Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat

Saturday 11 February Temple Israel enjoyed a special Tu B’Shevat Seder with Rabbi Julia Margolis. It was most informative, especially for our conversion class to learn about our culture and traditions.

Click to Read Tu B’Shevat Seder presented by Rabbi Julia Margolis

Everyday Conservation Actionsby Barbara Lerman-Golomb, Director of Education and Outreach, HAZON Since the “Tu” in Tu B’Shvat stands for the 15th day of Shvat, we would like to offer 15 tree and water conservation tips.

  1.  Dishtowels…the quicker picker upper.
 Use dishtowels instead of paper towels for drying dishes and kitchen spills. Think how many paper towels you need to match the absorbency of only one dishtowel! Set up a simple system: one for spills, one for dishes, one for drying lettuce and other veggies.
  2. Think cloth napkins are only for formal dinners?  Think again!
  You can use cloth napkins for all your meals. Use them with a napkin ring to help identify users for repeated use. By the way…kids rarely use napkins in their school lunches, but if you give them one, they’ll throw it away. A cloth napkin in a child’s lunch box will most likely go unused, yet saved.
  3. PutYourJunk Mail to Work for You! 
Instead of discarding junk mail, business mailings or any sheets of paper with only one side of use, use them again for writing drafts. Keep an in-box or recycling receptacle by your printer to hold sheets until you need them.
  4. Yo,Yo Wrap! 
Save previously used wrapping paper and use it again. Or, use swatches of fabric, newspaper, reusable gift bags or a cloth sack for gifts. If you need to purchase new wrapping paper, make sure it’s recycled.
  5. If it’s Free, It’s for Me!
 Use toilet tissue and tissues with at least 50% “post consumer recycled content” free of dyes, perfumes and dioxin. (The process of bleaching paper to whiten it is responsible for creating the toxic substance, dioxin.) It’s in the bag. The cloth bag ,that is.  Keep cloth bags in your car, with your bicycle or by your front door for all your shopping needs instead of taking a paper bag, or plastic bags (made of non- renewable sources).
  6. The Three P’s–Precycle, Practical, Preservation 
Buy items with little or no packaging or in bulk that you can stock in your own containers. Most stores carrying bulk items give money back for using your own bags or jars. Buy food in cardboard packaging that can be recycled or that has already been recycled (it’s gray inside). Tip: Create file folders and post cards from used cereal boxes.
  7. Drink to Your Health 
Keep a commuter mug in your car, in your backpack, at your office for a fill up of your favorite beverage instead of taking a new paper cup.
  8. Wood That’s Too Good (to waste) 
Avoid items made from rain forest woods such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, or ebony.
  9. Be Cool Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator instead of wasting water down the drain waiting for it to get cold.
  10. Don’t Kick the Bucket 
Keep a bucket in your shower (or outside to collect rainwater). Transfer it over to watering cans or jugs to water your indoor and outdoor plants.
  11. Go With the Flow
Take a shower instead of a bath and buy a low-flow shower head and a sink aerator for your kitchen or bathroom faucet to conserve water. To find these items, contact your local hardware store or visit www.greenpages.org or the Real Goods catalog at www.realgoods.com to check out their products for a healthy home and planet.
  12. Dear John
 Use a jug filled with water or stones to take up space in the toilet tank or buy a special “toilet dam” so that less water is wasted. Or, conserve your flushes.
  13. Clean and Green
 Don’t waste water down the drain while washing dishes.  Fill the sink up instead. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and washing your face.
  14. A Healthy Lunch box 
A reusable lunch box or cloth bag; a thermos; reusable storage containers, food that needs no packaging (e.g., fresh fruit) and a cloth napkin. Replace paper plates with reusables for picnics or casual meals.




Visitors from America

Saturday 7 January we were extremely privileged to have Peggy and Shelly DeLeon  from Seattle, Washington, USA visit us for the Shabbat service.


Peggy and Shelly when looking for a Shul to attend in Johannesburg came across our website and decided to pay us a visit.

Peggy and Shelly are members of Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue Washington.      Temple B’nai Torah


Chanukah 2016


8th Day Celebrated at Temple Israel

An introduction to Chanukah by Rabbi Julia Margolis.

This was followed by a lovely fare of Doughnuts and Latkes.


Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah at Temple Israel 23 October 2016. Service most ably led by Lael Bethlehem. As usual imparted so much knowledge about Simchat Torah and Torah itself.

A joyous occasion enjoyed by all.

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Sukkot 2016


Sukkot 2016 service magnificently  given by Prof, David Bilchitz who
also gave an enlightening talk on the history and meaning of Sukkot.

Sarona, Reeva and Ruth
Sarona, Reeva and Ruth


Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres

It is with regret that we advise of the death on 28 September 2016  of Shimon Peres former President of Israel and elder statesman at the age of 93.

Our deepest condolences to the family and State of Israel.


Reeva Forman

Reeva Forman

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.”

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Temple Israel 80th Anniversary

Temple Israel 80th Anniversary

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.

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Purim 2016

Purim 2016

Purim celebration held on Saturday 19 March.  Rabbi Julia Margolis entertained all with her unique and delightful way of relating the Purim story.  A great time was held by all.




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