Can you see the feeling?

You know that feeling, when seeing the mountain in the distance? You’ve come over Sir Lowry’s Pass, driven past Somerset West & at some point you can see Cape Town- & you feel back home.

Welcome back! Tonight, come to Shul and you’ll re-experience that feeling; I’m home. Mincha is at 6:30 with Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:45.

Remember that earliest candle-lighting for Shabbas is 6:32. So, if you’re lighting candles, light first & then come a little late to Shul. It’s the Jewish way!

Last week was Abe Newman’s first yahrzeit and I’m moved to see that Ada & the family are sponsoring this week’s brocha in his memory. Abe had tremendous nachas from Shul and was like the Don of the brochas, overseeing it from his weekly perch. He loved his Shul & the people in it and felt truly at home in its environment. Thank you Newman and Kirsch families!

This Sunday is Abe’s consecration. May he be a ‘gutte better’- a good advocate- for his family and community from his vantage place on High.

This week is Rosh Chodesh for the month of Shevat. So on Wednesday the Shachrit service will begin 15 minutes earlier at 6:45am.

As the Shabbas prior to Rosh Chodesh- known as Shabbat Mevarchim- Ladies Tehillim Circle will once again gather at the Shul. Rebbetzin Sara has introduced a popular shiur prior to the Tehillim from 6:30-7. This week’s shiur is titled “Ruth: taking risks to achieve greatness”.

Condolences to Ruth Berk on the loss of her sister, Chaya Grundleger and to Lauren Haskel on the loss of her father, Benjamin Kaminer. May HaShem grant you strength in this time.

After the most wonderful results from our junior congregant matriculants, our kids are going back to school this week. We wish the learners and our Jewish school networks much hatzlacha in the coming year.

Shabbat shalom & happy reading!

Rabbi Dovid Wineberg