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Soccer star pops up at Shabbos

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Bafana Bafana soccer star Dean Furman attended a pop-up shul in Glenhazel this last Shabbos, where World Cup fever is running high. The shul, led by Rav Ilan Herrmann, also hosted special guest Chazzan Mark Samowitz, who led the davenning beautifully. The 60 attendees gathered afterwards at Michelos restaurant for a Shabbos dinner.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Jul 05, 2018

Furman has 44 caps, including captaining the national side on numerous occasions. He has played in England at various clubs throughout his career, and over the past few years, has been playing with local team Supersport United. He spoke about his life, career, and challenges, accepting a “volley” of questions from the enthusiastic crowd.

In answer to Rav Herrmann’s question about his Jewish identity, Furman said he was proud of his heritage, and enjoyed explaining elements of his faith to players and officials when the opportunity arose.

“I know it’s out there, but I have not really experienced any form of anti-Semitism in my career,” he said. In the change-room, the players “take the mickey out of everyone – short, tall, fat, thin, black, white, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, atheist – everyone’s fair game and it’s done in good spirit”. Furman married his long-time partner, Natasha, at a shul in England in June.

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