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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Education in focus

    Nov 16, 2016 Go comment!
    After the recent chaos and disruption on university campuses across the country, we focus in on tertiary education. It is not surprising that South African Jews are concerned for their children’s futures and considering alternatives to the local universities. Immigration or at least sending children abroad if opportunity and resources allow, have long formed part of our narrative.
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    Some weeks stay in memory

    Nov 10, 2016 1 Comment
    As we went to print on Wednesday, news had broken of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. After the shock, came the jokes, including a very memorable one from the Jewish Report’s chairman, Howard Sackstein, who posted on Facebook: “Syria - how many American refugees are you prepared to take in?”
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    Above Board - Week 36

    Sep 21, 2016 1 Comment
    Speaking out against racism and prejudice wherever and whenever it occurs is part of the SAJBD’s mandate. Rather than being separate from our core mission which is to protect and uphold Jewish civil rights, it is in fact, part of the same broad goal.
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    Paying tribute to South African heroes

    Jul 20, 2016 1 Comment
    During the July school holidays, I visited Ibiza for the first time - the exotic Spanish island where the rich and beautiful flock to enjoy its beaches and famous nightlife.
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    What’s in store for you this week

    Jun 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Welcome to another issue of the SA Jewish Report. Our cities are somewhat quieter as winter school holidays have begun and families are departing for the coastlines or even overseas-for the luckiest ones!
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    Can we do better?

    Jun 15, 2016 3 Comments
    The shooting spree at the upscale Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv last week Wednesday night that killed four Israelis and wounded six others, adds to the tally of 33 Israelis and 200 Palestinians who have been killed in the Israeli Palestinian conflict just since October.
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    Jewish Cape Town: Faribels and festivities

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    This is a very big year for Cape Town Jewry. The community is celebrating 175 years of existence, beginning in 1841 with the founding of the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. This actually marks the birth of organised Jewish life in southern Africa too.
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    What do controversial stories say about us?

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The South African Jewish Report has received surprisingly little criticism for some of the more controversial stories we have recently chosen to cover. These include the ongoing saga of the international fugitive and alleged sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland who is facing imminent extradition to Israel after evading the law for quite some time.
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    The chorus doesn’t change the song

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week, the board of the South African Jewish Report debated whether we should join the rising tidal wave of voices in leadership positions, including the ANC’s Gauteng Executive Committee, in calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.
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    The never-ending road to freedom

    Apr 13, 2016 1 Comment
    Exploring the concepts of freedom and Pesach, are already well travelled roads, so our cover this week tries to examine them with novelty and relevance. We hope our readers enjoy and recognise the symbolism of renowned graffiti artist and political commentator Banksy’s black figure who is seen bashing his way through a matzah to the freedom of the Promised Land.
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    Jonathan Kaplan - Interview with the editor

    Apr 06, 2016 3 Comments
    Jonathan Kaplan, former 2010 Achiever Award Winner for Arts, Science Culture and Sports, and world record holder for refereeing the most number of rugby test matches, is expecting a baby boy at the end of May, just a few months before he turns 50. Ordinary enough except that Kaplan, who is not married but in a relationship, is doing this on his own, using both an egg donor and a surrogate.
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    • Vanessa

    Too poor to play

    Mar 30, 2016 Go comment!
    The local Jewish sports scene has been very busy with Maccabi trials these past few weeks. Teams are being selected for tennis, swimming, netball, futsal, water polo, cricket and more. It is an exciting honour to be chosen to represent South Africa at the 20th World Maccabi Games in Israel in July 2017.
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    Guptas' brief Purim visit

    Mar 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Last week, in our Purim issue, we published - near the front of the newspaper among our more serious news items - a Purim shpiel, historically a comic dramatisation of the Book of Esther, but more recently, also a humorous or satirical, fake newspaper article written during the month of Adar.
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    • Vanessa

    Pro-Israel camp wins the match

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week was a good one for the pro-Israel camp in South Africa and it could have been bad. After all it was the now ubiquitous Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) on university campuses across the country.
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    I merely pose the question…

    Mar 09, 2016 3 Comments
    A well-placed foreigner who has lived for the past few years in this community, made a somewhat controversial observation in conversation recently. He said that the South African Jewish community had “access” to government and major decision-makers, but little “influence”. It is a thought provoking comment.
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    Jewish Report is a paper for all streams of Judaism

    Feb 17, 2016 Go comment!
    The Reform movement had a major victory in Israel after the Israeli Cabinet recently made the decision to allocate a part of the Western Wall for Progressive prayer services. Locally, however, the Reform movement has felt side-lined by the South African Jewish Orthodox community.
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    Anti-black, anti-Jew - what to do… what to do?

    Jan 27, 2016 4 Comments
    It all started with a remark posted on Facebook by white Durban real estate agent Penny Sparrow who compared the behaviour of black people on a beach on New Year’s day to “monkeys”. Then Chris Hart, economist at Standard Bank, was fired for his tweet that 25 years after apartheid, “victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities”.
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    Guidelines from the Jewish handbook

    Jan 20, 2016 1 Comment
    In the last few weeks the media has been filled with stories of South Africa’s educational crises. Universities have been plagued with protests and the 2015 matric results were dismal. Of the 799 306 candidates who wrote, only 166 263 qualified for university entrance and there was a five per cent drop in the National Senior Certificate matric pass rate from last year.
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    Sushi on Muizenberg or partying with the jet set - Cape Town has it all

    Jan 13, 2016 3 Comments
    Cape Town, the beautiful Mother City, is slowly recovering from the weight of the holiday-making crowds as people return home to start the new year. This is nothing new. Cape Town and its surrounds have been a desired summer holiday destination for as long as anyone can remember. What is noticeable is that over the past five to 10 years, it has become a playground for an international jet set: Africa’s own St Tropez.
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    • Vanessa

    Agents of change

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    I was privileged to sit on a panel with some fascinating women at the WIZO South Africa 35th Triennial Conference in Cape Town last Sunday. We were asked to consider and relate how, we as women, have been able to affect change and empower others through our work.
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