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    • JewishModels6

    Taking the fashion world by storm

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    What are the chances of two Jewish guys from Cape Town making it big in the New York fashion world? Quite good, it seems. Sivan Miller (30) was recently signed to a photographic agency there, and Aaron Shandel (19) is working as a fashion model in the Big Apple.
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    • gus silber

    Loving and hating Jozi

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently made the mistake of stopping on orange in Joburg, instead of speeding up to beat the red light. The guy behind me slammed his palm on the hooter, and I looked in the rear-view mirror to see him shaking his head and gesticulating.
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    • Downton Photo 3

    The Jews of Downton Abbey

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    If ballgowns, bouillabaisse, and Bates mean anything to you, chances are you’re a fan of the hit series, Downton Abbey. The release of the long-awaited film based on the series this past week gives us a chance to look back on it with hindsight and reflect on the presence of a less-obvious element we might have overlooked: the Jews of Downton.
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    • Diamonds2

    Diamond industry – former jewel of Jewish Joburg – loses its lustre

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Once a trade for a nice Jewish boy, diamond cutting and polishing in South Africa no longer is.
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    • CommunityBeitLuria

    Beit Luria’s opening the realisation of a dream

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The opening of Beit Luria on 8 September 2019 was a dream come true for its founders.
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    • CommunityPretoriaPianist

    Israeli virtuoso performs in Pretoria

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Renowned Israeli pianist Dr Michael Tsalka performed Mozart’s piano concerti nos 20 and 25 at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria on 15 September.
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    • WIZOWheelChairsJHB

    Wheelchair assembly gives lift to disabled children

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) recently partnered with pupils from Yeshiva College High School in Johannesburg to assemble custom-designed wheelchairs, which were given to children at The Hope School in Westcliff.
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    • Letter3

    Sacks’critique of NGO funding hypocritical in the extreme

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Shaun Sacks of NGO Monitor takes issue with non-governmental organisations working for human rights in Israel. His critique is disingenuous, and based on innuendo rather than fact. His distorted analysis doesn’t fool savvy South Africans.
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    • 2b-Letter7

    Community responds generously to call for aid for victims of xenophobia

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    In the past two weeks, South Africa has once again been shaken to its core by the horror of widespread violence against “foreigners”. Under the auspices of Lawyers for Human Rights, I turned to the Jewish community through my shul, Beit Emanuel; Joburg Jewish Mommies; my friends; and by word of mouth for aid of whatever kind to assist the Ethiopian family taking refuge in my home, and so many others left destitute and homeless. Our community responded with alacrity and generosity, delivering a veritable flood of abundance along with humanity and compassion.
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    • GinaShmukler6

    Life Esidimeni stage production brings darkness to light

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Theatre director Sylvaine Strike; actress, voice, and text specialist Gina Shmukler; choreographer Phumlani Mndebele; and the first-year students of the Market Theatre Laboratory have created Eclipsed, a production inspired by the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which 143 psychiatric patients died of neglect as a result of the termination of a contract by the Gauteng government. The SA Jewish Report spoke to Gina Shmukler about the production.
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    • LukeSportIsraelBaseballTeam

    Israel baseball team to compete in the Olympics

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Quick Trivial Pursuit question: “How many Israeli teams have competed in the Olympics?”
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The need for change

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    People tend to be suspicious of change. The thinking goes that if things have worked well enough in the past, why not carry on as before? On the other hand, circumstances inevitably do change, and when the old ways of doing things are no longer sufficiently efficient and/or cost effective, then one is equally inevitably required to adapt to the new reality in order to remain sustainable. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in the long term. Even if certain worthy aspects of an organisation’s work have to be sacrificed, new ways of doing things also create fresh and exciting new opportunities.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Cut down on caffeine for a more fabulous fast

    Sep 26, 2019 1 Comment
    I have never fasted well. From a young age, the mere thought that I would have to do so filled me with anxiety and stress. It was even more frustrating for me that my experience wasn’t the same as others, who regard a day without food as a mere inconvenience.
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    • Geoff

    Tinderbox patterns on fabric

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    What is it about a piece of fabric with patterns and colours that can make people rush into battle and get killed? Millions have died in wars, heroically emblazoned with their national colours, proudly dying for the flag!
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Gandhi Rosh Hashanah greeting found in archives A Rosh Hashanah greeting written by Mahatma Gandhi on the day that the Nazis invaded Poland has been discovered at the National Library of Israel.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Judging the highest and lowest in equal measure

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    This week's Torah portion, Nitzavim, is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. There are so many things about this portion that connect it to Rosh Hashanah. Nitzavim speaks of our commitment to G-d, His Torah, and mitzvahs (good deeds). It teaches about teshuvah (repentance), and foretells our return to G-d in this dark exile, reassuring us that G-d will gather us from the farthest places.
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    • Rant

    Bold hate fest on Facebook causes outrage

    Sep 19, 2019 1 Comment
    Lawyers are advising the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) in laying criminal charges after a Johannesburg man went on a shameless anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic rampage last week using the “k-word” a few times.
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    • victim

    Rape victim has long road to recovery – but we can help

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    The boyfriend of the Israeli woman who was raped at a backpackers’ lodge in Graskop, Mpumalanga, two weeks ago says she “isn’t stable at all”, and will need at least a year of counselling and therapy to help recover from her ordeal.
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    • Anton Harber

    Twits on Twitter usurp real race talk, says Harber

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    Media stalwart Anton Harber is the latest target of a racial attack on Twitter, having been accused of defending racists seemingly because he is white.
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    • UCT

    Underhand tactics in boycott campaign ‘a sign of desperation’

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has criticised the “dishonest tactics” being used to imply support for a University of Cape Town (UCT) academic boycott against Israeli universities.
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