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    Jews and their relationship to chocolate

    Oct 11, 2018 1 Comment
    Jews have a deep connection to chocolate – not just to eating it, but to its development as a confectionery.
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    King David Schools’ kindred spirits

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    From The Love Boat to Love Island, From Russia with Love, to Paris Je t’aime, many have searched for romance in a myriad of milieu. Yet, for scores of King David High School sweethearts, it was in the very hallways and corridors of school that love blossomed.
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    Thirty years away from Israel

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Thirty years away from Israel is a long time, especially as it has been on a long-term development binge. When I told people I was going back after having lived there three decades ago, I was informed: “You won’t recognise it” or “It doesn’t even resemble the place you left.”
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    Jews and Greeks party in Parliament

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Jews and Greeks sang, networked, and broke bread in Parliament last week, but the event had little to do with local politics, and everything to do with communal bonding between the two South African minority groups. So says Michael Bagraim, the Shadow Minister of Labour and DA Member of Parliament.
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    Dramatically transporting audience to Holocaust horror

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    A chilling scream rent the evening air at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre on Thursday, 20 September. In silent horror, guests – who had moments earlier been socialising in the foyer – watched as two terrified girls were hauled along the balcony overhead and marched down the staircase by a guard in Nazi uniform.
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    The funny side of not fitting in

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Few people laugh about autism or people with Aspergers Syndrome, but a new hit play, Odd Man Out, explores the funny side of being different.
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    Sukkah bicycle brings the mitzvah to the people

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    You get so many variations of sukkahs across the Jewish world over Sukkot, but few are cycled around campus.
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    Magazine maven draws on past in debut novel

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    Vanessa Raphaely was editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 16 years, becoming Editorial and then Content Director of Associate Magazines, a company started by her mother and the queen of women’s magazines, Jane Raphaely. Now, Vanessa has penned her debut novel (although she has also written a children’s book). She describes it as “a fast-paced, twisty, page-turner, with a proper slap in the face of an ending!” She lives in Cape Town, and has also launched The Village Facebook group. The SA Jewish Report asks her questions.
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    SAUJS election renews commitment to students

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) recently held elections and selected the organisation’s 2019 national committee.
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    Friends of Israel gather in a sukkah

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    A sukkah needs to be built using natural elements, allowing for the rain to come in, Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein told the South African Friends of Israel (Safi) cultural exchange held in the Sydenham shul sukkah on 7 October.
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    King David cricketers are victorious

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Jacob Sacks from King David Sandton and Benji Stone from King David Linksfield were among the victorious South African U13 team at the World Indoor Cricket Federation Junior World Series in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 29 September to 8 October.
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    Givers pack a punch

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    A large group of little givers, together with Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein, visited Yad Aharon & Michael to pack Sukkot food hampers for 650 families in need.
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    Yom Tov tragedy: Orlianski’s death leaves unanswered questions

    Sep 20, 2018 3 Comments
    Yom Tov was spent in the ICU ward praying and hoping for a miracle,” says Daniel Witz, the son-in-law of 71-year-old Zalman Orlianski, who was critically injured in an altercation with an Uber driver over a parking space at OR Tambo International Airport, where he was collecting his family for Rosh Hashanah on Sunday. Orlianski passed away in hospital before Yom Kippur.
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    Verdicts bring closure to long saga of hate

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has made it clear that anti-Semitism – even from political leaders – will not be tolerated in South Africa.
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    Ramaphosa calls for engagement on Israel – and help with SA’s revival

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    “We must be vigilant against all forms of intolerance including anti-Semitism,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa in a landmark address to the South African Jewish community on 12 September at the Gardens Shul in Cape Town. “We must respond to it with the same resolve as we do against any act or statement that seeks to demean any faith, gender, or ethnic group.”
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    Wendy Kahn among world’s top 50 most influential Jews

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    Wendy Kahn, the National Director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), has been recognised as one of the world’s top 50 most influential Jews by The Jerusalem Post.
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    South Africans among Algemeiner’s top 100

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    King Goodwill Zwelithini, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, and Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein don’t have a whole lot in common. However, this week they were each named as one of the top 100 individuals who have positively influenced Jewish life over the past year. The American-based Jewish and Israeli news platform, The Algemeiner recently unveiled the list, known as the J100.
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    Swastika artwork ‘not aimed at Jewish community’

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    An artwork featuring Nelson Mandela in a Nazi salute superimposed onto a swastika caused an uproar at the FNB JoburgArtFair at the Sandton Convention Centre earlier this month. Guests angrily demanded that it be removed, and because of this, the work was hung and taken down twice in one day.
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    Hanekom invites Palestinian tourism minister on official visit

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    Despite Palestine not being recognised internationally as a country, the South African government welcomed Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Rula Maa’yaa, to South Africa on an official visit earlier this month.
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    Will Iran be undone by domestic dissent?

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    The wars in Iraq and Syria have greatly expanded the influence of Iran, in an arc from Tehran westwards to the Mediterranean coast. It has long supported and armed proxies like Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza, and poured invective on Israel. But Iran’s biggest threat lies at home from its increasingly impoverished people.
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