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Mazel Tov to Shul Management committee member Daniel Bloch on his appointment as the Executive Director of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, Cape Council. Our community wishes you every bracha & hatzlacha in this important role.

Friday Night Mincha will now start at 6PM. To book Friday night and any other Services, please fill out this simple form:

1 year anniversary- a celebration of life!

Zervice 6-6:30PM!

Dear Friend,

What a way to commemorate 1 year of the Coronavirus! Yesterday morning, as everyone is reflecting on the “first year”, we celebrated three simchos in one morning, with each aliyah being a joyous occasion: Jamie & Gabriel Palmer’s first aliyah, and Devorah Kramer’s baby naming!!

Mazel Tov , Mazel Tov to Anthony & Robyn Palmer and grandparents, Michael & Nadia Palmer and Leo Davis on this double celebration of Gabriel & Jamie’s Bar Mitzvah! Each of these Barmy boys is a unique individual but they share a mentchlichkeit & maturity that is refreshing.

Welcome Rov Nik (& other happy Purim stuff)

Get ready for a special edition of The PURIM Zervice! Drosho by ‘Rov’ Nik Rabinowitz, mix your own cocktail with master mixologist Kevin from Liquid Concepts, fun Purim interactive Kahoot! Game and of course all the other stuff you are used to from your rabbis, Cantor & producer Selwyn!

A Genetically engineered Chazan?

Dear Friend, 

Mazel Tov to Steven & Dani Rosenberg on Zach’s virtual Barmy yesterday! Zach is a leading member of our youth choir & he truly sang like an angel. It’s no surprise, considering how steeped his genes are in music. I hear his dad has a magnificent voice, his great grandfather Max Badash is a legend in our town (& brother of our Cantor Emeritus, Philip Badash) and Cantor Joffe explained that his grandmother Jackie Rosenberg is from the esteemed choral Rapaport family!

Truly Zach stood on his own 2 feet as he chanted maftir & Haftorah (minus G-d’s name in the blessings as it wasn’t on Shabbos, or with a Torah). His sparkling personality shone through in his remarks and we look forward to his continuous involvement in our Shul! 

Mazel Tov Zach! We look forward to hearing you in Shul VERY soon. And Mazels to your grandparents Mervyn & Jackie Rosenberg and Louise & Barry Slavin and great grandmother, Zelda Badash. Much nachas!

Mazel Tov to Lewis Heilbron and Jenna Bloch on their special birthdays. A great decade ahead! 

Zervice will be 6-6:30 this evening. We’re trial running a more punchy 30 minute program as we return to Shul. Shul service will start at 6:30PM. 

Zervice link: password Maraisroad 

To book shul Service (please before 12PM)

Tomorrow we read the 10 commandments in Shul so great time to return!! Morning Tefillah is 9:30-11:30AM, Mincha Tomorrow is at 7:30PM.

On Sunday night, Miriam Lichterman’s sons, Cantors Ivor & Joel are hosting an SA chazzanut evening, which will include our cantor Emeritus Philip Badash & Cantor Joffe. Please see attached poster. 

On Monday night, Tanya for Everyone continues at 8PM. Although we are following the text, each week has a stand-alone topic and value. So you’re always welcome to join! To register visit To hear the audio recording of this week’s class on Jewish leadership:

Rabbi Hecht continues his ‘Moral Dilemmas’ course on Tuesday evening 8:15. There’s no dilemma- you most definitely should join! 

Condolences to Anne Peimer on the loss of her brother, Joseph Varkul. I know that physical distance never interfered in their relationship and I wish Anne strength and comfort. 

This coming week we usher in the joyous month of Adar! Please G-d, we should have much to rejoice in the coming month ahead. 

Shabbat Shalom & happy reading!

Shul is virtually open!

Last week’s Zervice combined a tribute to Rabbi Maizels OBM as well as a celebration of Josh Garvin’s Bar Mitzvah- truly a wide range of emotion! Incredibly, over 350 people joined and the feedback shows how technology is allowing us to truly connect. 

