Friday 24 July 2020

SCHC - The Travelling Rabbi

South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation - The Travelling Rabbi

Join us to hear tales from the "Travelling Rabbi", Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft. 
Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, widely known as 'The Travelling Rabbi', is the spiritual leader of the Country Communities Department of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the African Jewish Congress. His 'territory' encompasses thirteen countries - the entire African continent south of the Sahara - as well as the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar and Mauritius. The seventh in a line of country community rabbis, Rabbi Silberhaft has injected his youth, passion and love of people into his work, extending his post into a legendary one. This has gained him the respect and acknowledgement of people from all walks of life, including Queen Elizabeth II, who expressed surprise, on his invitation to Buckingham Palace, that 'such a young man' was at the helm of so important a mission. The Travelling Rabbi has many facets - spiritual leader and oneman Chevrah Kadisha, caring for the graves of the forgotten and tracing their descendants, as well as the 'Romantic Rabbi' who performs wedding ceremonies, whether on a beach in Mauritius at sunset or at the foot of the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town. He is also a caterer, a counsellor, a teacher; but, above all, he is a friend. Many once-thriving Jewish communities in small towns in South Africa and in other African countries have disappeared and their synagogues closed as people moved to the main cities or emigrated.

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8 PM

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