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Elaine Bobroff, whose husband Ronald and son Darren – both personal injury lawyers – skipped the country over the weekend, was arrested this morning and appeared before the Johannesburg Specialised Crimes Court on a charge of fraud this afternoon. Read about the radio interview with Ronald this morning, why he and Darren ran away, their having sold their prasctice – and, most importantly, the outcome of of Elaine Bobroff’s fraud trial today… Only on SAJR.co.za
LEFT: Ronald and Darren Bobroff – who have fled to Australia
UPDATED 16:40 – Hawks spokesman Major Robert Netshiunda confirmed to Jewish Report Online that 69-year-old Elaine Bobroff, arrested at her home this morning, was released on R50 000 bail by the Johannesburg Specialised Crimes Court this afternoon.
The conditions of Mrs Bobroff’s bail is that she:
- Surrendered all travel documents to the court;
- Appears in court again on Friday July 1; and
- That she reports to a police station weekly.
ANOTHER SHOCKER: Bobroff’s sold practice
UPDATED: 16:25: Hot on the heels of SAJR breaking the news of Elaine Bobroff being charged with fraud this afternoon, Jewish Report has another Scoop. The Bobroff’s have sold their practice to attorneys Taitz and Skikne. Read about how Ronald Bobroff and his son Darren did a runner this weekend and hear him telling CapeTalk this morning from Australia, how his 69-year-old wife was arrested. She is applying for bail.
This morning, Jewish Report Online went to the website of Robert Bobroff and Partners Inc to find their phone number – only to find that nobody was answering the phones.
This logo now appears on the front page of what was was the Bobroffs’ website
Now, if one goes to the website, the user is directed to a message that reads:
The business of RBP (Ronald Bobroff and Partners) Inc has been acquired by attorneys Taitz & Skikne. Please note that all queries can be addressed to the follow: (sic) 011 880 6781 or 011 252 2819 – e-mail: email@example.com.
We apologize (sic) for any inconvenience to clients and please feel to contact the offices should you have any queries.
Clearly, the Bobroffs sold their practice and clients before the weekend.
LATEST: Elaine Bobroff in court for fraud
Posted 15:50 – Hawks spokesman Major Robert Netshiunda confirmed to Jewish Report that 69-year-old Elaine Bobroff, arrested at her home this morning, is this afternoon in court facing charges of fraud. This comes in the wake of Bobroff’s husband, Ronald, and son Darren, skipping the country over the weekend to avoid the implications of their guilty pleas last week for overcharging clients.
RIGHT: Ronald and Elaine Bobroff in happier times
The Bobroffs have been in and out of court against clients, the Law Society (Ronald once chaired the local chapter) and a whopping case with Discovery Health over the past several years.
The Hawks’ Major Robert Netshiunda said there had been no other arrests made. Elaine Bobroff was expected to apply for bail this afternoon.
SEE BOBROFFS DO A RUNNER, AT LEAST ONE WIFE ARRESTED posted this morning and listen to Ronald Bobroff letting off steam on CapeTalk over his wife’s arrest.
Shabbat Around The World beams out from Jozi
More than 75 devices around the globe logged in to Beit Luria’s World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Shabbat Around the World programme on Friday, 15 January.
Whether it was breakfast time in California, tea time in Europe, or time to break challah in Johannesburg, participants logged in to take part in Beit Luria’s Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Among those participating were Rabbi Sergio Bergman, the president of the WUPJ; chairperson Carole Sterling; and Rabbi Nathan Alfred, the head of international relations. Singers Tulla Eckhart and Brian Joffe performed songs from a global array of artists, along with Toto’s Africa to add a little local flair to the service. After kiddish was said and bread was broken, Rabbi Bergman thanked Beit Luria for hosting the WUPJ. The shul looks forward to more collaborations with its global friends in the future.
UJW Sewing School graduates model creations
The outfits modelled by graduates of the Union of Jewish Women’s (UJW’s) Sewing School were all the more spectacular for the fact that some of their creators had never seen a sewing machine prior to the four-month course.
They were modelled at the school’s graduation ceremony at Oxford Shul on 15 December to much excitement and applause.
UJW executive member and Sewing School Manager Ariane Heneck expressed her gratitude to Chido Tsodzo, the school’s superb teacher, and the event ended with a much appreciated lunch for graduates and their invited guests.
