Rabbi Robert A Jacobs Rabbi Emeritus Hillel Avidan Netzer Machaneh Z'richa 2010 is AROUND THE CORNER! December 13th - 26th It's time to sign up! Visit www.netzer.org.za to fill out the camp form and return Bet David Weekly News it before November 5th. (Also check out our phenomenal Camp Video on the website!) "Netzer's Machaneh is a fantastic opportunity for the youth of our community to explore Ad Kan their Judaism, develop a meaningful connection to their heritage, and form life-long 3 Middle Road Morningside / P O Box 78189 Sandton 2146 Tel: +27 11 783-7117 Fax: +27 11 883-8991 bonds with fellow participants in a fun and educational environment. Office hours 9 am – 2 pm Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.betdavid.org.za Many children in our community are keen to experience the magic of camp, yet SAUPJ: www.saupj.org.za WUPJ: www.wupj..org. are unable to do so for financial reasons. We are raising funds to subsidise Machaneh SA Union of Temple Sisterhoods: email@example.com; SAJBD: www.jewishsa.co.za experiences. Netzer offers these services: Babysitting - Birthday parties (for ages 6- CSO – 086 18 000 Call in emergencies or suspicious activity 12) - Hebrew lessons (basic level, all ages) Jackie on 082 855 5199 can arrange services Shabbat Chayei Sarah to meet your needs. Any donations will be welcomed. 30th October 2010 – 22nd Cheshvan 5771 Bet David Sisterhood SHABBAT SERVICES Sisterhood Monthly Meeting: November meeting Wednesday 17th, 10.00 in the FRIDAY EVENING 18:00 Kabbalat Shabbat Service/Children‘s Service 3-7 yrs Sisterhood Cottage. New members are most welcome. For information please contact Jo SATURDAY MORNING: 8:30 Religion School [Weekly until 27th November], Torah Norris, Chair, 0832666425. Breakfast 2nd & 4th weeks of month—next: 13th November. Sisterhood Kitchen: Neria‘s Blintzes, Herring and Kichel are now available for order. SATURDAY MORNING 10:00 Shabbat Shacharit Service Followed by B‘rachah Enjoy these at home and support our Sisterhood! Blintzes R60/dozen; Kichel R20/packet; BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS: Last Friday evening of each month. Next: 29th October. Herring. Orders may be placed with Sharon 011-783-7117. Calendar of Congregational Events Feeding Schemes: Sunday 31st October—Next Food Collection for Sisterhood’s th Friday 29 October 18.00 Kabbalat Shabbat. October Birthday Blessings. Service feeding schemes in Alexandra, 9am–1pm at Pick n Pay South Road and Hyde Park. Please followed by a L‘chaim sponsored by Neil Ambrose on the occasion of his birthday think about this, perhaps you can help us for 1 hour! Call Lesley Rosenberg 083-236-6823. Saturday 30th October 08.30 Religion School 10.00 Shabbat Service, Bracha Also assist by bringing non-perishable grocery items to services. sponsored by Bet David Sisterhood. Sisterhood Shop: Gift presentations, Jewellery imported from Israel; ―Shabbat on the Saturday 30th October at 18:30 Netzer-TaMaR Israeli Movie Night at Beit Emanuel. Move‖ travelling boxes, Judaica & gifts, personalised towels, baby blankets, Turkish Adults: R40, kids: R25. Join us for an evening of first-class movie magic, as well as Delight. Proceeds support Sisterhood projects; Items on view in the display cabinet in popcorn and drinks! RSVP to Julia: 071 368 6848. the shul foyer. Purchases may be made via Sharon in the office 011-7837117. Tarbut International Mitzvah Day at Bet David Sunday 31st October 19.30 THE BOYS FROM THE ASHES A journey with an 8 year Sunday 21st November 2010, 14.00-16.30, The Middleton, Bet David old boy in the Vilna ghetto. R80.00 (including refreshments) Rabbi Cyril Harris Bet David will be hosting a concert and tea to honour our parents and grandparents. Community Centre (RCHCC) cnr Glenhove Rd & 4th Street BOOKING: Hazel or René Sponsor a “goodie bag” for our guests by donating R100. Contact Jo Norris 083 266 (011 728 8088/8378) After Hours (011 728 8378) firstname.lastname@example.org 6425 or the shul office. For more information about this international effort at tikkun Community Events th olam, visit www.mitzvahday.org.uk. 4 November 2010 19.00 a memorial service for YITZHAK RABIN MEMORIAL on ―Our mission is to fight poverty, to help our environment and to bring a little joy where it the 15th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by the is needed – through social projects rather than fundraising.‖ SA Zionist Federation & Habonim Dror at Beyachad on in the Jessie Kaplan boardroom. To attend the Mitzvah Day Concert and Tea, please RSVP Sharon 011-783-7117 before Guest speaker Wayne Sussman, former Mazkir of Habonim and current head of SAIF, 5th November 2010. 