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Monica Solomon is new SAUPJ Gauteng chairman

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Monica Solomon has been elected as the new chairman of the Gauteng region of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ).
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Mar 09, 2016

Solomon has been active in the movement since 1997 and is also a member of the Board of Women of Reform Judaism, headquartered in New York.

“As the newly-elected chairman of this illustrious organisation - which celebrates 65 years since its formation - I am hoping that my tenure will be one marked by simchas and celebrations,” said Solomon.

The first event the SAUPJ will host is one commemorating the building of Temple Israel in Hillbrow 80 years ago.

“Situated in the heart of Hillbrow, this shul caters for all who wish to worship there,” says Solomon.

Delegates from the World Union of Progressive Judaism will joining the local community for the July 9 festivities.

Later in the year, the new Bet David campus will be officially opened in Morningside. Besides a beautiful new shul, the grounds will also be home to the purpose-built Mitzvah School and Jolly Dee Nursery School.  

“One of the most important issues I will continue to focus on will be the clean-up programmes of different sections of West Park Cemetery. Initiated by members of the Bet David congregation, the first project embarked upon was a clean-up of the children’s section.

“The area was terribly overgrown and neglected and today it is clean and tidy and boasts a well-maintained hedge nestled in the shadows of beautiful trees.

 “This is a project every progressive-thinking Jew in Johannesburg can get involved in. We would welcome their support and look forward to engaging in further projects as the year progresses.”

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