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Your Family Shul Where Everyone is Welcome

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Dear Friends,


We are still in the midst of the Yom Tov season and I really cannot bring myself to discuss the absolute madness of the Las Vegas massacre. Many of you have been there for conferences (that's all people go to Vegas for, right?) I myself gave a talk to the Jewish community there some years ago. May G-d help the bereaved families and grant the injured a speedy recovery. And may G-d save America...from itself!

And now to things I know a little more about... Shul! What can I say? SydShul had a Yom Kippur in a league of its own. The standard of services was of the highest order and, Baruch Hashem, the feedback from congregants of ALL ages is still coming in fast and furious. The big Shul, the Shtibl, and the Youth Minyan are all getting rave reviews! Thank you for your comments, emails, what's apps etc. It is gratifying to know that all the work your Rabbis, Chazonim, Choir, and Youth leaders put in are not going unnoticed and are indeed appreciated. The services ran very smoothly for which we thank our Gaboim and Shamosim. Our office and general staff work very hard over the Yom Tov period and we were all safe and sound thanks to our Security volunteers.

In the big Shul, Yudi and Levi were both in top form. I marvel how Yudi is still so strong at the end of the day for that final Oseh Shalom. When I was a Baal Tefillah many years ago I would be croaking by the end of Musaf! The Boys Choir was a big hit and thanks to Dovi Porter we were all on the same page.

On a personal note, if you were wondering where I was during the Kol Nidrei service and during the first part of Neilah, I was giving sermons to the Youth upstairs and to the Shtibl in the Seeff Hall. In all, I spoke5 times over Yom Kippur and, thank G-d, they were all well-received. And, for a change, my final ShofarTekiyah Gedolah actually worked! But, of course, the main thing is that people were inspired! Please G-d, may we continue to inspire each other and may we all be blessed with a wonderful new year.

But the cutest story of all must surely be the donation made on a Yom Kippur pledge card by our youngest donor. 10-year-old David Lowenstein had a seat in Shul and decided to donate R180 from his own savings. And not only did he make the pledge, he's already been in to the Shul office and paid it! G-d bless you David and may your dear parents and grandparents continue deriving much nachas from you!

And now come the happy times! I hope you will come to Shul to celebrate Sukkos and Simchas Torahwith our beautiful services, delicious Brochas, a Dinner, a Ladies Breakfast, lots of singing, dancing,L'chaim and laughter. Judaism is not only sombre and solemn services. We have lots of fun here too.Please join us!

Children's Services at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Shabbos followed by their own Brocha and then Duchening.

Duchening: Bring the family. Let's see lots of children under their fathers' or grandfathers' Taleisim! Come to Shul on Thursday and Friday mornings for Duchening and you will get a special blessing by theKohanim. Yasher Koach Kohanim!

My friends, YOU are privileged to belong to the greatest, busiest, most dynamic and creative Shul in town! Just listen to what's going on here for all ages!


The place to be is undoubtedly at the Annual Simchat Torah Dinner! It is happening on Thursday 12 October in the Seeff Hall and it is ALWAYS a rousing, vibey, and lebedig occasion. Please make up tables with family and friends. Catering by Stan & Pete - cost R250 adults and R150 children 6 – 12. Bookings preferably online at www.sydshul.co.za or through the office. Time is short and bookingsMUST close next Monday 9 October. In order to assist the office, please ensure that your booking is paid before the dinner. L'hitraot!

And our very popular Annual Ladies Simchat Torah Breakfast is on Friday 13 October 10.15 a.m. in the Community Centre. Join your Rebbetzins for inspiration and delicious breakfast. Rochel will speak on "You are Beautiful - Inside & Out!" and Estee's topic is "Simcha & Celebration – Why do we Dance?"No booking or fees required. Thank you to our sponsors.

Mazel Tov to our very deserving special honourees for Simchat Torah. Chosson Torah: Darryl Frankeland Chosson Bereishis: Hymie Sacks. May all the blessings be yours.

CHOL HAMOED ACTIVITIES: Please confirm your attendance with our Youth Directors Tali or Ari.

SYD KIDS: SUKKA HOP: Ages 12 and under this Shabbos, 7 October - beginning at Shul and going to different houses.

