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 see what we can do to enhance the programme for next year. I’m pleased to report that some congregants mentioned that they had attended specifically to support the Shabbat Project, and I’m now able to put faces to a few more names.


Sadly, 27 October 2018 has also become a date that will “forever live in infamy”, as the date of the massacre of 11 congregants at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. We will be participating in the AJC #ShowUpForShabbat initiative (supported by the SAJBD and SAUPJ) this weekend, and the names of those murdered will be read out before the Mourners Kaddish. Please see the attached SAJBD mailing for more details, but in a nutshell, show up here, and post about it on social media.

Auerbach Lecture

Our 14th Annual Franz Auerbach Interfaith Memorial Lecture was held on Tuesday evening (30 October), and featured our captive guest speaker Irwin Manoim. With his usual dry wit and acerbic style, Irwin took apart some of our most treasured notions about ourselves as a people, including the idea that reasoned debate and discussion have always been part of our DNA.

In line with Lesley Hudson’s vote of thanks, I won’t try to do justice to Irwin’s lecture in a paragraph or two. For those of you who weren’t there, we will probably make the lecture available in at least one medium. Why weren’t you there, by the way? Irwin Manoim is perhaps not as famous as some of our previous Auerbach Lecture speakers, but he is one of the moral and intellectual giants of the late and post-Apartheid era. Next time he speaks, I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the fact that he hangs around at Beit Emanuel, and come and listen to him, whatever the topic or occasion. At the very least you’ll get a chuckle out of it, and probably go away with a new perspective on whatever he’s talking about.

Mandla Makhubu

We note with sadness that it’s a year (1 November) since Mandla Makhubu passed away. Even in his absence, he is still very much a presence on the Beit Emanuel Campus. MHDSRIP.


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