A flood of bears, old, new and hand-made, to Ubuntu Bears project

There has been a very positive response to the Beit Emanuel Kehilla’s “Ubuntu Bears” project, and we’ve seen a positive inflow of bears (old, new and handmade; all are welcome) to the Shul Office, as well as donations of wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks. The Kehilla team is now planning for quarterly deliveries to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, rather than a single drop-off. Please contact the Ubuntu Bears “foster parents”, Diane Fine (083 450 2089), Max Green (084 364 3237) or Candice Schneider (073 817 3716) for more details, or speak to Sandy in the Shul Office on 011 646 6170 or [email protected]

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/16/a-flood-of-bears-old-new-and-hand-made-to-ubuntu-bears-project/

JTalk – Artist Susan Woolf explores taxi hand signs

JTalk is an informal discussion directly after the Saturday Shabbat services, starting at 11.15am in the Board Room in the Slome Annexe and lasting about an hour.

Taxi commuters in Joburg use hand signs to flag down vehicles – a silent, gestural language known only to those who regularly use the taxi system. In 2004, South African artist,

Susan Woolf begun to paint some of the taxi hand signs, not knowing that this subject would become an intrinsic part of her life and work for years to come. Since then she has produced a book on the subject, written a PhD, designed postage stamps and staged multimedia exhibitions at Wits, the Jewish Museum in Cape Town and MOMA in New York. Susan will explain the meaning of the signs and show examples of her work.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/16/jtalk-artist-susan-woolf-explores-taxi-hand-signs/

Israel Supreme Court demands swift action on Kotel deal

 

Israel’s Supreme Court this week slammed the Netanyahu government for ignoring the agreement to open the Western Wall to women and non-Orthodox Jews, accusing it of “foot-dragging” and pandering to a small minority.

In an unusual motion, the Court granted Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of the Legal Department of the Reform movement, three weeks to file a petition addressing the government’s failure to implement the plan negotiated in January by several streams of Progressive and Conservative Judaism with the former Cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit.

That agreement put into place a plan under which the Israeli government would open an inaccessible section on the southern part of the Western Wall for pluralistic prayer that would not be under the supervision of the Western Wall rabbi.

“Enough is enough,” said Justice Miriam Naor, the Supreme Court president, criticizing the state prosecutor for defending the government’s “foot-dragging on various occasions in the last eight months, since the government approved the plan.”

“Do you expect us to extract the chestnuts from the fire for you?” Naor asked, using a Hebrew term for performing a difficult task.

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein blasted the state for its failure to enact the Mandelblit agreement, saying that the Wall, as it is currently managed, represents not the will of the majority in Israel but a small minority of the population. This failure, he added, was due only to “an article in a Haredi newspaper”.

Anat Hoffman, leader of Woman of the Wall movement, said: “I wore my Women of the Wall tallit to the hearing and had the deep satisfaction of hearing a Supreme Court justice utter the words ‘for God’s sake’ when he demanded that the government implement its own decision to open a pluralistic Western Wall plaza where women, Reform and Conservative Jews can pray as is their custom.”

“We are gratified that the Supreme Court, in its wisdom, has accepted our long-held argument that the Western Wall cannot be held hostage by a minority sect. The state has been put on notice that the court is prepared to intervene if the government refuses to implement its own plan. This will be a sweet New Year.”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/16/israel-supreme-court-demands-swift-action-on-kotel-deal/

Shabbat services: Goldblatt-Klipin barmitzvah this weekend

SHABBAT RE’EH – ROSH CHODESH ELUL

30 av 5776

TORAH: DEUTERONOMY 11:26-16:17 HAFTARAH: ISAIAH 66:1 – 13, 23

FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

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

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

Shabbat Morning Service – 09h30 Shul followed by a Kiddush in the Courtyard/Garden sponsored by the Goldblatt/Klipin family on the occasion of Joseph’s Barmitzvah – Mazal Tov!

JTALK – 11h15 – NO JTALK DUE TO BARMITZVAH

TALMUD STUDY – 12h45 – TALMUD STUDIES

 

 

 

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/02/shabbat-services-goldblatt-klipin-barmitzvah-this-weekend/

New play area for the kids with jungle gym and trampoline

A new playground for our youngest children is being set up in the garden alongside the main entrance to the Shul. It will provide a safe and convenient place for children to play during services, much closer to the main sanctuary than the garden off the Courtyard. It will be available to the kids before the High Holy Days.

