High Holy Days 2017 / 5778


The Days of Awe are the time to stand at the precipice of our souls, encouraged by the beautiful music, prayers and poems of our ancient tradition and gaze with sincerity at how we can repair our relationships and repair our own souls in the process. Let us join together this year with the intention of stepping through the gates to our soul as the joyful and affirming community we wish to be. Please refer to the schedule below for service times and venues.

To acknowledge both our diversity and the traditions that have been part of our community for years, we will be offering different services with specific focuses. 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 Kendyll Jacobson.

An Admission Ticket will be emailed to members in good standing. 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.

Entry tickets for guests of Bet David members are available from the office. Arrangements for these tickets can be made with Diane at the Bet David office. (011 783 7117/8/9 or email accounts@betdavid.org.za)

High Holy Day Creche

In order to make everyone feel welcome and accommodated over the High Holy Days we have organised for Patience (Justice’s wife) to run a crèche during the services for all kids younger than 3 years old. Patience is currently a teacher’s assistant as Jolly Dee’s Playshop and is very good with the babies.

We ask that you please bring enough snacks, formula as well as a camp cot or carrier for your children to be accommodated and comfortable.

You are more than welcome to  pop in and out  or leave the kids with Patience.

High Holy Day Babysitting times: (for babies up to 3 years old)
Wed 20 Sept 18:00—19:00 (Erev Rosh HaShanah first day)
Thurs 21 Sept 10:00—13:30 (Rosh HaShanah first day)
Fri 29 Sept 18:00—19:00 (Erev Yom Kippur)
Sat 30 Sept Whole Day (Yom Kippur)


High Holy Day Appeal

As an exciting year is coming to its end, we looking forward to the new one, with ist manyfold oportunites and chances. For us personally, but also for our congregation. 5777 was a year of transition with the building of the new Synagogue and our campus, and we thank you all for standing firm at our side in these past few months. Many of the changes have only been possible because of the support we received from our congregants. We are very thankful for this, and we appeal to you to continue to contribute to the needs of Bet David, your congregation and those whom we assist throughout the year. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. Please download the donation form for your contribution here. Toda Raba!

L’shanah tova tikateivu — I wish you a good and sweet new year, and I am looking forward to seeing you and your family soon.

Rabbi Adrian M Schell

YOM TOV SERVICES 2017 – 5778 
Date Time Service Venue
Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday 20 September  18.00 Erev Rosh Hashanah Service Bet David
Thursday 21 September  10.00 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service,
followed by b’rachah
Bet David
  10.00 Children and Youth Service and Activities * Bet David
  13.30 Tashlich Ceremony **
Thursday 21 September  18.00 Erev 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service Bet David
Friday 22 September  10.00 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah,
followed by b’rachah
Bet David
Shabbat Shuvah
Friday 22 September  18.00 Kabbalat Shabbat for Shabbat Shuvah Bet David
Saturday 23 September  10.00 Morning Service for Shabbat Shuvah Bet David
Yom Kippur
Friday 29 September  18.00 Kol Nidrei – Erev Yom Kippur Service Bet David
Saturday 30 September  10.00 Yom Kippur Morning Service Bet David
  11.00 Children and Youth Service and Activities* Bet David
  13.30 Shiur – Study Session / Yoga Session Bet David
  14.30 Yom Kippur Afternoon/Mincha Service Bet David
Leaf dedication
Yizkor Service
Bet David
  18.00 Neilah Service Bet David
  18.42 Fast Ends / Havdalah Bet David
  18:50 Congregational Breaking of Fast Bet David
Sukkot / Simchat Torah
Wednesday 04 October 18.00 Erev Sukkot Service Bet David
Thursday 05 October 09.30 Sukkot Festival Morning Service Beit Emanuel, 38 Oxford Road, Parktown
Wednesday 11 October 18.00 Erev Simchat Torah Service Bet David
Thursday 12 October 10.00 Shemini Atzeret Festival Morning Service Bet David


*Please see separate schedule for all children and youth services and activities
**Those participating in the Tashlich Ceremony will leave from Bet David following the
Rosh Hashanah 1st Day Service or meet at the designated venue. Please bring bread for throwing.