High Holy Days 2019 / 5780

Dear Congregants and Friends,

This is a very special time of the year: End of 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 5780 with 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 Deborah and Kani.

An Admission Ticket have been emailed to members. 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 R300 per person (R150 for 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 2019 – form and return it to the office by no later than Friday 20 SEPTEMBER 2019 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 5780 – 2019

Date Time Service
Rosh Hashanah
Sunday 29 September 18.00 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
19.45 Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Monday 30 September 09.30 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service,
09.30 Children and Youth Service and Activities *
13.00 Tashlich Ceremony **
Monday 30 September 18.00 Erev 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Tuesday 01 October 09.30 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, followed by b’rachah
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday 04 October 18.00 Kabbalat Shabbat for Shabbat Shuvah
Saturday 05 October 09.30 Morning Service for Shabbat Shuvah
Yom Kippur
Tuesday 08 October 18.00 Kol Nidrei – Erev Yom Kippur Service
Wed 09 October 09.30 Yom Kippur Morning Service
10.30 Children and Youth Service and Activities*
13.00 Shiur – Study Session / Yoga Meditation
14.30 Yom Kippur Afternoon / Mincha Service
Leaf dedication
Yizkor Service
17.45 Neilah Service
Fast Ends / Havdalah
Congregational Breaking of Fast
Sukkot / Simchat Torah
Sunday, 13 October 18.00 Erev Sukkot Service
Monday 14 October 09.30 Sukkot Festival Morning Service Bet David
Sunday 20 October 18.00 Erev Simchat Torah Service
Monday 21 October 09.30 Shemini Atzeret Festival Morning Service Beit Emanuel