The Oxford Shul is situated in Riviera, Johannesburg, near the suburbs of Saxonwold, Houghton and Killarney. It has been in existence for almost 70 years.
The Synagogue sees to the needs of the community by providing regular services, morning and evening (seven days a week). It is an ideal venue for marriages, Bar-Mitzvahs and other life cycle ceremonies. The Synagogue also provides adult education and special services for children, youth and seniors. There are also many cultural and social activities.
The spiritual leadership is provided by Rabbi Yossi Chaikin, who has serviced the congregation since 2000. He delivers sermons, numerous shiurim and sees to the needs of individual congregants.
Services on Shabbat (Friday night and Saturday morning) and all major holidays are led by Chazzan Tzvi Gudelsky. He is accompanied by the Oxford Shul Choir under the leadership of choirmaster, Bryan Isakow.
The synagogue publishes a monthly newsletter, which is sent to all member families and is also available online. “The Oxfordian” is a weekly pamphlet, replete with synagogue news, which is distributed at the synagogue every Shabbat, and is also available via email by request. The synagogue also keeps its congregation informed of events via an sms service. Information about past and future events can also be found on Facebook.
The synagogue campus stretches over several acres of land.
The majestic main sanctuary, which seats 1500, is the largest in Africa. Services take place in the main sanctuary every Shabbat (Friday night and Saturday morning) and on major holidays. The main sanctuary is also used for marriage ceremonies.
A smaller synagogue on the campus is used for all morning and evening services during the rest of the week.
The magnificent gardens in front of the synagogue are used for marriages, brochas on a Shabbat morning (weather permitting) and many other functions.
The adjoining Simon Kuper Hall is available for functions through the offices of our resident caterers, Stan & Pete.
The synagogue boasts a spacious youth centre, with rooms dedicated for the children to play and for the teenagers to spend time and a huge adventure jungle gym. A nursery school uses part of those premises during weekdays.