Dear Friend

“Joy is inclusive, it breaks down all barriers”

There is only one way for me to describe the magical experience as Sara and I celebrated Mendel’s Bar Mitzvah last weekend: Oneness. I know that the joy we experienced was magnified by the love and friendship as so many of you shared in our simcha. The shared nachas and joy, the pride felt by so many, is simply indescribable and is how a community should be.

As we enter a new year, I pray that we as a community continue to be defined as people who share in each other’s joy. Baruch Hashem we are anticipating a busy year of smachot in Shul and I know that no matter who is celebrating on any given week, everyone will share in their joy and celebrate along with them. I can say from personal experience that in that Oneness, one feels the presence of Hashem. Mazel tov!

Thanks to all who have replied to the Rosh Hashanah appeal. Please let me know of anyone who could use assistance. Your reaching out can make the difference for another individual or family. All information will be treated with the utmost discretion. Of course, it’s not too late to contribute as I’ll be distributing throughout the festive season- and beyond throughout the year- to those in need. To contribute simply deposit funds to the Shul earmarked for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. Thank you!

Some of the most beautiful mitzvot of the year is putting up a Sukkah and waving the Lulav and Etrog. The children become completely embraced and involved. To purchase your ‘four kinds’ or your very own DIY Sukka contact the Sukkah Mart! Sukkahmart.com/sa or Tanya@tonz.co.za. This year, get involved in the celebration!

A very special welcome to our new Bachurim at the Yeshiva of Cape Town! Aron Schkolne and Elya Fuchs arrived from Israel just before last Shabbat and are already in the swing of things (if you’re unsure who they are, think breakdancing at the Raddison Blu…). Aron and Elya will be joined by more bachurim after the Holy Days, but are already available to set up learning times with you. Contact Rabbi Hecht rabbihecht@maraisroadshul.com

Condolences to the family of the late Freda Segal, on her passing this week. Over the past few years I had the pleasure of visiting Oscar and Freda on Rosh Hashanah and blowing the Shofar for them. I know that this year they’ll be listening to it together on high. May the family be comforted by the special, dedicated, people they were.

Have you seen this year’s magazine? Kol hakavod to Debra, Kerry and Mercia Strieman for producing a wonderful showcase of our Shul. From pictures to member’s articles to community advertisements (please support our advertisers!) it is something to be proud of and enjoy. Shkayach!

As we enter into the final days before Rosh Hashanah, I wish you a year filled with Hashem’s richest blessings, materially and spiritually. May it be YOUR year. The year that you grow. The year that you leave your comfort zone and discover. The year of nachas and joy and prosperity. And may you share it with those around you.

In short, may it be a shana tova umetuka!

Shabbat Shalom, Shana tova and happy reading!