Dear Friend,  They say (in Yiddish) that “a gahst oif a vahyel, zet oif a mile”. A guest for a while, see a whole mile. So when our guest speaker at Daven e caffe gave his impression of SA, I listened carefully. When that guest is from the ground zero of Coronavirus- China- you listen even more carefully.  So it was with pride & hope that we heard Rabbi Shimon Freundlich, director of Chabad Beijing, speak so positively about SA’s response and the effectiveness & dignity of our President, Cyril Ramaphosa.  What a blessing! The rabbi urged us to carefully follow government instructions, and gave us hope for a slow but gradual opening, although it’ll be a long time before things return to ‘normal’. Tonight’s Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat will feature new melodies, youth choir solos and special birthday blessings! 5-5:45pm Should you have:Name of someone who needs healingName of an upcoming yohrtzeit Name of a birthday being celebrated in the next week Please reply to this email or WhatsApp the info to me ASAP.  See you at 5!  Condolences to chorister Avron Kaplan on the passing of his brother, Yehuda. Condolences to May Sher on the passing of her stepson Mervyn Sher. May HaShem grant you comfort and strength. Grieving alone is an added challenge to overcome in our current reality.  Kids unite! Youth leader Chanan is hosting an event for primary school ages TODAY at 3:30. Give your kids an early children service! Click here to join: Marais Road presents! Sunday April 26, 7pm. A candid discussion with Chad Nathan and Josh Rubin, two young photojournalists who are documenting the lockdown in Cape Town. Including exclusive photo and video footage of Cape Town like its  never been seen before.  Click on this link to register your email. It’s very simple and you will then get an email with link for the Zoom meeting. This is part of extra security we’re putting in place. Leaving Stage 5 is a reason to celebrate! Join us on Thursday night for a unique event with master illusionist Ilan Smith. Next Thursday April 30 at 8pm: Faith Unseen – with international acclaimed master illusionist Ilan Smith. Registration details out next week  Please diarize- Judaism at Home is a new 5 week course with Rabbi Hecht beginning, Monday 4 May 2020. Registration details out next week. It’s Rosh Chodesh, when the moon is reborn ushering in new light & new hope. Stay safe, stay sane- & stay in touch! Shabbat shalom, happy reading:)