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    • AndreaKuti

    Theatre of miracles

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    “We’re going to the theatre,” my parents told me, and an hour later, we entered a giant, dark place, with rows of empty wooden seats, and only a few people in front. I felt that death was tangible, and feared touching anything lest it infect me with a deadly virus.
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    Anti-Semitism figures based on detailed records

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    In the 14 February 2020 edition of the SA Jewish Report, Darren Bergman expressed his concern that the “SAJBD had politicised the situation to create a sense of calm and an image that the SAJBD is in control” and that we are “complacent and/or out of touch”. To allay Mr Bergman’s fears, I would like to provide him with some information. The purpose of our reporting isn’t to “pat ourselves on the back” as he suggests, it’s a globally recognised resource used within academic and international Jewish parameters. For many decades we have worked with universities, foreign governments, and the United Nations Human Rights Council utilising our monitoring techniques.
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    • Letter3

    Climate change nothing new

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    There is much ado about climate change, what with a greenhorn girl lecturing us. What’s next, babies in prams giving the weather forecast?
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    • CommunityAdaPlett

    Ada turns 104

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    A small party of family and friends was held at Our Parents Home in Gardens, Johannesburg, on 11 February for Ada Plett, who turned 104.
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    Joburg city councillor honoured for Hillbrow regeneration

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Ward councillor Zama Shezi was awarded a Jewish National Fund (JNF) tree certificate at a service at Temple Israel on 15 February for his achievement in improving the living conditions in the Hillbrow precinct.
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    • CommunityUJWAdultEd

    Ghana’s history brought to light

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Retired Ghanaian architect Kwasi Agyare-Dwomoh enthralled the audience of the adult education division of the Union of Jewish Women recently with a presentation on “Ghana – past, present and future”.
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    • LukeSport21Feb

    Israeli rugby hones skills on SA battlefield

    Feb 20, 2020 Go comment!
    Two talented young Israeli rugby players, Yotan Shulman and Omer Levinson, arrived in the Western Cape in January for a five-month spell under coach Frankie Horne at the elite South African Sevens (SAS) Academy in Stellenbosch. This is a singular achievement.
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    • cyril ramaphosa

    Cyril drops Bantustan bombshell at African Union Summit

    Feb 13, 2020 4 Comments
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that Donald Trump’s much-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded him of the “Bantustans” (so-called homelands, fractured territories established for black South Africans by the apartheid regime).
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    • InterfaithMinisters

    Meeting of interfaith minds

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish communal leaders including Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein and South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn, as well as Reeva Forman, Sheri Hanson, and Danny Mofsowitz from the SAJBD, attended a meeting of faith-based leaders at the Union Buildings on 6 February.
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    • clive lipchin

    Electricity scarcity likely to be followed by water

    Feb 13, 2020 1 Comment
    While load shedding may deprive us of electricity on a day-to-day basis, the damage it’s doing to the water infrastructure may be irreparable.
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    Tehillim en masse

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish high school students participated in a mass recital of tehillim (psalms) at campuses across South Africa on 7 February.
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    • MaxineHart

    Aggett inquest brings back terror of detention without trial

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    “The most painful and terrifying experience was being in isolation when the news came through of Dr Neil Aggett’s death by so-called suicide. I find it difficult to put into words the extreme emotions I experienced at this time,” says Merle Favis, who was in detention under the Terrorism Act at the time.
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    BDS picket a damp squib

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Only a hundred or fewer people turned out for a well-publicised picket against United States President Donald Trump and Israel outside Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday in spite of organisers saying they were expecting 300 to 400 protesters.
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    Malema goes on rampage against Stephen Koseff

    Feb 13, 2020 1 Comment
    Julius Malema went on a bizarre rant against wealthy and leading South Africans including former Investec Chief Executive Stephen Koseff at an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) press conference on Sunday, invoking the classic anti-Semitic stereotype of Jewish bankers “controlling” the country.
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    • Peta low

    Hold leadership accountable

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Isn’t it amazing how we have become used to loadshedding. I don’t hear people complaining nearly as much as they did less than a month ago. The problem with getting used to a crisis is that we become complacent and accept the situation until it gets worse or another crisis hits.
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    • Paula

    Israel strives to fend off dreaded Covid-19

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    There’ve been a few scares but so far, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Israel. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking no chances, and has instructed the Israeli Biological Institute and health ministry to work on developing and producing a vaccine as soon as possible. He says it’s only a matter of time until the virus appears in the country.
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    • DrManfredGerstenfeld

    Anti-Semitism culmination of 1 000-year-old prejudice

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Sometimes a new expression sheds fresh light on ancient ideas. One example is the phrase “confirmation bias,” which was coined only 60 years ago. It means that people are more receptive to information, even questionable information, that confirms their existing opinions.
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    • NicolaStanandPete

    Local kashrut vastly improved

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s been almost two years since the Stan & Pete Kosher Catering scandal broke, and questions are being asked about the steps taken to upgrade our management of kashrut.
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    • CapeBoard

    Cape Board holds onto country communities department

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    The national South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) may have closed its country communities department at the end of last year, but its Western Cape branch has made the decision to continue its responsibility to country communities under its jurisdiction.
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    • CapeInterfaith

    Music for the soul

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies hosted an interfaith concert at Temple Israel Green Point last Wednesday in honour of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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