I am a Canadian born Rabbi,
with over 20 years of experience in Jewish education and congregational leadership in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa.

More importantly, I am a human being – doing my best to live a life of meaning. I have spent my rabbinate sharing my journey authentically with others, helping to connect the teachings, traditions and values of Judaism to the sacred and messy moments of our lives.

Emma Shofar


I look forward to connecting online or in person.

Sacred Moments

Looking for a rabbi to facilitate your upcoming lifecycle event? Whether you’re coming to Cape Town for a wedding, B-Mitvah, Bris, Baby Naming, Funeral, Consecration or Memorial, it would be my honor to guide you and your loved ones though the sacred and meaningful Jewish traditions.

Sacred Writings

I access and experience Judaism most profoundly through music and prayer, through engaging in acts of repair and social justice, as well as through learning and teaching Torah, and reflecting on life and spirituality through sacred writings.


Thank you for being a formidable force both in the shul and the process of my conversion. You have an innate ability to both strength and gentleness, both discipline and kindness, all the while ensuring growth on our path toward Hashem – in other words, a true leader.

Thank you for helping me with Kaddish for my mom. I know how proud she would have been of me and how much this means to my family

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, you successfully moved the shul from a physical to an online community, ensuring that the education, spirituality and care that make our shul outstanding, continued right through the year

Thank you so so so much for all of your time, teaching and support as you’ve sponsored me through my Jewish journey

Thank you for your mentorship, guidance, teachings, your welcoming presence, and much more!

I couldn’t imagine someone I’d trust more with the formal Jewish education of my children

Rabbi Emma, you have been a steadying and deeply positive force for our community

Thank you for your kindness, wisdom and patience

We love your soul and passion!

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