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    • Peta low

    Do your research before taking a stand

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    The list of ANC bigwigs supporting this Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) fast in sympathy with the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike is very long and I find it quite distressing.
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    Fighting to preserve a victory

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    It was 30 degrees in the shade and there sitting on a bench along the Bat Yam beachfront, south of Tel Aviv, was an old man with a brown suit jacket plastered in Russian Second World War medals - the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to his chest in tight rows.
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    Bang Bang Betty

    May 18, 2017 1 Comment
    Ilanit Chernick (25) is a Johannesburg-born, King David Linksfield and Yeshiva College-educated multi-media journalist at The Star newspaper. Last week, she was caught in the crossfire in service protest, but this hasn’t deterred her plan to make aliyah in July. In the newsroom her nickname is “Bang Bang Betty” and “Burnick”.
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    Marc Lubner wins Conscious Companies Award

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    Afrika Tikkun and The Smile Foundation are the first recipients of the newly-instituted Conscious Companies Awards 2017.
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    The first Jews in South Africa

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    The formal birth of South African Jewry as an organised community is generally considered to be the holding of the first-ever prayer gathering in Cape Town on Erev Yom Kippur 1841.
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    South African volunteers remember the Six Day War

    May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    Fifty years ago hundreds of South African Jews dropped everything in a heroic bid to play their part in helping to secure the survival of the fledgling Jewish State. They were racing to be a part of what would result in the Six Day War and the miraculous reunification of Jerusalem.
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    Behind the scenes at the King David Hotel

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    When the US president comes to town, “it’s sorry for you”, if you happen to have booked a room or two at Jerusalem’s historic landmark King David Hotel, even if you booked months in advance to coincide with Yom Yerushalayim celebrations.
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    • Khadijamarawan

    SA ministers join in hunger strike

    May 18, 2017 4 Comments
    Ten Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers took part in a symbolic 24-hour fast in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons. They did so at the behest and invitation of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in South Africa, the local arm of the international US-based organisation. A further 40 senior ANC office-bearers and past ministers, also participated.
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    • ParshaRabbiRaanan

    Yerushalayim, Yovelot and yeomen

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    The story is told about someone who, during an audience with Baron Rothschild, asked him how much he was worth. The Rothschild wealth to this day remains legendary, so the guest could have, at best, expected an approximate as a reply, if in fact he was going to get one.
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    Cape Town Jews support murdered American woman’s family

    May 18, 2017 1 Comment
    It took just a chance meeting in shul that inspired Capetonian Judith Cohen to galvanise the local community to assist the father of young American Jewish woman, Gabriela Kobrins Alban, who was murdered in Camps Bay two years ago, through the murder trial.
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    Nursery schools tackle measles outbreak

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    The City of Johannesburg has launched an emergency measles vaccination campaign with 18 cases of measles having been reported in the province. They’re targeting all children between the ages of six months and 15 years, rather than up to the age of five, which is usually the case, due to the severity of the outbreak.
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    To vaccinate or not to - is it a question

    May 18, 2017 3 Comments
    “Vaccines, as well as the provision of clean water, have done more for human health than any other intervention,” says Professor Barry Schoub, former executive director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and professor emeritus of virology, at the University of the Witwatersrand.
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    • SuzanneScribe

    Art and halacha a good fit for Rabbi Uzvolk

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    Entering the workshop of Rabbi Azriel Uzvolk, spiritual leader of the Victory Park Hebrew Congregation, was akin to being transported back in time. This rabbi was recently accredited by the Beth Din in Johannesburg as its seventh scribe, or sofer.
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    • Lag10Ilan

    Lag B’Omer fire overcame the winter cold

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    The fire of Lag B’Omer could not be suppressed by the freezing cold, rainy weather over the last weekend in Johannesburg. And although the turnout was less than expected, still over 1 000 people from more than 50 shul communities, braved the elements to show their Jewish unity, resilience and pride at the Concert in the Park last Saturday night.
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    The parade that united the community

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    Those passing by James and Ethel Gray Park in Johannesburg last Sunday, were in for a surprise as the Lag B’Omer Jewish Unity Parade, with participants from many Jewish day schools and synagogues, paraded through the street showing their Jewish pride.
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    What DNA says about the Jews

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    “I might mispronounce a few words,” laughs Rabbi Mendel Rabinowitz of Greenside Shul.
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    Finding long lost relatives through a competition

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    Hundreds of Jewish families around the world found each other and connected for the first time, because of a 22-year-old international creative schools competition.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Walls, walls, walls: the spirit of the day

    May 18, 2017 1 Comment
    Two presidents who excel in shamelessness, loom over South African Jews’ minds: the United States’ Donald Trump and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma. Both are unpredictable, of questionable ethics, arrogant and cannot admit they are wrong; neither are very intelligent and both are damaging their countries.
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    OneFamily launches project in SA

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    OneFamily is launching a new project alongside Johannesburg-born artist, former King Davidian Julian Grabman, selling prints of his famous watercolour “Jerusalem Forever”, half the proceeds will go to OneFamily’s programmes, helping victims of terror in Israel.
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    Beliebers lose their faith

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    When the British rock band Queen performed on stage, it was a staggering display of grit, sweat and energy. Zanzibari-born Freddy Mercury would throw his perspiration-soaked towels and outlandish costume accessories into the crowd, driving fans into an ecstatic state of euphoric frenzy.
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