Yiddishkeit for young Jewish friends
The event was an initiative of Mark Hyman, who is vice-chairman of both SAFI and DAISI and was also attended by Country Communities and sub-Saharan Africa Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, who told Jewish Report on Tuesday that he was “encouraged by this initiative. The spirit of all who attended was lively and joyous and the praise of Israel was addressed and sung about,” said “the Travelling Rabbi”.
The intention of the initiative, says Hyman, was to “introduce young Christian adults to a little bit of Yiddishkeit and bring them and the young adults of the SA Union of Jewish Students together.” It was an overwhelming success, said Hyman.
Rabbi Yossy Goldman of Sydenham Shul was thrilled to host the young Christians, most of whom had never been in a shul. Sydenham’s chazzan, Yudi Cohen, sang for the youngsters during the dinner, including his rendition of Shoshaloza that was very well received.
SAUJS’ national chairman, Ariela Carno, told Jewish Report that the students were delighted. “We have to acknowledge that we have friends and we need their support in getting Israel a fair hearing. It was wonderful to share the experience with them,” she said.
The event was funded by SAFI. At the dinner Rabbi Silberhaft explained all the traditions, such as why we have two challas, etc. Rabbi Goldman thanked DAISI chairman, Olga Meshoe, SAUJS and SAFI, for what he said was a fantastic idea.
Olga’s father and ACDP leader, Rev Kenneth Meshoe, SAFI chairman Ben Shwartz, the SAZF’s Benji Shulman and Pastor Jones from Pretoria, were among the 70 dinner guests.
Another DAISI/SAFI initiative
Between November 24 and December 3, 30 DAISI members will be taken on a tour of Israel. Over 40 qualifying applications from young adult Christian Zionists from all political persuasions were received from as far afield as Nigeria, Cape Town, and Tukkies in Pretoria. The committee are presently interviewing the applicants to select the final 30.
Members of SAFI, SAUJS and DAISI on the
steps of Sydenham Shul before Shabbos