TGIS: Thank G-d It’s Shabbat
I hope that you are having a great week and looking forward to a beautiful Shabbat ahead together. It feels almost unusual that we will be having a “regular” Shabbat, not followed by a 2 day Yom Tov and after an abridged work week, but a Shabbat at Morasha really is one of my favourite things and I can’t wait.
Thank you to all who gave me feedback about our Rabbi swap with Yeshiva College Campus and about Rabbi Professor and Rebbetzin Professor Ferziger. I really did miss being here for Yom Tov, and to be frank was a little reluctant – mostly because I simply love Shavuot at Morasha with all of you, but also because I was nervous that all may not go smoothly in my absence. Nonetheless, the Shul executive and I decided to try it as an experiment – Yeshiva College Campus offered to arrange everything, and after years of talking about not simply being an isolated Shul but a religious Zionist community in Cape Town, connected ideologically to others across the country and the world, we wanted to put that partnership into action through partnership and collaboration. I am extremely grateful to everyone who made Yom Tov so great here. Thanks to those who generously funded Rabbi Ferziger’s trip: Lance and Kim Katz, Ivan and Ethel Widan, Amnon and Illana Melzer, Ray and Avis Schur and David and Wendy Shochot as well as anonymous donors; and thank you to Dean and Pippa Noik for graciously hosting them for the week that they were here. Thanks to Ivan Klitzner and his team for the delicious dinner, June Hayman for decorating the Shul so beautifully and for her great children’s services, to the Dream Team for their wonderful children’s services, and to Lance Katz for running the Tikkun Leil evening.
Aviva and I (and the children) really enjoyed our Shavuot experience in Joburg. Notwithstanding all of the above, it was lovely to be a scholar in residence for Yom Tov – usually my time here is spent coordinating things in an attempt to make sure everything runs smoothly, and it was a refreshing experience to have someone else do that and Aviva and I could simply share words of Torah. Aviva especially was well received, but I hope that I too did justice to the reputation of Morasha in Johannesburg.
I’m glad that even after Shavuot I had the chance to spend some time with Rabbi Professor Ferziger and picked his brain around a wide variety of subjects, as well as establishing lines of communication going forward. What a fascinating a wonderful man! (And Naomi of course!)
A very warm welcome to new member Claire Saevitzon, we hope that you enjoy being a part of the Morasha family. Claire’s daughter Laurie is well known to us for her regular Shul attendance and we are delighted to have Claire join as well.
My final news for this week was that I had the opportunity to be a part of Rabbi Ramon Widmonte’s National Jewish Education Symposium. The first of its kind, it was an opportunity for educators of every stripe in the Jewish community to come together, share ideas and learn new tools and perspectives for the betterment of the entire community. It was a great start and, God willing, will only continue to get better from here.
Aviva, Shalva, Tzuriya, Azriel and I wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Sam Thurgood
Announcements – Parshat Naso
The Rabbi, Rebbetzin, Chairman and Committee wish you Shabbat Shalom.
Mazal Tov to Joan Fisher and Tammi Forman on the recent marriage of their granddaughter and niece Gabriella to Tal Gabay in Israel.
The Kiddush Bracha this Shabbat is kindly sponsored by Linda Saban and Hazel Scalabrino to commemorate the yahrzeit of their late mother, Rose Pupkewitz, Shoshana bat Hirsch, on 26 May, 12 Sivan.
Meyer Rabinowitz will recite the Haftorah on Shabbat morning.
A reminder to all kids: the big BMM raffle prize draw is taking place this Shabbat!! Bring your lucky tickets and meet the Dream Team at 10:15 am at the Shul.
Thank you to Ma’ayan Jowell and Cindy Moritz for doing brocha duty this Shabbat.
The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date
Shabbat Times – Parshat Naso
Torah Reading Page Numbers – Parshat Naso
Security – Parshat Naso
We thank team 1 for doing security duty this Shabbat.
If you are not able to do your duty, please swap with someone else.
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