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    • BenitaLevin

    Long-term lessons learnt after a five-month course…

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    It’s been a good few years since I sat down to write an exam. But I don’t ever remember being as excited before a test, as I was at the end of our five-month Hebrew language course.
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    • JTAOpEdBillyJoel

    Billy Joel wore a yellow Jewish star. Thanks, but the trend should stop there

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    Few artefacts of the Holocaust move me like the yellow star. Homely and seemingly innocuous, they sit in museum cases either by themselves or still attached to a jacket or blouse, the stitching rough and the lettering surprisingly crude.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Mngxitama will have to explain his anti-Semitism in court

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    The past week at the Board has been dominated by the fallout following the posting of two repulsive Holocaust-related tweets by Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama.
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    • YadAharonColumn 2

    Some real food for thought…

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    One of the key qualities which drew me to volunteer at Yad Aharon & Michael some 19 years ago, was the aura of holiness, integrity, humility and simplicity which has remained a hallmark of the organisation to this day.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Looking back on a very successful biennial conference

    Aug 24, 2017 1 Comment
    On Sunday, the Board held its 49th biennial national conference, where we took the opportunity of reporting back to our constituency on our work over the past two years as well as honouring community members adjudged to have made an especially outstanding contribution to South African Jewry and the country as a whole.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    SA Jewry dwindles; not for the usual reasons

    Aug 24, 2017 Go comment!
    When asked how many Jews remain in South Africa, Jewish leaders usually fudge the question, though they know the community’s size is falling. No-one wants to be a prophet of doom. The generally accepted figure is 60 000-70 000, roughly half of the community’s 1970s heyday.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Simply not true

    Aug 24, 2017 Go comment!
    I have a perennial problem. It’s at this time of year - just a month away from Rosh Hashanah - that my inbox starts to fill up with appeals for funds from various sources to save destitute Jewish families in our city.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Charlottesville and Johannesburg: The impact of a blunt instrument

    Aug 18, 2017 Go comment!
    It has seemingly again become a trend to stifle arguments with blunt instruments. It might appear to be stretching a point to contrast recent horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States, with post-apartheid South African discourse.
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    • Jeff

    All systems go for the biennial conference

    Aug 18, 2017 Go comment!
    Preparations are being finalised for the Board’s 49th biennial national conference, taking place in the Sandton Shul hall this Sunday at 15:00. To book your place, e-mail [email protected] or call Roseanne on (011) 645-2521.
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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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