Secrets of a Centenarian.

Dear Friend,

It’s almost surreal, but I’m thrilled to share that we’re once again celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in Shul on Shabbas! 

Mazel Tov to Troy Haskel on celebrating his Barmy this Shabbas. Troy has approached this milestone with an earnestness that is simply endearing and I know his family are shepping such nachas! 

Mazel Tov to his parents, Laurence & Lauren Haskel and to his grandmas, Gwen Kaminer & Naomi Haskel. Enjoy this time & the simcha! 

On account of the Bar Mitzvah, Shachrit service in Shul on Shabbas day will begin at 9:30am from ‘shochen ad’, just before barchu. To book for services go to

The Zervice continues tonight 5pmHttps:// password: Maraisroad 

Condolences to our producer, chorister Selwyn Shandel on the passing of his mother, Maizey Shandel in Durban. Last night’s prayer service in the big Shul was very moving. Selwyn, we wish you and your siblings and family strength & comfort in this time. 

This Monday will be the final week of The semester of ‘Tanya for Everyone’. The next semester will begin on Monday January 18. If you still want to join but haven’t yet registered go to (You only need to register once for this course). 

On Tuesday we are hosting a Tribute on Zoom for Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks OBM. We will meet the world’s most outspoken Rabbi who served on Chief Rabbi Sacks’ Cabinet; his personal protection officer who underwent a fascinating life journey & a local flavor with Judge Dennis Davis. To register go to

Mazel Tov to Arthur & Lauren Gillis on the birth of their granddaughter! Much nachas from your gorgeous expanding mishpocho. 

Mazel Tov to Shimon Yudelowitz on his special birthday! It takes a global pandemic to keep Shimon from shul, but please know that we are with you in spirit and looking forward to your return. Many years of healthy & good years ahead. 

Mazels to Sheila Marshall on her special Birthday! May HaShem bless you with strength & nachas. 

Mazel Tov to Herschel Stein on his 80th Birthday! 80 is the age of ‘gevurot’, strength. May you enjoy many years of happiness with Hillary and much nachas! 

Mazels to Colin Rosenkowitz & Sue Wilson on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Jared Rosenkowitz in Australia. Much nachas! 

Mazel Tov to Perry Kawitzky & Norma Kawitzky on the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura to Sean Bloom, son of Selwyn & Merle Bloom. Thank you guys for pushing a simcha through in this meshugene time! The most important thing is that the couple is married and together, building their Yiddishe home. The weather, location, number of guests- & even very important omissions- cannot be as important as bringing the young couple under the chuppah. Much nachas! 

Rabbi Hecht & his shiur group kindly agreed to move their final week on ‘Paradise lost & found’ to Wednesday 8:15PM. Click here to register

Condolences to Harold NakanGail Buchel & Renay Muchnik on the loss of their father, Sydney Nakan. We wish the family long life and comfort. 

Condolences to Joe Katz on the loss of his wife and to Mark KatzIlana Katz & Lisa Kaminer on the loss of their mother, Zea Katz. Zea was a fixture of care for our community’s children in Herzlia Weizmann and she will be sorely missed. We wish her family koach & comfort. 

I had the privilege & great pleasure of celebrating Ettie Buch’s 100th birthday party in Johannesburg this week. Ettie ran the event with her usual wit & wisdom & I’m excited to share her secret to longevity with you at the Zervice. Zee you!

Shabbat shalom & happy reading!

Rabbi Dovid Wineberg