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Beit Emanuel Matters, 10 June 2023

The week that was Last Friday evening’s Kabbalat Shabbat service was held in the Slome Auditorium, a much cosier venue than the main Shul. The feedback has been largely positive, so we’ll probably stick with Slome until the weather starts to warm up a bit. Exceptions will be made, e.g. when there’s a Barmie or …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 8 April 2023

The week that was Beyond the Boundaries (BtB) held another successful workshop last Saturday, this one on the topical matter of What Ingredients for Rabbi(t) Stew? The workshop, which was well attended and well received, gave thought to the characteristics and qualities of TNR (the next rabbi). Diane Fine captured the discussion in a document …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 25 March 2023

The week that was Our Human Rights Shabbat service took place last Friday evening. The service was led in part by Mickie Jacobs, while the highlight was the Drash delivered by Professor David Bilchitz. David was also the special guest speaker at the 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) OF Temple Emanuel/Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue, which …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 18 March 2023

The week that was Mazal Tov once again to the successful candidates from last Friday’s Beit Din, all of whom have now joined the congregation. Looking ahead Happening this Shabbat/weekend This Friday is our traditional (for Beit Emanuel) Human Rights Shabbat. Our special guest speaker is our very own Professor David Bilchitz. The Kabbalat Shabbat …

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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 …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 25 February 2023

The week that was The all-day Scrabble Competition in the Brasch Lounge last Saturday appears to have gone well, as did our Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle on Sunday evening. I’m hoping to hear some feedback regarding the NETZER 10-pin bowling on Sunday morning, as well the Lewandowski Chorale on Tuesday evening. Looking ahead Happening this …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 4 February 2023

The week that was Last week’s Shabbat evening and morning services were skilfully led by Professor Merle Williams, with the able assistance of our lay reader cohort. Allistair Balutto took care of the Torah reading on Saturday morning. Looking ahead Happening this Shabbat/weekend Gabriel Bertoldi will become Bar Mitzvah this Saturday morning (4 February). Please …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 28 January 2023

The week that was The initial part of last Friday’s service took part under load shedding. The service (along with our Shabbat morning service) was ably led by Professor Merle Williams, assisted by other lay readers, in Rabbi Saar’s absence. The first of our Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circles took place last Sunday evening. I haven’t …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 21 January 2023

The week that was Last Friday’s Shabbat Evening Service was another of our load shedding specials. For some reason the scheduled load shedding didn’t happen, instead of which our Internet connectivity was down. Heigh-ho. Anyway, a lovely service in our sadly under-utilised Slome Auditorium, followed by a sponsored Brocha in the Gallery/Boardroom/Atrium. Although I haven’t …

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The High Holy Days (HHDs) 2022/5783 #2

This post provides a round-up of the administrative and other details you may need for the HHDs  2022/5783 “season”. Ahead of time High Holy Days Services Schedule The link below will take you to the full schedule of services for the High Holy Days. A few minor details may be updated in the next ten …

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The High Holy Days (HHDs) 2022/5783

It’s been three years since we met in person for the High Holy Days, back in 2019. In March 2020 we were quite confident that the lockdown would be history well before Rosh Hashanah, but it wasn’t to be. Looking back, we can clearly see the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 1/2 April 2022

Happening this Shabbat Please join us in the Shul (or on Zoom) on Friday evening at 18h00 for our Kabbalat Shabbat hybrid service. This will be followed by a Brocha in the Janks Hall. Our Shabbat Morning Service will be in the Veranda/Garden area at 09h30 on Saturday morning, and will be followed by a …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 4/5 March 2020

Temple/Beit Emanuel 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) Our 27th (hybrid) AGM will take place in Shul (rather than the Slome Auditorium) and on Zoom on the evening of Thursday, 10 March 2022 at 19h00 (7 PM). The formal notice of the meeting was sent out to all members last Friday. If you’re a member in …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 25/26 February 2020

Happening this Shabbat This Shabbat sees our usual line-up of hybrid services, with the Shabbat evening service in the Shul and on Zoom at 18h00 on Friday evening, followed by a Brocha in the Janks Hall. This week’s Brocha was kindly sponsored by Mickie Jacobs. Toda Raba Mickie, and Yom Huledet Sameach for Saturday! Our …

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Beit Emanuel Matters, 18/19 February 2020

Happening this Shabbat Bar Mitzvah Gabriel Ritchken Gabriel Ritchken will become Bar Mitzvah in Shul this Saturday morning. A hearty Mazal Tov to Gabriel, proud parents Edwin and Alex, sister Lila and the rest of Gabriel’s family. The service will be hybrid (on the usual Shabbat morning service link) for those who are unable to …

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