Facilities inside the garden include a trampoline, jungle-gym and see-saw. A fence with a gate will be erected around the area to ensure safety.

The initiative to create the garden came from the Alexander family, who generously made the donation that set the project in motion. The Van der Walt family donated the jungle-gym and see-saw, while Lee Greenblatt donated a trampoline. Bianca Shakinovsky provided transport, labour (to supplement that of Edgar Banda, our gardener), lawn and compost. Kathryn Peck laid out the area to ensure the most space with the least impact on the surrounding memorial garden, while Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked chivvied the process along in “mother-hen” fashion. All in all, a marvellous community effort!

Things being what they are, we will have to post an indemnity regarding the use of the playground, and also ask that moms and dads take turns at keeping an eye on things while their kids are enjoying the playground.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/02/new-play-area-for-the-kids-with-jungle-gym-and-trampoline/

High Holy Days: Our preparations begin

Preparations for the High Holy Days are underway and you will shortly receive the relevant correspondence.

HHD Prayer book ‘Gates of Repentance’

A small consignment of these prayer books is on it’s way to us. If you wish to purchase a copy please advise the office so that we may reserve one for you – price to be advised.

Rosh Hashanah Communal Dinner

As you are aware seating for the Communal dinner is limited and we have already passed the half way mark with the bookings. Please send through your booking form as soon as possible with proof of payment to avoid disappointment.   Forms were sent out under separate cover and are also available in the Shul foyer.

Sefer Chayim

Forms have been sent out under separate cover. In order to ensure your loved ones are included in this Memorial booklet, please return the form with proof of payment at your earliest.

Admission Cards

These will be mailed to members shortly. Non-members may purchase Admission Cards from the office for R360.00 – these cards allow the holder access to all services during the High Holy Days.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/02/high-holy-days-our-preparations-begin-2/

Two new admin staff appointments

The two administrative posts advertised in our Bulletin, on our website and in the Bet David bulletin over the past fortnight, have been filled. The posts became vacant following the resignation of our long-time Operations Manager Ilana Alroy.

Sandra (Sandy) Bean has been appointed Synagogue Administrator, and will take Ilana’s place in the front office, handling queries from our members and the other administrative tasks making up Ilana’s substantial workload. Sandra has experience in various fields. Sandra has already started work and some of you may already have met her.

Russell Cohen, who has held the post of Strategic Development for the past year, takes over as Operations Manager, in charge of all administrative staff and issues. Russell is a former chairman and vice chairman of Beit Emanuel and has also served as SAUPJ vice president for Gauteng region.

Irwin Manoim, chairman of Beit Emanuel, said: “Russell brings enormous hands-on experience of Beit Emanuel’s management as well as the wider policy issues of the Progressive movement. He is well respected both at Beit Emanuel and our sister synagogues for his hard work and low-key pragmatism. We are delighted to welcome both Russell and Sandra to our full-time staff.”

Hester Hollander, a member of our Executive Committee and a professional HR manager, handled the interview and selection process for both posts, assisted by our treasurer, Ian West. There were seven applications for the Synagogue Administrator post, and three for the Operations Manager post.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/09/02/two-new-admin-staff-appointments/

Merle Williams and Kathryn Peck to officiate at this week’s Shabbat services

SHABBAT EIKEV

23 AV 5776

TORAH: DEUTERONOMY 7:12 – 11:25 HAFTARAH: ISAIAH 49:14 – 51:3

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST

Kabalat Shabbat Service: 06.00 p.m. -Synagogue – Prof. Merle Williams will officiate. This will be followed by a Kiddush in the Main Hall

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST

Shabbat Morning Service – 09h30 Garden/Courtyard – Kathryn Peck will officiate – followed by a small Kiddush in the Courtyard.

JTALK – 11h15 – NO JTALK DUE TO LIMMUD

TALMUD STUDY – 12h45 NO TALMUD STUDIES DUE TO LIMMUD

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/25/merle-williams-and-kathryn-peck-to-officiate-at-this-weeks-shabbat-services/

Monica Solomon: Chairman’s report from the SAUPJ

The SAUPJ was formed to look after the interests of Progressive Jews in South Africa. This includes liaising with the Chevra Kadisha regarding burials, co-operating with the work of the SAJBD and working with the Zionist Fed who, among other things, assist our youth movement, Netzer, financially.

