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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Communication is key is breaking down misconceptions

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Early in its existence, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) recognised the need to add a public relations component to its day-to-day functioning. As the Jewish community’s representative spokesbody, it could not always keep a low profile, but sometimes needed to take a public stand on issues affecting it.
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    • Geoff

    Which line turns pride in my culture into crushing others?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    From here at the bottom of Africa, with South Africa’s racist history still dominating its people’s lives, Israel’s nation-state bill – currently working its way through the Knesset – causes a chill to run down the spine of some lovers of Israel.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Where to go to daven?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    I have always been a bit of a talker. Which is why one of my earliest memories of shul is of being forced to remain silent while seated on a hard, wooden pew at the Yeoville or Berea Synagogue. It felt austere and unfamiliar, and I needed to entertain myself as the choir droned.
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    • STEVEN GRUZD ex SAJBD

    Is the recall of the SA ambassador effectively a downgrade?

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    The prospects of a swift return of South Africa’s ambassador to Israel look bleak. Last week, at her first newly instituted monthly press briefing, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu emphasised that current conditions prevent Ambassador Sisa Ngombane from going back to his post in Tel Aviv. Is this tantamount to a tacit downgrade of the South African embassy to a liaison office, as per the ANC’s December 2017 resolution?
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    • DBrotmanUSE

    SA Jewish community at risk of losing young, skilled immigrants

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    I was very fortunate to have received permanent residency in South Africa in 2013, under the category of “exceptional skills”. I was 26 years old at the time. After some years performing Jewish communal work, I went on to co-found a company that curates sector-specific trips to nine destinations around the world. This is for South African professionals and entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of some of the best technological innovations in their industry.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Let’s celebrate our ‘Yes we can’ attitude

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Over the past few weeks, this column has unavoidably had a negative focus, having reported mainly on recent acts of anti-Semitism and how the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has gone about dealing with them. Certainly, this is a serious issue that can hardly be swept under the carpet. However, we must avoid becoming overly focused on it, to the extent that it comes to overshadow the many positive things about living as Jews in South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    Are we friends and comrades if I look the other way?

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Remember the Hebrew writing on South African weapons during apartheid’s war against its enemies in the 1970s? Israel needed whatever friends it could get; so did South Africa. Together, they became a leading weapons developer and force in the international arms trade. That was realpolitik.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The backlash from an earnest column about conscription

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    The time between submitting a column and it being published, is for me an anxious period. Because I pride myself on writing with authenticity, it often means that there is a good chance that someone will be offended by what I have written. In most cases I have made peace with that prior to submitting, but sometimes I am taken by surprise by a reaction that I didn’t see coming.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Linkage of anti-Semitism and Israel hostility a global phenomenon

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    South African Jewish Board of Deputies National Director Wendy Kahn took part in an “Expert Stakeholder Consultation on Monitoring and Combatting Antisemitism” meeting in Geneva Last Thursday, where she updated the forum on recent incidents of anti-Semitism in South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    Wounding words. Who decides?

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    What should we do about the k-word? Flight crew evicted a woman from a flight about to take off from Johannesburg to Durban two weeks ago, after she used the word in an SMS to refer to the black captain and passengers, and another passenger noticed it and complained to the crew. She admitted it was wrong, but protested that he had invaded her privacy by reading her SMS. She reportedly lost her job at her company as a result.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The things our children will never experience

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    We were having dinner, and discussing what food my wife had prepared for an upcoming trip to the Kruger National Park. The list was uninteresting, and included the predictable.
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    • ColinJantjies

    British Royals have Jewish ancestors

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    When more than 11 million television viewers watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, commentators remarked that the mixed marriage was a first for British royalty. This is not true.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Let’s not lose sight of who we are and what we bring

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    A few years ago, my son Zac was elected chairperson of SAUJS (the South African Union of Jewish Students) at Wits University. He had just returned from a year in a yeshiva in Israel, and was determined to change the world for the good. Beginning with Wits campus.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Just how serious is this anti-Semitic spike in SA?

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    As reported elsewhere in this week's issue, there were a spate of widely publicised anti-Semitic incidents in South Africa last week.
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    Whose shoulders are you dancing on? And why?

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    What would compel you to attend the funeral of someone you had never met? In the past ten days, two great men of the arts have passed on: Francois Theron, the Artistic Director of the National Children’s Theatre, and veteran photographer David Goldblatt. This country is the poorer for losing them and the clarity they brought in confusing times.
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    • IanLevitt

    Righting a universal wrong

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    “Is there anything that we can do? But it was so long ago? We were little children when it happened. But, we have no money. He is very powerful, connected, dangerous. He still has access to children…”
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    • soccer

    Global Cup keeps us glued to the box

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    The Soccer World Cup is a jamboree that takes over homes, living rooms, spouses, and children. And if you happen to be living in the country hosting the tournament (as we were in 2010), it can take over your emotional, retail, and work life as well. At the time, we also had to grin and bear the dulcet sounds of those midnight Vuvuzela festivities down the road – RIP SA World Cup 2010!
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Judaism: the 'Incredible' balancing act between rights and duty

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a scene from the marvellous animation, The Incredibles, which is indelibly seared into my memory. We join the superhero, Mr Incredible, on a regular night of saving the world when suddenly, his attention is caught by a man, Oliver Sansweet, about to cast himself off the top of a building. We watch the attempted suicide tumble off the roof, and we witness that moment of decision on Mr. Incredible’s face, we see the conviction, “Not on my watch!”
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Threat to Indian community is a threat to Jews

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    No-one can say for sure who coined the aphorism “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”, but its fundamental message remains as relevant as ever. This is especially true of countries like our own, where democracy is of comparatively recent origin. Events on the local front this week underscored once more how the freedoms we all enjoy can never be taken for granted.
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    • Geoff

    Cry the beloved State Theatre

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    If an overseas visitor wanted to understand some of the reasons people want to leave South Africa for Israel, the United Kingdom, or other countries, he or she might visit Pretoria’s State Theatre.
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