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    Guttmann or Hajós - it remains Jewish Olympic gold

    Feb 17, 2016 Go comment!
    We are in another Olympic year when we once again look to see how much Jewish representation, other than the Israeli team, will be in Rio de Janeiro. The Americans are usually good for the odd Jewish team member, but in the early days of the modern Olympics it was usually countries like Hungary who had most Jews in their teams.
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    Einstein lauded, Relativity proven after 100 years

    Feb 15, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week scientists said they had been able to directly detect the existence of gravitational waves, identified in ground-breaking “Theory of Relativity” by renowned Jewish scientist Einstein a century ago. But the announcement was not without controversy in Israel. At a similar announcement at Hebrew U, Israeli property magnate Dror Halevi took the opportunity to criticize Israeli society’s lackadaisical attitude toward the famous scientist while the world celebrated his theory’s centenary last year.
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    Did Bernie Sanders steal Joe Lieberman's Jewish crown?

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    Maybe now that Bernie Sanders has become the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary he’ll start getting the Joe Lieberman treatment.
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    Israel and apartheid narrative: 2 SA students weigh in

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    About two-dozen people filed into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night – February 4 - scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall.
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    Mendelsohn takes reins at Commonwealth Jewish Congress

    Feb 03, 2016 Go comment!
    The Commonwealth Jewish Council, which includes southern Africa, has elected a new president, Jon, Lord Mendelsohn, who succeeds the late Lord Janner.
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    US polls: Bloomberg could be latest twist for Jews

    Feb 03, 2016 Go comment!
    The 2016 US presidential race has been high on twists, with billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders leading in many polls. But the topsy-turvy journey might just be getting started. As voters cast their first ballots in Iowa and New Hampshire, former New York City mayor and Jewish billionaire Michael Bloomberg, whose net worth dwarfs even that of Trump, is reportedly considering an independent run for president.
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    Women ‘rabbis’ in Orthodoxy remains a sensitive issue

    Feb 03, 2016 12 Comments
    Recently-ordained Rabbi Lila Kagedan has stirred up international controversy after adopting the title of rabbi. Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi”, has been hired by Mount Freedom Jewish Centre in Randolph, New Jersey.
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    The Struggle was well worth it, says Denis Goldberg

    Feb 03, 2016 Go comment!
    The award of the Freedom of the City of London is extremely rare and is usually bestowed upon royalty, heads of state or figures of genuine global standing. On Wednesday last week, 20 years since Nelson Mandela received the award, it was given to four exceptional South African Struggle icons in an inspiring ceremony.
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    Baking a challah to commemorate Daniella’s life

    Jan 27, 2016 Go comment!
    Daniella Moffson, niece of Rabbi Shmuel Moffson and Discovery’s Adrian Gore, has died after a tragedy in Central America.
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    The ‘sweet poison’ called sugar

    Jan 27, 2016 1 Comment
    A new study has shown that over half the population of South Africa is overweight and obese and it has recommended a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), Aviva Tugendhaft, pictured, co-author of the study conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand, told the SA Jewish Report.
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    102,000 stones – for those who never returned

    Jan 25, 2016 Go comment!
    More than one hundred thousand people were deported from the Westerbork transit camp in Holland during WWII. 102,000 of them did not return. The camp was obliterated after the war but, after an initiative by former prisoners, a museum opened in the Eighties and 102,000 stones were placed on the original parade ground. Read this compelling and under-told account of the transit camp that was, then wasn’t, and is now one of the most poignant memories of the Shoah.
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    3-way race with Sanders least pro-Israel

    Jan 24, 2016 2 Comments
    Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former three-term mayor of New York City, is considering an independent run for the US presidency. He told friends and associates that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his own money on a campaign for the November 2016 election and has aides drawing up plans. However, it seems, that the Jewish media tycoon will only run if the other options are fellow-Jew Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump (who has frum Jewish grandchildren.
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    Around the Jewish World

    Jan 20, 2016 Go comment!
    JERUSALEM -Last week, a Belz yeshiva student found a small bag containing 130 000 shekels (over R520 000) in cash at a bus station in Haifa.
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    What Pope’s synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations

    Jan 20, 2016 Go comment!
    When Pope Francis crosses the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he became the third pontiff in history to do so. But his three km journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore shows that what was once unthinkable is now the norm.
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    2015’s top newsmaker opens up - UPDATED

    Jan 04, 2016 Go comment!
    UPDATED WEDNESDAY: It is not often that a community media platform gets to write 63 stand-alone stories on one individual’s activities over 20 months. Therefore, for consistently making fresh, controversial news, there can only be one choice for Jewish Report Online’s Religious Newsmaker of the Year. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the man who in 2014 decided he wanted to settle in SA and in 2015, despite Israel (and Interpol) issuing arrest warrants for him and courts in the Netherlands deeming him due for extradition, has returned to SA and, he believes, to stay.
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    Aliyah rising, but uber-rich Jews stay put

    Jan 03, 2016 2 Comments
    If you thought all the Russian Jews were in Israel, you are wrong. Anything but… The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) comprises about 260 000 self-identifying Jews who belong to a whopping 454 affiliated communities. While aliyah is on the rise (around 50% to 6 000 in 2015), Jews enjoy political patronage from both Medvedev & Putin (who lit Chanukah candles with the Chief Rabbi last month). SEE VIDEO and read on...
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    Jew who started NY’s ball-drop

    Jan 03, 2016 1 Comment
    Not only did Adolph Ochs start the tradition on Times Square – he even got the mayor to change the square’s name after he bought, and relocated, the New York Times
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    The kippa with the presidential seal

    Dec 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Allan Gale, the US community leader in Detroit who visited SA and spoke at Fed events in 2013, writes about his “coveted invitation” to the White House Chanukah party – and the experience. Pictured at left is Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who lit the candles on the Fifth Night.
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