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    • Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz Conference of Emissaries

    R. Hazdan keynote speaker at Chabad-Lubavitch event

    Nov 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Some 5 600 emissaries (shluchim) from Chabad-Lubavitch from all over the world gathered at the Pier 8 warehouse in Brooklyn, New York this week for the opening of their four-day annual international conference and banquet, 75 years after the arrival of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, from Europe.
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    South Dakota to get a permanent rabbi

    Nov 28, 2016 2 Comments
    South Dakota, with its minuscule Jewish community scattered throughout an expansive area, has had the dubious distinction of being the only state in the US with no rabbi
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    No trial for Berland who'll serve little time

    Nov 23, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland (79), who spent time in South Africa on the run from Israeli authorities during two stints, before finally being arrested by the Hawks and extradited to Israel, was finally sentenced for three sexual assault offences in a plea bargain deal in an Israeli court on Monday. He will probably only serve five more months of his 18 month sentence - Read why... See the video
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    Mexico fires envoy, but changes its vote

    Oct 19, 2016 4 Comments
    His country fired him from his post, but heard what their Jewish Unesco Ambassador Andrés Roemer said. He was released from his duties after protesting his country’s support for a resolution which denied Jewish ties to Temple Mount on Monday, but Mexico changed its vote with an apology to its Jewish community on Tuesday and for the first time since 2010, opposed a proposal by the Palestinian-Arab bloc in Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
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    Religious leaders pledge support to Pravin Gordhan

    Sep 14, 2016 Go comment!
    So, a rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into the Treasury… Last week Wednesday, four executive members of the National Religious Leaders Council (NRLC), including Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at his office in Pretoria.
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    Chief Rabbi Goldstein to headline USA conference

    Sep 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein will be headlining this month’s Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference in College Park, Maryland, in the US. The conference takes place from September 18 - 20.
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    How Israeli women are gaining in the fight for Jewish divorce

    Aug 24, 2016 Go comment!
    In this case, the sins of the son are the sins of the father. Israel’s Supreme Rabbinical Court this month jailed haredi Orthodox man for 30 days for pressuring his son to withhold a divorce from his wife for more than a decade. By upholding a lower rabbinical court decision, the high court gave its blessing to an unprecedented approach to freeing women from unwanted marriages.
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    Tikkun olam at SAUPJ's successful conference

    Jul 27, 2016 Go comment!
    A Mandela Day tikkun olam project by the Progressive Jewish community of Cape Town was the final highlight of the three-day Biennial South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) conference in the city over the weekend.
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    The heat is being turned up on get refusers

    Jul 20, 2016 Go comment!
    A woman who has, after five years, been freed from the chains of being refused a get (Jewish divorce), will be talking about her experiences at a programme organised by the Go-Getters, the SA Get Network, and the Union of Jewish Women at the HOD in Orchards in Johannesburg on August 2.
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    SAUPJ's open letter to the Orthodox community

    Jul 06, 2016 7 Comments
    The Wynberg Progressive Shul in Cape Town came under fire last week after having invited members of the Open Mosque to have Iftar (Breaking of the fast during Ramadan) with them on Friday night. The media were also present and after the story ran both the SA Union for Progressive Judaism leadership and the Moslem leadership were “fired with questions,” says SAUPJ national chairman Alvin Kushner, pictured. Read his open letter to the Orthodox community...
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    Two more sign gets amid community outrage

    Jun 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Two men - one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg – finally succumbed to community pressure and came to the Beth Din to sign their gets last week after numerous reports appeared in the SA Jewish Report and on the Go-Getters Facebook page about men who had refused to sign the Jewish divorce decree - including the naming and shaming of Capetonian Anthony Sherman by the Beth Din.
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    Berland now to hear his fate on Thursday

    Jun 28, 2016 Go comment!
    An urgent application was launched at the Joburg High Court last Thursday in a bid to get bail for sex-pest rabbi, Eliezer Berland, who has been jailed pending extradition since before Pesach. On June 3 the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, signed the extradition order which had been issued in April – the final step required for the extradition to take place.
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    Edelstein’s grandson's barmitzvah in Soweto

    Jun 22, 2016 1 Comment
    On Youth Day this year, one of South African Jewry’s most unusual, as well as symbolic and emotionally charged barmitzvah ceremonies took place in Soweto’s Western Jabavu suburb.
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    Rabbi Berland's SA road is set to reach its end

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    Speculation on the imminent extradition to Israel of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the fugitive Shuvu Banim Breslov sect leader, has reached fever pitch when followers posted on both his website and blog just prior to Shabbos last weekend that the rabbi was returning to Israel, supposedly of his own volition, after three years on the run.
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    ‘Reconciliation’ talk, but 2 sides poles apart

    Jun 01, 2016 3 Comments
    There have been a number of significant developments in the kol isha matter - an Equality Court action brought by Gilad Stern and others against the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies over refusing to allow women to sing in front of men at secular events (with the emphasis on the recent Yom Hashoah commemoration) over the past week. But despite some conciliatory gestures, the “moratorium” doesn’t look very solid.
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    Community itself should resolve Kol Isha

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    The question of women singing at Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Commemoration Day is one that has caused a great deal of heartache within our community. Unfortunately, the debate has been characterised by much emotion but little understanding of the facts and issues involved.
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    ‘Kol isha’ question - for community to decide

    Jun 01, 2016 1 Comment
    On June 20, the SAJBD Cape Council will be facilitating a colloquium for its affiliate organisations to debate the question of women singing solo at Yom Hashoah, hopefully the outcome of which will be a working solution for the Cape Jewish community’s continued all-inclusive commemoration of the Holocaust.
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    Kol isha heading for the Equality Court

    May 31, 2016 Go comment!
    Unless something drastic happens at the proposed Cape Town community colloquium next month to try to resolve the differences between two Cape Town Orthodox Jews joined by SACRED (a Progressive-affiliated interfaith group, the SA Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity) and the Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies who decided not to allow women to sing solo at this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration, the scene is set for a ground-breaking court case with huge repercussions all-round.
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    Jewish women not second class citizens

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls himself “very fortunate” to have grown up in South Africa and to have been part of the English Orthodox model where one did not have to be “frum” to attend an Orthodox shul. “Everybody’s welcome, all are equal and part of our communities - we leave it up to G-d to judge individuals.
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    Court action: Margolis acted alone says SAUPJ

    Apr 15, 2016 5 Comments
    Alvin Kushner (pictured), national chairman of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ), clearly distanced his organisation from the Equality Court action in Cape Town against the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. While one of the SAUPJ rabbis has joined the action, he said, it had been instituted in her own name. Kushner acknowledged that the SAUPJ do “share the frustration felt by women who are prohibited from singing,” he said they were not part of the action against the Board.
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