Call for anecdotes and memories of Rabbi Desmond Maizels

photo: Guy Lerner

Rabbi Desmond Maizels served as the community Rabbi of Camps Bay Hebrew Congregation from shortly before Shavuot in 1984 until 2013 and thereafter as the Rabbi Emeritus, remaining inextricably entrenched in the lives of all our members, both past and present.

The Camps Bay Shul community is deeply indebted to Rabbi Maizels for going above and beyond and we wish to pay tribute to his memory by compiling a book for the Maizels family which will be shared online with all he touched and inspired, not only in Camps Bay but throughout Cape Town, South Africa, Israel and worldwide.

We all have our special anecdotes and treasured memories of this remarkable man, so we would like to invite you to join us in contributing to this memorial tribute. While all would like to mention his extraordinary virtues and the extent of the roles he fulfilled, we would prefer to focus on the personal stories and experiences that, in themselves, will illustrate the depth of his character, be it in a serious or humorous vein.

While we will endeavour to include extracts from all written contributions, we might not be able to include all the photographs, yet will try to use as many as possible. So please send us your special photos and also please supply a date and context for your story and/or photos with names.

Emails to be sent to Judy Kaplan: or Melanie Schneider:

Published in the print edition of the February 2021 issue. Download the February 2021 issue PDF here.

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