Is Bitcoin Jewish?

The Academy has been making waves in Johannesburg and in Cape Town as it offers quality courses on Judaism. And now Rabbi Hecht has brought their signature course to our Shul! Torah in a nutshell is a 6 week course, which starts this Wednesday night. It will be delivered by Rabbi Ramon Widmonte of Johannesburg. See the schmooze for details and book today!

Have you wondered what Bitcoin is all about? How does it work and, more importantly, how do I get a few of those coins? Daven e caffe will explain everything this Wednesday morning! Our guest, Amnon Melzer, is a Bitcoin miner and entrepreneur and he’ll be unravelling the mystery, as well as explaining a Jewish perspective on the Bitcoin phenomena. Shachrit starts at 7am and breakfast at 7:40. All welcome! RSVP with

Our hearts go out to Garron Whitesman and Martine Volks on the tragic passing of their precious daughter, Jaime-Rose. Our community got so involved in caring and supporting Jaime and the family that her passing is a communal loss and felt very widely. Condolences to her granny Margie Volks, who used to be our neighbour and is still a good friend and to granny Phillida Whitesman, and the whole family. May Hashem give you strength and heal your aching hearts.

This Shabbas marks the first Yohrtzeit for Zena Lurie. For Zena, Yiddishkeit and the Shul was her life and she was deeply committed to it. We wish her sons, chorister Stan Lurie and Robert Lurie our wishes for long life.

Today marks 68 years since the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of blessed memory, assumed the leadership of the Chabad movement on the passing of Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn, the previous Rebbe. I had the privilege to study by the Rebbe and feed off his saintly presence, and for my family he remains the guiding influence of our lives. His encouragement to take responsibility for educating Jewry is what brought Sara and me to South Africa and drives our mission each day. Click here for some of his inspiring teachings.

On Wednesday, we celebrate Tu B’shvat, New Year for Trees! See the Shmooze for details or click here on how to celebrate.


Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!


Rabbi Dovid Wineberg