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    Positive Shabbos Project spinoff in Sea Point

    Nov 04, 2015 Go comment!
    The new spiritual leader of the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation in Sea Point in Cape Town, has probably had one of the biggest successes as a result of the Shabbos Project.
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    • BD Bar One

    2 more kashrut alerts from the BD

    Nov 02, 2015 4 Comments
    The kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues sent out two late advisories on Friday afternoon about products that erroneously carry their world-famous diamond hechsher – but are, in fact, not kosher.
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    Kashrut Alert

    Oct 30, 2015 Go comment!
    The kashrut department of the Johannesburg Beth Din have issued a “Kashrut Alert” regarding the milchik status of two products that are not labelled as such.
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    Shabbos Project takes world by storm

    Oct 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Throughout the world, the Shabbos Project united Jews in shuls, schools, streets, homes and in this, the third massive move towards togetherness and keeping the Sabbath day holy, there was a 100 per cent increase in participation.
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    • Shabbos 15

    Shabbos Project latest: Havdallah, new video

    Oct 23, 2015 Go comment!
    The incredible global adoption of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s initiative, has found itself at "home" this year with its full-scale roll-out in Israel for the first time. "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," Rabbi Goldstein told Jewish Report on Wednesday. Watch this newly-posted video and read about The Maccabeats and Netanel Hershtik join the world in making Havdallah.
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    • Nossel

    Waverley’s R. Nossel looks after body & soul

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    The Waverley Hebrew Congregation has welcomed a home-grown product, Rabbi Dr David Nossel (pictured) as its spiritual leader - a return to the shul where he had his barmitzvah.
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    Inspired by remarkable heroism of Israelis

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL! "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," says Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. "Israelis go about their daily lives with determination and dignity in defiance of the violence. In this spirit it has been a privilege to see how so many Israelis are preparing for this year’s Shabbos Project."
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    • Kimberly

    Jewish Kimberley: full of old wives’ tales

    Oct 21, 2015 5 Comments
    Kimberley, famed for its diamonds, has what is probably one of the most aesthetic gems of a synagogue, which houses the remnant of the Griqualand West Hebrew Congregation.
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    • Shul

    ‘Glenhazel Shul’: many names for this stalwart

    Aug 12, 2015 1 Comment
    Finding a minyan in the Greater Glenhazel area is a straight-forward business nowadays. There are at least 15 shuls and shtieblach in the area providing daily services, and several more hosting at least a Shabbat-Yomtov minyan.
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    • Pets

    A biblical injunction to take care of pets

    Aug 05, 2015 8 Comments
    The Internet and newspaper classified sections are chock-a-block with advertisements urging people to adopt pets - especially dogs and cats - but there are also horses, ducks, rabbits, budgies, monkeys, even Bearded Dragons and snakes.
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    • Shul

    Historic Gardens Shul still plays a vital role

    Jul 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Visitors to Cape Town’s classy Mount Nelson Hotel may have come across a plaque recording that a little over 160 years ago the first formal Jewish religious services took place in that part of the complex. Back then, the site was occupied by Helmsley Place, the home of 1820 Settler and entrepreneur Benjamin Norden Esq.
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    • Shul

    Great Park Synagogue - steeped in tradition

    Jul 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Almost uniquely for a major Diaspora city, Johannesburg has had a Jewish presence from its earliest beginnings. Two present-day Jewish organisations can trace their origins back to the late 1880s, when the town was less than a year old. One is the Chevrah Kadisha and the other the Great Park Synagogue.
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    • Shul

    Role of women in local synagogue management

    Jul 08, 2015 2 Comments
    In Orthodox synagogues one is accustomed to seeing men reading from the Torah, opening and closing the Aron Kodesh, performing Hagba (the lifting up of the Torah), calling up men to the Torah and all the other duties and mitzvot that are incumbent on males to perform.
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    • Clegg Johnni

    Sinai Indaba kicks off in Cape Town with a bang

    Jun 17, 2015 1 Comment
    Sinai Indaba V kicked off in Cape Town this year, with some 1 300 participants braving the wintry weather to hear world-class speakers at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
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    Is this switch Shabbat compliant?

    Apr 20, 2015 6 Comments
    Rabbonim in Israel & the US are pondering whether last week’s emergence of what claims to be a Halachic-compliant light switch really is. Opinions differ. But, In a surprise development today, Jewish Report Online discovered that the SA Beth Din has spent years developing a “gramma,” device of their own and they are about to start marketing it. Rabbi Dovid Baddiel, a Dayan at the Joburg Beth Din, told Jewish Report that they had been working on just such a device for years.
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    • Sound of Celebration II - HOME

    Win R1,000 in our latest competition

    Mar 11, 2015 1 Comment
    WIN 10 TICKETS WORTH a whopping R1,000! One lucky reader will win ten R100 tickets and be able to invite friends & family to SydShul & Education Africa’s “SOUNDS OF CELEBRATION II” next week. The unique event features musical performances by 150 talented young artists and a guest appearance by Choni G, winner of the title ‘Jewish Star of 2012’. But hurry, the competition closes on Friday. If you don’t plan to go yourself, still enter and you you could donate the tickets to a worthy cause.
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    • Sound of Celebration II - HOME

    Win R1,000 & take friends & family along

    Mar 09, 2015 Go comment!
    WIN 10 TICKETS WORTH a whopping R1,000! One lucky reader will win ten R100 tickets and be able to invite friends & family to SydShul & Education Africa’s “SOUNDS OF CELEBRATION II” next week. The unique event features musical performances by 150 talented young artists and a guest appearance by Choni G, winner of the title ‘Jewish Star of 2012’. But hurry, the competition closes on Friday. If you don’t plan to go yourself, still enter and you you could donate the tickets to a worthy cause.
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    • GreatPark

    Mikvah Maayan Ganim, launches teaching manual

    Feb 19, 2015 2 Comments
    Two years ago Great Park Mikvah Maayan Ganim, built in memory of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, killed in Mumbai in a terrorist attack, opened its doors at the Great Park Synagogue in Johannesburg.
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    Urgent Kashrut notices on various items

    Jan 30, 2015 5 Comments
    Anat (Cape and Joburg); Ladysmith Butter; McCains; and Finn Crisp have all had products withdrawn from the Beth Din list or have incorrectly marked packaging according to a Kashrut Department announcement today. Kashniks in both the communities falling under the Cape Town and Johannesburg kashrut departments of the Beth Din are affected and should take careful note of the implications of this announcement.
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    • Waverley Shul

    Johannesburg Jewry came together to mourn

    Nov 24, 2014 1 Comment
    Johannesburg Jewry came together this evening to mourn the deaths of the victims of the recent terror attacks in Israel and to pray for those injured.
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