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Don’t do us any favours

US peddler of chazzerai won’t carry Chanukah or Pesach deco as it conflicts with CEO Steve Green’s “Christian values”

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Popular blogger YO YENTA went on the attack last week after it was reported that US peddler of chazzerai, Hobby Lobby, won’t carry Chanukah or Pesach decorations because it conflicts with CEO Steve Green’s “Christian values.”

This seems not to be an isolated case of discrimination. “We don’t cater to you people,” a Hobby Lobby shop assistant told some nice Jewish lady recently, according to another blogger, Ken Berwitz from New Jersey.

The Hobby Lobby, a chain of hobby hyperstores, have their damage control trolls at work, writes YO YENTA, “sort-of-apologising on Facebook and pretending that someday they might consider carrying some cheap (wares) made in China that could pass for Chanukah decorations.”

A company rep posted on Facebook: “Hobby Lobby is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Our customers have brought this to our attention, and we are currently evaluating our holiday items and what we will carry in the future.”

YO YENTA went on the rampage: “I’m bowled over by the sincerity, yeah. Listen, Hobby Lobby, don’t do us any favours. We don’t need you to dust off a shelf of mouldy yarn in the back and stock it with some blue tinsel and (cheap) cardboard menorahs and call it redemption. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, and all we Jews ever need to make it a joyous holiday is a Chanukiah and box of candles, both available in the gift shop of our local synagogue.”

 And, she concluded, “maybe just a few strings of blue twinkly bulbs from Home Depot,”

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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 [email protected].  

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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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