Monday, June 2, 2014

Events and Activities at Bet David

SACRED, in collaboration with Jewish Outlook, has arranged a diversity training workshop to be held at Beyachad, on the 28th August from 2-5. The aim of the training is to engage those in leadership positions with the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity within the Jewish community, and to provide leaders with the tools they need to create an inclusive atmosphere.
Leading the workshop will be Alma Riesel, a well-known and leading member of the UK Jewish community where she is renowned for her ability to open up dialogue across the spectrum of Jewish life on difficult questions. Her dedication to gay and lesbian inclusion has led her onto the Board of KeshetUK, the umbrella Jewish LGBT organisation in the UK. Her diversity training is well known for its excellence.
The Progressive movement has proudly, and effectively, led the way in ensuring an inclusive atmosphere, and this is reflected in the makeup and leadership of our shuls and organisations. By participating in diversity training, especially training led by such an renowned expert, we can ensure that we remain in our leadership position.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to James Lomberg, SACRED Executive Director at
Mandela Day Event 2014
Bet David celebrated Mandela Day on Sunday 24 August 2014, bringing joy to the children
of the Mailaika Orphanage in Hillbrow.

Seven Blessings
The Abraham Geiger College Ordains four rabbis and inducts 3 Cantors
Adapted from Juedische Allgemeine 14.08.2014 Translation: Rabbi RA Jacobs

The White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw (Breslau) will host a unique event. On 2 September, Potsdam-based Abraham Geiger College will ordain 4 rabbis and induct 3 Cantors in office. The College marks a notable symbol in contrast to the start of WWII on 1 September, 75 years ago. Participation of German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier underscores the meaning of this celebration..

In an introduction to the Journal, the German Foreign Minister opined, “We will witness to an event which remained unthinkable for many years: Nearly on the exact day, after the illegitimate German conquest of Poland , Germans and  Poles together mark the renaissance of Jewish life in Breslau.

At the same time, Steinmeier mentions Abraham Geiger: „We are closing a circle as we simultaneously commemorate Geiger’s 140th Yahrzeit and celebrate the rabbinic ordination of the Potsdam College named in his honour in 1999. Additional guests at the Ordination include leading representatives of the Polish Jewish community and the Polish government.

Military Officer: Julia Margolis is the only woman among the three candidate Rabbis. Margolis was born in Moscow. When she was 12 years old, she immigrated to Israel with her family. She completed her education there and served as an education officer. Following her military service, she enrolled at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, where she earned her BA in Jewish history, Islamic studies and art. She was awarded her Masters in Jewish Studies in 2005.

The family of the Rabbinic ordinee has deep roots in liberal Judaism. Margolis’ mother was the first Russian-speaking Rabbi in Israel. Margolis has herself worked for several Jewish organisations, among other experiences in winter and summer camps in various countries. She has worked with the Progressive Jewish Movement in South Africa since 2009. As part of her practical training she worked as rabbinic assistant at Beit Emanuel. For the past three years, she has been active in other synagogues for the SAUP, including frequent appearances at Bet David.

JOHANNESBURG: Her special interest in conversion to Judaism led her to Menachem Finkelstein’s monograph Proselytism – Halakhah and Practice which she researched for her final written work for ordination. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Johannesburg. After Ordination, she will work as the only woman Rabbi in the SAUPJ.

We are proud to welcome Rabbi Margolis as a member of Bet David’s  Rabbinic Team.

Das Abraham Geiger Kolleg ordiniert vier Rabbiner und führt drei Kantoren in ihr Amt ein
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On Friday 12 September 2014 Bet David will be having a Triple P Supper
- Potatoes (Baked with fillings), Plonk (good plonk!!) and Pudding -
in the Rondavel at Bet David, following the 18.00 Kabbalat Shabbat Service.
Please RSVP to for catering purposes.          
This follows on the successful Triple S Supper held on 18 July 2014.


S A Union for Progressive Conference National Conference, June 2014

Community Bat Mitzvah at Bet David, May 2014

Children having fun at our Saturday morning Children's Service
 1st Prize Winner of the Bet David Shavuoth Cheesecake Competition, June 2014
 Runners-up in the 2014 Shavuoth Cheesecake Competition