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    • Achille Mbembe

    Wits University academic at centre of international anti-Semitism row

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    A highly respected professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is at the centre of a raging international war of words over anti-Semitism and freedom of speech following widespread criticism of his past writings.
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    • AliyahLimbo

    Elderly Israeli left in limbo

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “My father-in-law was due to go on aliyah before the lockdown, and is now stuck in Joburg with only a chair in his house as he has sold everything. He is alone, he is 74 years old, and his wife made aliyah before the lockdown,” wrote Moran Orlik in a plea for help on the Joburg Jewish Mommies Facebook group two weeks ago.
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    Doing good is good for you too

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    When our community looks back on the time of COVID-19, it will remember being entertained, informed, and educated by SA Jewish Report-hosted webinars, or as they are known, ‘SAJR lockdown events’.
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    • BarryKaganson

    Asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers a serious threat to the elderly

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    As our understanding of coronavirus develops, it has become clear that asymptomatic carriers could be the biggest threat to containing the virus, most notably in senior living communities, due to the high susceptibility of the elderly to the virus. Given the asymptomatic nature of many carriers, testing for COVID-19 is a critical weapon vital for protecting the elderly.
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    • DanielIsrael2

    Crisis before curfew: for GPs it’s a complicated life

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “I usually feel grateful for the dozens of dependents I’m able to ‘parent’ in life. Today, I’m wondering whether I should have just stuck to a more conventional job.” These are the words that tick through my mind as I head out at 08:30 on Lag Ba’Omer morning for a quick jog before arrival at my practice by 09:00.
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    Turning fifty shades of grey at Jaffa

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    Sitting in the spacious grounds and picturesque gardens of Jaffa, the Jewish retirement home in Pretoria, it’s hard to imagine the 75 residents doing anything more than sunning themselves and chatting as pigeons in the garden peck at their feet and the yellow lovebird sings from the aviary.
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    Education ‘will never be the same’

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    COVID-19 has irrevocably altered the face of education as we know it. Schools and universities will have to find ways to navigate a blended approach to learning, the classroom, and computer sharing in a new reality of learning.
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    • 2b-Letter7

    BDS Coalition created to unify pro-Palestinian movement

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP) is disappointed with the SA Jewish Report’s ill-informed and biased report on the South African BDS Coalition, titled, “BDS-SA splinters as global body backs new group.”
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    • StreetStore

    Street Store brings global recognition to our doorstep

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “Tzedakah defines who we are as Jews,” says advertising extraordinaire Mike Abel. His agency, M&C Saatchi Abel’s, Street Store initiative was recently selected as a finalist in two categories of the Fast Company 2020 World Changing Ideas Global Awards.
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    • OBF1

    One bag full, one big impact

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “Sometimes it takes just one of something to make a difference for just one person. The following quote by Mother Teresa carries weight for us: ‘If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.’ It was this awareness that gave rise to One Bag Full,” says Jessica Kempen.
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    • rebecca

    Turning nine, and saving lives

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    She’s tiny, and oh so cute, but Rebecca Symanowitz, aged nine, has managed to raise more than R25 000 in just four days to feed hungry children.
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    • Ungar6

    Remembering the rabbi who rattled the Nats

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    Rabbi Andre Ungar was the first rabbi in South Africa to provoke the public wrath of senior National Party politicians, and the only rabbi to be deported, according to Irwin Manoim, who recently completed a history of the progressive Jewish movement in South Africa.
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    Is the fight against COVID-19 like a real war?

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    The United Nations believes that coronavirus is the worst global crisis since World War II, its staggering toll on life and disruption of normality sure to leave an equally indelible mark on history.
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    • SueHampel

    What Holocaust heroes can teach us now

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    Holocaust survivors had universal life lessons in endurance, bravery, and hope. In spite of the circumstances that ripped their lives apart, countless individuals strove to strengthen their communities and help others, leaving a legacy to inspire us even in our darkest moments.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    We, the teachers

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    Once, most of us were all able to snigger (with no small feeling of relief), “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” But now, how the mighty have fallen! Every home is now a school, every parent a teacher, disciplinarian, curriculum expert, maths maven, Hebrew grammar genius, and woordeskat (vocabulary) wonder.
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    • KaplanCities

    Jewish trends tell a tale of three cities

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    Did you know that Joburg Jews have more financial challenges than Capetonian Jews, but they are also much more likely to employ domestic staff than their coastal counterparts?
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    • SamuelLebens

    Shavuot relies on us to give it meaning

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    In the book of Leviticus (chapter 23), all of the Biblical festivals appear. Each festival has its own date, sacrifices, and a distinctive ritual. Rosh Hashanah has its Shofar. Yom Kippur has its afflictions of the soul, such as the fast. Pesach has its matzah. Sukkot has it booths, and its lulav and etrog. What about Shavuot?
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    • Ilan Smith

    A magical Zoom Lag B’Omer

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    “We had a magical and mystical Lag B’Omer this year,” says Rabbi Yossy Goldman of Sydenham Shul. Participants delved deeper into the insights of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, one of the heroes of Lag B’Omer, and were treated to the veiled mysteries and sleight of hand of Illusionist Ilan Smith. But the highlight was a live video link to the small mountain town of Meron in the Upper Galilee of Israel, the home of Rabbi Shimon’s ancient tomb.
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    ORT Jet powers business rescue

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    ORT Jet’s Business Rescue Initiative has helped 52 businesses to access government funding and other relief measures since the lockdown began.
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    And we thought arresting surfers was bad

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    However irrational you think that South Africa’s approach to COVID-19 might be, we aren’t alone. In spite of myriad global experts, there isn’t a country in the world that isn’t bumbling along making decisions on the fly while pretending to their citizens that they have a handle on the situation.
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