So, join us this evening! Zervice will be at 6PM, click here to join password Maraisroad. 

Shiurim have resumed this week and I was really excited that we could resume our Thursday lunch shiur (minus lunch!). Please note my shiurim schedule and join some learning & connecting! 

My Tanya class on Monday 8-9PM restarted this week and will run through March 15. To register, click here.

Last week’s shiur was dedicated to honour the late Eric Samson OBM, during his Shiva. You could hear a recording here.

Passcode: Yakq3f&m

Rabbi Hecht is running a 3-week series titled, “The Moral Dillemma”, starting this Tuesday, 8:15PM. HTTPS://

My Parsha shiur cannot be on Shabbas so we’ve restarted it on Wednesday, 8am. If you’re one of those post-brocha regulars at the shiur, then this is def for you! password Maraisroad. 

Thursday’s “lunch” shiur 1PM password Maraisroad. 

Mazel Tov to Avin Lieberman on his Birthday, to Raoul & Eleanor Miller on their 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary, and to Gary & Layla Saven on their 10th Wedding Anniversary! Much joy and nachas. 

Cantor Joffe will be hosting his monthly Havdalah service tomorrow 9PM. Zoom ID 89149918166 password HAVDALAH 

Condolences to Jennifer Miller on the passing of her husband and to Richard & Leigh on the loss of their father, Errol Miller

Condolences to chorister Mompie Saven on the passing of his wife; to chorister Gary Saven, Glenda Novis & Lynne Cohen on the loss of their mother & to Allan Kruyer on the loss of his sister, Sandra Saven. 

May HaShem comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem. 

We are honoured to join worldwide organizations in dividing the entire written & oral Torah to be studied within the year in memory of the late Eric Samson obm. Click here to choose a section- an English link will be sent to you for your study.

Shabbat Shalom & happy reading!

Let’s look forward

Dear Friend,

I pray that the new calendar year be one of revealed blessing and renewed hope. May HAShem protect us all. Happy new year!

Tonight’s Zervice will be at 6PM as there is no in-shul Tefilla. HTTPS:// password Maraisroad. 

Mazel Tov to Perez Bloom, Wolfie Bloom & committee member Neville Scher on their special birthdays. Many years of good health & nachas! 

Congrats to Melvyn & Anita Greenstein on their 50th Wedding Anniversary & to Hylton & Leanora Solomon on their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Mazel Tov!! Many happy healthy nachas-filled years together. 

Cantor Joffe has started a rolling Tehillim Whatsapp group, praying for good health for those afflicted with the Coronavirus. Participants can take on a psalm or 2 and thus keep finishing the book of 150 psalms together. To join the group click here

Our Condolences to Eileen Smiedt on the loss of her husband and to Dale & Romy Smiedt, Wendy Kark & Andi Falk on the loss of their father, Shul Trustee and honorary Shul attorney Alan Smiedt. 

Every Shabbas, we make a blessing for those who voluntarily serve the community “faithfully”. This means that those who treat their volunteer responsibilities with the same degree of obligation as a paying role, are serving ‘be’emuna’ with a high degree of commitment. Alan was such a person, whether it was community responsibilities or pro Bono ‘cases’- Alan gave them all the same degree of commitment and professionalism.  

Alan’s passing leaves a void for so many and we wish his family strength & comfort in this challenging time. 

Condolences to Rica Schlosberg on the loss of her husband, and to Tammy & Kevin Isaacman & Robert & Jaqui Schlosberg on the loss of their father and Bette Schlosberg & Naomi Green on the loss of their brother, Benny Schlosberg. 

Benny gave our Shul, a neshoma. He was the founder of the now internationally famous Haftorah Trop Club. Although the Trop Club trained Jews from all over the city and beyond, we at Marais Road Shul were always proud to be the ‘home’ of the Club. 

Benny will be sorely missed and we wish his family strength & comfort.  

Condolences to Esther, Leon, Jill & Brian Singer on the passing of their husband & father, Barney Singer. Barney was a community leader par excellence with a special love of Israel. We wish the family strength & comfort in this time. 

