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    • AdinaRothNew

    Do women want a women’s officer?

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer in spite of my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is, ‘What does a woman want?’”
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Tackling teen antisemitism – who’s to blame?

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Most of Tuesday was consumed by United States politics, and the South African Parliamentary circus. In the US, name calling had reached crescendo, and personal and hurtful insults were traded and dismissed as standard electioneering. In South Africa, a fight almost broke out in Parliament. Guards needed to be called after Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba waved his baby finger at the Economic Freedom Fighters, crudely suggesting that their “manhood” was somewhat underwhelming. Gigaba, of course, had provided documentary evidence of his own.
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    • Geoff

    The arts: not yours to fiddle with

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Three weeks ago, Israel approved a draft law giving Culture Minister Miri Regev the authority to cut funding from cultural institutions that “contravene the principles of the state”. This is known as the “loyalty-in-culture bill”.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Save the date – SAJBD Gauteng Conference

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    As previously reported, this year’s Gauteng Council conference is being held in two parts. The first took place on 7 October. In order to comply with the constitutional requirement that conferences must be held no later than 24 months after the previous event, the second conference will take place on 25 November.
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    • JanineLazarus

    The PR client no-one wants to talk about

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Let’s call it like it is for once, shall we? No tiresome beating around the bush.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Attack on Pittsburgh shul is attack on Jews everywhere

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    Last Shabbat, the United States Jewish community suffered its worst-ever anti-Semitic attack, when a lone gunman invaded a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and fatally shot 11 worshippers. The perpetrator, Robert Bowers, is a far-right white supremacist who blames Jews for the influx of refugees into the country. The cyber-sphere is awash with like-minded individuals who regularly post material accusing Jews of seeking to bring about the demise of the white race by promoting miscegenation, multiculturalism, and unrestricted immigration. What made Bower different was that he eventually took it upon himself to do something about it.
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    • Geoff

    Beware the danger at the gate

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africans may see something of their own history in Robert Bowers, the killer of 11 Pittsburgh Jews in their synagogue on Saturday. He shouted that he “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered”. For him, Jews are outsiders coming to take over his beloved America.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Moral courage isn’t easy, but it’s right

    Nov 01, 2018 1 Comment
    I am a member of a gym that offers its patrons fruit and vegetables at no charge. The idea is that after a workout (or before), they will be able to snack on an apple, banana, or carrot. It’s a great idea, and encourages healthy eating.
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    • PetaNewAmbassador

    In memory of the late Yitzhak Rabin

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    This week, we’re commemorating 23 years since the murder of then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
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    • AdamSachs

    Who will follow in the steps of Chief Rabbi Mirvis?

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African-born Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the UK (United Kingdom) Ephraim Mirvis is leading the charge against prejudice and homophobia in orthodox Judaism. Now is the time to challenge our own communities and leaders to follow his example.
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    • JTAOpEdRoseanneBarr

    Why Roseanne Barr and Shmuley Boteach need each other

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach may or may not be America’s most famous rabbi. But among Jews, at least, he may be its most polarising rabbi.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Helping SA Jewry to be part of the solution

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    During the years leading up to the transition to democracy in 1994, the way in which the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) carried out its mandate to represent the Jewish community also underwent significant change.
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    • Geoff

    Where have all the Jewish art firebrands gone?

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    When Israeli-born concert pianist Aviram Reichert performed in South Africa in the early 2000s on a five-week programme, the auditoriums were packed everywhere. Having performed as a soloist with major philharmonic orchestras worldwide, Reichert commented that it was “very seldom that you encounter such audiences” in their knowledge and enthusiasm.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The impact of importing protest tactics

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    With more than 5 000 immigrants marching towards the United States border, it would seem that Donald Trump is about to be tested in much the same way that Benjamin Netanyahu was with the Gaza border protests.
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    • GeraldSteinberg

    Children real victims of propaganda war

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    The demonisation of Israel takes many forms. One of the most virulent exploits children, alleging that Israel systematically mistreats, even tortures Palestinian minors. These modern-day blood libels are echoed by nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations (UN) officials, and journalists, as part of the ongoing campaign to blacken Israel’s name and isolate the Jewish state.
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    • Hurrican5Emma

    Two hurricanes in one month leaves us soaked

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    After experiencing two hurricanes in one month in North Carolina, South African-born Emma Gordon Blass muses the complications of living in a place where the weather makes headlines, and the irony of the fact that last week’s parsha was Noah.
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    Democrats push back after NY Times says the party is drifting on Israel

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Senator Robert Menendez hardly needs to establish his pro-Israel bona fides. He is guaranteed a standing ovation every time he appears at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and pro-Israel political donors are lining up to back him in an unexpectedly close race for re-election.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Time to start being on time

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    In a world of “click-bait” headlines, the above is probably the least likely to cause anyone to take a second look. And yet it should be. Acceptance of the notion of “Jewish time” needs to meet its final resting place.
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    • Geoff

    Boycott to and fro: be careful what you ban

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africans know a few things about boycotts. Israel – and those who want to boycott it – could learn a bit from us, even though the two countries are worlds apart culturally and historically.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Remembering the victims of Sobibor

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Over the past few years, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) have regularly teamed up with the embassies of various countries, including Denmark, Germany, Japan, and Hungary, to host events commemorating aspects of the Holocaust.
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