This month I, together with others from Bet David and Beit Emanuel, attended the SAJBD Gauteng Biennial Conference. The evening’s programme was excellent and included “175 years of Judaism in South Africa in 175 seconds”; an outstanding talk by the chief Rabbi of the UK – Rabbi Mirvis, who was raised in South Africa, and an overview of what has happened in the Gauteng Jewish world in the last 2 years. The culmination and highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Bertie Lubner award to our very own Reeva Forman in recognition of all that she does to support and uplift the community. Kol Hakavod Reeva!

Following my election onto the SAJBD I attended my first meeting as a full Board member (as opposed to a guest). Once again security was a topic under discussion ……… we need to please all be vigilant and if in doubt contact the CSO.

The Gauteng region of the SAUPJ has elected a new chair and we welcome Sandra Beswick to this position.

I also participated in a teleconference to discuss the WUPJ Connections 2017 conference in Jerusalem in 2017 – start saving now for what is going to be a wonderful experience. The SAUPJ will be able to assist with funding – let’s get a great group together.

Monica Solomon, National Chair

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/25/monica-solomon-chairmans-report-from-the-saupj/

High Holy Days: Our preparations begin

Preparations for the High Holy Days are underway and you will shortly receive the relevant correspondence.

HHD Prayer book ‘Gates of Repentance’

A small consignment of these prayer books is on it’s way to us. If you wish to purchase a copy please advise the office so that we may reserve one for you – price to be advised.

Rosh Hashanah Communal Dinner

Bookings have opened for our Communal Dinner and we are pleased to advise that despite food price increases we have managed to keep the price the same as last year. The booking form has been sent out under separate cover. As always, seating is limited so please send through your booking form as soon as possible with proof of payment. Forms are also available in the Shul foyer.

Sefer Chayim

Forms have been sent out under separate cover. In order to ensure your loved ones are included in this Memorial booklet, please return the form at your earliest.

Admission Cards

These will be mailed to members shortly. Non-members may purchase Admission Cards from the office for R360.00 – these cards allow the holder access to all services during the High Holy Days.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/25/high-holy-days-our-preparations-begin/

No JTalk or JKids this week due to Limmud

JTalk is an informal discussion directly after the Saturday Shabbat services, starting at 11.15am in the Board Room in the Slome Annexe and lasting about an hour. All welcome.

JKids

Aug 26: Hannah will show a movie as Jody will be on Limmud.

There will therefore be no JKIDs junior on Saturday the 27th.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/25/no-jtalk-or-jkids-this-week-due-to-limmud/

Vacancy for Operations Manager: Beit Emanuel Synagogue

Beit Emanuel Synagogue, based in Parktown, Johannesburg, has a vacancy for an Operations Manager.

This is a full-time and the most senior administrative staff position at the synagogue. We would ideally like the post to be filled as soon as possible. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Working Hours from 8:00 – 17:00 Mondays to Thursdays and 8:00 – 14:00 on Fridays. Below find a list of the selection criteria for the post:

  • Applicant must have been an active, paid-up member of a Progressive congregation for at least five years
  • Applicant should demonstrate familiarity with the issues and dynamics of the wider SA Progressive Movement and exhibit experience and promote a good working relationship with key players in the Progressive Movement in SA as well as  have knowledge of organisations like :

o   SAUPJ

o   ARZENU

o   SAJBD

o   SACRED

o   NETZER

o   SA Zionist Federation

  • Extensive experience serving / working with executive of a Progressive Synagogue committee strongly recommended
  • Previous experience on the executive of the Beit Emanuel Management Committee a big plus

o   Will be required to attend all Exco and Mancom meetings and take minutes

  • Needs to understand the key policy issues, show foresight, be able to recommend policy directives to the committee and assist the committee in setting the strategic direction and vision for the synagogue

o   Direct, motivate and suggest congregational activities. Work together with:

