Good Shabbas!

Dear Friend,

From last week’s “power Shabbas” (that’s what it’s called when the Shul is almost as full as Rosh Hashanah), we now enter into a Shabbas of Smachot!

Mazel tov to former Shul president Stephen and Renee Gore on the upcoming marriage of their son Neil to Terri Haarburger! Neil was one of the first people I got to know when Sara and I arrived in Cape Town 6 years ago and it’s exciting to him entering this next stage of life. Mazel tov to the whole family and to those neshomos who are celebrating from above. I know that this ufruf on Shabbos will be completing a circle for Stephen as he celebrates his Simcha in Marais Rd. Shul. Much nachas!

Mazel tov to Steven and Lauren Liebrecht on the birth of a daughter! Mazels to proud grandparents Gerald and Estelle Jacobs and Michael and Sandra Liebrecht. It’s the third Simcha that we celebrate together and I’m looking forward to the baby naming on Shabbas day.

Bubbles Harris is one of the earliest members of our Shul and it’s a pleasure to wish her a mazel tov on her great-grandson’s bar mitzvah this Shabbas in Johannesburg! Mazel tov to the proud grandparents Leon and Barbara Mandel. Much nachas!

A big Shkayach to our cantor Ivor Joffe who coordinated a remarkable Herzlia interschool choir last week! What a monumental task and the reviews have been great!

We are setting up a collection point in the Shul for EMASITHANDANE, a shelter and home for abused children. It’s located in Nyanga East, in Cape Town and is currently providing for 39 children who are in desperate need of help. Please drop off basic items such as toiletries, baby food, blankets, etc. Your little bit makes a big difference!

Condolences to Maureen Ginsberg on the passing of her husband Jack Ginsberg. Jack was a former president of the Rondebosch Shul and he always loved Shul. He will be sorely missed. Sara and I also extend condolences to his children, our dear friends Dean, Anthony and Caryn.

This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Elul and on Sunday we’ll begin the daily blowing of the Shofar in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. Sunday is also the 75th anniversary of the massacre of the Jews of Ponovezh by the Nazi’s and local supporters. There will be a special Shachrit and breakfast program held on Sunday Morning at the Ponovezh Shul in Gardens, in conjunction withour local Torah High School, Cape Town Torah High. All are welcome, please see the attached flyer for details.

Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!