Sadly & painfully Shuls have been closed in this level 3 lockdown. Although Shuls have been proven to be safe spaces, we have gotten caught up in the broader prohibition on religious gatherings to stop the spread.

In the meantime we have moved services virtually back to Zoom. Shachrit during the week will be at 8am & mincha at 6:30pm. Save this link to join services. Https:// password 1836

If you are not our Shul whatsapp group, which keeps our community up to date, please join the WhatsApp group by clicking here

May our Shul experience a better week and a better year.

Shabbat shalom & happy reading! 

Join us in prayer- & nachas

Dear Friend,

In light of the second wave of the Coronavirus in Cape Town, the community under guidance from medical experts, Chief Rabbi’s office and the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape has instituted that a shul service have no more than 50 people at a time. 

Tomorrow morning’s Shul service will be at 8:30am to accommodate our Bar Mitzvah family’s simcha, which will take place at 9:30.

To book for the regular service at 8:30 (& all other Shabbas services), pls click here

Mazel Tov to Oliver Frankel on his Bar Mitzvah! Thursday morning’s ‘first Aliyah’ was much more than that- Ollie led the entire Tefilla in a true demonstration of what it means to be a member of the Jewish community. This included leading the service, repetition of the Amida & reading from the Torah. What a champ!! May your passion for excellence & Yiddishkeit continue to wax with the years. 

Mazel Tov to your parents Steven & Brenna Frankel! You have truly led the way for Oliver. Mazel Tov to your grandparents, Lydia Abel, Jill & Hilly Chimes, Jonny & Shelly Frankel & Leonard Abel who all kleibed such well- deserved nachas. 

The Zervice will be at 5pm & I hope you’ll join us! Our community is experiencing an unbearable amount of afflicted with many hospitalized. I look forward to praying communally with you this afternoon at the Zervice for their well-being and the health of all those suffering illness. May they be blessed with a refua sheleima ukrova. 

To join the Zervice click here

 password: Maraisroad 

Mincha in Shul this evening is at 6:30PM. Click here to book in-shul services

Mazel Tov to Dianne Jocum on her Birthday & to Miriam Solin on her special Birthday! Errol & Loraine Anstey are celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary. Mazel Tov to all!! 

Condolences to Irma Barenblatt on the loss of her husband and Richard Barenblatt , Mark Barenblatt & Tracey Wolf on the loss of their father, Raoul Barenblatt. 

Condolences to Zervice regular Tammy Hirschsohn on the sudden loss of her sister, Phillipa Seidel. 

Condolences to community leader Li Boiskin on the loss of her sister, Mary Russel

Condolences to Shul regular Bernard Shapiro on the loss of his sister, Anita Jocum

Condolences to Jonathan, Howard & Stephen Palte on the loss of their mother, Sonia Palte. 

Condolences to Lauren Haskel & Jeffrey Wainstein, Tony Benatar & Corinne Broomberg on the sudden loss of their mother & sister, Gwen Kaminer. 

Congrats to Dr. Harry & Shooshy Buchinsky as their son, Dr. Roy Buchinsky was recently recognized as one of Cleveland’s (USA) top doctors. Much nachas!

Congrats to Professor Pinky & Etty Sareli on their son, Dr Ari Sareli, receiving the first Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine in Florida & one of the first in the United States, leading the way forward to a healed world. See the article here

Shabbat shalom, Chanukah sameach (for the last few hours of it!) & happy reading! 

Secrets of a Centenarian.

Dear Friend,

It’s almost surreal, but I’m thrilled to share that we’re once again celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in Shul on Shabbas! 

Mazel Tov to Troy Haskel on celebrating his Barmy this Shabbas. Troy has approached this milestone with an earnestness that is simply endearing and I know his family are shepping such nachas! 

Mazel Tov to his parents, Laurence & Lauren Haskel and to his grandmas, Gwen Kaminer & Naomi Haskel. Enjoy this time & the simcha! 

