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    • Pine

    Pine Street's big Yom Yerushalayim event

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    Last Saturday night a capacity crowd at the Pine Street Shul Hall in Johannesburg celebrated Yom Yerushalayim in style.
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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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    • Kol Isha HOME

    ‘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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    • Lag

    Fifty bonfires make for a warm and cosy Great Park Lag B’Omer

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Over 3 500 members of the Johannesburg Jewish community gathered together in the Great Park Forest in celebration of Lag B ‘Omer and Jewish unity last week. A broad spectrum of 41 Johannesburg communities and organisations participated in what was the biggest Lag B’Omer celebration to date.
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    • Jeff

    ‘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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    Blessings or curses - you decide

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    Howzit? How was your week? Do you feel blessed right now? Cursed? Our Torah portion has strong feelings on this matter.
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    • Kol Isha HOME

    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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    Get refusal leaves many Jewish women in limbo

    May 25, 2016 7 Comments
    A Cape Town woman has been living in a married wilderness for five years because her former husband is refusing to give her a get. But now she is getting help from the Cape Town branch of the Union of Jewish Woman (UJW) who has launched a campaign they hope will persuade the rabbonim and community leaders to help secure a get from the man who is getting married in a civil ceremony this Sunday.
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    • Rabbi

    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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    • Jeff

    Mother City in celebratory mood this year

    May 25, 2016 Go comment!
    Since the beginning of 2016, a number of events, including a symphony concert and public lectures, have been held in Cape Town as part of a year-long programme marking the 175th anniversary of Jewish communal life in the city.
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    • Gilad

    It’s not over till the lady sings - says Stern

    May 25, 2016 6 Comments
    How did I get to be in the situation of being one of three complainants against my own Jewish community? Ninety per cent of South African Jews probably think that muzzling women is looney, but 90 per cent also feel that we Jews shouldn’t wash our dirty linen in public. I agree. So if I agree, why am I, a shomer shabbat Orthodox-ish Jew, litigating?
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    • Kol Isha HOME

    Date set for ‘women singing’ in Equality Court

    May 05, 2016 1 Comment
    The Equality Court action being brought against the Cape Board of Deputies by two Cape Orthodox Jews and subsequently joined by an interfaith Progressive-affiliated group, SACRED, has not had an impact on today’s Yom Hashoah proceedings at the at Pinelands Cemetery in the city. But JR Online has established that court dates have been set down and we publish the legal copies of the arguments of the respective parties today.
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    • Parsha Generic

    Looking through heaven’s eyes

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The Babylonians plundered it, Roman General Titus stabbed it and invader Pompey reportedly prostrated in awe when entering it.
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    Women singing: Religious vs Constitutional rights

    May 03, 2016 1 Comment
    JR users posted hundreds of comments last month. The hot-button topic of the day is the banter of divergent opinion on the issue of the Cape Town SAJBD being sued in the Equality Court over women not being allowed to sing at secular events – the halachic doctrine of ‘Kol Isha’ - which has itself seen almost 50 comments totalling in excess of 12 000 words being posted. As things stand, it seems that if neither side backs down, religious rights vs constitutional rights are set to be tested for the first time.
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    Remember those who refused to be mere victims

    May 03, 2016 Go comment!
    For Yom Hashoah 2016, the international theme chosen by Yad Vashem is remembering those victims of the Holocaust who resisted being brutalised by the horrific circumstances in which they were placed, but instead strove to maintain and preserve their essential humanity.
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    • Kol Isha HOME

    Proposal unacceptable, says Cape Board

    Apr 30, 2016 4 Comments
    The Cape Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies has emphatically denied having reached any compromise with the three claimants who are taking the Cape Board to the Equality Court over the constitutionality of not allowing women to sing at Jewish secular events.
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    Berland opts for ‘Sun City’ jail

    Apr 26, 2016 2 Comments
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s attorney, Themba Langa, on Tuesday closed his case at the rabbi’s bail hearing in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court with an impassioned plea that the rabbi be given bail, especially as it is Passover. He said the rabbi was a man of elevated spirituality and probity and “in the normal course of events” would have returned to Israel to deal with the allegations of sexual assault made against him by followers. READ ALL ABOUT THE COURTROOM DRAMA...
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    Berland spent Pesach in 'Sun City' prison

    Apr 26, 2016 1 Comment
    Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s bail hearing is scheduled to continue this morning [Tuesday, April 26] in the Randburg Magistrate’s court, on the northwest side of Johannesburg. But, given what took place at the hearing last week, especially on Thursday and Friday, there is no guarantee that the hearing will reach an end.
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    'Teach your children the truth' writes Choni

    Apr 25, 2016 6 Comments
    With all the mixed messages from our spiritual and lay leaders regarding the importance and applications of Pesach in the Diaspora - writes Choni Davidowitz, pictured - and how we, as Jews, should be thankful that we can celebrate Passover in a free society, we should be reminded of the true meaning of the Pesach seder.
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