High Holy Days 2020/ 5781

Dear Congregants and Friends,

This is a very special time of the year: Mid September, we are going to celebrate the High Holy Days together – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur – and then also Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This is the time of the year when most of us get together with family and friends, and also when many will be at synagogue for services. Together with our Management Committee I invite you to join us in this exciting, spiritually uplifting process, and to welcome the year 5781with us.

Together with our wonderful choir, a dedicated team of lay leaders and members from the Management Committee, we have created services that will offer you time to pray, to reflect and to reconnect. Based on Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holy Day prayer book, our services will include elements from our tradition combined with modern readings, space to meditate, and opportunities to learn and study. We will be holding children’s services and activities parallel to the shul services. Parents can choose to either experience the holidays with their children or leave them in the capable hands of our Madrichim Team.

An Admission Ticket will be send to members End of August. Kindly bring your ticket with you to services. You may be asked to show it to security officers at the gate and at the entrance to our Campus. Because security is particularly important, please have your ticket ready at the gate. Your friendly co-operation with the people in charge of access control will be appreciated.

We offer guest tickets for R350 (+/- 25 USD) each. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the Johannesburg area during the holidays, and for anyone looking to get to know the Bet David community. Payment arrangements for these tickets can be made with Di Edel 011 783 7117 or email accounts@betdavid.org.za.

I wish you a Shanah Tovah, a very happy new year – may we go from strength to strength together.

Rabbi Adrian M Schell

Rosh HaShanah Dinner

Following on from our initiative last year to make sure that all Jewish people are able to celebrate the High Holy Days in the company of their fellow Jews, we will be holding a dinner at the shul on first night Rosh Hashanah. The cost is R350 per person (R200for children under the age of 12) and places are limited to sixty. Please use the booking form or contact Glynnis at the office to arrange your booking.

Yizkor booklet ‘Sefer Hayyim’

It is a custom at Bet David to distribute the ‘Sefer Hayyim’ prior to the Yizkor service. This is a booklet comprising the names of all the dearly departed relatives of our congregants. At this time, we invite you to submit the names of those whom you would like included in the ‘Sefer Hayyim’. Kindly complete the Sefer Hayyim Yizkor Service Memorial Booklet – form and return it to the office by no later than Friday 18 SEPTEMBER 2020 to enable us to compile the ’Sefer Hayyim’ timeously.

New High Holy Day Prayer Book

Our new Machzor is on sale through the Shul Office. Secure your set of this amazing Machzor now! Please print and complete the order form and scan/email it to Glynnis on email address admin1@betdavid.org.za, or buy your set on Friday before service at the salespoint in the gallery. The price per set  is R700. Please note that we can only accept cash or EFT payments. (www.betdavid.org.za/mishkan/)

High Holy Day Appeal

We are fast approaching the end of the Jewish year and the beginning of a new year.

A righteous person is the foundation of the world (10:25). That is, a person who has done what is right has tipped the balance for the entire world toward merit and saved it. And because of this, it is Jewish practice to give tzedakah generously, to increase acts of goodness, and to focus on performing mitzvot from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur more so than during the rest of the year.
Mishkan HaNefesh: Rosh Hashanah: Machzor for the Days of Awe (Page 117).

The generosity of our members throughout the year, in the giving of their time and service, as well as financial support, is truly inspiring and is the foundation upon which our shul and community is built. We are very thankful for your help.

As it is customary at this time of the year to make a donation to your synagogue, we appeal to you once again to give consideration to the needs of Bet David, your congregation and those whom we assist throughout the year. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.


High Holy Day Services 5781 – 2020

Date Time Service
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, 18 September 18.00 Erev Rosh Hashanah & Shabbat Service  
  19.45 Rosh Hashanah Dinner  
Saturday, 19 September 09.30 1st Day Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat Service,  
  09.30 Children and Youth Service and Activities   
  13.00 Tashlich Ceremony  (TBC) **  
Saturday, 19 September 18.00 Erev 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service  
Sunday,  20 September 09.30 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, followed by b’rachah
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, 25 September 18.00 Kabbalat Shabbat for Shabbat Shuvah  
Saturday, 26 September 09.30 Morning Service for Shabbat Shuvah  
Yom Kippur
Sunday, 27 September 18.00 Kol Nidrei – Erev Yom Kippur Service  
Monday, 28 September 09.30 Yom Kippur Morning Service  
  10.30 Children and Youth Service and Activities*  
  13.00 Shiur – Study Session / Yoga Meditation  
  14.00 Yom Kippur Afternoon / Mincha Service  
Leaf dedication
Yizkor Service
  17.30 Neilah Service  
Fast Ends / Havdalah
Congregational Breaking of Fast
Sukkot / Simchat Torah
Friday, 02 October 18.00 Erev Sukkot and Shabbat Service  
Saturday, 03 October 09.30 Sukkot and Shabbat Festival Morning Service  
Friday, 09 October 18.00 Erev Simchat Torah and Shabbat Service  
Saturday, 10 October 09.30 Shemini Atzeret Festival and Shabbat Morning Service