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At the Forefront of Jewish Life

Your Family Shul Where Everyone is Welcome

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Dear Friends,

It's National Women's Day (when is Men's Day?) but the show must go on, public holiday or not, so here goes.

Nearly 200 rockets fired from Gaza onto civilian towns in southern Israel and the BBC headline reports that "Israeli air strikes kill woman and child!" I am absolutely appalled by this disgusting bias! What about the hundreds of civilian men, women and children who had to run to bomb shelters from the unprovoked Hamas-initiated missiles?! 19 Israelis were injured, one critical, and one missile even landed near Beersheba for the first time since 2014! Who fired the first shots? Is that not relevant?!

And does Hamas really want a war? Are they suicidal, or what? Or are they simply using this as a diversionary tactic to keep their own citizens from demanding that they do something positive to improve their lives? It's not looking good, unfortunately. Let's hope a little bit of sanity prevails in Gaza and at least a modicum of objectivity in the international media.

And yet, as I always say, Israel just keeps doing good things and moving in the right direction. Remember those ratings agencies who downgraded SA because of our economic/political situation? Well, those same fellows just upgraded Israel! Way to go!

Back at the ranch, we have now passed the half way mark in ticket sales for

Shwekey Live at Carnival City on Tuesday 28 August and if you wait too long you may well be disappointed. Yes, there is still time, but the best value for money goes to those who book soonest. That way, you can get the best seats in your preferred price range. Tickets range from only R150 up to R600. So don't delay. Get to www.ticketpro.co.za NOW!

If you cannot manage on the website, you may also purchase your tickets at Postnet Glenhazel or Spar Sandringham and many other selected outlets. Special Patron Packages are also available. Feel free to speak to me or any Council member. Separate Seating tickets are available from the Shul office only.

This Shabbos and Sunday it is Rosh Chodesh Elul, which means that Rosh Hashanah is only one month away. Scary! And we must prepare on every level. So....

I am pleased to announce our next exciting CAJE programme starting THIS Monday 13 August.

PANELS TO PREP YOU! Two Distinguished Panels of Experts Prepare us for the New Year. Our speakers include Rabbis, Rebbetzins, and Psychologists. Rabbi Stern and I will be joined by Dayan Rav Yoel Smith of the Beth Din, Rebbetzin Aidel Kazilsky of Chai FM fame, and Clinical Psychologist Serenne Kaplan and Educational Psychologist Ilanit Gerson.

On Monday 13 August the subject is Can We Really Change? And if so, How? And on Monday 20 August it is Regret, Remorse, & Moving Forward.

Scroll down to see the poster below. Hope to see you all there.

We look forward to Rabbi Stern and his guys' Report Back from their absolutely awesome trip to Israel with JWRP. I believe they made quite an impression! The monthly Sushi & Black Label Farbrengen will be this Shabbos so we can hear from all of them.

I thank Chabad House for making their special overseas Guest Speaker available to us this Shabbos. Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, a respected teacher and scholar in New York, is here for the Chassidus Summit on Sunday and will be our guest this Shabbos at Shalosh Seudos. We'll be davening Mincha earlier to give him time to speak. Mincha will be at 4:50 pm. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Shalosh Seudos at approximately 5:20 pm. Please join us. I've heard him, and he is excellent.

And do consider seriously attending the Summit on Sunday at the Capital Hotel, 101 Katherine Street, Sandton where Rabbi Paltiel is the headline speaker and will be joined by a team of top local speakers and teachers, including our own Rebbetzin Estee Stern. Scroll down to see the full programme and details at the end here.

And I just saw the script for the Bat Mitzvah Ceremony coming up before Yom Tov. Amazing Amanda Porter does it again! Come and see on the day. Never mind the big screen. This year, Disney makes it into Shul! The girls are busy preparing with Lee Unterslak. I'm sure there's nothing to touch our Battie ceremony!

I will be davening with the Choir this Friday night and on Shabbos morning Shmuli Brill will be the Guest Chazan with the Choir.

The Brocha in the Seeff Hall is sponsored by the Frankel family in honour of Amit's Bar Mitzvah in the Shtibl and by the Jasven family in honour of Lyam's Bar Mitzvah in the big Shul.

MAZEL TOV on his BAR MITZVAH to Amit Frankel, his parents Darryl & Tali Frankel, grandparents Michael & Leonie Rootshtain, and Marge Frankel. Much nachas.

MAZEL TOV to Lyam Jasven on his BAR MITZVAH and to his parents Richard & Hayley Jasven, grandparents Mannie & Estelle Sherman & Ben Jasven. Lots of nachas.

Mazel Tov to Gershon & Helen Stein on their grandson Joshua Segal's Bar Mitzvah at Linksfield. Much nachas. And, of course, Mazel Tov to Joshua's great aunt, our own Shirley Stein!

Mazel Tov in advance to Syd & Rhona Scheftz on their grandson's Bar Mitzvah in Manchester in a few weeks' time. They're already there. Mazel Tov Brian and Mia and the Wolozinsky family. Enjoy! (I hear the Barmy Boy is already over 6 feet tall! Why am I not surprised?)