The self-empowerment Sewing School for unemployed men and women was started by the UJW 10 years ago. It now has a small production team of ex-students, and some of its graduates have been employed in factories, while others are selling their own creations.
Israel Rugby 7s to camp with the Blitzbokke
The thrill-a-minute Rugby 7s have captured the hearts of fans around the world. The Blitzbokke, South Africa’s national Rugby 7s team, ranks second in the world, and is among the most exciting, formidable, and feared of 7s teams.
Exactly 9 191 km away are the Israelis, an emerging rugby nation that has talent, determination, and a world-class coach in South African Kevin Musikanth. Now, these two squads will meet. The Israeli 7s side will be travelling to the SAS Rugby Academy in Stellenbosch to train with the Blitzbokke.
The Blitzbokke will have the opportunity to prepare for the coming 7s rugby season by measuring their skills of play against the Israelis. And the Israelis, well, they will be rubbing shoulders with, and learning from the best in the world and honing their skills for their coming European Rugby season.
“It’s an opportunity for our boys to learn from the world’s best,” says Musikanth. The SAS Rugby Academy is run by the legendary Frankie Horn, a technical expert whose coaching guidelines and methods are second to none in World Rugby 7s.
Musikanth took over as Rugby 15s head coach in Israel in 2018, and in October 2019, he became director of rugby for the Israeli Rugby Union and head coach for the national programmes of both the 15s and the 7s.
Horn visited Israel last December at the behest of Rugby Israel and its supporting Olympic body and since then, the partnership has continued to grow. The upcoming training camp will begin in Israel, where Horn, together with Phil Snyman, the former Blitzbok captain and multiple world champion winner, will spend a week with the players and coaching staff at Wingate, Netanya, the home base of Rugby Israel. They will then all travel to Stellenbosch for a week’s camp with the Blitzbokke.
“We’ve already seen the difference through our partnership with Frankie. Two of our players were spotted by him on his previous trip to Israel, and have been training at SAS on the off-season,” says Musikanth. The two players are Omer Levinson (scrum half) and Yotam Shulman (lock).
Horn, technical advisor to Rugby Israel’s 7s, says “It is a great opportunity for both teams to derive positive benefit from the camp.”
Israel Rugby has been making considerable professional strides since Musikanth took over the reins. Israel 15s played their 100th test match against Cyprus and celebrated with a 34-22 victory.
“We’re in the top 25 in Europe in 15s and in the top 16 in 7s, the toughest, most competitive continent in world rugby,” says Musikanth, “and I can realistically see us setting our sights on the Top 15 and Top 12 respectively in the future.”
Currently, there are three eligible South Africans who are on the Israeli national squad: Jayson Ferera as flanker (Pirates Rugby Club), Daniel Stein as fly half (studying in Israel), and Jared Sichel as prop (Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Cape Town). Eligibility to play for a national team in rugby is stricter than in other sports. One does not qualify just because one has a passport. One has to have had a parent or grandparent that was born in that country or one has to have lived in the country for at least three years.
“With so much Jewish rugby talent around the world, we would be able to put a world-class Israeli national team together if not for the measures that restrict eligibility to national call ups,” says Musikanth.
The Israel Rugby development project was accelerated thanks to Musikanth initiating Bridges through Rugby. This project is the collective effort of a few South African Jewish businessmen who appreciate the long-term vision of Israel becoming a stronger rugby nation. They have come on board to assist with this most opportune tour. National financial support is fixed and, as such, is limited. While the strong players and national coaches will be attending the training camp in Stellenbosch, there will be some that will, unfortunately, have to stay behind.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players and coaches. To get to see the best upfront and feed off their knowledge is going to be incredible,” says Musikanth. “Everyone is eager to go, of course, but there is a cap to the support we have in place. We would like to take a development u20 squad as well as coaching staff who would carry the benefits of this into the future. A rugby visit to Stellenbosch can change rugby lives in many respects. Stellenbosch is rugby utopia!”
Rugby aside, with the Israelis and South Africans camping together, the question of what will be for dinner after a gruelling day’s training may be a matter of contention. A tussle for whether to serve boerewors or shwarma may result in a scrum in the SAS dining hall to determine the outcome.
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