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    Israeli design for world's biggest glass bridge

    Aug 24, 2016 2 Comments
    China opened the world’s longest glass-bottom bridge in the world last weekend – and it was designed and built by Israelis. Tourists who suffer from vertigo, don’t go! The bridge is in the spectacular Zhangjiajie mountains (which inspired the ‘floating mountain’ in the film Avatar). To demonstrate the safety of the structure, visitors were encouraged to try and smash the bridge’s glass panels with a sledge hammer. The bridge includes a bungee jump and a ride on a zip line.
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    • Books

    Good read for all tastes

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    Here I am” by Jonathan Safron Foer (Hamish Hamilton) is the eagerly anticipated new novel from the author of Everything is Illuminated.
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    • Whats ON

    What's On in SA Jewish Community

    Aug 24, 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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    Israeli boys spread message of unity in SA

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    An under-15 and -16 boys’ soccer team from Israel is spreading the message of unity through sport to young people around South Africa. The team from the Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda region comprises players from both Jewish and Arab backgrounds.
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    Elections turned into ‘litmus test of democracy’

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    “Getting a pleasant shock,” was how Democratic Alliance shadow Deputy Minister of Labour Michael Bagraim reacted to hearing the results of the August 3 municipal elections, after his party gained Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg, adding the control of these major metros to that of Cape Town.
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    Community welcomes a political change of scenery

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    The recent municipal elections created a shock for the ANC, with smaller parties supporting the DA, leading to DA control over several major metros, with DA mayors being installed for the first time since 1994.
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    What to say to a Steven Cohen phenomenon?

    Aug 24, 2016 2 Comments
    When 54-year old, controversial performance artist Steven Cohen astonished a sober gathering of arts lovers last week at the Wits Art Museum by bursting into the centre of them, anybody who happened to be thinking about something else was instantly riveted. He was dressed - actually only partially dressed, since much of his body was naked - in an outrageous get-up consisting of lily-white skin, high-heeled pointed shoes, naked backside behind half a black dress and other tricks.
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    Comparing Clinton to Rabin dishonours the latter

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    I would like to comment on Yitzhak Rabin's son's immature comments about Donald Trump, as reported in last week’s Jewish Report.
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    • Jeff

    Rabbi Rosen - interfaith conciliator of note

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    This coming Monday at Beyachad, the Gauteng Council will have the honour of hosting Rabbi David Rosen, one of the foremost Jewish leaders in the field of interfaith dialogue. He will be speaking to the Gauteng Jewish community on “From Foe to Friend - Catholic Jewish Relations”.
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    • Sarna

    Jewish vote sought in Nov. US election

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    “It’s estimated that 85 per cent to 90 per cent of American Jews will vote for (the Democratic Party presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton in November,” said Dr Jonathan Sarna, who spoke in Cape Town recently on “Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities”. His talk was hosted by the South African Jewish Museum and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies.
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    • Terri

    Umhlanga residents contemplate Izinga

    Aug 24, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week Tuesday, guests gathered at the Umhlanga Jewish Centre (UJC) for “Movers and Shakers” - an evening of cocktails and schmoozing. The guests, primarily people in business in Umhlanga and members of the Jewish community, enjoyed networking on the veranda overlooking the expansive rolling hills of sugarcane before moving inside for some snacks and informative talks.
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    • Cycalive

    Young cyclists off to Durban in a spirit of unity

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    Cycalive participants were symbolic of bringing people together, veteran ANC politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale told dignitaries, educators and cyclists at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Sunday before 35 boys embarked on their 750 kilometre relay ride to Durban.
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    • Moira

    Gardens Shul - glorious past, bright future

    Aug 24, 2016 3 Comments
    It all began in September, 1841, when 17 men gathered for the Kol Nidrei service at the home of Benjamin Norden, which today forms part of the Mount Nelson Hotel. The next month, the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, the first in the country, was officially founded.
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    Me, you and us

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    Who is more important, the Jew or the Jewish people? Is it Reb Yisroel or Am Yisroel?
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    • Silbert

    Changing racial, religious stereotypes among young

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    A recent e.tv feature called “South African heroes” includes a segment on Marlene Silbert and her Interfaith Cultural Twinning and Exchange Programme, which she founded in 2001. She tells the South African Jewish Report more about this outstanding initiative.
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    Netanyahu likes Sydenham Shul’s ‘Miracle at Entebbe’

    Aug 24, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Yossy Goldman of Sydenham Shul got a nice surprise in the post the other day - a personal, signed letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, thanking Rabbi Goldman for the “Miracle at Entebbe” film which his shul produced for the concerts they had in June, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Operation Jonathan.
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    • Letter1

    DA mustn’t drop ball in country’s slips

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    It was a tranquil day in idyllic Sandwich Town, Kent, where the sounds of a cricket match filled the air. Besides the ear-splitting thump of the ball on a batsman's helmet, the solitude of the game allowed one plenty of time to ponder the big questions.
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    • Letter2

    Sifrin is hostile to Orthodox Jews and Israel

    Aug 24, 2016 3 Comments
    It seems as if a large proportion of my life is going to be spent combating Geoff Sifrin’s hostility to not only Orthodox Judaism, but to the State of Israel. Israel is a land in which almost every citizen criticises the government right, left or middle of the road.
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    • Letter2

    Misguided comments may add to anti-Semitism

    Aug 24, 2016 6 Comments
    The comments made at the recent SA Jewish Board of Deputies Conference by UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirivis on the UK, Brexit and immigration, are hugely misguided and this attitude among Jewish elites in the UK are creating great anti-Semitism among good people.
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