GOOD SHABBOS ALL Fri 19 January     NORTHCLIFF NEWS AND REVIEWS                                 BH” Candle lighting 18.46PM   Standard Jhb lighting time 18.15    Shabbos end 19.38 FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE: Mincha/ Kabalah  Shabbat at 6pm SHABBOS MORNING 9am Our regular Monday and Thursday minyans continue. WE NEED YOU & YOU & YOU…..Welcome back to some of our old members who are supporting us and wish to return to our homely shul. With the WHOLE community pulling together we can have regular minyonim and invite guest leiners to read Torah for us on Shabbos.  ONLY WITH YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION CAN THIS WORK. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF MEN ALL WAITING TO BE NUMBER 10. GENTLEMAN AND LADIES IT STARTS AT 1. REFUAH SHALEIMAH To Eric Blumenfeld and Rodney and those in the community who need a speedy and full recovery.
Happy wedding anniversary to Victor & Belina Cadrenal on 22 January   WEB MASTER JULIAN LEVITT WOULD LIKE YOUR NEWS, VIEWS, MEMORIES AND MORE TO ADD INFORMATION AND COLOUR TO THE WEB SITE. CONTACT:                   0722929994

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Tel  : 011 678 -3015 Email FB    Northcliff Hebrew Congregation Meyer  Lange          0828516031         Michael Lubowitz    0832665145 
Purim 2018 Will   take   place   at   Northcliff   with   a   megillah   reading   Wednesday   night   28 th    February 2018. Light supper and refreshments. Please RSVP to Meyer in the office or myself..                          THE    SHOW    MUST    GO    ON    IF    OUR    ENEMIES    COULD    NOT    DESTROY    US    WHY    SHOULD    WE DESTROY OURSELVES..

PARSHA BO(EXODUS 10:1-13:16)


