Galasa, school for gifted kids opens at BE on January 11th

GALASA, the Gifted & Advanced Learning Academy of South Africa will open its doors to students on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 on the Beit Emanuel Campus.

Contact: David Silman, Tel: 083 554 7647, E-mail: [email protected], Web Page: www.galasa.org.za

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Teddy bear project: delighted faces tell it all

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Beit Emanuel’s Kehilla Committee handed over about 140 knitted teddy bears at the children’s ward of the Raheema Moosa hospital this week. The expression on this child’s face tells it all… Another 70 teddies will be handed over to Edenvale Hospital.

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Beit Emanuel’s Kehilla team of Max Green (back row) and Diane Fine (centre row, right) with members of the Thembalami Care Centre, who between them have contributed 103 teddy bears to the Beit Emanuel outreach project for children in hospitals. Thembalami is a Rand Aid-funded care centre. Some of the volunteers have never knitted before. Thembalami volunteers in the photo are, from the back, Cynthia Liptz, Lara Hurwitz, Elize Raath, Doreen Calder, Mariaan Venter, Heather Abrams and Mongalo Ngoasheng. Our thanks to all of them.

 

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Services this weekend: Barmitzvah of Ethan Lewis

Shabbat Toldot

2-3 December 2016

3 Kislev 5777

TORAH: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9

HAFTARAH: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7

FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER

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

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER

Shabbat Morning Service – 09h30 in the Shul (Bar Mitzvah of Ethan Lewis), followed by a Kiddush in the Janks Hall, provided by Herb and Norma Lewis in celebration of Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah.

 JTALK – +/- 11h15 – No JTalk for the remainder of 2016. JTalk will resume in early 2017.

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

 

 

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A thank you from the producers of Together, Against the Odds

We received the following positive feedback from the actors/directors/producers of the Israeli play Together, Against the Odds:

Shalom Russell,

Our show on Saturday night at your hall was splendid. We had a great crowd.

Thank you for letting us do it there. We’ll definitely be using it again on our next tour.

It’s raining in Israel – all is good 🙂

Regards

Grant and Daniella Crankshaw

 

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Anyone able to help with a lawn-mower and edge-trimmer (“weed-eater”)?

The past few weeks have proved to be quite trying with regard to maintenance and repairs, and this week has been no exception. Our petrol lawn-mower and electric edge-trimmer both decided to “hand in their notice” to us. Even Mandla, who is something of a handyman, has admitted defeat. If anyone in the community has a lawn-mower and/or weed-eater they no longer require and would be prepared to donate to the Shul, please contact Sandy at the Shul Office on 011 646 6170 or [email protected]

 

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Last reminder about Netzer summer camp which starts on the 12th

Netzer Machaneh Lech Lesha

A reminder that Netzer’s annual Machaneh (summer camp) takes place in December. This year it’s Machaneh Lech Lesha (Go Forth), and runs from 12 to 26 December 2016, with the rear-guard remaining until the 31st.

Details and forms are on the Netzer South Africa website www.netzer.org.za, email [email protected] or call Daniel on 078 647 1285.

 

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More ideas for the BE Community Hub: Teacher training, peace initiatives

A second meeting this week of those who have volunteered to help with the proposed Beit Emanuel Community Hub, came up with some more concrete suggestions.

Skills development for teachers. Our community includes many teachers, ex-teachers and lecturers in the Education Department at Wits, whose knowledge could be tapped to provide skills development for teachers. One example, suggested by Karen Lazar, is the English set books for the IEB matric syllabus, which have changed this year. Many teachers are likely to need help with the new books.

A proposal will be developed to present to the Catholic Schools, who reach many underprivileged children and who have already expressed some interest. The idea has the potential to be taken much wider, to include skills training in fields like maths and science. Courses can also be offered to state school teachers. Anyone who has an interest in this, or has further suggestions, should contact Diane Fine at [email protected]

Peace Cluster. A number of groups around the world have specialised in conflict resolution or peace programmes. Beit Emanuel could link up with such groups, which use Internet technology such as webinars to communicate globally. A related topic was to join existing interdenominational programmes around ethics, with Beit Emanuel offering to discuss Progressive Jewish ethics. Mike Nulty will explore the issue further in the New Year.

Mind Body Cluster. This will incorporate yoga and tai chi, activities which are already offered at Beit Emanuel, and be expanded to other, related activities. An occupational therapist has volunteered one morning a week to run activities for older congregants around maintaining and improving intellectual flexibility. Ray Sher has offered a discussion group about finding meaning in later life and retirement. We can also look at extending this to include psycho-educational activities.

Activity Cluster. Making more frequent use of the Slome Auditorium or the Courtyard for small concerts, plays, or other events hosted and organised by outside third parties. The successful use of the Slome for last week’s Israeli play, and for an American Jewish choir earlier in the year, are examples of this.

It was agreed that the biggest challenge the community hub faces is marketing, always a weakness at Beit Emanuel. Success requires that the hub become widely known beyond our own community. Those who have the expertise to help with marketing, using both traditional and social media, would be most welcome. Once again, please contact Diane Fine at [email protected]

 

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Kol Isha: Board of Deputies reaches deal with SAUPJ on Yom Hashoa format

The South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) has reached agreement with the Jewish Board of Deputies on the basic format of the Yom Hashoa commemoration service to be held in Gauteng.  The same model as the Cape has been agreed on and the community will have the option of participating in either or both parts of the ceremony.

