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    Douglas awarded $1 million Genesis Prize

    Jan 18, 2015 2 Comments
    It was announced last week that the Genesis Prize Foundation’s $1-mil prize is be awarded in Jerusalem by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and the prime minister of Israel on June 18. Douglas said he plans to use the prize money for promoting activities designed to raise awareness of inclusiveness and diversity in Judaism, according to the prize foundation.
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    J’salem in for huge snow in coming days

    Jan 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is scheduled to visit the Municipal Centre for Snow Preparedness at 2pm Israel time today. The mayor will also inspect snow ploughs and salt throwers at the Municipal Maintenance Centre at Givat Shaul (adjacent to the Herzog Hospital). The visit coincides with weather warnings of huge snowstorms on the way and residents are being advised to stay indoors and warm. SEE LAST WINTER'S TOP-READ live-blog & pics as it was happening...
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    Woolies adds country the UN decided not to

    Dec 31, 2014 11 Comments
    Numerous users wrote in this week, mystified at the fact that Woolworths now offers dates from the "country of “Palestine”.
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    Eliminating tinder for Tay-Sachs, 18 others

    Dec 29, 2014 1 Comment
    Dor Yeshorim now offers genetic testing to help eliminate chance that two Ashkenazi carriers of same genetic disease will have a relationship which ultimately bears a child with a fatal or debilitating genetic disorder. They do genetic screening, assign ID numbers that correspond to client data, and potential partners exchange ID numbers and dial an automated hotline to check genetic compatibility. One call that almost always determines if a relationship will move forward or end.
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    Stabbing terror tut gone viral on social media

    Dec 29, 2014 2 Comments
    Palestinian social media networks are showing a video, uploaded on Sat Dec 27, which shows two masked men in black wearing black-and-white checkered keffiyehs present demonstrations on proper stabbing techniques and quickly walking away. At the end, in Arabic writing, the video says: “What are you waiting for? Rise up and stab.” Jewish Report has posted this video so users can see and understand what type of content is being distributed within the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.
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    Israel’s 'Get' misses cut for Oscar shortlist

    Dec 23, 2014 Go comment!
    Polish movie about nun who learns she’s the daughter of Jews killed during Holocaust makes Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film. The Israeli entry that depicts the five-year legal struggle of an Orthodox wife to obtain a religious divorce, “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” did not make the cut.
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    SA/Israeli unions hit it off big in Cape Town

    Dec 12, 2014 2 Comments
    Bagraims Attorneys, an influential labour law firm in SA, hosted a breakfast last Sunday with the Israeli delegation and some of their local counterparts in Cape Town ahead of the international labour conference in the city. The get-together went so well that the Israelis invited local union to visit Israel in 2015. “With the help of the Israeli Ambassador to SA we will arrange such a visit,” Bagraim told Jewish Report afterwards. “Engaging with this Israeli trade union delegation could open many more doors in SA.” Read the full story
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    Meeting with Abbas at request of Pres Zuma

    Dec 03, 2014 3 Comments
    The SAJBD and SAZF have come under fire from some members of our community, both for meeting with (PA President) Mahmoud Abbas (on his state visit to South Africa last week) and for the statement it issued afterwards welcoming his stated commitment to a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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    'We're Am Yisroel' says Israeli Druze leader

    Nov 24, 2014 Go comment!
    Ataf Farchat, chairman of the Druze Zionist Council of Israel, says: “We are the nation of Israel.” Many Orthodox Jews last week attended the funeral of Zidan Saif, the Druze policeman mortally wounded in trying to stop the terror attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Har Nof on Tuesday. Jewish Report delved deeper. Who are the Druze. What religion do they follow? Where do they fit into the picture? Read this fascinating story…
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    The presidents and the priceless book

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    President Reuven Rivlin discovers & returns rare book borrowed by former President Shazar! The nearly 200-year-old book has been returned to the National Library of Israel. Pic shows Library chair Blumberg thrilled at getting the book back from Rivlin, “We thank President Rivlin for returning this important treasure to its rightful home. This historical masterpiece, entitled ‘Migdal Oz’ (Tower of Strength), published by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden (aka The Ya'avetz) in 1836, will be preserved at the National Library for generations to come.”
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    Nepal authorities end search for survivors

