We invite all our members and friends to join us for a special Shabbat where we will bid farewell to our existing Shul with several activities and celebrations. This is a Shabbat for our members, and you all are invited to share your memories, but also to hand in your blessings and thoughts for a time capsule for the new Shul.

A Congregational Supper will be held in the Rondavel after the Erev Shabbat Family service on 12 August and the De-consecrating of our much loved current Shul will take place during a special Shabbat Morning Service on 13 August. On Saturday, Kendyll will offer special youth services and activities.

If you wish to join a guided “Walk About” tour of the new Campus after the service on 13 August, please book your place with Sharon in the office.

Friday 12 August –  17.00 Family Activities for the “Time Capsule” (Foyer); 18.00 Family Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a communal dinner (Rondavel), co-sponsored by Jaci & Bron Schultz and Jeremy & Kevin Kahn.

Saturday 13 August – 08.30 Cheder; 08.45 Torah Breakfast with Rabbi Schell; 10.00 Shabbat Morning Service includes De-Consecration of the old Shul. The service is followed by a b’rachah co-sponsored by Cynthia Rosen, Bet David Kehillah and Bet David ManCom; 10.00 Youth Service and Activities (Youth Centre); 13.00 “Walk About” of the new Campus after the service.

Bet David Campus Construction Update

This week has seen the plastering of the walls and finishing of the floors on the ground level of Zone B, which houses the Mitzvah School, temporary shul and temporary administration offices. The roof structure is being erected on the Nursery School Block and staircases are being constructed on both blocks. After the special Shabbat Morning Deconsecration Service and the B’rachah this Saturday, groups of 5 to 10 congregants will be given a guided tour of the new campus construction site. Kindly advise Sharon at admin2@betdavid.org.za if you wish to participate. Hard hats and other safety gear will be provided. Please ensure that you wear suitable closed shoes. We look forward to sharing the weekend’s activities with you at Bet David.
Desmond Sweke 

Closing Service and De-Consecration of our old Shul

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: rabbi.schell@betdavid.org.za Please contact Glynnis to make an appointment Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RabbiAdrianSchell

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