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Posted 26 nissan 5781 / 8 april 2021


What’s Nu @ Sydenham Shul?

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By Rabbi Yossy Goldman

Dear Friends,

Wow! What a Grand Finale to Pesach we were absolutely privileged to enjoy at SydShul this year!

With limited numbers able to attend due to Covid restrictions, we had 'full houses' with overbookings on last day Yom Tov and had to add a special Yizkor Service afterwards. 

Not many (if any?) Shuls have functioning Choirs since Covid struck, but we were delighted to welcome back Rav Doron and the Sydenham Singers. Chazan Yudi was in top form and we were all enthralled by their spirited davening, especially a refreshingly different rendition of the iconic Hallel. I even noticed some older members clapping!  - people who would have been horrified at the thought just a few years ago! 

And then there were some rather memorable sermons too. Rabbi Stern and I shared the honours, but on Shabbos morning we really did SHARE the very same pulpit. We both had a lectern on either side of the pulpit and we prepared a joint drosha on the theme of Transitions. He spoke about respecting our history and I addressed the need to innovate. It was the only time I have ever done such a joint sermon and what happened afterwards was startling - the congregation actually applauded! 

While it would have been nice to have done it for a packed Shul, I think it was important for the 175 members present to see with their own eyes how both Rabbis are working together in a happy and positive way to ensure that our transition is highly successful and will be well-received by the entire congregation. I hope those in attendance will be good ambassadors to the rest of the community.       

Our son-in-law, Rabbi Osher Feldman of Gardens Shul in Cape Town, gave a guest sermon on Saturday night and his topic of Order & Chaos was particularly appropriate. Baruch Hashem, all in all, our Shul services were positively inspirational! 

As Rochel and I are away this week, we have added the Shul Bulletin below so you know what is happening.   

See you next week, please G-d. 

Zei gezunt!


Posted 26 Nisan 5781 / 8 April 2021


Shabbos Mevorchim Iyar:  Rosh Chodesh Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 April

Shachrit tomorrow: 9.00 a.m. one service in the Big Shul.

Jayden Myers’ Bar Mitzvah service will be in the Shtibl at 9am

10.30 a.m.    Bayit – Youth only

Children’s Services: See times on board in the foyer


Ages 3 – 7 years: 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Front Garden of Youth Bayit

Ages 8 – 12/13: 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Back Garden of Youth Bayit

Above Bar & Bat Mitzvah 10.30 a.m. in the Youth Bayit

Mincha tomorrow: 5.30 p.m. in the Shtibl followed by a Shiur by Rabbi Stern

From Mincha on Shabbos we will begin reciting one chapter a week from Pirkei Avos

Shabbos ends: 6.28 p.m. 

From Sunday, Weekday Mincha will now be at 5.45 p.m.




BAR MITZVAH: Jayden Myers, parents David & Nadine Myers, grandparents Cecil & Desi Myers, Brenda Silbermann

WEDDING: Reuven & Ada Lewus on their grandson Netanel’ s marriage in Israel

REFUAH: Ruth Kalmek, Arthur Hurwitz, Peter Michels, Leib Milun, Connie Chitterer, Cecil Resnick, Rhona Scheftz, Michael Levitan, Sholem Treger and Shaun Karpelowsky.   Complete and speedy recoveries to all please G-d.

Please click here to see Yom HaShoah details.


Meeting ID: 813 028 4050

Password: sydshul

Meeting ID: 813 028 4050

Password: sydshul

Wed, 14 April 2021 2 Iyyar 5781