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What's happening at Beit Emanuel

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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Chanukah 5779 and end-of-year activities

Chanukah is around the corner. Please join us for the following festivities: Wednesday, 5 December at 18h30 – FOURTH CANDLE – An open Shiur on the last day of classes, at which Rabbi Shaked will explain the significance of the festival. Thursday, 6 December at 18h00 – FIFTH CANDLE – Bring your young children for …

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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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Our services this Shabbat, 17, 18 Feb: Hand-over to new management team

SHABBAT YITRO 22 SHEVAT5777 TORAH: EXODUS 18:1 – 20:23 HAFTARAH: ISAIAH 6:1 – 7:6; 9:5 – 9:6   FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 06.00 p.m. – in the Shul, followed by a Kiddush in the Janks Hall. This Friday’s Brocha has been sponsored by Tammy and David Bolon.  Thank you!  SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY Shabbat …

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Outgoing chair Manoim praises quality improvements at AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Beit Emanuel went off smoothly on Thursday night, with a good attendance and no dissenting voices from the floor, thanks to a positive financial report from Treasurer Ian West. The meeting, ably chaired by Professor Merle Williams, went through its business in record time. The newly elected committee for 2017 …

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Netzer to run a Shabbat-themed treasure hunt on Friday night for the kids

Kids/Youth programmes JKids: This Friday evening Netzer, our Progressive youth movement, will be running a Netzer Shabbat-themed treasure hunt for the kids. Youth Zone: Always available as a place to hang out and chill. JKids Jnr: Normally 09h00 every Saturday morning.  No JKids Jnr this week. Benny Stalson Religion School: Mondays from 16:00-18:30 and Saturdays …

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JTalk this week: Ivor Chipkin on the new right in SA

World politics has increasingly shifted towards what was once the fringe right. We have had the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote, an increasingly right-wing Israeli government, and the real possibility of populist victories across Europe in the next few months. What has been much less noticed, is how the ethnic, nationalist and protectionist …

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Our AGM is on Thursday, 16th February at 7.00pm. Please try to attend

Beit Emanuel’s Annual General Meeting is next week, on Thursday, 16 February, and all paid-up members are welcome to speak, to volunteer and to vote, whether you’re a twice-a-year-Jew or a regular. The Rabbi, the Chairman and the Treasurer will present annual reports on activities during the year, plans for the future and the state …

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Rabbi Shaked presents a Tu-Bishvat seder, Saturday after service

Tu-Bishvat, a festival celebrating trees and fruits, coincides with this week’s Shabbat, starting on Friday night and ending on Saturday night. In modern times, particularly among Progressive Jews, it has become a celebration of ecological awareness. As a minor festival, Tu-Bishvat is often poorly understood. Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked will present the JTalk this week, leading …

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