On account of the Bar Mitzvah, Shachrit service in Shul on Shabbas day will begin at 9:30am from ‘shochen ad’, just before barchu. To book for services go to

The Zervice continues tonight 5pmHttps:// password: Maraisroad 

Condolences to our producer, chorister Selwyn Shandel on the passing of his mother, Maizey Shandel in Durban. Last night’s prayer service in the big Shul was very moving. Selwyn, we wish you and your siblings and family strength & comfort in this time. 

This Monday will be the final week of The semester of ‘Tanya for Everyone’. The next semester will begin on Monday January 18. If you still want to join but haven’t yet registered go to (You only need to register once for this course). 

On Tuesday we are hosting a Tribute on Zoom for Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks OBM. We will meet the world’s most outspoken Rabbi who served on Chief Rabbi Sacks’ Cabinet; his personal protection officer who underwent a fascinating life journey & a local flavor with Judge Dennis Davis. To register go to

Mazel Tov to Arthur & Lauren Gillis on the birth of their granddaughter! Much nachas from your gorgeous expanding mishpocho. 

Mazel Tov to Shimon Yudelowitz on his special birthday! It takes a global pandemic to keep Shimon from shul, but please know that we are with you in spirit and looking forward to your return. Many years of healthy & good years ahead. 

Mazels to Sheila Marshall on her special Birthday! May HaShem bless you with strength & nachas. 

Mazel Tov to Herschel Stein on his 80th Birthday! 80 is the age of ‘gevurot’, strength. May you enjoy many years of happiness with Hillary and much nachas! 

Mazels to Colin Rosenkowitz & Sue Wilson on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Jared Rosenkowitz in Australia. Much nachas! 

Mazel Tov to Perry Kawitzky & Norma Kawitzky on the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura to Sean Bloom, son of Selwyn & Merle Bloom. Thank you guys for pushing a simcha through in this meshugene time! The most important thing is that the couple is married and together, building their Yiddishe home. The weather, location, number of guests- & even very important omissions- cannot be as important as bringing the young couple under the chuppah. Much nachas! 

Rabbi Hecht & his shiur group kindly agreed to move their final week on ‘Paradise lost & found’ to Wednesday 8:15PM. Click here to register

Condolences to Harold NakanGail Buchel & Renay Muchnik on the loss of their father, Sydney Nakan. We wish the family long life and comfort. 

Condolences to Joe Katz on the loss of his wife and to Mark KatzIlana Katz & Lisa Kaminer on the loss of their mother, Zea Katz. Zea was a fixture of care for our community’s children in Herzlia Weizmann and she will be sorely missed. We wish her family koach & comfort. 

I had the privilege & great pleasure of celebrating Ettie Buch’s 100th birthday party in Johannesburg this week. Ettie ran the event with her usual wit & wisdom & I’m excited to share her secret to longevity with you at the Zervice. Zee you!

Shabbat shalom & happy reading!

Rabbi Dovid Wineberg

Hello? This is Israel calling!

Wow! The messages are just pouring in. Last night’s Unity Yizkor Service really touched people and allowed us to connect to the souls of our loved ones. To the almost 500 people who participated (from as far as Australia, the UK & Israel), thank you for making the event so special. 

Missed it? No problem! Click here to watch. Prepare to be moved…


Join the Zervice tonight! 5:15pm


Able to attend Shul? We are very open! Friday Night 6:30PM; Saturday 9:30AM. Click here to bookHttps://

Hello? It’s Israel calling! Tomorrow night at about 10:45pm, I’ll be interviewed on Israel’s popular radio station Kol Yisrael. If you understand Hebrew, feel free to listen!גלצ

Mazel Tov to Shul Vice President Jonathan Gershuny on his 50th Birthday! Jonathan’s history with The Shul goes back, well, 50 years, and its special that he can celebrate this milestone here. Much nachas & brocho in the decades ahead. 

Mazel Tov to Tevis Joffe (aka Cantor Joffe’s father) on his 80th birthday! Many decades ahead of simchos & brocho. 

Mazel Tov to Gerald Markman on his 80th! Many decades ahead with simcha & brocha. 