011 645 2531 or e-mail email@example.com 9th November 18.30—The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre invites to a Mishkan T’filah screening of Harlan—In the Shadow of Jew Süss (Documentary) at Goethe-Insitut New Siddurim are at Bet David. Watch for details about receiving your personal copies & South Africa, 97 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. RSVP 0116403100, email: our first service, tentatively planned for 13th November, using the new book. firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 November. Ad Kan is emailed on Thursdays. Deadline is noon on Tuesday each week. Weekly Yahrzeits Torah Comment Harry Cohen remembered by Bruce Cohen, Nathan Brinkman remembered by Abe Chayei Sarah Year I Genesis 23:1-24:9 (Plaut p. 154; Hertz p. 80) Brinkman, Werner Wolff remembered by Margrit Wolff, Alan Kronson remembered by Haftarah First Kings 1:1-31 (Plaut p. 169; Hertz p. 90) Daryl Kronson, Trevor Kramer remembered by Carol Kramer and Bernard Kramer, Walter Sarah‘s lives come to an end at the start of this portion, the first mention of her Isaacs remembered by Merle Oshry, Sylvia Blitz remembered by Sandy Levenberg, Dr in the text since the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael. The silence of the text about Teddy Abro remembered by Lynne Raphaely, Emil Trum remembered by Marion Hassall, women is pervasive; however, many commentators see it here as representing an Barney Evans remembered by Les Evans, Anne Eliason remembered by Michael Eliason. estrangement of husband and wife following their disagreements about Ishmael and Speedy Recovery-Refuah Shleimah Isaac. The text that continues, the one we read this week, belies this idea: Abraham Sid Nomis, Pat van Flymen, Ivan Walt, Judith Goldin remains the doting husband whose sincere wish is to honour his wife of so many years. Please notify the office should you or any member of your family experience ill health. In The second section of this portion deals with a parallel topic. The aging Abraham event of family emergency call Rabbi Jacobs at the earliest possible time. realizes the necessity of protecting his covenant with God by ensuring that Isaac will Mazal tov have a suitable partner. Calling upon his trusted estate manager, he sets out the ideal Steph Schoeman on the birth of a niece, Lana, in the U.K. for a wife for his not-so-young son and a mission is sent back to Haran, back to the Thank you Fertile Crescent in search of the second generation matriarch. We gratefully acknowledge recent donations: Aging remains a challenging fact of life to this day. We are likely to be Yahrzeit donations: Jock Blumberg in memory of Avis Blumberg, Sybil Perlstein in separated from partners and friends of decades as the years add up. A sense of memory of Fritz Perlstein, David Lurie in memory of Siah Alec Lurie, Gail Scheuble in isolation and even futility of life can be overwhelming, frightening and depressing. memory of Lionel Helfer, Basil Kretzmer in memory of William Kretzmer, Molly Smith Abraham‘s response is an attempt to be directive and maintain control. In the Biblical for the tombstone unveiling of her husband, Keith Smith. account he had the good fortune of success. The discovery of the lovely and accepting Garden Fund: Thanks to Bet David Sisterhood for the donation of seedlings Rebecca at the well, and her willing return to Isaac as a bride, are among Genesis‘ high Sponsorship is always welcome for: Shabbat sweets & chocolates for the children; points. Erev Shabbat L’Chaim (drinks & snacks following Friday eve service); Shabbat early But aging does not guarantee such success. The availability of the Machpelah— Morning Torah Breakfast; Shabbat Morning B’racha to celebrate or commemorate any the double cave in which Sarah is laid to rest—and the willingness of Rebecca are occasion. For further information on the above, please call Catering Convenor Cynthia blessings for Abraham as possessor of the covenant with God. Isaac‘s acceptance of his Rosen 0835555755 or the Bet David office 011-7837117. father‘s choice of a bride is, too. Bet David Rondavel Upgrades are planned! Abraham‘s loyal servant faces his task with appropriate concern: what if the The Rondavel saw the birth of our congregation almost 40 years ago. It inspired the maiden refuses or none appears? What are the limits of his personal responsibility for design of our current shul. Learning centre, Celebration venue and meeting room it has the oath to which Abraham has him swear? In his wise voice, we hear reason, hosted many congregants and visitors to our community with little update over the years. understanding and integrity. In our lives, we try the best we know how. And the results This is a time of renewal for Bet David. We are excited to launch the refurbishment of are limited by forces beyond our control.—Rabbi Jacobs our own heritage site. A rough costing of items includes: Toilets 20 000 Storeroom 7 000 Floors & Tiles 25 000 Ceilings 20 000 Stacking doors 80 000 Kitchen Fittings 60 000 Paint 10 000 Freezer/Fridge 12 000 Air-conditioning (2 X 30 thousand BTU) 20 000 Lighting 12 000 Mitzvah School If you are able to help with any of the above or are able to contribute in any way please Prize Giving, Bet David, contact the Bet David Sisterhood, MANCOM members or the shul office. 17th October 2010 Donations are gratefully welcomed. Bet David Sisterhood, Nedbank, Sandton, Acc No: Rodney Weinstein, 1970476214 – Branch Code: 197005. Please put your Surname & ‗Rondavel‘ as reference. (Zenprop) with winner of World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) the Zenprop Scholarship The SAUPJ would be grateful for donations of Voyager Miles to help bolster attendance Collins Ledwaba, and the from South Africa at the next WUPJ international conference scheduled for February two runners-up. 2011. Rabbi Jacobs has been asked to participate as a panel member on Conversion (Photo Stephen Margo) Issues.