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    SA’s rabbis exposed to cutting-edge ideas during Rabbinical Conference

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    About 40 South African rabbis have just returned from their annual Rabbinical Conference in Israel, where they focused on cutting-edge training in leadership, geopolitical affairs and modern halachic issues.
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    Knit Wits for Madiba make blankets for Mandela Day

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    A group of knitters at Golden Acres in Sandringham, known as the “Knit Wits for Madiba”, handed over their 45 handmade blankets to the 67 Blankets project for Nelson Mandela Day.
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    Bet David reaches out to children in Alex

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Bet David Progressive Shul community in Sandton celebrated Mandela Day by hosting children from the Alexandra Orphanage and Look and Love. These are two privately-funded projects in Alexandra township that offer a safe haven for children in need.
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    Walking in their grandparents’ Klerksdorp footsteps

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    When the Sacks family descended on Klerksdorp last Shabbat, they reinvigorated the shul and the community… albeit briefly.
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    • CommunityPretoriaScience

    Pretoria pupil wins gold at Turkey’s science fair

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Pretoria schoolboy Joshua Sylvain de Miranda won first the prize and gold medal in chemistry at the Oğuzhan Özkaya Education-Karademir Science Energy Engineering Fair (OKSE2F) in Izmir, Turkey, recently.
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    Temple Israel Cape Town’s contribution to Mandela Day

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    More than 100 people gathered at Temple Israel Shul in Green Point, Cape Town on Sunday 15 July for the shul’s annual Mandela Day activities. The Sandak-Lewin Hall was a hive of activity as more than 2 300 sandwiches were made, 450 sock and soap packs were packed and more than 30 blankets created. In the weeks prior to the big day, many loaves of bread, tins of jam, jars of peanut butter, socks, soaps and knitted squares were collected.
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    UJW holds a Mandela Day ice-a-thon

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) Johannesburg ran a cupcake drive to commemorate Mandela Day. They collected more than 3 000 cupcakes, baked with much enthusiasm by members of the community. On Monday, 16 July, they were iced, mainly by children, at a fun Ice-a-Thon event held at Norwood Mall.
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    WIZO gives a needy child the gift of mobility

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    WIZO South Africa and Wheelchairs of Hope donated a paediatric wheelchair to El Roi Baby Home, which provides a home to babies and toddlers awaiting adoption.
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    Maccabi SA’s new boss

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Jarred Gronemann has only been in his new job for a couple of weeks, but already he has set about mapping the way ahead for Maccabi South Africa.
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    Bomb scares terrorise Durban

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    A series of bomb threats across Durban over the past week has left its population – including a small and ageing Jewish community – living in fear. Several explosive devices have been found in public spaces, and while no one has yet claimed responsibility for the string of scares, Jevon Greenblatt, director of the Community Security Organisation (CSO), says these incidents show a “deeply concerning shift towards radicalism”, no matter what the reason behind them.
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    The mystery of Kenneth Saffer’s JNF certificate is solved

    Jul 12, 2018 2 Comments
    When Steve and Irene House arrived at the home of Rabbi Adam Saffer, the questions which had plagued them for almost a decade could finally be answered. A name on a certificate which had hung in their dining room for 10 years was going to be given a face, a personality and a home.
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    Duarte insults original 702 owners

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    According to ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, radio station 702 is “owned by people who have historically hated the ANC”. For this reason, she did not give them permission to use comments she had made after a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon at Luthuli House.
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    Professor Michael Katz – the man in the middle of Moyane’s demands

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    When the attorneys representing suspended South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers on 2 July, one of their key demands was that Professor Michael Katz be removed from the commission looking into tax administration and governance at SARS. Their reason was simply: Katz has a close relationship with the president.
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    Christians rally to support Israel

    Jul 12, 2018 1 Comment
    Pro-Israel Christian communities are tired of keeping a low profile in the fight for Israel and have called for a mass rally in support of the Jewish State to happen on 25 July.
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    Nia creates community through dance

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Nia dancing has ordinary women from all walks of life doing the unthinkable: Enthusing about an “exercise regimen”.
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    • JulieMandelainIsrael

    Mandela’s trip to Israel showed his true passion for peace

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Few South Africans are aware of former president Nelson Mandela’s visit to Israel after he retired as the first democratically elected president in 1999. It is worth noting just days before celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July, as it has become a day for making a difference – however small – in our communities.
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    Aaron Greenblatt: A young Mandela of the future

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    Last year, Aaron Greenblatt founded Aaron’s Rock Your Socks, a charity that collects socks for the needy, and was the youngest ever nominee at the SA Jewish Achiever Awards. A year on, the now nine-year-old powerhouse has been selected as the youngest of News24’s 100 Young Mandelas of the Future.
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    Tales from beyond Brixton’s Jewish graves

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    With more hats than the Queen Mother, Pamela Solarsh made for a quirky choice for secretary to the mayor of Johannesburg. Never one to miss a social event, she was notorious for popping food from tables into the pockets of her voluminous cloak, and only later was discovered to have distributed it among beggars at street corners.
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    Last chance to nominate your Jewish Achievers

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    With nominations closing on Friday (13 July), you have just hours to enter Achiever names (depending when you read this) to ensure that those who have made a difference stand a chance of being honoured for their contribution.
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    NHI won’t have immediate impact on medical aid

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    The National Health Insurance (NHI) is unlikely to have much of an immediate effect on medical aid schemes or even public hospital care, according to various experts in the health sector. However, it does raise very concerning key issues about the state of healthcare in South Africa.
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