It has arrived Finally!

Note: From next week, Friday March 13, all Mincha services move to 6pm

Dear Friend,

The Coronavirus has landed in SA. From every angle- medical, statistics, experts- there is a need to maintain good hygiene practices, but no need, at this stage, for more extreme measures.

Hygienate- don’t hibernate! 

As a picker-upper in the face of a world wide pandemic, HaShem gave us the joyous month of Adar & the holiday of Purim. And Marais Road Shul is giving you Shabbat unPlugged! 

Yes, Shabbat unPlugged is finally here & we present Music & Mystery tonight with a pre-Shul party at 6:10. Drum circle, live music with Charles Summerfield, kids can win a bike, mishloach manot packing- and a mystery ingredient– will make for a great vibe-y Friday night Shabbat service. Can you guess the surprise??

Welcome to Rabbi Gideon Pogrund who will be our scholar in residence this Shabbas. Rabbi Pogrund is a Cambridge trained business ethicist who heads up a division of GIBS and widely consults with South Africa’s leading companies. He’s also an accomplished Torah scholar & teacher. 

SA’s largest race, the Pick n Pay CT Cycle Tour (formerly, the “Argus”) takes place this Sunday and I wish all our congregants who are riding, a safe and great ride. A particular blessing to my wife Sara (who is leading team “Save Aaron”), Rabbi Pini & Yehuda Hecht & all other team members ! Click to support this great cause.

Condolences to Marion Rom, Lorraine Kaplan & Ruth Wingerin on the loss of their mother and to Shirley Waldman on the loss of her sister, Doreen Wingerin

Condolences to Rhoda Sweidan & Cyril Baskir on the loss of their mother, Gertrude Baskir.

Condolences to Gary Shap, his mother Elsa & siblings David & Elana on the passing of their husband & father, Gerald Shap.

May HaShem bless you all with strength & comfort in this time.

Monday is the Fast of Esther, pls see the Shmooze for fast times and further info.

Monday night is PURIM! Do(little) NOT miss this party with Dr. Doolittle, and the opportunity to hear the Megillah. Bring your young & old and let’s celebrate Judaism! Details in the Shmooze or click here to book

Mazel Tov to Ida Surovsky on the forthcoming wedding of her grandaughter Elisheva Surovsky, in Jerusalem. Much nachas!

Mazel Tov to Steven & Sharon Russak on celebrating their ‘silver’ 25th wedding anniversary! May HaShem bless you with much much nachas.

Shabbat Shalom & happy reading!