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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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    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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    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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    • Feldman

    Egalitarian minyanim - a South African perspective

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    Forty years ago, Jewish Johannesburg was a very different place. The community was largely “Traditional” in observance, which meant that they drove to an Orthodox shul on a Friday night, but picked the bacon bits out of their salad on a Saturday.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Hitler as model: Who is the Public Protector protecting?

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    While Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s aggressive demeanour and politically suspect agenda offends many, care must be taken not to automatically dismiss everything she says because of dislike, or for her apparent embrace of certain views of anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Stephen Goodson.
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    • Jeff

    When the Public Protector punts blatant anti-Semite’s book

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    Few if any groups in history have been the targets of as many conspiracy theories as the Jewish people. With the spread of literacy and the rise in education levels, one might have expected this phenomenon to have declined, particularly in democratic countries committed to the values of liberalism, non-racism and equality.
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    • Jeff

    The SAJBD and the wider society

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    In the SAJBD’s mission statement, even before any mention of upholding Jewish civil rights, particular stress is put on the Board’s role in building bridges of friendship and understanding between the Jewish community and the wider society.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Whatsappealing and whatsappalling

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    Sometimes it feels as if social media is taking over the world. And like so many modern innovations, it is both a blessing and a curse.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Sex abuse - the monsters among us

    Jun 22, 2017 Go comment!
    This week’s welcome ruling by high court judge Claire Hartford in the sexual abuse case against Sidney Frankel, which put in place the removal of the "expiration date" of 20 years for laying criminal charges for sexual offences, is a step forward in dealing with the scourge of children and women abuse. Philanthropist Frankel was accused by eight alleged victims of abusing them as children at a Jewish orphanage.
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    Is Jacob Zuma the new King Kong?

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    The theatricality of politics in South Africa today rivals a Shakespearean tragedy, with characters so colourful that The Bard himself would have revelled in its richness. Every morning one wakes to the news of something else to boggle the mind.
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    Take students’ spend seriously, urges brand guru

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    South African students have become far more narcissistic in their approach to brands and expect the brands to work for their money.
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    • Jeff

    Knysna fire relief

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    Generally speaking, engaging in humanitarian initiatives on behalf of the wider society, is not part of the core mandate of the Board. Within our community, there already exist a range of organisations that work in these areas.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Only death and taxes

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    It has often been said that death and taxes are the only real certainties in life. While I can’t tell you too much about taxes, I do have something to share on the other topic.
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    • WIZO

    Youth Day: WIZO salutes SA and Israeli youth

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    Youth Day in South Africa on June 16, is a public holiday dedicated to the courage and sacrifices made by the youths involved in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. It is also a celebration of the hopes and aspirations of all young people.
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