Shabbat Shira and Tu Bi Sh’vat @ Bet David

Come and celebrate with us Shabbat Shira and Tu Bi Sh’vat this Firday and Saturday.

Friday 10 February – 18:00 Kabbalat Shabbat service for Shabbat Shira, 18:00 Kids’ Club with Kendyll

Saturday 11 February – 08:30 Cheder; 08.45 Torah Breakfast; 10:00 Shabbat Morning Service leading into the Tu BiSh’vat festivities presented by the children. The service will be followed by a b’rachah (sponsors welcome); 10:00 Youth activities with Kendyll; 12:45  “Modern Jewish Philosophy” shiur.


In honour of Tu Bi’Shvat we are asking congregants to donate any amount to the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS). VWS is a Cape Town based organisation which has been a part of the volunteer services that helped put out the wild fires in Cape Town recently. We would like to support these brave women and men who have helped keep our beautiful country as safe as possible and preserve our environment. Please send us a message once you have made the donation as well as to VWS.
Donations can be made to: Volunteer Wildfire Services, Nedbank Branch: Foreshore, Branch code: 108309 Account no: 1083321226, (Your name as a reference and email proof of payment to

Gabbaim, Bimah Duty and Service Leader Seminar

Following up some requests, Rabbi Schell is offering a Sunday seminar for everyone who likes to take on a more active role in the service.

In the seminar we will go through every part of the service and see what we have to do and how and why. This will be a hands-on seminar, meaning that everyone has the chance to practise also the important steps, such as “Doing Hagba’ah” or “How to take out the Scrolls?”. How to help with the Torah reading, how to call up people for an Aliyah and some of the choreography of the service will be explained.  We should allow us some time to discuss questions such as “How to prepare the service on the day?”, “How to welcome new people?”, “Whom can I give which honour?”, and much more.  Basic Hebrew knowledge is a big help, but not necessary for all parts. The daylong seminar will be held on 19 February from 10.00 to 16.00 in the Shul. Please RSVP to Rabbi Schell ( if you like to take part.

Read more about this seminar and other events at Bet David in our Newsletter: AdKan Shabbat Shira – Beshalach – Tu BiShvat 11-12 February 2017

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