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 will be emailed to members before the festival. 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


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.

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

Rabbi Adrian M Schell

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
Sunday 20 October 18.00 Erev Simchat Torah Service
Monday 21 October 09.30 Shemini Atzeret Festival Morning Service