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Shul History

A Brief History of Waverley Shul
Adapted from a report written by Syd Druckman to coincide with the shul’s 25th anniversary in 1980

In the 1950’s a number of young Jewish men felt that there was a need for a shul in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Through word of mouth, it was arranged that they would have Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Rabbi Newman, the then rabbi of the country communities, approached the group and said he would like to officiate at the services.

The main problem the group now faced was that there was no venue in which to hold the services. For the first three years services were held in a tent, first in the garden of Lou Lerner’s home and later in the garden of Dr Shippel. Initial membership was £10.

The time soon came where the number of people who were attending services, allowed the shul to establish themselves more firmly and they began to look for a suitable site to build a shul.

Waverley Shul – Firsts

1st meeting place – residence of Syd Druckman
1st Rabbi – Rabbi Newman
1st Donation – £10
Location of 1st service – Lou Lerner’s residence in Corlett Drive
1st Chairman – Syd Druckman
1st Baal Tefilah – Louis Garb
1st secretary – Bertha Solomon
1st Chatan Torah – Claude Brewer
1st Chatan Bereishit – Wally Segal