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.