Monica Solomon, SAUPJ National Chairman, said: “We are thrilled that agreement has been reached by the Gauteng Board of the SAJBD which will enable women to participate in the commemoration services.  We look forward to participating with the SAJBD in the organisation of a meaningful Yom Hashoa ceremony.”

“This represents recognition of the rights of women in South Africa’s Jewish community as a whole. It is totally in line with the egalitarian nature of Progressive Judaism and serves to uphold our wonderful South African Constitution that guarantees equality to all members of society.”

The agreement has been welcomed by the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED), the social action arm of the progressive movement, which was a party to the Equality Court action earlier in the year to compel the SAJBD to drop its ban on women singing.

SACRED Chair Rabbi Julia Margolis said: “This agreement fills me with optimism about the future of the South African Jewish community. SACRED hopes that all future SA Jewish Board of Deputies ceremonies and events will be infused with respect for the equal treatment of all – regardless of sex and gender.”

James Lomberg, Executive Director of SACRED, said: ‘It is our hope that people who were alienated from the Holocaust Memorial due to the 11 year ban will once again feel able to participate in a manner which reflects their values and the lessons of the Shoah. We have also affirmed that our Jewish communal structures must infuse all their actions with the key constitutional value of equality.”

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Our services this Shabbat, November 25-26th

Shabbat Chayei Sarah

25-26 November 2016

25 Cheshvan 5777

TORAH: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18

HAFTARAH: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31

FRIDAY 25 NOVEMBER

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

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER

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

 JTALK – +/- 11h15 – This week, Professor Merle Williams will talk on Nathan Englander, Raymond Carver, Anne Frank and the Legacy of the Holocaust.

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

 

 

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A fortnight to go for Netzer summer camp in Cape Town

A reminder that Netzer’s annual Machaneh (summer camp) takes place in December.

This year it’s Machaneh Lech Lecha (Go Forth), and runs from 12 to 26 December 2016, with the rear-guard remaining until the 31st.

Details and forms are on the Netzer South Africa website www.netzer.org.za, email [email protected] or call Daniel on 078 647 1285.

 

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JTalk: Professor Merle Williams on Nathan Englander, Anne Frank and the Legacy of the Holocaust

Nathan Englander made a name for himself as an accomplished American-Jewish writer with his debut volume of witty, transgressive, tragi-comic stories called For the Relief of Unbearable Urges (1999). His second collection (2012) draws its title from the opening story: ‘What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank’. Two couples, one Charedi and living in Israel, the other secular residents of Florida, meet for a long-postponed reunion. Their protracted and often awkward discussion under the influence of both alcohol and drugs leads them to the Holocaust, and so to the ‘Anne Frank game’ or ‘Who Will Hide Me?’. Consciously modelled on a famous short story by Raymond Carver, Englander’s spare realist narrative explores the continuing legacy of the Holocaust, its complicated role in shaping Jewish identity and the ethical responsibility of the individual in the face of genocide.

Please respect our speakers. Please be on time for the talk.

 

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Kids activities: making beaded Magen Davids and year-end parties

JKids: This Friday, Sharon will be teaching us how to bead Magen Davids.

Youth Zone: Always available as a place to hang out on Friday evening.

JKids Jnr: Saturday at 09h00 will be the last JKids Jnr session for the year. We will have our year-end “bring and breakfast” party.

Benny Stalson Religion School: The Religion School year-end party will be held this Sunday, 27 November, from 10h00 to 13h00. Please RSVP to Carmit Verreyne or Sandy Bean at the Shul Office. For Religion School kids only.

The final Religion School class for 2016 will be held on Saturday, 3 December.

 

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Israeli comedy, Together, Against the Odds, plays at Beit Emanuel on Saturday night

The Israeli comedy “Together, Against the Odds”, about a South African couple who made Aliya, will be staged in Beit Emanuel’s Slome Auditorium on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at 20h00. This is one of only two performances of this comedy in Johannesburg.

The show, starring married South African couple, Grant Crankshaw and Daniella Roman, is an hilarious autobiographical tale of the couple and their experiences both pre and post Aliyah (immigration to Israel).

The second of only two shows will be performed in the Slome Auditorium at Beit Emanuel on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at 20h00. Tickets are R200 and can be purchased online at Webtickets:

https://goo.gl/jynPvX

Please note that tickets WILL ALSO be on sale at the door before the show.

Please note the change of venue from the Janks Hall to the Slome Auditorium.

 

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Anyone able to donate a lawn-mower and edge-trimmer (“weed-eater”)?

The past few weeks have proved to be quite trying with regard to maintenance and repairs, and this week has been no exception. Our petrol lawn-mower and electric edge-trimmer both decided to “hand in their notice” to us. Even Mandla, who is something of a handyman, has admitted defeat and consigned the two appliances to the scrap-heap.

If anyone in the community has a lawn-mower and/or weed-eater they no longer require and would be prepared to donate to the Shul, please contact Sandy at the Shul Office on 011 646 6170 or [email protected]

 

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Our thanks to Temple Sinai of Bergen County for their generous donation

Our grateful thanks to the rabbi, management, congregants and staff of Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly, NJ in the US, for generously donating fifty copies of our current High Holy Day prayer book (Machzor), Gates of Repentance to Beit Emanuel. They also absorbed the cost of the shipping, about $400 (+/- R6,000 in our money!). Thanks in particular to their Executive Director, Joseph Slade for his role in the donation.

 

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