Feb 17

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 Morning Service – 09h30 in the Garden, followed by a Kiddush in the Courtyard.

 JTALK – 11h30 (Boardroom) – Ivor Chipkin on the subject of “A new right emerges in South Africa”.

 TALMUD STUDY  – +/-12h45 –  Tractate Berachot, using the new Koren Hebrew/English edition of the Talmud.

The Talmud Study Group meets in the Community Library (Classroom 3).

 

 

 

Feb 17

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 consists almost entirely of experienced people who have served previously on management, headed by Liebe Kellen as Chair and Bianca Shakinovsky and Hester Hollander as Co-Vice-Chairs. Ian West continues as Treasurer.

Outgoing Chairman Irwin Manoim described the major decisions of the year, including protracted negotiations to sell a portion of the property to our neighbours PPS, which fell through when they declined to meet our price. An attractive new option, still under negotiation, is to rent the courtyard, boardroom, offices and garden to the Mina Lopato Nursery School, which brings a compatible organisation with a reputable name on to our campus. Manoim praised Rabbi Saa’ar Shaked for his dynamism and for bringing many new members to Beit Emanuel. He also praised the teaching staff for the outstanding improvement in the quality of our Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

Rabbi Shaked himself talked about how Beit Emanuel had almost collapsed 24 years ago, and how it has pulled through to again become a successful congregation. He talked about how new young people are coming in to the congregation and how many weddings and baby-namings we have had. In the month of January alone we had ten new families joining. He also praised the work of the full-time staff of Beit Emanuel in supporting him.

Treasurer Ian West gave a clear picture of the income, expenses and financial prospects of the synagogue.  He urged continued vigilance when it comes to expenses, as well as continued efforts to secure other sources of income and organise fund-raising events.  Maintenance work had been stepped up following the severe hailstorm in November 2016 and the end of the PPS negotiations, and will continue into 2017.

Former chairman Diane Fine, who was elected to the Board of Guardians, presented a gift from the congregation to Richard Mkhabele, who retires this month after 45 years of service, going back to the days of Rabbi Norman Mendel. Outgoing member of the Guardians, David Fienberg, who led the negotiations with PPS, was also presented with a gift in appreciation of his leadership through difficult negotiations.

Feb 17

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 from9:30-11:30.

Feb 17

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 rhetoric of the international right, shares similarities with an increasingly vocal Africanist group that has lined up behind President Jacob Zuma.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Ivor Chipkin is the director of the Public Affairs Research Institute and a writer on government, governance and nationalism.

Feb 11

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 of the bank balances. The key business will be the election of a new Management Committee. Several members of the current committee have indicated that they will stand again. There will nonetheless be vacancies, and some important functions need filling by people who can bring a new energy to the committee. Even if you have no desire to stand for election, there are certain kinds of voluntary activity in which we always need help:

  • Planning and executing of events, ranging from Pesach Seders to Purim fun days to fundraisers and concerts.
  • Marketing and communications of Beit Emanuel events.
  • Security.
  • Care for the sick and Tikkun Olam.

The Management committee consists of a minimum of ten people elected at the AGM, to which another four co-opted members may be added. The committee generally meets once a month. A small Executive consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer meets more often. The AGM will also elect one member of the Board of Guardians, which is an oversight committee, to serve a three-year term. Guardians are required to have served previously on the Management Committee; they are generally former office-bearers.

Those members who wished to put resolutions before the AGM needed to have done so by 2 February, 14 days before the meeting.

Nomination forms for candidates for the Management Committee and Board of Guardians must be with the Shul Office by end of day on Monday, 13 February 2017. The same deadline applies for notification of any matters you wish to raise at the meeting.

Nomination forms are available at the Shul Office, and have also been emailed to members.

The AGM starts at 7.00pm in the Slome Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided afterwards

Feb 11

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 a mini – Seder, explaining its significance and the various rituals associated with it, and reading and singing the traditional songs.

Feb 11

Retirement gift for Richard Mkhabele, retiring after 45 years service

There will a presentation/farewell for Richard Mkhabele (who is retiring after 45 years’ loyal service to Beit Emanuel) at the end of the AGM proceedings.

If anyone is still planning to contribute towards a retirement gift for Richard, please make your donation by end of day on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

Donations can be paid into our bank account, as follows:

Temple Emanuel

FNB Killarney Branch 256 205

A/C no. 5486 0049 352

Please use the Beneficiary Reference [YOUR SURNAME] [RICHARD]

 

Groundsman required to replace Richard

With Richard’s retirement, we will be looking for a new groundsman from 1 March.  The individual will need to be physically strong and active and be able to use his initiative, follow detailed instructions and work as part of a team.

He will work a 5 ½ day week (Mon to Sat), and may be required to work overtime.  Accommodation is provided and the salary is negotiable.

CVs and/or applications can be sent to the Shul Office, or emailed to office@beitemanuel.co.za.

 

Feb 11

Last chance to sign up for Reform Tours of Israel

We recently distributed the itineraries for the proposed Reform Tour/s of Israel, which will take place in April and/or May 2017 (subject to demand).

