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    • DawnNathanJones

    Being Jewish, a mother and careerwoman, means juggling balls

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    I have been generously blessed to have had the most rewarding and exciting career, spanning over three decades in the car rental, travel and tourism industry. Although I was never a straight A student in high school, I used my natural networking flair, my competitive and assertive nature and above all, I worked extremely hard to get to the top of my career as CEO of Imperial’s Car Rental Division.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The Golem still lurks in our Brave New World

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    What do religions say about the technological tsunami flooding our lives today? Is the increasingly rapid “disruptive innovation” an angel or devil? Leading Johannesburg techno-expert Arthur Goldstuck raised some ancient but supremely relevant Jewish perspectives at Limmud in Johannesburg last weekend.
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    • Jeff

    Board looks back on a proud 114-year record of achievement

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    The focus of the Board continues to be on finalising arrangements for its biennial national conference, to take place in the Sandton Shul hall on Sunday, August 20 at 15:00. That this will be the 49th such SAJBD gathering is indicative of how long the organisation has been carrying out its role as the recognised spokesbody and civil rights lobby of the Jewish community.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Answering the call, again

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    Imagine a wife and mother who has endured an abusive husband for a decade. Her situation is intolerable and getting worse as the abuse inevitably escalates with the passage of time.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Do racial slurs lance SA’s boil or poison the wound more?

    Aug 03, 2017 1 Comment
    The wild mixture of feelings people of different races experience in today’s South Africa was eloquently portrayed in a play last week at Wits Theatre called Helen of Troyeville, written by Mike van Graan and performed by skilled Jewish actress Gina Shmukler.
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    • Jeff

    Our conference: a report-back and celebration

    Aug 03, 2017 Go comment!
    The focus of the Board over the next three weeks will be on our national conference, which will take place in the Sandton Shul hall on Sunday, August 20, at 15:00. We hope as many of you as possible join us for this occasion, which is as much a celebration of what our community is all about as it is about reporting back to our constituency.
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    • Paul Hirschson and Senegal's President Macky Sall

    The Israel-Africa tectonic plates are shifting quickly

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    Tectonic plates continue to shift, including the East Africa Rift of which the Jordan Rift Valley is a part. At current rates, less than one centimetre per year, it will take thousands of years but eventually Israel will have separated from the Arabian Peninsula as Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria move north while Israel, together with Africa, moves south. Israel will be a part of Africa and a member of the African Union.
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    • Jeff

    Dangerous route using religion to instigate violence

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    As part of a diplomatic arrangement with Jordan, Israel has agreed to remove the metal detectors it had installed on the Temple Mount in response to the murder of two of its border policemen.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Terror victims’ dignity: Should bloody pictures go viral?

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    What’s in a picture? The violence at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and the terrorist attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish on Friday, raises questions about how much blood and gore should the general public see through photographs when civilians are killed.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Wisdom and courage

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    Like a Google map, the closer you zoom in, the more detail you get about places you would not have known were there - places that are enriching, educational and inspiring.
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    SA led to the cliff-edge: Whose fault?

    Jul 20, 2017 Go comment!
    Even with so many South Africans desperate to rescue this country from President Jacob Zuma’s train of destruction, last week’s report of a R2bn amnesty package offered to him from frantic private sources to leave office - including amnesty for 783 corruption charges and other misdemeanours - is wishful thinking.
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    • Jeff

    Thanks and congratulations to Ambassador Arthur Lenk

    Jul 20, 2017 Go comment!
    Last week, the Board together with the SAZF and IUA-UCF, hosted a farewell function for outgoing Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk. It was an opportunity to reflect on and pay tribute to Ambassador Lenk for all that he has achieved over the past four years.
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    • policy

    The world according to the ANC

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    One of the nine discussion documents published in advance of the ANC’s 5th Policy Conference last week, deals with international relations. It provides a revealing view on how South Africa’s ruling party sees the world in the 21st century.
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    • LebensLimmud

    Tisha B’Av and baseless hatred

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    On August 1, the Jewish world will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Paid-for racism: SA democracy shows its teeth

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    While it seems incredible that in a racially charged society like ours, someone would purposely stoke black-white tensions, for enough money some people will do anything.
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    • Jeff

    Future of the SA embassy in Israel

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    Largely buried in the flood of media reports generated by last week’s ANC policy conference, was a recommendation by the party’s International Relations Commission that the South African embassy in Tel Aviv, be downgraded as a result of Israel’s policies regarding the Palestinians.
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    • President Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa both arrived without any fanfare @MyANC

    What does the ANC policy conference mean for us?

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    In the past weeks, expectations and fears over the direction of the ANC appeared in headlines around the world. The ANC Policy Conference at Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg, is now finished and there is a clearer sense of the ANC’s future direction.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    J’accuse! - No-one can say we did not know

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    A famous example of a journalist bravely speaking truth to power, regardless of personal consequences, comes from Jewish history in 1898, when French writer Emile Zola (a non-Jew), published a front page open letter in the paper L’Aurore to the French President headlined “J'accuse...!” [In English: “I accuse...! Letter to the President of the Republic”].
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    • Jeff

    Masuko Equality Court outcome shows system is working

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    As has been more fully reported on elsewhere in this issue, the Equality Court last week upheld a ruling by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that Cosatu International Relations spokesman, Bongani Masuku, had been guilty of making anti-Semitic and threatening statements against the Jewish community and directing him to apologise unconditionally for this.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Making a young boy’s dreams come true…

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    Every little boy wants to be a fireman when he grows up, doesn’t he? In the “old” days there seemed to be aspirations for boys to become doctors, lawyers or chartered accountants. Today it’s probably more about being in IT or having your own high-tech business?
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