At Bet David, we have found an additional way to give meaning to the traditional way of counting of the Omer. When we count the omer, we give 50 days of hope.

I believe that education is one of the major ways to empower all parts of our society and to fulfil the dream of so many for a South Africa with an amazing future. Our Mitzvah school is the living proof of our efforts to implement this dream into reality. However, I have seen that many families still struggle on a daily basis just to put food on the table. Education is unfortunately very expensive and, too often, after paying the school fees there isn’t enough money left for a decent meal for the families and the learners.

Several years ago, a former student of the Mitzvah school started a feeding scheme in Alex to combat this situation.  By providing one full hot meal a day for more than 200 children, she managed to take away some of the burden those families have to carry every day.

Bet David’s Kehillah – with the help from many of you –  has financed and carried this feeding scheme since its inception. Nevertheless, Kehillah still need your support for this programme. They need the best we can give, our money. Please join me and become a sponsor of one or more food parcels for the feeding scheme.

Add your name and those of your loved ones on the list of supporters. One day’s food parcel has the value of only R100. Sign up sheets can be found in the shul or contact Glynnis during office hours. EFT to Sisterhood, Nedbank Sandton, Account 1970476214, branch 197005, and send your proof of payment to

Thank you for your great support!

חג פסח כשר ושמח        Chag Pesach Kasher v’Samei’ach  

Rabbi Adrian M Schell     


50 days that can help so many

Rabbi Schell

Rabbi Adrian Michael Schell is Bet David’s rabbi since 2014. Rabbi Schell was ordained from the Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam/Berlin in Germany. Born and raised in Germany, he worked as a bookseller and key account manager in Munich, before deciding on a career change to the rabbinate. Having worked in a number of Progressive congregations in Germany and abroad during his rabbinic training, which included a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he worked as well as the national youth director (Rosh Netzer Germany) for the Progressive Jewish movement in Germany (UpJ) and served the Progressive Jewish congregation in Hamelin, Germany as Rabbi, before his move to Johannesburg. Contact: Please contact Glynnis to make an appointment Facebook:

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