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Each of these personalities on their own would generate enough excitement to power Medupi for a month- but both of them here on the same Shabbas, that’ll light up Marais Road like a Chanukiah!

This Shabbas we’re excited to host Rabbi David and Sharon Rosen, former spiritual leaders of our congregation. We’re also honoured to be hosting speaking sensation Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz!

Rabbi Rosen will deliver tonight’s sermon. At the ‘Foe to Friend’ evening on Monday, the Rabbi (who was made Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, as well as a papal knighthood from the Order of Gregory the Great) had the packed crowd literally cheering his every word. His eloquence, passion & mastery of the subject was a sight to behold.

Rabbi Tatz is world renowned for the most intriguing, deep, & thought provoking talks. He’ll be addressing the compelling topic “Life & Death questions in Judaism”. Saturday 12:15pm. Don’t miss it!!

But what really switches on the Shul this Shabbas is the excitement of the Bat Mitzvah of Sabrina Brivik! Mazel Tov to Tzvi & Nicky Brivik on their daughters Battie, with a special Mazels to grandparents Malcolm and Sharon Lyons and Hanan and Tzipi Brivik. Much nachas from this vivacious and friendly young lady!

Rabbi Tatz is also hosting the young adults (21-30’s) Shabbas Dinner tonight. Pls email if you wish to join.

While most Jewish mothers wish their child was born a Doctor (“the lawyer is three & the doctor is five”), this baby really was born a Doctor! Mazel Tov to my dear friends Josh and Alana Doctor of London on the birth of a son! Huge Mazels to grandparents Milton & Helen Berger & to uncle Jonathan Gershuny and the whole Mishpocho! Much nachas from the junior doctor…

Diana Sochen and the Cape Jewish Seniors are hosting “Ot Azay!” a Yiddish Festival. It’ll be running from Monday to Wednesday and I’ll be talking on “Yiddish curses” Wednesday at 12pm. So bring your favourite Yiddish epithets and lets have some fun! For more info email

Being Shabbas Mevarchim Elul (when we bless the new upcoming month), Ladies Tehillim Circle will take place this Saturday in the Shul with Rebbetzin Sara at 5:30pm.

Condolences to Evelyn Peltz and her daughters, Hazel Goodman and Jackie Miller on the passing of their husband and father, Sam Peltz. Condolences also to Sam’s twin brother, David Peltz. Sam was always ready with a quip and a laugh and his passing leaves a great void in so many hearts.

Just in time for the Rosh Hashanah! Join Rebbetzin Chani’s popular Hebrew refresher course. The 5 week course starts on September 1 and will make a more confident and happier Jew. So what jew waiting for? Book today!

This Wednesday August 31 is the final Wednesday of the month and therefore it’s…daven e caffe! It also coincides with Sara and my 6 anniversary of joining the Shul. So join me for a cappuccino, breakfast and a Jewish jolt that will get you energized for the month ahead. 7am-8:15am.

Condolences to Brian Pincus on the passing of his mother, Sylvia Pincus. May Hashem give Brian and the family strength in this time.

Next Sunday is the 75th anniversary of the massacre of the Jews of Ponevez by the Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators.

Join Cape Town Torah High and the Ponovez Shul (one of South Africa’s oldest Shuls!) at a morning of inspirational davening and study, remembering the 16,000 Jews of Ponovez, murdered by the Nazis on this day, Rosh Chodesh Elul, August 24, 1941. Ponovez is till today synonymous with the outstanding Yeshiva academy that was based these and today flourishes in Israel. Sunday September 4 at the Ponovez Shul (45 Maynard St. Gardens) 8:15am-10:00am. Includes breakfast, no charge.

Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!