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Chief Rabbi Goldstein to headline USA conference

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein will be headlining this month’s Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference in College Park, Maryland, in the US. The conference takes place from September 18 – 20.

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A media release from Maryland, announcing Rabbi Goldstein as the keynote speaker, makes mention of the South African Chief Rabbi’s high standing in world Jewry and the fact that the (now) 47-year-old Rabbi Goldstein, had been only 32 when he became chief rabbi.

“He has since become a popular figure in the country, a widely published author, commentator and staunch defender of Israel in a country whose government has been harshly critical of Israel.

“He also holds a PhD in human rights and international law. Goldstein has been active in promoting Jewish engagement through initiatives such as Generation Sinai and the Shabbos Project.”

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (jwrp.org) was founded in 2008 to empower women to change the world through Jewish values. Its major project is “Momentum”, a nine-day, highly subsidised life-changing journey to Israel, experienced by over 8 000 women from 150 partner organisations in 26 countries. Since 2014, the JWRP has partnered with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

“The JWRP Leadership Conference gathers Jewish women from across the world to hone their leadership skills and create a global Jewish women’s movement. The annual conference was launched in 2013 with 65 participants from the US, Canada and Mexico, and by last year it had grown to include 200 delegates from eight countries.”

This year’s gathering is expected to be the biggest event yet, drawing more than 300 past participants of the Momentum trips from nine nations including Australia, Cuba, Greece, Israel, Panama, Russia, Spain, South Africa and the US.

The Conference will also honour Rachel Fraenkel and Lihi Lapid with the Pamela Claman Leadership Award, in collaboration with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

Fraenkel is the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, one of three boys whose kidnapping and murder by Hamas terrorists sparked Israel’s 2014 military operation in Gaza.

Fraenkel has since become a symbol of Jewish unity in Israel. She was a key voice in establishing the Jerusalem Unity Prize in 2015, with the City of Jerusalem, the Gesher organisation, and the families of Gilad Shaer and Eyal Ifrach

Lapid is a noted author and women’s rights advocate. Her best-selling semi-autobiographical novel “Woman of Valour” critically explored the roles of contemporary women and mothers. Her husband, Israeli politician Yair Lapid, chairs the Yesh Atid Party. 

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SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist

The SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist, who is passionate about and hungry for news and who writes both news and features beautifully.

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The applicant must to be tech savvy, comfortable online, on social media and in a newsroom. The applicant must have at least five years’ experience as a journalist and a relevant degree. Please forward your CV and an introductory letter to the editor, Peta Krost Maunder on editor@sajewishreport.co.za.  

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Apologies

On the wrong page at the wrong time

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The SA Jewish Report wishes to apologise to Dr Yossi Unterslak, a specialist gynaecologist and reproductive medicine assistant at Vitalab, whose face and title was in an advert on the page three of our Rosh Hashanah edition this week. The advert just happened to be on the same page as “Johannesburg doctor guilty of unprofessional conduct”. I wish to place it on record that Dr Unterslak was on that page advertising his participation in Torah Talks and has absolutely nothing to do with the story about the doctor on the page.  The SA Jewish Report apologises to Dr Unterslak for any harm or unpleasantness that derived from the advert being on this page.  – Editor

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Jewish Guild Orchestra reaches out through sweet sound of music

A musical tour around the world was presented to residents of Golden Acres, Sandringham Gardens and members of Second Innings last Sunday by the Jewish Guild Orchestra.

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MARGOT COHEN

Jewis Guild Orchestra

Professor Brian Buch who conducts the orchestra and is also its musical director, had his appreciative audience clamouring for more. The Jewish Guild Orchestra, although founded in 1944, has still been able to retain its fresh sound. It okays a wide range of light classical pieces and its repertoire last Sunday ranged from the operetta Gypsy Baron by Johan Strauss to the all-time Neapolitan favourite, O Sole Mio.

Expenses of the orchestra are met by its 35 members themselves; they derive no income from its activities. The orchestra was named after its original sponsor, the Johannesburg Jewish Guild which no longer exists. Its founder was the late Dr Solly Aronowsky who served as musical director for 46 years. Its current leader is Dr Bernard Caplan.

The orchestra provides support for amateur musicians, irrespective of race or religion, to develop their skills to perform in public and to enhance their appreciation of music. It also plays to audiences who would not otherwise have access to light classical music, such as residents of old aged homes, the Red Cross, Hospice and the Cancer Association.

“One of our objectives is to provide performances through which we are able to assist various charities or to promote music appreciation among scholars,” says Buch.

“We welcome new players,” says Buch. “We need female vocalists, string and brass players. We need players who are at grade 6 level.”

* For further information, contact Dr Buch on (012) 348-8653 or 071-633-0869

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