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    Kol isha dispute is settled out of court

    Jul 27, 2016 3 Comments
    a six-month long episode in the life of SA Jewry ended last night when the applicants in the Equality Court case where two Orthodox Jews (later joined by an interfaith group affiliated to Progressive Jewry) took up a position against the Cape Board over the issue of women singing at secular functions, reached an amicable out-of-court settlement. The spat ended when all parties in the hard-fought saga signed off on a negotiated settlement agreement. It is over, finish and klaar!
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    • Chief Rabbi Goldstein for Pesach HOME

    SA rabbis on a solidarity mission to Israel

    Jul 27, 2016 1 Comment
    A group of some 50 South African rabbis have returned from the annual Rabbinical Conference which was this year held in Israel.
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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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    Zimri becomes a symbol of spiritual redemption

    Jul 27, 2016 Go comment!
    Our parsha picks up with the bold deeds of Pinchas in reaction to the scandal committed by Zimri, a prince of Israel, before the entire Jewish people.
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    Berland: Latest news plus video of extradition

    Jul 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Berland finally heads home to face the music. SEE VIDEO and picture on the ElAl plane. The newly-extradited rabbi lost consciousness during a hearing held at at Ayalon prison and he was evacuated to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tel Aviv. Follow links for JR-Online's EXCLUSIVE ball-by-ball coverage on the event from the moment the rabbi was wheels-down at Ben Gurion airport in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
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    SAUPJ elects its first female national chairman

    Jul 20, 2016 6 Comments
    The South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) has elected Monica Solomon as its new national chairman, the first woman to hold this position.
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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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    A prophecy that’s hard to swallow

    Jul 20, 2016 Go comment!
    There is something about Bilam’s prophetic status that’s hard to swallow. How does a person get so close to G-d as to reach the level of prophecy and yet be lumbered with the ignominious title of rasha - “wicked”?
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    More details emerge on R. Berland extradition

    Jul 19, 2016 2 Comments
    UPDATED: TUESDAY 3pm: Rabbi Eliezer Berland was extradited to Israel overnight accompanied by Interpol agents. On landing at he was handed over to the Israeli police who took him into custody and he is being “questioned on suspicion of serious sex offenses.” Some fifty of his followers took the same flight. The extradition was conducted with full co-operation between the SA authorities and their Israeli counterparts - but in complete secrecy.
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    Sprightly Temple Israel turns 80 in grand style

    Jul 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk, were among the dignitaries attending a packed service at Progressive synagogue Temple Israel in Hillbrow last Saturday, celebrating the 80th anniversary of its opening in 1936 by Rabbi MC Weiler.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Three miracles with an association with Torah

    Jul 13, 2016 Go comment!
    The Torah portion of Chukas tells of Miriam’s passing. Immediately afterward, the verse goes on to say that “the people did not have any water”.
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    • Kol Isha website HOME

    Last chance for agreement on Kol Isha

    Jul 06, 2016 1 Comment
    If a solution is to be found that stops the case of two Cape Town Orthodox Jews and a multi-faith organisation taking the Cape Board of Deputies to court over applying religious doctrines at secular events, it will have to happen this week. JR Online understands that the parties are all trying to reach consensus this week. Read where things go if they don't...
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    • Rabbi Berland Holland Home

    R. Berland's case to be reviewed but bail denied

    Jul 06, 2016 Go comment!
    Justice Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane told Rabbi Eliezer Berland late last week in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that as he was so "well-connected" he remained a flight risk and she therefore denied “the Rabbi on the run” bail as he awaits extradition to Israel to face charges of alleged sex crimes. The fugitive rabbi had asked the court for bail until the review of his extradition order.
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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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    Waverley Shul celebrates 60 glorious years

    Jul 06, 2016 1 Comment
    On Sunday June 26, a glittering affair took place in the Samson Hall of Waverley Shul in Johannesburg: It was the shul’s diamond anniversary - 60 years of serving the community.
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    • Parsha Generic

    The most underrated quality

    Jul 06, 2016 Go comment!
    As I gazed at my grandson on my knees, about to be brought into Abraham’s covenant with G-d, a multitude of thoughts flew in and out of my mind. Chief among them: “I am much, much too close to this bris!” Then I noticed the remnant of the umbilical cord which once linked him with his mother, carrying nutrients and oxygen to him, and waste products away from him.
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    'Untrustworthy' Berland’s bail request denied

    Jul 01, 2016 4 Comments
    Justice Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane tells "well-connected" rabbi that he remains a flight risk as he awaits extradition to Israel over alleged sex crimes. The fugitive rabbi asked the court for bail and a review of his extradition order as well as "guarantees" if he is, in fact, to be extradited to Israel. The judge heard that the rabbi was igniting a culture clash with South African courts and prisons.
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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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    Wipe away ‘Spexit’ - stand tall as ‘Am Yisrael’

    Jun 29, 2016 1 Comment
    Brexit is an abbreviation of "British exit", which refers to the June 23 referendum by British voters to exit the European Union. The referendum roiled global markets, including currencies, causing the British pound to fall to its lowest level in decades.
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    • Rabbi Berland Holland Home

    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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