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    Rabbi Berland's SA road is set to reach its end

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    Speculation on the imminent extradition to Israel of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the fugitive Shuvu Banim Breslov sect leader, has reached fever pitch when followers posted on both his website and blog just prior to Shabbos last weekend that the rabbi was returning to Israel, supposedly of his own volition, after three years on the run.
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    Thuli investigates Jhb's Ramallah donations

    Jun 01, 2016 3 Comments
    Johannesburg’s gift to Ramallah is under scrutiny of the Public Protector. Advocate Anton Alberts, a Member of Parliament for the Vryheidsfront (Freedom Front) Plus (VF) party, has laid a formal complaint with the Public Protector regarding the process and affordability of the City of Johannesburg’s donation of a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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    ‘Reconciliation’ talk, but 2 sides poles apart

    Jun 01, 2016 3 Comments
    There have been a number of significant developments in the kol isha matter - an Equality Court action brought by Gilad Stern and others against the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies over refusing to allow women to sing in front of men at secular events (with the emphasis on the recent Yom Hashoah commemoration) over the past week. But despite some conciliatory gestures, the “moratorium” doesn’t look very solid.
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    Jewish Cape Town: Faribels and festivities

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    This is a very big year for Cape Town Jewry. The community is celebrating 175 years of existence, beginning in 1841 with the founding of the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. This actually marks the birth of organised Jewish life in southern Africa too.
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    Tafelberg an ‘ill-conceived pre-election ploy’

    Jun 01, 2016 2 Comments
    David Polovin has slammed accusations of racism that have been levelled against him as “palpably false” and “morally reprehensible” in what has become a controversial issue on the eve of the local government elections. What is more, the deputy chairman of the Sea Point, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay Ratepayers’ Association is adamant that he will not be intimidated.
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    WIZO Avivs pack them in for Mother’s Day breakfast

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Johannesburg WIZO Avivs hosted a fabulous sold-out “Tribute to Mothers Breakfast” on Sunday, May 22, at Sandton Shul.
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    Cohen de Villiers’ books put emphasis full-square on family abuse

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    When Marilyn Cohen de Villiers decided to write her first novel “A Beautiful Family”, it coincided with the Jewish community lifting the lid off abuse “within the areas in the eruv”.
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    What's on in SA Jewish Community

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    As always, there is lots going on for the Jewish communities around the country. Contact local leadership for additional activities
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    Browde, legal and communal giant, passes on

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    Advocate Jules Browde, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97, was a highly respected and much loved member of the Johannesburg Bar, as well as a long-serving human rights activist and Jewish communal leader.
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    Community itself should resolve Kol Isha

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    The question of women singing at Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Commemoration Day is one that has caused a great deal of heartache within our community. Unfortunately, the debate has been characterised by much emotion but little understanding of the facts and issues involved.
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    Bobroff saga: If innocent, why not face music

    Jun 01, 2016 2 Comments
    George van Niekerk, Director, ENS Africa, responds to the Bobroffs’ claims in last week’s paper that they are innocent of overcharging Road Accident Fund clients. Van Niekerk is the attorney representing Matthew and Jennifer Graham, a couple who took the Bobroffs to court, alleging that they had overcharged the Grahams when representing them in a personal injury suit, after Matthew was severely injured in a car accident. The Grahams’ case involved a four-year battle in the courts, including the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. In the end they won their case.
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    A book for every conceivable taste

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    It is always a challenge identifying what I believe are the best books every month, as there is always so much to choose from.
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    Fifty bonfires make for a warm and cosy Great Park Lag B’Omer

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Over 3 500 members of the Johannesburg Jewish community gathered together in the Great Park Forest in celebration of Lag B ‘Omer and Jewish unity last week. A broad spectrum of 41 Johannesburg communities and organisations participated in what was the biggest Lag B’Omer celebration to date.
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    Lithuanian citizenship: Only successful applicant is a dead Jew

    Jun 01, 2016 12 Comments
    It was gratifying to see a recent article regarding the plight that Jews of Lithuanian origin (Litvaks) are facing when applying to have their Lithuanian citizenship restored. The article, however, does not hone in on the critical matter at hand, namely the extent to which Lithuanian bureaucrats have gone to deny Jews of their ancestral right to citizenship.
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    • Hazel

    Despite myriad problems, Hazel is upbeat about theatre in SA

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Hazel Feldman, one of South Africa's most well-known theatre producers, has over the years brought some illustrious names in show business to this country.
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    Top sculptress Naomi Jacobson dies age 91

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    Naomi Jacobson, who passed away in Johannesburg last week at the age of 91, was an internationally renowned portrait sculptor and a member of a distinguished South African and Namibian Jewish family.
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    Levin and Markovitz’s engagement takes centre stage

    Jun 01, 2016 2 Comments
    When Capetonian Ross Levin went down on one knee to propose to his boyfriend Nicholas Markovitz, it was not in a quiet setting or at a romantic dinner.
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    • Nadav

    Young Nadav is on Forbes’ most promising entrepreneurs list

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Five South Africans have so far made it onto the prestigious Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list of most promising entrepreneurs, with Forbes calling them “the billionaires of tomorrow”.
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    Is Zapiro a racist or victim of double-speak?

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    When South Africa’s best-known cartoonist, Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) was accused last week of racism for depicting a black man as a monkey in a Sunday Times cartoon, it showed how this troubled society has lost its compass and is eating its own best people.
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    ‘Kol isha’ question - for community to decide

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    On June 20, the SAJBD Cape Council will be facilitating a colloquium for its affiliate organisations to debate the question of women singing solo at Yom Hashoah, hopefully the outcome of which will be a working solution for the Cape Jewish community’s continued all-inclusive commemoration of the Holocaust.
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