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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Community focus on financial aid

    May 14, 2020 Go comment!
    There has been considerable activity on the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) COVID-19 Jewish community platform over the past week. While the site continues to provide regular and up-to-date medical advice (I highly recommend Professor Barry Schoub’s most recent podcast, titled “COVID-19: Looking into the future?”), there has been growing emphasis on assisting community members with financially-related advice and information. This includes guidelines on what is required to access economic relief from government programmes and the banks. Our most recent podcast in this area is by Investec’s Adam Orlin.
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    • GesherLogo

    Gesher Fund a lifeline for Jewish businesses

    May 07, 2020 7 Comments
    When Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein saw the devastation wrought by the coronavirus lockdown on South African Jewish businesses, he decided to do something to help.
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    • ChiefRabbi

    Gesher and the root of giving

    May 07, 2020 1 Comment
    One of the most devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis is its financial impact. The Gesher Fund has been set up in our community to address this specific challenge. It’s founded on a core Torah value: that we are here on this earth to help each other.
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    Elderly resident dies of COVID-19 in Cape Town aged home

    May 07, 2020 1 Comment
    An elderly resident of Jewish old aged home Highlands House in Cape Town died on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19, and five more residents have subsequently been found to have the virus.
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    • OMAR

    BDS-SA splinters as global body backs new group

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    The anti-Israel movement in South Africa, which went under the banner of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) movement, has broken down. The international BDS movement has now officially backed one faction, casting the other to the sidelines.
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    • MauriceandPearlLafferearlierthisyear

    Pharmacist who loved everyone dies alone from coronavirus

    May 07, 2020 2 Comments
    There was an eerie stillness at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg last week as two sisters stood two metres apart from each other wearing gloves and masks. They watched grief stricken as their beloved father, who died from COVID-19, was laid to rest.
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    • Peta low

    A community that cares when the chips are down

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    As we end our first week of level-4 lockdown, I don’t believe we have greater freedom in spite of some of the bans being lifted. There just seems like no end in sight.
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    • HusseinSolomon

    Anti-Semitism on its way out in the Arab world

    May 07, 2020 1 Comment
    My name, Hussein Solomon, captures my diverse identity. I’m a practicing Muslim who, on account of my paternal grandfather, has Jewish blood flowing through his veins. This heritage is further complicated by the fact that my father was brought up a Christian, and sought to enter the priesthood.
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    • DG1

    Denis Goldberg: principled to the last

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    Few could imagine African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Denis Goldberg, who lived most of his life as a communist and anti-Zionist, at a Bnei Akiva machaneh (camp). But less than 10 years ago, he travelled a great distance to be there.
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    • EgyptWoman

    Cape Town woman experiences Exodus 2.0

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    “It was Pesach 2.0 – being trapped in Mitzrayim [Egypt] during a plague, and waiting for the Red Sea to open the way home,” says Capetonian Beverley Joffe, who found herself stranded when the world went into lockdown.
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    Get back to work to stave off economic meltdown, business leaders urge

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    “The economy of South Africa is akin to a patient arriving at a hospital. We don’t know if it’s going into intensive care or serious monitoring. This patient will need serious treatment, stabilisation, and some kind of vaccine that will cure it of the problems it will live with for the next year or two.”
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    • copans

    King Davidians Zoom to the rescue

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    They may be stuck at home, but that hasn’t stopped a group of teenagers from King David High School Linksfield (KDHSL) from helping the less fortunate.
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    • RomyPetersonAfrika Awake

    Creating a refuge for refugees

    May 07, 2020 2 Comments
    When mother and dance teacher Romy Petersen sees injustice, she doesn’t simply express sympathy. She does something about it. She juggles her responsibilities as a mom and teacher with campaigning for the rights of refugees. But, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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    Uniting colour and cardio for charity

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    As hundreds of exercise enthusiasts puffed and panted, world-renowned artist Conor Mccreedy stood at his canvas and painted. They were on the same online exercise panel.
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    • KaplanAnti

    Jewish youngsters less tolerant of anti-Semitism

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    South African Jews, particularly youngsters, have become far less tolerant of anti-Semitism, says Associate Professor Adam Mendelsohn, the director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town.
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    • RabbiHazdan

    Lag B’Omer finds the fire within

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    I was setting up the tefillin (phylacteries) booth on the Venice Boardwalk in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. I was a teenager, hoping to capitalise on the throngs of people expected that Sunday, and to afford as many Jewish men as possible the opportunity to put on tefillin.
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    • JTANewUKLabourLeader

    UK’s new Labour leader ‘failing’ to crack down on anti-Semitism

    May 07, 2020 1 Comment
    (JTA) The new Labour Party leader in the United Kingdom, Keir Starmer, still can’t quite get over the Corbyn hump.
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    • CaptionPage18

    High-tech masks for Hatzolah

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    Michael Sieff, the new national executive director at the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) donated cutting-edge Israeli medical-grade masks from Israel’s Sonovia Tech to Hatzolah on Tuesday.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    In dark times, look on the bright side

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    This coming Tuesday, we will celebrate Lag B’Omer. It’s a day that marks the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a great Torah scholar and Kabbalist who lived in the second century. It also marks the end of the plague which killed many of Rabbi Akiva’s students.
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    • Gail Blacher

    Pandemic proves a maze for labour law

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    Adapting labour law to lockdown is no less daunting than finding one’s way up to the summit of Mount Everest. We are in unchartered territory, attempting to navigate our way through a myriad of laws and statutes that were never intended for that purpose.
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