SYD TEENS GIRL'S BREAKFAST Thursday with Rebbetzin Estee Stern at 9.30 a.m. at Kayla Diamond's home.

Youth Outing to Rush on Sunday 8 October.

SYD TEENS SUKKA HOP for ages 12 and up on Thursday 12 October.

SIMCHAT TORAH: Thursday 12 October Hakafot, dancing in the shul with flags and chocolates followed by KIDS CARNIVAL. LOTS OF FUN! don't miss out!!

This year's Dis-Chem Reach for a Dream Golf Day hosted by Sydenham Shul will be held onWednesday 22 November at the Killarney Country Club. All welcome. We look forward to a fantastic event, please G-d. The Golf Day Committee was convened by Chairman Selwyn Kahlberg and we're now 'open for business!' Book a 4-Ball, Sponsor a Hole, give us some nice prizes, and get ready to purchase lots of Raffle tickets for some 'out of this world' prizes to be won! Speak to Selwyn, Ingrid Seef, David Pimstein, or myself to participate in any way you can. Thank you.

But first, it's time to celebrate SUKKOS. It's not too late to order a Succah, or a Lulav & Etrog. I highly recommend you do it. Today these are very easily available all over Johannesburg. If you won't have your own, the Shul Sukkah is available for you to come by and have a bite and say the Brocha on the Sukkah. We will also have the Lulav & Etrog on hand for you to do the Mitzvah. If you haven't got your own and come to Shul, during Yom Tov services our young people will go around and give everyone the opportunity. Don't miss out!

Important Halachic Reminder for tomorrow Wednesday 4 October:

EIRUV TAVSHILIN: In order to be permitted to do preparations on Friday which is Yom Tov for the next day which is Shabbos one must do the procedure known as Eiruv Tavshilin. It is short and simple and effectively allows you to do necessary preparations like cooking chicken soup or cholent (provided the flame is already on). Just follow the easy instructions in your Siddur. ArtScroll Pg. 654 or Birnbaum Pg. 586.

MAZEL TOV to Peter and Cheryl Michels on their grandson's Bar Mitzvah in Israel. Enjoy!

MAZEL TOV to Mervyn and Toni Taback on the birth of a grandson in Melbourne. Much nachas.

Our sincerest wishes for a REFUAH SHLEIMAH to Rikki Tchetchik, Stan Michel, Joe Kaplan, Errol Stein, Lou Margolis, Elaine Krug, Russell Fransman and Michael Levitan. We hope to hear good news from all of you ASAP!

The Shul has a limited number of SydShul YARMULKAS which were especially printed with the Shul's logo and 75 on it. There are a few in suede and the balance are in velvet. These are available from Shirley in the office at R75.00 Mincha on Shabbos at 5:30 pmeach. A metziyah!

And if you still haven't watched History & Destiny, our hilarious, entertaining, video for our 75th Anniversary, here is the link to watch it on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpfgBdItXH8. Enjoy and please do spread it around.


Shul Schedule

The Sukkos Yom Tov begins Wednesday with Candle-lighting at 5:51 pm.

Blessings for Yom Tov & Shehechiyanu.

Full Services with Chazan and Choir at 6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

On Shabbos morning the Service will be led by our Youth! One Minyan only.

Shacharit on Thursday, Friday and Shabbos – 8.30 a.m. Shtibl 8.45 a.m.

Full Hallel with Chazan and Choir on Thursday and Friday at 9.15 a.m.

Brocha on Thursday, Friday and Shabbos mornings in the Sukkah.

Mincha on Thursday and Friday at 5.40 p.m.

Candles on Thursday after 6:41 pm with same two blessings as Wednesday.

Candles on Friday at 5:52 pm. Blessing for Shabbos only.

No Lulav & Etrog on Shabbos.

Mincha on Shabbos at 5:30 pm followed by Shalosh Seudos sponsored by Itz Ginsberg. Thank you.

Shabbos ends 6:42 pm.

Mincha next week: 5:45 p.m.

G-d bless,

Hope to see you in Shul over all these special days!

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom. Gut Shabbos and Gut Yom Tov!



Posted 13 Tishrei 5778 / 3 October 2017


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