    Oct 19, 2014 Go comment!
    Israeli hiker Michal Cherkasky is one of those still missing as rescue teams call off search for survivors & begin to hunt for bodies buried under snow from the killer blizzard & avalanche in Nepal. So far three Israeli dead have been identified. Their bodies and seven injured, (mainly suffering from frostbite) arrived home in Israel this morning. Follow the story and see the pics of survivors arriving home this morning on SAJR…
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    Keeping it together, all around the world

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    The international Shabbos Project will take place in over 200 cities around the world on the Shabbos of October 24/25 this year. The concept is simple: Jews of all walks of life, from across the spectrum - religious, secular and traditional, young and old, from all corners of the world - uniting to experience one full Shabbos together, in full accordance with halacha.
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    Israeli’s fess up: Mohammed most popular name

    Sep 27, 2014 Go comment!
    “There is no plot to deliberately hide information,” Government spokesperson Sabine Hadad told Haaretz, which had last Sunday suggested there was, after the Israeli government backtracked after first reporting that Yosef was the most popular boy’s name in 5774. It seems the story hit on delicate issues of Israeli identity. “The statistics published were the statistics requested during the past few years by everyone who contacted us to obtain this information, and for that reason the list relating to the most popular Hebrew names was issued,” insisted Hadad.
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    Israeli hospital saves life of Gazan teen

    Sep 10, 2014 2 Comments
    14-year-old was on death’s door when Rambam surgeon transplanted sister’s kidney. A similar operation in Egypt some years back using his brother’s kidney failed dismally.
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    Senate says no to anti-Israeli resolution

    Sep 10, 2014 2 Comments
    Rhodes University’s Senate last Friday rejected a resolution to cut any ties with academics who hold Israeli citizenship, or official representatives from Israel, unless they "make a statement renouncing the use of lethal military force" by the IDF. Rhodes’ Registrar, Dr Stephen Fourie, confirmed this to Jewish Report on Wednesday. It took three days of pursuit by SAJR Online before Rhodes would admit that the matter had in fact been tabled before the Senate.
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    Tourism is booming - in and out of Israel

    Sep 02, 2014 Go comment!
    2013 was a record year, breaking the 3-5 mil visitors’ barrier for the first time, and 2014 seems set to beat that hands down. Ben-Gurion Airport is and has been operating nonstop. Where do most of Israel’s tourists come from? What are the most popularly visited cities and sights? How has it become the tiny Jewel of the Mediterranean? How many people does the sector employ? What are the predictions going forward? What a great read…
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    SAJR readers click their support for MDA

    Aug 20, 2014 Go comment!
    Jewish Report readers have so far collected around R80 000 for Israel’s emergency first-response service in the SAJR/MDA Click-Athon. And, over the past week, readers have contributed almost R7 000 for a new MDA ambulance which will carry the name of the first soldier to fall. Now, readers are clubbing together to buy a first-responder, three wheeled bike as well.
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    SA’s ambulance to carry name of first to fall

    Aug 13, 2014 Go comment!
    Come on users, MDA really need our help here! No matter how big or how small, they need MDA-SA and the Jewish Report Online have teamed up to make it hassle free. One click and its done. Or, if you are able to assist by contributing to the SA ambulance, it’s just one phone call. The lines are secure and the need is dire. SA Jewry has done so much that we have been honoured to have our ambulance as the first. Read on, and let’s not let the hard-working guys at MDA-SA down!
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    MDA-SA’s ambulance to carry first name

    Aug 06, 2014 Go comment!
    During a teleconference of all MDA “Friend” societies globally this morning, it was decided that diaspora supporters of Israel’s medical emergency and ambulance service would donate 64 ambulances in November – one for each of those who lost their lives in Operation Protective Edge. And SA will have pride of place - in part thanks to Jewish Report readers. Our ambulance will bear the name of the first soldier who fell. Read more, see how you can help...
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    53 of our finest gone! Many more injured

    Aug 06, 2014 Go comment!
    In her latest letter home yesterday, expat-SA Israeli BONITA LYNETTE tells her parents in Johannesburg of her depression, of the emotions Israelis are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Bonita’s fist letter had over 1 000 reads in 24 hours, her prior one has been the top read of the week. Bonita submitted this letter on Tuesday – but has advised that she will be sending another shortly which is far more up-beat.
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