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    What happens when there are no more living Holocaust survivors?

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    What happens when the living witnesses to the Holocaust are no more?
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    Tattooed into the Holocaust psyche

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    I finished reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris more than a month ago, but I am still ruminating on it. It is one of those stories that are unforgettable – something one doesn’t often come across.
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    Documenting Jewish life in Africa

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    The last Jew in Eritrea standing alone in a colourful shul. Two Ethiopian boys wrapped in talleisim, praying. Jewish cemeteries around Africa. These images form part of an exhibition currently running at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre by US photographic documentarian Jono David. Titled Holocaust & Genocide Memory in Africa, it depicts striking images taken as part of his four-year project documenting Jewish life in Africa.
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    Yiddish, Hebrew and South African words spice up Scrabble

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    English is a global and porous language. It has been sucking up words from other languages, like a hungry sponge, for centuries.
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    Life as a bionic man

    Apr 12, 2018 1 Comment
    Russell Fransman is highly charged and enjoying the good life as a “bionic man”.
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    How far should doctors go to uphold ethical practice?

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    “You can teach ethics, but you can’t teach people to be ethical.” This was one of the take-home messages of Professor Solly Benatar, who delivered a lecture titled “Ethical challenges for health professionals: yesterday, today and tomorrow” at the Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Centre recently.
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    Granny Judy, the Lego legend

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    Judy Moritz, a 70-year-old Houghton grandmother, found a way to ease her arthritis in her hands – she took up Lego. This opened up a whole new world for her.
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    A long-term communal leader makes aliya

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    Few can match Steven Adler’s commitment to the community. His dedication stretches from the tender age of five, as a member of Bnei Akiva, and spans 68 years of consistent involvement in Jewish organisations, culminating in Adler being honorary life president of the Chevrah Kadisha and the Glenhazel Hebrew Congregation.
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    Israel cautions travellers over Pesach

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    Israelis and Jews are warned to be extra cautious when visiting more than 34 countries over the Pesach holiday – including countries on the African continent. Israel’s Counter-terrorism Bureau put out an online warning this week because of potential terrorist activity.
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    From international rugby ref to single dad

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    As an international rugby referee, the world was Jonathan Kaplan’s oyster as he flitted from place to place. Then he exchanged his whistle for nappies and night feeds as he welcomed little Kaleb into his life.
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    Update on the Stan & Pete kashrut saga

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    There is a hive of activity at the Union of Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) to address the crisis that erupted in the Jewish community in the wake of the Stan & Pete treif chicken saga, following the community’s call to speed up the investigation process.
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    Hypocrisy as South African ambassador compares Israel to apartheid

    Mar 29, 2018 1 Comment
    The day after this country celebrated Human Rights Day last week, senior South African diplomat Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko stood up at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and said: “There’s no difference between what is happening to the people of Palestine with what was done under apartheid in South Africa.”
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    Is there a culture of anti-Semitism in the Western Cape ANC?

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    When ANC Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) Sharon Davids stood up in a State of the Province debate some weeks ago and said Premier Helen Zille was “in love with the Jewish mafia” and that Jews were to blame for the Cape’s water crisis, she was following in a tradition of previously anti-Semitic statements made by the ANC in the Western Cape over the past decade.
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    Taking up the cause of refugees in Kenya

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    As Jews, we have an entrenched understanding of what it means to be strangers in a foreign land. This hits home specially over Pesach, as we remember our slavery and exodus from Egypt. That’s why giving back, particularly to refugees who’ve had to flee untenable conditions, is an intrinsic call. It’s one Dovi Brom was privileged to answer.
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    Israeli academic unpacks the plotlines of patriotism

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    “I am a Jew; I am an Israeli and I feel an obligation to struggle on for what is happening in my society.”This is the plea of political and social psychologist Daniel Bar-Tal, who spoke recently at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Johannesburg.
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    Kigali’s genocide memorial evokes Jewish links

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    “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.” This Talmudic maxim is etched on glass panels in English, French and Kinyarwanda at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (KGM) in Rwanda’s verdant, hilly and spotless capital city.
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    Holocaust survivors and IDF soldiers share their past experiences

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    When a small group of Holocaust survivors and visiting Israeli soldiers came face to face in Johannesburg last week, there were tears of shared pain and hugs of compassion.
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    Championing child health in Africa and the world

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    Professor Heather Zar was recently named a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, in acknowledgement of her wide-ranging contributions to child health in Africa and the developing world. UNESCO is the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, whose mandate is to promote peace and collaboration among nations.
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    Making it Rain

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    Like most Capetonians these days, King David often had H20 on his mind. Consider: “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters… He leads me beside still waters… He drew me out of many waters… as a tree planted beside rivulets of water…”
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    Greased lightning at KDVP

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    Had New York governor Andrew Cuomo been to see King David Victory Park’s production of Grease this week, he would have been forced to retract his bad joke about Jews not being able to dance. The energy with which the cast can cut a rug is enough to scupper Cuomo’s misguided quip.
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