Mazel Tov to Rochelle King on her birthday! Much nachas and brocho. 

Shabbat shalom & happy reading! 

Rabbi’s Blog

Join us tonight- in Shul!

Dear Friend,

Well, first things first. Tonight’s Zervice takes you into our Shul! All the technology that you’re used to from home, is moving into the Shul to create a special musical davening experience. 

The Zervice (and in person Shul service) will begin at 5:30pm. 

To book your Shul seat for Shabbas- or for Rosh Hashanah- visit

And booking just got easier! No need to login or register- just choose your favourite Shul 🙂 and you’re on your way.

Mazel tov to the Prez! Shul President, David Gordon, who oozes Shul and Yiddishe values, turns 50 this week. David is also the Shul Choirmaster, and we pray for a time soon to join him in Celebration in his beloved Shul, conducting his beloved choir. A fab decade ahead!

You probably won’t be in Shul this Rosh Hashanah so come Hear the Shofar on the street! We will be blowing the Shofar on the steps of the Marais Road Shul every hour on the hour: When: Sunday, September 20, every hour on the hour from 9am-1pm. Just pitch up and safely do the Mitzvah. 

Please join your Rabbonim & Chazan this Thursday evening for the “Rosh Hashanah Address”. Cantor Joffe will lead us in some of  your Rosh Hashanah favorites and I will present this year’s New Year’s Drosha. 8-9pm

Mazel tov to Talya Katz on her 40th Birthday! We are so missing your kinderlach in Shul each Shabbas. May you continue to have much nachas from your beautiful family!

Mazel tov to Michael Binder on his 70th Birthday! Many happy, healthy decades ahead. 

Mazel tov to Russel and Cindy Schiff on their 20th Wedding Anniversary. Many decades of continued love, joy, and Nachas!

It’s been a busy Simcha season in the Shapiro household. Mazel tov to Harold & Sonia Shapiro on the marriage of their granddaughter, Esther Kornblum to Chai Chasid in Israel and the marriage of their grandson, Shneir Zalman Shapiro to Noa Raz in America. I know how proud you guys of your grandchildren, and we’re so excited for you to enjoy all this nachas- even from afar. 

Our Shul was very well represented in the Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council) vote this year. Mazel tov to Li Boiskin, Lester Hoffman, Viv Anstey, Tzvi Brivik & David King who were voted on to the Board of Deputies for a two-year term. Shkayach! May you have success in representing our community and sticking up for the Jewish community, when needed. 

And the representation continues. At the same conference, our 2 honorary life members received a special award! Mazel tov to Ella Blumenthal & Miriam Lichterman who jointly received the Elliot & Myra Osrin Jewish Vision Award. One of the questions I wish I could answer in these unusual times, is what would Elliot do? Well, he certainly would get much nachas from this presentation! Ella and Miriam, may the Aibershter bentch you with many more gezunte yohren, freilicherheit. We love you and are so proud of the imopact you have had on our community. 

Condolences to Charles, Harry & Gary Goldin and to Sandra Schneider on the passing of their mother, Stella Goldin. Stella was a regular in Shul who took much pleasure from our Shabbas services. May you know only comfort and strength. 

If every year there’s a need to help the less fortunate within, this year proves the rule. As always the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund will do its bit to make a difference in the lives of others. If you know of someone who needs some financial support to get through Yom Tov or any other struggle, please let me know so we could help.

It was encouraging to hear from Marco van Embden of the important role that the various Rabbi’s Discretionary Funds have been playing in supporting our community in this time. If you are able to support the Fund in this time, then please consider making a contribution. 

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund 

Bidvest Savings

Acct 4119444001 

branch 462005 

ref: your name

Sukkahmart Cape Town is open! Get your Lulav & Etrog sets. DIY Succahs & Permanent Schach.

To order phone Tanya on 072 435-4591 or email

Collection will be from Camps Bay Shul or a nominal charge for delivery. 

Shabbat shalom & happy reading! 

Rabbi Dovid Wineberg

W 021 439 7543

F  021 434 3760