8 September 2019 saw an amazing dream come true with the official opening of Beit Luria, the 11th Progressive Synagogue in South Africa and the first in Gauteng in almost 50 years.
It is also the first Progressive Shul opened by female rabbi. Rabbi Julia Margolis persevered against all odds – with the assistance of a few friends including Steve Lurie, Honorary Life President of the South African Union of Progressive Judaism, and Leonard Singer, also a past member of the SAUPJ – built up a congregation which then applied successfully to the SAUPJ for affiliation as the 11th Progressive Shul.
Today we also saw the handing over of a Torah scroll donated by Rabbi Hillel Cohn of San Bernardino in California, USA.
It was an emotional event and especially so for Rabbi Julia Margolis in fulfilling her dream, and for those who completed the journey with her.
Rabbi Julia Margolis and the management of Beit Luria look forward to a new journey together with SAUPJ and the World Union of Progressive Judaism, to advance and promote the traditions and values of Progressive Judaism within our community and by extension our country and the worldwide movement.