Beit Emanuel Matters, 4 March 2023

The week that was

A routine Shabbat/weekend last week, apart from the usual load shedding challenges (albeit at a lower level than we’ve become accustomed to).

Looking ahead

Happening this Shabbat/weekend

We’ll be in Shul on Friday evening at 18h00 to welcome in Shabbat, just at the tail-end of a stint of load shedding.

Our Jkids Club will be taking a break this Friday and will resume next week.

The service will be followed by a Brocha in the Janks Hall. Our Friday evening Brocha was sponsored by Rabbi Dr Robert Ash, in celebration of his birthday on Thursday.

Please remember to “feed” the Perspex donation box at your table to help cover our catering costs. Alternatively, please make use of the Snapscan App and the Snapscan QR Code at each table to donate electronically. A modest donation of R20-30 from each person attending the Brocha would help immensely in closing this gap.

Please join us at 09h30 in the main Shul on Saturday morning, when Ada Iwueze become Bat Mitzvah. Please share in this milestone Jewish life-cycle event with the family. There will be a Brocha in the Janks Hall following the service. The Brocha was sponsored by Kingsley Iwueze is honour of Ada’s Battie.

The Talmud Study Group will meet in the Boardroom at 12h00.

Further ahead

Our Purim festivities will take place on Monday, 6 March at 17h30. We’ll be in the Slome Auditorium and the other venues forming part of the Stalson Building for this one, rather than in the main Shul and Janks Hall. Please see the flyer below for further details. The Purim festivities will be a combined effort with Bet David, and an invitation has also been extended to members of the other Gauteng shuls.

There will be a GPJC Beit Din next Friday morning (the 10th). The successful candidates will be formally welcomed as members of the Tribe during the Shabbat evening service on the 10th.

Human Rights Shabbat
Our Human Rights Shabbat has been scheduled for Friday, 17 March. We have an exciting guest speaker lined up, but we’ll save the details until everything has been confirmed.

AGM date change
The Temple/Beit Emanuel 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023 will now take place on Thursday, 23 March at 19h00. (The date was pushed out by a week to avoid a clash with A Taste of Limmud Johannesburg.)

The AGM will be held in the main Shul to allow us to make best use of our audio-visual technology setup. The formal notice of the meeting and the relevant nomination forms and other documentation will be sent out to members in good standing during the course of next week. We look forward to seeing all of our congregants there, in person or on Zoom.

Our communal Pesach Seder takes place on the evening of Wednesday, 5 April. Further details in the coming weeks.


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