Since the onset of Covid19 we have brought you online services every Shabbat and festival. We have not limited attendance to members as all are welcome to attend. Unfortunately our Shul, a Heritage Site, has to be maintained for the day we are able to return. For this we need your help. As a result of many requests we would like to continue to offer online services for those who are unable to attend Shul. For this we will also need your help either financial or equipment.
We’re now registered for the SnapScan payment mechanism. Donations to Temple Israel (TI) or Temple Israel Heritage Centre (TIHC) can now be made using our unique QR code below! Don’t forget to enter your SURNAME TI or TIHC as the payment reference!
Our banking details are : Account name : Temple Israel Bank : First National Bank (Parktown) Account No. : 50533884489 Branch Code : 250 655 Swift Code : FIRNZAJJ
Mazal tov to Reeva Forman (Chairman Temple Israel) for being presented with the Bertram Lubner Leadership Award from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies – Gauteng Council, for her “outstanding services to the Jewish community, the people of South Africa and the State of Israel.”
Today, 9 July 2016, we celebrated our 80th Anniversary and the opening of the Temple Israel Heritage Centre. Celebrating it with us was a delegation from The World Union of Progressive Judaism led by Rabbi Joel Oseran and President Carole Sterling, Professor Joseph Weiler son of our first Rabbi MC Weiler, Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela, Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Thau, Advocate George Bizos, Marlene Bethlehem and many other dignitaries. The event was a great success with more than 300 people attending.
Sunday 28 November 2014 saw an extraordinarily moving event in
which activist Reeva Forman’s campaign to preserve
Hillbrow’s Temple Israel, South Africa’s first Reform synagogue,
began to enjoy the public attention it warrants.
With the assistance of the Johannesburg Heritage
Foundation’s Flo Bird, a blue plaque was installed outside
the shul. Opened in 1936 under the leadership of Rabbi
MC Weiler, the shul in Paul Nel Street is an Art Deco gem
designed by architects Kallenbach, Kennedy and Furner,
and serves as the repository for the archives of Progressive
Judaism. Pictured are Johannesburg City’s deputy
director of Immovable Heritage, Eric Itzkin with Forman
and Temple Israel congregants unveiling the plaque.