  • Please contact Johanna Crystal at Azure Travel on 011 442 8044 or email johanna@azuretravel.co.za for further information or to book
  • Bookings must be made by 15 February 2017 at the latest
  • Costs are based on 30 passengers including children
  • There will be a lucky draw for a prize of R2,000 in spending money for participants in the tour/s, generously sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Brochures are available at Beit Emanuel from Ian West, our Treasurer.

Feb 11

Mazaltov to Dr Leslie Cooper on his Third Barmitzvah

MAZAL TOV

To Dr. Leslie Cooper, who will be flying off to Tasmania with his son Russell on Sunday, following his third Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, also attended by his son Lance and the grandchildren.

Dr Cooper, who turns 96 soon, gave a remarkable performance to many friends and relatives on Saturday, reciting his portion in fluent Hebrew and following up with a short speech about his life story, including tributes to his late wife, Hazel.

 

 

Feb 11

Hochschild and Lipman memorials this Sunday

The Unveiling for The Late Simon Hochshild takes place at Westpark Cemetery on Sunday, 12th at 10h00.

A Memorial for  the Late Beata Lipman takes place on Sunday, 12th from 14h00 – 17h00 at Constitution Hill.

 

Jan 27

Our services this Shabbat, 27th January. Bat Mitzvah: Adelaide Ruiters

SHABBAT VAERA

1 SHEVAT 5777

TORAH: EXODUS 6:2 – 9:35

HAFTARAH: ISAIAH 66:1–24.

 

FRIDAY 27 JANUARY

Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 06.00 p.m. – in the Shul, followed by a Kiddush in the Janks Hall.

Our Brocha this Friday evening has been sponsored by the family of The Late Simon Hochschild. Sweets for the kids sponsored by Adelaide Ruiters.

 

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY

Shabbat Morning Service – 09h30 in the Shul (Bat Mitzvah of Adelaide Ruiters), followed by a Kiddush in the Courtyard/Garden.

The Brocha this Saturday has been sponsored by Adelaide Ruiters to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah.

JTALK – 11h45 – Yda Walt talks on Where is Kovno? The journey back to Lithuania in search of roots. JTalk will be held in the Slome Auditorium this week.

TALMUD STUDY  – +/-12h45 –  Tractate Berachot, using the new Koren Hebrew/English edition of the Talmud. The Talmud Study Group will meet in the Community Library (Classroom 3).

 

Jan 27

Beit Emanuel Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on 16th February

Beit Emanuel’s Annual General Meeting is in three weeks, on Thursday, 16 February, and all paid-up members are welcome to speak, to volunteer and to vote, whether you’re a once-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 of the bank balances. The key business will be the election of a new Management Committee. Several members of the current committee have indicated that they will stand again. There will nonetheless be vacancies, and some important functions need filling by people who can bring a new energy to the committee. Even if you have no desire to stand for election, there are certain kinds of voluntary activity in which we always need help:

  • Planning and executing of events, ranging from Pesach Seders to Purim fun days to fundraisers and concerts.
  • Marketing and communications of Beit Emanuel events.
  • Security.
  • Care for the sick and Tikkun Olam.

The Management committee consists of a minimum of ten people elected at the AGM, to which another four co-opted members may be added. The committee generally meets once a month. A small Executive consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer meets more often. The AGM will also elect one member of the Board of Guardians, which is an oversight committee, to serve a three-year term. Guardians are required to have served previously on the Management Committee; they are generally former office-bearers.

Those members who wish to put resolutions before the AGM must do so by 2 February, 14 days before the meeting. The AGM starts at 7.00pm in the Slome Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Jan 27

Plaque in honour of Simon Hochschild being erected in garden before shabbat

  • A plaque in honour of The Late Simon Hochschild is being erected in the garden.  The plaque will be unveiled just prior to the Shabbat evening service this Friday (27 January at 17h30).
  • A Memorial Service for The Late Beata Lipman will take place at Constitution Hill on Sunday, 12 February from 2-5 PM.

Jan 27

A double Mazal Tov to Adelaide Ruiters

Mazal Tov to Adelaide for her Bat Mitzva this Saturday, and for receiving a “Women Super Achiever Award”!

The World Women Leadership Congress  www.worldwomenleadershipcongress.org (part of the World HRD Congress 2017 25th anniversary)  will be conferring the award, “Women Super Achiever Award” to Adelaide Ruiters on 17 February in Mumbai India . This international award recognizes professional women for their contribution to society and the business sector in various award categories. Adelaide will be acknowledged for her contribution in her areas of expertise namely Mining, Structural Steel Fabrication and Industrial Sectors.

Adelaide is the Managing Director of Structa EPCM.

Jan 27

Kids/Youth programmes

JKids: This week we are having our first JKids Shabbat service! We will begin promptly at 6pm in the courtyard, with the lighting of the Shabbat candles.

All kids are welcome, and teens are welcome too.

We will end our service with a small Kiddush over grape juice and Challah.

Hope to see you all there!

Youth Zone: Always available as a place to hang out and chill.

JKids Jnr: 09h00 every Saturday morning.

Benny Stalson Religion School: Mondays from 16:00-18:30 and Saturdays from9:30-11:30.

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