This   month   shall   be   for   you   the   beginning   of   the   months,   it   shall   be   for   you   the   first   of   the months of the year. (Ex. 12:2) Kiddush   Hachodesh    (the   sanctification   of   the   new   moon)   was   the   very   first   commandment given   to   the   Jewish   nation   as   a   whole,   which   suggests   that   this   is   a   most   significant mitzvah.   A   thousand   years   later   it   was   one   of   only   three   commandments   that   the   Greeks prohibited.   The   other   two   were   Shabbos   and   Milah   (circumcision).   The   fact   that   they   saw fit    to    prohibit    Kiddush    Hachodesh    together    with    those    two    commandments    certainly implies it is a most central mitzvah, but what exactly is its significance? Rosh    Chodesh ,    the    start    of    the    new    month,    symbolizes    renewal.    Just    as    the    moon disappears   at   the   end   of   each   month   but   returns   and   grows   to   fullness,   so   too   the   Jewish nation   has   the   ability   to   rise   up   from   oblivion   and   restore   itself   to   past   greatness.   This essential   characteristic   of   the   Jews   was   first   demonstrated   in   Egypt   when   the   Jewish people   had   fallen   to   the   49th   level   of   impurity,   one   level   above   spiritual   extinction.   They renewed   themselves   to   such   a   degree   that   only   seven   weeks   later   they   were   able   to   stand at   Mount   Sinai,   receive   the   Torah,   and   experience   prophecy!   It   was   this   concept   of   renewal that the Greeks attempted to eliminate by ending the observance of Rosh Chodesh .(2) Everyone   makes   mistakes.   The   problem   is   that   when   a   person   feels   guilty   about   what   he has   done   wrong   and   sees   himself   as   a   failure,   he   may   give   up   and   lose   the   strength   to   keep trying   to   grow.   In   order   to   avoid   this,   he   must   recognize   that   although   he   has   made   a mistake he can always get back up, dust himself off and start again .
Mr    Fred    Cohen,    a    young    businessman    put    a    tearoom,    dancehall,    plastic    theatre,    swimming    pool, bushmans   cave   and   roadhouse   at   the   top   of   the   plateau   which   would   be   the   weekend   mecca   for Johannesburg   residents.   Years   later   it   would   also   be   the   scene   of   the   tragic   burning   of   the   two Torahs   on   Rosh   Hashanah,   when   the   Northcliff   and   District   Hebrew   Congregation   were   using   the premises   for   the   High   Festival   Services.   Fred   Cohen   built   roads,   reticulated   water,   started   his   own bus   service,   built   his   own   nursery   school   and   even   founded   his   own   Building   Society   for   facilitating building   in   the   area.   The   hall   of   Mr   Cohen’s   sumptuous   residence   was   often   used   by   the   congregation for   services.   Whilst   Fred   Cohen   was   never   an   active   member   of   the   congregation,   he   never   the   less encouraged   the   formation   of   the   congregation   and   in   1952   was   asked   to   become   the   first   President of   the   Northcliff   and   District   Hebrew   Congregation   in   honour   of   being   the   “father   of   the   township”. During   the   year   of   1950   the   idea   of   a   Northcliff   Congregation   and   Shul   came   to   being.   On   the   21 January   1951   the   first   meeting   was   held   with   the   object   of   establishing   a   Hebrew   Congregation   for Northcliff   and   the   surrounding   areas.   It   was   an   enthusiastic   meeting   and   it   was   decided   that   a circular   letter   would   be   sent   to   the   residents   of   Northcliff,   Linden,   Blackheath,   Roosevelt   Park, Honeydew   and   surrounding   areas   calling   for   a   second   meeting.   There   is   little   detail   of   this   meeting, but    at    a    third    meeting    on    27    February    1951    a    committee    was    elected    and    a    motion    carried unanimously   that   the   Northcliff   and   District   Hebrew   Congregation   be   formed.   The   United   Hebrew Congregation   and   Chief   Rabbi   Rabinowitz   was   advised   of   this   decision   and   the   formation   of   the committee.   Regular   Friday   evening   services   commenced   at   the   home   of   Mr   &   Mrs   L   Reichenberg.   Men offered   their   services   as   “Chazanim”   and   a   warm   and   happy   atmosphere   prevailed   amongst   the congregation.   There   was   a   lack   of   formality   but   everyone   seemed   to   get   pleasure   in   the   contact   and socializing   with   his   fellow   Jew   in   this   little   populated   are   of   Johannesburg.   The   Gabbah   –   Mr Reichenberg   even   transliterated   the   “Yigdal”   so   everyone   could   join   in   the   lusty   singing   of   the   finale to   the   services.   Slowly   the   congregations   began   to   take   shape.   At   a   meeting   on   1   April   1951   a   ladies guild   was   elected   and   a   decision   was   taken   for   the   first   time   that   High   Festival   services   would   be held.   A   membership   fee   of   £6.60   per   annum   was   introduced,   and   a   bank   account   was   opened.Rabbi Rabinowitz   suggested   that   a   young   South   African   who   had   qualified   as   a   Reverent   be   invited   to conduct    the    Friday    evening    service,    namely    Reverent    Sydney    Katz.    There    was    considerable excitement   and   arrangements   were   made   to   hold   a   special   children’s   service   on   the   Saturday   morning and    an    Oneg    Shabbat    at    the    house    of    Mr    &    Mrs    S    Rubin,    where    the    Reverent    was    to    be accommodated.   Arrangements   were   made   for   the   congregation   to   obtain   a   loan   of   a   Torah   and   prayer books.   The   Reverent   was   met   with   an   enthusiastic   full   house   at   Mr   &   Mrs   Reichenbergs   residence. Reverent   Katz   was   also   engaged   to   conduct   the   High   Festivals.   Chief   Rabbi   Rabinowitz   called   a meeting   in   October   1951   and   commended   Northcliff   for   making   the   most   remarkable   and   gratifying progress.   He   suggested   appointing   a   full   time   spiritual   leader   and   Hebrew   teacher   and   recommended Reverent   Katz.   Subscriptions   were   raised   to   £1.10   per   family   per   month   and   Rev.   Katz   was   appointed. During   1952   Friday   evening   services   continued   to   be   held   at   the   Reichenbergs   residence   whilst Saturday morning services were held at the Maisels home.