  • Rabbinic Staff
  • Management Committee and Board of Guardians
  • Religion School
  • Sisterhood / United Sisterhood
  • Ability to work harmoniously with other people in a team situation;

o   Supervision, briefing and management of shul staff

  • Shul office administrator
  • Cleaning staff
  • Gardening staff
  • Kitchen staff / Catering Committee

o   Provide operational support and assistance to – and liaision with the Rabbi

  • Available to provide logistical and technical support for Beit Emanuel events after hours, on weekends and Jewish and public holidays.
  • Meticulous, with an eye for detail and the ability to at his / her own discretion deal with day-to-day operational issues and report to Management Committee / Executive as necessary
  • Good written communication skills, in order to document standards, policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with social media platforms so as to expand our use of them for marketing purposes and greater exposure, such as:

o    Facebook

o   Google Plus

o   Twitter

o   YouTube

o   WordPress (Updating of the synagogue website)

  • Familiarity with the software needed to manage:

o    the synagogue’s mailing lists

o   marketing databases

o   office automation

o   Google  Groups

o   Groupspaces

o   MS Office

o   Rakefet synagogue management software

  • Thorough knowledge and ability to set up other appropriate systems for administration
  • Ability to edit and also produce the weekly Bulletin

 

  • Applicant should provide references from three paid-up shul members who are previous Mancom/Guardian members and at least one senior person from another progressive synagogue
  • Applicant should be able to manage general maintenance of the building and grounds

Please submit CV’s to [email protected] before close of business on 28/08/2016. Unfortunately, no late applications will be considered.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/18/vacancy-for-operations-manager-beit-emanuel-synagogue/

Arzenu calls for Israel meeting about broken promises at Kotel

The chairman of Arzenu, the Zionist arm of the Progressive Movement in South Africa, has written to the Israeli ambassador in South Africa requesting a meeting to convey the movement’s disappointment at the failure of the Israeli government to fulfil its agreement to provide an egalitarian section of the Kotel.

A public letter from Professor Antony Arkin to Ambassador Arthur Lenk says in part:  “Five months ago the Government of Israel approved a plan negotiated over a two-year period by Women of the Wall, the Reform and Conservative movements, the North American Federations and the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate of the Kotel.

“The agreement would expand and solidify an egalitarian presence at the Southern Western Wall … without interference by the Chief Rabbinate or any other Orthodox authority. Since the agreement was signed the government has delayed its implementation due to the pressure from the Ultra-Orthodox parties that are seeking changes to the original agreement that would effectively give control of the space back to the Chief Rabbinate of the Wall.

“The government’s reluctance to move forward with the negotiated agreement is worrisome due to the recent bills presented into the Knesset by the Ultra-Orthodox parties and supported by the Israeli ruling government coalition that would curtail the use of Mikvaot for the purposes of Reform and Conservative conversions. Not moving forward on this plan undermines and contradicts Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement that every Jew should feel at home in Israel.”

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/12/arzenu-calls-for-israel-meeting-about-broken-promises-at-kotel/

Operations Manager Ilana Alroy to leave for Scotland

Operations Manager Ilana Alroy, long-time “front of house” and voice on the phone for many people in our community, has resigned. She will be leaving for the UK before the year’s end, where she plans to settle. Ilana has been an indispensable part of Beit Emanuel since her arrival five years ago and we wish her all the best with her new life in Scotland.

A brocha will be held this Friday night in Ilana’s honour. We hope that as many congregants as possible will attend to say their farewells.

Meanwhile, Hester Hollander, who is responsible for Beit Emanuel’s HR portfolio on the management committee, is advertising the vacant post, which will need to be filled urgently. Those who are interested should contact Hester at [email protected]. Please submit a CV along with your query.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/12/operations-manager-ilana-alroy-to-leave-for-scotland/

JTalk – A hi-tech approach to Tikun Olam by Prof Barry Dwolatsky

JTalk is an informal discussion directly after the Saturday Shabbat services, starting at 11.15am in the Board Room in the Slome Annexe and lasting about an hour. All welcome.

13August – Prof. Barry Dwolatsky – “A hi-tech approach to Tikun Olam – Can hi-tech help address South Africa’s social problems?” Professor Dwolatsky, one of South Africa’s leading IT personalities, will talk about his ambitious Wits University project to create a digital innovation precinct up the road from us in Braamfontein, which aims to grow skills among our youth, promote entrepreneurship, create jobs and rejuvenate Johannesburg’s inner city.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.beitemanuel.co.za/2016/08/12/jtalk-a-hi-tech-approach-to-tikun-olam-by-prof-barry-dwolatsky/