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  • Change is always possible against all odds

    May 21, 2014 Go comment!
    Welcoming a capacity audience to the biannual Zionist campaign for 2014/5, in Houghton, Johannesburg, last week, WIZO SA President Tamar Lazarus spoke of continuing the 100 year tradition of women’s Zionist activity.
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  • Lest we forget

    May 08, 2014 Go comment!
    There was again an impressive turnout for the annual Yom Hazikaron ceremony in Johannesburg on Sunday, with an estimated 1 700 people crowding into the Yeshiva College Shul to join in remembering Israel’s fallen soldiers.
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  • Beth Din to accredit local Soferim as ‘kosher’

    Apr 30, 2014 1 Comment
    The Joburg Beth Din is to accredit local Soferim as ‘kosher’ after complaints of Pasul products in the market
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  • Where were you when I needed you?

    Apr 24, 2014 2 Comments
    They’re at it again! Two of SA Jewry’s biggest social media wise-guys, @Howard Sackstein and @Darren Sevitz have had another hilarious tryst on the KashrutSA facebook page. This time Howard pretends to be upset that Darren, CEO of the UOS, wasn’t available all through Pesach as Howard jokingly says he needed advice on whether dagga is kitniot, whether Easter Eggs should have been eaten with salt water, etc. Darren’s light-hearted replies are just as naughty.
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  • Fugitive Rabbi, followers, cause uproar

    Apr 23, 2014 4 Comments
    faced with hundreds of followers of alleged Israeli sex-pest Rabbi Eliezer Berland in Joburg for Pesach, Chief Rabbi retracted his initial instruction
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  • Chief Rabbi: Don’t shelter Berland

    Apr 14, 2014 3 Comments
    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein has called on the SA Jewish community not to shelter or support Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who fled Israel after accusations of sexual assault. Rabbi Berland is the head of the Shuvu Banim Chassidic sect. More Pictures in story...
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  • The complete 2014 UOS Pesach Guide

    Apr 09, 2014 Go comment!
    The full 2014/5774 UOS Pesach Guide is available on SAJR ONLINE. This detailed 51-page guide contains almost all the information that a Jewish home needs to do everything correctly and following Halachah. SAJR Online has also published the specialised “sale of Chametz”, “Pesach Alerts” and “Pesach Medicine Guide” are also available for users’ convenience
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  • Pesach kashrut chirpathon

    Apr 09, 2014 2 Comments
    2 of the most prolific Facebook chirpers in SA Jewry, Sackstein & Sevitz, go head-to-head in hilarious exchange
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  • Kashrut notice – UOS pilots new model

    Mar 31, 2014 Go comment!
    The kashrut department of the Beth Din is piloting a new model in which a portion of manufactured goods in a store, as against the store in general, is under their kosher supervision. It is not a wholly untried system, says UOS CEO Darren Sevitz as there is a precedent with Ster Kinekor cinemas
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  • Parshat Tazria: The Eternal Covenant

    Mar 26, 2014 Go comment!
    “And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised.” The verse comes from the opening lines of this week’s parsha and, as they say in the classics, the rest is history.
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  • Dayan Isaacs Memorial

    Mar 17, 2014 1 Comment
    There will be a Public Memorial Service this evening (Monday 17 March) at Sydenham Shul at 6pm to pay tribute to Dayan Dr Dennis Isaacs zt’l.
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  • Goldstein - my highlight

    Mar 07, 2014 1 Comment
    The overarching philosophy of the activities of the Chief Rabbi was governed by Torah, the blueprint for the world, covering every facet of life, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said at the Victory Park Hebrew Congregation, speaking on “Memorable Moments” since he took office nine years ago
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  • Beth Din revises its policy on strawberries

    Feb 20, 2014 1 Comment
    In a Kashrut Notice issued by the Joburg Beth Din today, they have advised of a revision of their policy regarding the checking & cleaning of strawberries
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  • Nandos’ Brozin heads Chief Rabbi's taskforce

    Feb 05, 2014 3 Comments
    In 14 years between 2001 & 2013: Chickens slaughtered reduced by 43 per cent from 879,393 to 506,210 (GRAPH LEFT); Beef slaughtered increased by 42 per cent from 8,557 to 12,138 & Lamb increased by 60 per cent from 10,072 to 16,102. SEE ALL THE GRAPHS. And find out why the kosher chicken crossed the road...
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  • UOS phones are out!

    Jan 29, 2014 Go comment!
    Due to a lightning strike, the UOS Johannesburg’s phone lines are down. Technicians are working to resolve the issue, they say, which they hope to be very soon. If anyone is unable to get through to them in the interim, call them on 087 231-7267. The UOS switchboard includes the Office of the Chief Rabbi, the Beth Din and the kashrut department.
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  • Philanthropist Sam Sher passes on

    Jan 20, 2014 3 Comments
    “Sam has departed. South Africa has lost its glory” declared Rabbi B Grossnass; “The whole community is in mourning over the loss of a tzaddik in our time and one of the most wonderful philanthropists in our city” lamented Isaac Reznik in a ChaiFM tribute. Anguish was felt across Johannesburg, Manchester and many towns in Israel.
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  • NB – TAKE URGENT NOTE!

    Jan 10, 2014 Go comment!
    The kashrut dept issued 9 new notices today, mostly of goods no longer kosher. Read this list urgently and take careful note of the contents.
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  • Kosher dried fruit & nuts for Africa

    Dec 19, 2013 1 Comment
    More customers opting for a healthier lifestyle led KosherWorld to add a store-within-a–store & join the Montagu family.
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  • Chief Rabbi’s memorial Prayer for Madiba

    Dec 10, 2013 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein is renowned for delivering deeply meaningful speeches and Prayers at the best of times. But today, before what was arguably the most eminent crowd ever assembled at one place in human history – outdid even his own standards in the Prayer he delivered at the Nelson Mandela memorial service today.
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  • SA Jewry conduct memorial services for Mandela

    Dec 07, 2013 Go comment!
    Memorial services for Madiba will be held at a single Shul in each SA city – with Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth holding services at 6pm on Sunday 8 December; and Cape Town and Pretoria on Monday 9 December.
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