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    Day Zero: Can Israel save Cape Town?

    Jan 25, 2018 17 Comments
    “South Africa’s Israel-haters should be held to account for pressuring to limit sharing of Israel’s water-management technologies,” tweeted former Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, last week. He had done whatever he could to make Israel’s expertise in water management and drought relief available to South Africa for the four years he was based here.
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    Cape Community preparing for Day Zero

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    The day the taps are turned off is predicted to be April 12. All organisations of the Cape Town Jewish community are working to make this easier, especially for the most vulnerable.
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    It’s raining in Cape Town!

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    Yes, that’s the impression you’ll get from your Capetonian friend’s Facebook timeline every time there’s the slightest drizzle – when, in reality, it doesn’t make the slightest difference to the dam level. But just like we save every drop, we need to say thank you for every drop, no matter how small.
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    Mandela shines at the Women’s March

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    Johannesburg jewellery designer Beverley Price got the surprise of her life when she was alerted to an Instagram photograph of Hollywood actress Alfre Woodard, wearing one of her Nelson Mandela-inspired necklaces at the 2018 Women’s March last weekend.
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    Uganda’s Jews not Jewish enough, says Israel

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    A remote community of Ugandan Jews, who live an Orthodox way of life, pray every day to live in the so-called land of milk and honey - but Israel will not take them in, claiming they are not Jewish enough.
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    Human rights above all else

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    #WeRemember The World Jewish Congress (WJC) launched the second annual #WeRemember campaign on January 7 that culminates in International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be commemorated this Sunday.
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    The Turkish-US-Kurdish conundrum

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    This past week, Turkish tanks rolled across the border and entered northern Syria. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been threatening to do this for a while. Now that he has, the US finds itself in a bit of a fix.
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    Israel’s economy is now much stronger than ours

    Jan 25, 2018 2 Comments
    In November, while preparing a slide comparing the size of various global economies for a presentation I was giving, I noticed that Israel was ranked higher than South Africa.
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    Is veganism the new Kashrut?

    Jan 25, 2018 2 Comments
    More than 70 rabbis around the world recently signed a declaration advocating veganism as “the Kashrut for the 21st century”. This was spearheaded by Rabbi David Rosen, the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and former Senior Rabbi of the Green Point and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation in Cape Town.
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    A wedding conceived for the love of Zion

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    The couple stood under a tallit at their wedding while Rabbi Ramon Widmonte recited both the priestly blessing and brachot for life. The groomsmen held the chuppa tightly over the majestic couple without the assistance of poles.
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    An Inhuman Trade

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    In Israel today there are 38 000 asylum seekers from East Africa, mainly Sudan and Eritrea. They fled from civil war, genocide, dictatorship and ethnic violence to seek shelter, refuge and protection in Israel.
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    Harry Schwarz: lawyer, politician, humanitarian

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    On the anniversary of the Mahlabatini Declaration of Faith – a statement of core principles co-signed in January 1974 by the late Harry Schwarz, who was then the Transvaal leader of the United Party ­South Africans should be reminded of his example. Schwarz was a renowned opposition politician who fought against injustice and inequality during the darkest days of apartheid.
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    Learning to feel confident and unafraid

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    “Touch me and your first lesson is free,” says Anthony Segal’s T-shirt.
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    Sherman finally gets her gett

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    Susan Sherman finally received her gett last week after seven years of trying. She and her estranged husband, Anthony Sherman, were permanently separated by then. The South African Beth Din, who had placed Anthony in cherem (excommunication) in 2016, has officially lifted it.
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    Mystery around deaths of a Canadian billionaire couple

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    There was no sign of forced entry on the cold December morning when a Canadian billionaire businessman and his wife were found dead inside their mansion, reportedly hanging from a railing at the edge of their indoor pool.
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    Is the pressure for distinctions to get into university worth it?

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    The pressure placed on matriculants to achieve as many distinctions as possible continues to mount with every passing year, stressing pupils out enormously. The reason for this is mainly to ensure that they get accepted into their chosen field at university. And they aren’t wrong. Turns out those As are what the universities look for in choosing their first-years.
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    The thrill of going to finish school in Israel

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    When Anne Katz heard about the Na’ale Elite Academy programme, in which her 16-year-old daughter Paige would be able to go and finish school in Israel, she thought it was too good to be true. The programme offered her daughter the opportunity to go to a top school in Israel with all expenses paid.
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    Looking back at the first year as Olim Hadashim…

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    As I write this column, my family of four is getting ready to celebrate exactly one year as olim hadashim in Israel. As clichéd as it sounds, I must say that the past 12 months have flown and the experiences have far exceeded any of our expectations.
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    Lina Amato: Surviving when others didn’t

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    What does it do to one’s sense of self to be among a handful of people of your community saved from a violent death?
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    South African educators learn about the Holocaust at Yad Vashem

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    South African schools teach the Holocaust in Grades 9 and 11, but few teachers have a real understanding of what happened. A group of 20 South African educators were taken to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to expand and enrich their knowledge of this horrific time in our history. They included 15 staff members of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa and three South African Holocaust and Genocide Centre employees.
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