Mazel Tov to Itz Ginsberg on the birth of a great grandson in Atlanta. Long distance nachas!

Happy very big birthday to Marlene Sher! Many happy, healthy years. (I actually don't believe the number I heard so I'm not mentioning it.)

Congratulations to our own Chorister, Josh Pimstein, for being the lead subject in a feature story in Soul Sport magazine. Josh is praised for his Rugby exploits as the only Jewish member of the Golden Lions U 16. He is a great ambassador for our people and our community. He proudly wears his Yarmi, keeps Kosher, and puts on Tefillin and is winning the respect of friends and foes alike. Good luck Josh! Keep up the good work. We're all very proud of you. (But please don't ask me for rugby advice 😊).

We wish a fond Farewell to Selwyn & Leanne Wacks and family on their forthcoming Aliyah to Israel. B'Hatzlacha! Keep in touch.

We extend sincere Condolences to Dorothy Pollard on the passing of her sister Norma Kaplan. Long life and, PG only simchas in good health.

We wish long life to the Back and Bayer families on the passing of Adele Back, mother of Lee-Anne Bayer, wife of Joel. May you find peace and comfort.

We wish Refuah Shleiamh to Julian Hersch, Melanie Maloon, Hannah Sachs, Ronnie Kaplan, and Philip Milner.

I can't believe I am already announcing this but it's true. It is not too early to contribute to the RABBI'S ROSH HASHANAH APPEAL. You can do an EFT or bring your donation to the office. Rabbi Goldman Discretionary Fund. FNB Norwood Branch Code 258 624. Account Number 503 600 89 202. G-d bless you! If you are writing a cheque, please be careful to put in the correct Account Name as the banks are becoming very strict due to all the fraud. Thank you!

Our Rabbinic Interns, Levi Ulman and Mendel Teitelbaum are soon coming to the end of a successful season at SydShul where they taught dozens of our congregants Hebrew Reading. Thank you to them both for all their hard work.

Our Shul Halls are now getting busier, so don't leave the booking for your next Simcha too late. Contact Gabi Wineberg, our Function & Events Co-Ordinator, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her in the morning at the Shul office on 011 640 5021. She will assist you in organising a stunning function that runs 100% smoothly. And don't forget that if you're a SydShul member, you will get a discount on hire of all Shul halls including the new Bayit and Garden which is ideal for a smaller function.

Remember to fill in your family details and preferred correspondence so you get all our Shul communications on ShulCloud. If you are struggling, you may feel free to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What, you don't have your Rabbi's book? Ok, it was out of print, but now the second printing has been done and it's back on the shelves at the Jewish book shops and is also available from the Shul office. I shall be pleased to sign it for you on request. It's called From Where I Stand, Life Messages from the Weekly Torah Reading. Enjoy!

CSO SECURITY TRAINING: Volunteer Protector Training Programmes starting 15 August. To participate or for more information, please contact CSO directly. email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your full name, surname and contact details.

And the CSO is promoting a Beyond the Bucket List Giveaway. It's a Raffle and the winners get to go to Augusta, Georgia in the USA for the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament. Go to www.csodonate.org.za/mastersraffle. Who knows? You may even win! Good luck!

Jewish Women's National Day of Prayer, Friday 17 August at 5.31 p.m. Pledge a donation to any charity, recite Psalm 27 just before lighting Shabbos candles.

The Selwyn Segal Yom Tov Shop Opens this Sunday, 12 August.
There will also be late night shopping on Wednesday 22 & 29 August (until 8pm). Whether it's delicious Rosh Hashana goodies or exquisite homeware, you can be sure that every gift from the Selwyn Segal Gift Centre comes packed with love, hope, kindness and the knowledge that you have changed the life of a Selwyn Segal resident for the better. Visit: 113 George Avenue, Sandringham;
Shop online: www.selwynsegalgifts.co.za; or Call: 011 640 7173.

And Shwekey recently released a full music video which I found very moving. It tells a touching tale. It's called Your Time. Have a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Je4NEIzupw&t=3s.


This week's Parsha is Re'eh and has no less than 55 of the 613 Biblical commandments in this one reading alone. Moshe reminds the people to have Zero Tolerance of idolatry and paganism in the Holy Land. Beware of false prophets, inciters against our faith and even whole towns who may go astray. Kashrut, too, is an important way of keeping our distinctiveness from the depravity of the immoral nations around us. Tzedakah with an open hand finds its source here too, as do the three Pilgrim Festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.


Shul Schedule

Friday Candles: 5: 27 pm (SLOWLY GETTING LATER NOW.)

Friday Mincha: 5:30 pm

Brocha: Seeff Hall

Sushi & Black Label Farbrengen & Israel Report Back.

EARLY Shabbos Mincha: 4:50 p.m. followed by Shalosh Seudos with special Guest Speaker Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, USA.

Shabbos ends at 6:18 p.m.

Mincha next week at 5.35 p.m.

G-d bless. Hope to see you in Shul. Zei gezunt!

Rochel and I wish you all a Gut Shabbos and a Gut Chodesh, and a Gut Yohr!



Posted 28 Menachem Av 5778 / 9 August 2018