Shabbos Project

Temple Israel Hillbrow Shabbos project
27 October 2018

For the small congregation of Temple Israel Hillbrow every Shabbat is special as we give the little we can afford – bread and boiled eggs – to the homeless on the streets surrounding to our shul.
For the unique Shabbat of the Shabbos Project, as part of the SA and now international the Jewish community, we were able add to our weekly bread and eggs a gift of socks for men, women and especially children!
THANK YOU to Aaron’s Rock your Socks – the Brain child of young Aaron Greenblatt 9 years who started this amazing project to help the less fortunate.
We were over awed when we realised that the Torah portion “Vayera” was the wonderful story of Abraham and the hospitality he offered to the three strangers is the bedrock of our Jewish ethics…. compassion and kindness to the “other”

Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah 2017

Great time had by all dancing with the Torah at Temple Israel in Hillbrow. The pictures reflect the joy experienced by all attending the service, so amazingly led by Lael Bethlehem.

Reeva Forman and Marion Bubly were given the honour of being the Hatan Torah and Hatan Bereishit respectively.

Sukkot 2017

Sukkot 2017
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High Holy Days

High Holy Days

We invite you to be part of our warm Jewish Family over the High Holy Days.

For security reasons admission will only be on production of Admission Tickets which will be sent to all members.
Admission tickets for visitors can be obtained form contact details below.

Wednesday 20 September evening service 6.00pm
Thursday 21 September morning service 10.00am

Friday 22 September – Service 6.00pm – Dinner 7.15pm

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Friday 29 September Kol Nidre 6.30pm
Saturday 30 September 10.30am – 6.30pm

Contact Details
Office – 011 642 1514 (9.00am – 12.00pm:
Reeva Forman –  011 482-1570 Office Hours, Cell: 083 228 7777 e-mail:
Transport can be arranged.

Shabbat Shuvah 2017

Shabbat Shuvah 2017 at Temple Israel – Hillbrow.

Almost 80 people joined us for our 17th Shabbat Shuvah service and dinner on 22 September 2017.

We were most fortunate to have Student Rabbi Max Feldhake from the Geiger Kolleg in Germany lead the service and host the dinner. The beautiful service was enhanced by the choir comprising of Debbie Joffe and her brothers.
We were also pleased to have Rabbi Schell and several other members from Bet David join us.

Special thanks to Marion Bubly – broken knee and all – and Winnie who did so much to make the dinner such a success.

We would also like to thank the Caterers – Totally Kosher and Feigels for the amazing food and special thanks to the individuals who’s sponsorship enabled us to entertain several Jews from the surrounding areas.

Purim 2017

Purim 2017

Purim at Temple Israel Saturday 11 March. Great service by Rabbi Julia Margolis. Tremendous fun had by all.

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Tour of Old Jewish Johannesburg

Limmud SA – A tour of old Jewish Johannesburg

On Sunday 26 February 2017 Ilan Solomon together with The Wandering Jew organised  a tour of old Jewish Johannesburg.

The tour included a stop at Temple Israel where they were welcomed by Chairman, Reeva Forman, the Management Committee and some Congregants.

Reeva gave a short talk on the history of Temple Israel and the permanent exhibition.  She also  shared some of the plans for the future of Temple Israel and the Temple Israel Heritage Centre.

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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 or the Real Goods catalog at 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.



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