more frequent updates in unusual circumstances such as these). https://chat.whatsapp.com/Gp7KXulstVB3c9juu9Za7j If Telegram is your instant messaging service of choice, you can subscribe to the Beit Emanuel Telegram Channel …

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High Holy Days: Sermons, speeches and photos

Beit Emanuel’s High Holy Days compilation of sermons, speeches and photographs, as promised by Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked. The publication, compiled by Irwin Manoim, features an introduction by Professor Merle Williams, sermons over the three weeks by Rabbi Shaked, the Yom Kippur speech by BE chairman Dr Paul Davis, and the Pride Shabbat speech by Zandi …

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Beit Emanuel HHD Publication 2019/5780

The Beit Emanuel Rosh Hashanah Magazine 2019/5780 has now been made available on the web, at the following location. The file is just over 20 MB in size. http://bit.ly/2BhsAWD In the words of the publication’s editor, Scott Hazelhurst, “This publication shows the vibrant life of the shul, as a proudly Jewish and South African community. …

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Spend the High Holy Days with Beit Emanuel

Visitors from South Africa and abroad are invited by Rabbi Saar Shaked to spend the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the friendly and welcoming Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue in Parktown Johannesburg. Our services are based on the new international machzor, Mishkan Hanefesh, which re-incorporates many of the traditional elements. Beit …

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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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Chairman’s report to March 2019 AGM

Below is a link to the chairman’s report, by Dr Paul Davis, to the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Beit Emanuel Chairmans Speech 2019 AGM

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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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