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Dear Friend,

Sinai Indaba did it again! The crowds, the atmosphere, the lectures- and lecturers- the conversations, the pride…Thank you Chief Rabbi Goldstein for another spectacular world class Jewish experience! Also a special thank-you to the Chief Rabbi for having ensured that all Shuls in Cape Town had an Indaba speaker over Shabbas.

It was unfortunate that elements of last week’s Friday Night service were chaotic and lacked decorum- this despite our best efforts before and during the service. I have put in measures to avoid any repeat of that experience.

And the glow of Sinai Indaba kept shining as we hosted Indaba speaker Rabbi Ken Spiro on Wednesday morning at a special edition of Daven e caffe, ‘Think Coffee’. And what a crowd! Over 80 guys came to daven, enjoy breakfast and hear R’ Ken speak on ‘Would G-d vote for Trump’?

Think Coffee is generously sponsored by Vida e caffe and CEO Darren Levy warmly welcomed everyone to the breakfast. The Vida coffee truck parked outside the Shul Hall was a big hit! Thanks to Vida and to all corporates who took a table: Traficc, Mobelli, Cohesive Capital, Nexus, Sealedbid.co.za, and Josh Horry’s table! Thanks to Philip Abrahamson for the delicious San Pallagrino water, which is a regular feature at the monthly daven e’s. Click here for pictures!

It’s the first Shabbas of the month so this Saturday is Shabbat Shake! Click here to see a cool video of Weizmann kids doing the Shake with Rabbi Hecht. Parents and grandparents bring your kids to Shul this Saturday with fun for all ages, including the really little ones who join Rebbetzin Chani’s popular Ima & Me program. Starts at 10:30am, be there!

Why? Because it’s an awesome question! The Jewish course of Why run by JLI is highly accredited and will be taught by Rabbi Pini Hecht. It’s already well subscribed and there are only a few places left so book today! rabbihecht@maraisroadshul.com

We are very excited to welcome two new members to our Shul: baby Speechly and baby Pauwen! Mazel tov to Shul Committee member Marc and Tamar Speechly and to Gill Speechly on the birth of a son and grandson. Much nachas and joy from this little bundle!

Jonty and Dani had a baby, but in true Pauwen fashion it’s no little bundle! Weighing in at almost 4kg, baby Pauwen has arrived! Huge mazel tov to parents and to grandparents Jonathan and Juliette Gordon. The shalom zachor will take place at our home, 25 Duncan Rd, from 9:30pm tonight and Jonty invites all the chevra for a lchaim and some niggun. Mazel tov!

This Thursday is the Fast of Esther. The fast starts at 5:25am and ends at 7:31pm. Mincha on Thursday will be at 6:40pm.

And next Saturday night is PURIM! Marais Road Shul is hosting 4 Purim events, so diarize the ones relevant to you and be there!

Saturday Night’s Purim Glow party is some light fun and entertainment following the Megillah reading, which is at 8pm. No cost, but come dressed up!

Purim Caprice is for the young adults, in what has become a Cape Town tradition! If you don’t know what- or where- Caprice is, then this party is not for you:) It’s on Saturday night, and you could email rabbihecht@maraisroadshul.com for more info.

The Purim Carnival is a lekker family event that will take place on Sunday morning, March 12 from 10:30-12:30pm at the Weizmann School. Your kids do not want to miss this! And where else will you go as the Cape Argus slugs its way through Cape Town? See you there!

The annual Purim Seuda will take place at the Wineberg home (see address above) on Sunday night, March 12. Stay tuned for more details.

Our condolences to Ettie Buch on the sudden passing of her son in law, Stanley Yach. I saw Stanley just a few weeks ago and their children Elchanan, Jackie and David are dear friends and were congregants. It’s heartbreaking to see Ettie and the family in mourning and we wish them strength and Hashem’s comfort.

Check out his week’s Shmooze for the 5 mitzvoth of Purim and make sure you’re ready for this wonderful festival.

Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!
RABBI DOVID WINEBERG