|Pine Street Shul
The North Eastern Congregation, or Pine Street Shul as it is more generally known, had its beginnings in 1923 in the home of the Sturisky family in 9th St Orange Grove.
Initially only Shabbat and Yomtov services were held, but after a couple of years it extended to all services, and in 1946 a communal hall was built to accommodate the congregation which continued to grow so substantially that in 1961 it made its home in the landmark structure in Pine Street, which until today has continued to serve the diverse needs of its members.
Rabbi Anthony Gerson and Rebbetzin Marice Gerson have been the spiritual leaders of Pine Street for the past 17 years.
Both South African born and schooled, they have a natural empathy with their congregants, and are quick to understand their temperament and communal needs. Their easy going and friendly personalities are instrumental in attracting many people to the shul. Their children grew up in Pine Street and now bring their families "home" from time to time to join in community yomtov dinners, the popular and unique second night seder, and other innovative events.
As well as being respected communal figures, Rabbi Gerson is a well known mohel and Marice teaches at Shaarei Torah primary school.
The shul offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, daily minyamin and a variety of stimulating shiurim given by Rabbi Gerson. It boasts one of the city's leading choirs under the baton of choirmaster Dennis Goldman and Chazzan Ezra Sher and also offers youth programmes for all age groups, comprehensive barmitzvah and batmitzvah training, highly anticipated social events - and the ˜best kiddush in town!" The hardworking members of the Pine Street Ladies Guild are well known for their preparation and presentation of delicious Shabbat brochas, and the recent granting of hal! and catering rights to Shelley Geffen has added further lustre.
A playschool on the premises offers the youngest attendees a fully rounded Jewish environment.
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