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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Keeping Holocaust education relevant

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    In November 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27 – the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The text of the relevant UN resolution identifies two broad aims: one, to remember the six million Jewish and many other victims of Nazi tyranny; and the other, to encourage the development of educational programmes so as to prevent such acts of genocide from happening again.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Can Israeli film take on the monster of war and win?

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    What should someone who loves Israel feel about a film showing the Israeli army negatively rather than heroically – especially when the war against the country continues unabated, its enemies unrelenting in their desire to destroy it?
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    • mzoxolo

    Israel boycott lobby has captured foreign policy of the ANC and the state

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    The decision to downgrade relations overshadowed other international issues at the party’s national conference
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    • JosephGerassi

    Striking a Balance

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    In a world that’s ever more competitive, where getting into a top university has become the only measure of success for many communities, young men and women face challenges that previous generations never encountered.
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    • OpenLetterMatric

    An open letter to the class of 2018

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Dear Grade 12s My name is Galit Milstein and I matriculated in 2017. I write this letter in the hope that my experiences will help those who feel anxious about the coming year. It could also help make matric as productive as possible for you.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Our Country’s Keepers

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers, can leave readers either despairing or infused with hope, humility and a sense of being challenged to emulate a new league of moral heroes.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The dirty business of politics and friendship

    Jan 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Amid the hot air sprouted by politicians during this December/January break, US President Donald Trump took the cake for something significant for South African Jews who consider themselves both Zionist and African.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Making our case to the ANC against an Israeli embassy downgrade

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    The new year is now well underway, with the beginning of the school year commencing this week. Once again, our Jewish day schools recorded excellent matric results. I congratulate our successful matriculants and wish them all success as they embark on the next stage of their lives.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A little more understanding

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Some time ago, clothing store Zara marketed an item that looked like an overrun from the now defunct Auschwitz clothing line. Jews around the world were deeply offended that anyone could be so oblivious to their painful history. They were also perplexed because the item was really, really ugly. And so Jews protested and the product was removed. And no mannequins were harmed in the process.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Getting used to December not being the end of the year

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    December has always marked the start of the year end slow-down. For as long as I can remember, we’ve called it the silly season in the news world. Schools are about to wrap up the year, businesses start winding down their work load and final holiday plans are being confirmed.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Looking back on an eventful, yet satisfying, 2017

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    This being my final column for 2017, I will take the opportunity of reviewing the year that has passed and some of the highlights of the work of the SAJBD during this period. For our country, it has been another eventful, often turbulent, period.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Israel: Can the enemy of my enemy really be my friend?

    Dec 07, 2017 1 Comment
    The current diplomatic flurry about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting numerous African countries all over the continent to strengthen or create ties, has many positive angles, but also rattles skeletons in the closet, particularly for South African Jews.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Board’s Parliamentary Liaison an indispensable link

    Nov 30, 2017 Go comment!
    The position of Parliamentary Liaison is a relatively new one within the SAJBD. It was introduced with a view both to keeping ourselves abreast of major political developments affecting the country, and to be the interface between our community and other sectors of our diverse, multicultural society.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Criticism of Israel: Whose right is it, anyway?

    Nov 30, 2017 2 Comments
    It is not unusual for elder South African politicians to use their anti-apartheid struggle credentials as political capital, as if their views are superior to others.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Zapiro draws criticism

    Nov 30, 2017 3 Comments
    It was my fault. Because not only did I invite cartoonist Zapiro into the studio for an interview but because I asked him about his Israel views. I also invited listener comments and questions.
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    • Flags SA Israel

    Downgrading the SA embassy is akin to a boycott

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    After decades of oppression, resistance and stalled attempts to break the apartheid status quo (justifiably defined as a crime against humanity), South Africans finally negotiated an inclusive and constitutional state.
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    • BenitaLevin

    The makings of a meaningful simcha...

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    A few months before we made aliya, I received a phone call from one of the fabulous organisers at our school in Johannesburg. Effervescent and full of joy as always, Cheryl’s smiley voice rang through the receiver: “Benita-la, I just want to confirm the date for Lirani’s barmitzvah.”
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Embassy downgrade pointless and self-defeating

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    In recent years, we have seen regular attempts by BDS sympathisers within the ruling party to push for South Africa to break its ties with Israel. The most recent initiative was the adoption for further discussion of a proposal, introduced at the ANC’s policy conference in July, that the SA embassy in Tel Aviv be downgraded.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The visit ‘home’: Do SA émigrés ever wish they’d stayed?

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Anyone who has attended a 40-year high school reunion, knows the uncomfortable feeling when you meet classmates from several decades ago, who immigrated to other countries and have had vastly different lives. After five minutes of warm greetings: “Wow, it’s so nice to see you again! Do you remember when we played Sunday league soccer together?”, an uncomfortable silence falls over the gathering, amidst awkward attempts to joke about the passing of time and how everyone is getting older.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    How to paint the town in #MeToo colours

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The growing worldwide momentum of the #MeToo movement through which women who were sexually harassed are speaking out after remaining silent for many years, echoes two erstwhile women’s movements of equal passion: the Suffragettes in the late-19th and early-20th centuries demanding women’s right to vote in public elections; and the 1950s feminists campaigning for equal pay for doing comparable jobs as men, and similar issues.
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