The Rabbinic Search Committee of Bet David is currently interviewing candidates to fill the position of senior rabbi who will take up the position early in 2021.
Rabbi Dr Richard Newman is the interim locum rabbi at Bet David until mid December 2020. Rabbi Newman will lead online services and Hebrew classes while at Bet David. He is looking forward to meeting congregants.
Rabbi Newman grew up in the Progressive movement in Cape Town. He lived in Israel for several years. He holds degrees from Leeds University and UNISA and received his smichah from the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany. He has lectured in Yiddish and Hebrew at the University of Denver, Colorado and holds the Reform Jewish Educator award from the CCAR/ NATE.
Rabbi Hillel Avidan, Rabbi Emeritus of Bet David. He served Bet David in Sandton for 11 years from 1992 to 2003, when he retired. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Bet David. In 2005, he came out of retirement and served the Durban Progressive Jewish Congregation until April 2019. Rabbi Avidan was several times the chairperson of the SAAPR. He was formerly the national Jewish representative and chair of SAFCEI. He was on the executive of the KZN Inter-religious Council and was a patron of the Archbishop Hurley Centre in Durban. Rabbi Avidan now lives in Cyprus.