Beit Luria invites you to celebrate Judaism in our warm and friendly, family-oriented synagogue and experience services which enhance our sense of community and inclusiveness.
Welcome to the Beit Luria shul, dear friends!
Through the efforts of like-minded people, friends, and sponsors we are blessed to be able to have this ceremony of the inauguration of the Torah scroll into the new Reform community in South Africa.
Beit Luria shul is a new house of worship in Gauteng that is opening their doors first time in almost 50 years.
Our dear guest, Rabbi Cohn arrived in Johannesburg just 48 hours ago to deliver this precious cargo from the USA, where our friends, Reform brothers and sisters did not remain indifferent to the needs of our young community on another side of the world and donated this precious scroll to us.
This Shul is a dream that came true, and when we were Dreaming and discussing our congregation and how we see it, we wanted it to be warm and friendly, family-oriented synagogue that celebrates Judaism, we want to be able to experience services and festivals with a sense of community and inclusiveness.
We are an egalitarian congregation built on tradition, while aspiring to innovation. We welcome interfaith families; our diverse community encompasses a broad spectrum of ages, political orientation and expression of Jewish observance and we are all connected!
King Solomon said during house warming
ר אָמַרְתָּ יִהְיֶה שְׁמִי שָׁם–לִשְׁמֹעַ, אֶל-הַתְּפִלָּה, אֲשֶׁר יִתְפַּלֵּל עַבְדְּךָ, אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה.2
May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. (Kings,8,29)
Among the guests today There are people of different nationalities and religions. And this has a special symbol and meaning.
Returning back to King Solomon, I want to recall his other words: “Kings 8, 41-43
“As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name— 42 for they will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple, 43 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
May our shul will become a spiritual and warm and cozy home for anyone who wants to come here and to be able to explore the great wisdom
of our Torah, to Know and understand the great tradition, amazing
history and fate of the Jewish people!
“May God bless you and keep you;
May God make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
May God lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
Rabbi Julia Margolis