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    • JTANatanSharansky

    Sharansky using his ‘Jewish Nobel’ winnings to help those affected by COVID-19

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    (JTA) When Natan Sharansky learned in December that he would become the eighth Genesis Prize honoree, he decided he would use his $1 million (R18.7 million) prize money to promote issues to which he has devoted his life: human rights and Zionism.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Anonymous angels build caring culture

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) continues to engage in efforts to alleviate the impact, economic and otherwise, of COVID-19 on the Jewish community and population in general. Now that we have begun a phased lifting of the lockdown, we have posted regular guidance on critical issues relating to the financial relief available, and as always, I urge everyone who has been affected to make full use of this resource.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Need for expertise a contagious disease

    May 07, 2020 Go comment!
    One of the challenges created by the lockdown is time management. For those who are able to work remotely, the added pressure of virtual meetings, assisting children with schooling, and Netflix, all contribute to this problem.
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    • Werner

    When supporting Israel became more than writing cheques

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    For retired American lawyer Mark Werner, Israel is the lifeblood of the Jewish people. The son of a Holocaust survivor, he grew up with a strong appreciation for the Jewish state, doing whatever he could to support it from a distance.
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    • DanielleSack

    Muted online motivation

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Life has picked up a rhythm. It seems a distant dream that we used to be able to have lunch dates at Frangelicas, or have family Shabbos lunches. Lockdown is the new norm, whether we like it or not.
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    • Rands

    Leaders step up for a community in need

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Near the beginning of South Africa’s lockdown, Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein heard about a member of the community “who owned a small business supporting himself, his family, and his widowed mother, and had to cash in a medical policy to get R150 000 to keep his business open. When I heard that, it highlighted for me how critical the situation is at the moment.”
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    • FreedomDay

    Remembering that first democratic election

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    “It was a major victory. All South Africans, except for the die-hard Nats [Nationalist Party supporters] felt a sense of triumph. We’d emerged from some of the bloodiest years of violence and rampant lawlessness to become a democratic country.”
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    • blatt

    Community rallies behind toddler after freak accident

    Apr 30, 2020 8 Comments
    On 19 April, three-year-old Raphi Blatt was living happily under lockdown, surrounded by family and exploring his environment, when the unthinkable happened. Now, the Jewish community in South Africa and globally is rallying behind this little boy as he recovers from brain surgery after a freak accident.
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    • RabbiLiberowrecovering

    Rabbi Liberow brought back from the brink

    Apr 30, 2020 2 Comments
    Much-loved Johannesburg rabbi, Mendel Liberow, 58, said his recovery from the coronavirus was “miraculous” after weeks of uncertainty and a brush with death.
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    • JC1

    Young star bounces back from COVID-19

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Jaxon Cohen is only 11 years old, but he has already been talent-spotted, played a lead role in the musical Matilda, travelled overseas, caught coronavirus, and recovered from it – just since December.
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    • Peta low

    Help us to survive and thrive

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Last week, we had a full-page advert on page 3, asking for donations to keep publishing the SA Jewish Report. I have since fielded a number of questions about this, mainly about whether our newspaper is in trouble, and whether we will survive.
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    • Paula

    Will Israel head to the International Criminal Court?

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    As if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in Israeli politics isn’t enough to keep senior policymakers and military officers awake at night, there’s another important debate.
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    • abuse

    When home isn’t sweet home

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    One of the positive consequences of lockdown for those living in a normal functioning household is time to connect with family members without the pressure of our normal, hectic lives. But what of the households where there is dysfunction and abuse? What of the children whose safe space is school and the ability to be with friends outside of the home?
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    • KaplanJI

    Strong Jewish identity, greater religious affiliation

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    South African Jews have a stronger identity and are more religiously inclined than those in Australia or the United Kingdom, according to the findings of the survey on Jewish life in South Africa released by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) and Kaplan Institute last week.
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    • KaplanIsrael

    Push away from South Africa, not toward Israel

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    South Africans emigrating to Israel are mostly doing so to get out of South Africa, rather than because of a strong desire to live in Israel.
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    • DB2

    Performer rocks the balcony with heartfelt ballads

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    We all have different methods of coping with lockdown, and Cape Town singer and entertainer Dani Bitton’s way is by entertaining others. With theatres closed around the world, she has found a new outlet to make people’s day – the balcony of her Sea Point flat.
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    • Maron

    Round and round the garden – and we’re all uplifted

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Every time Johannesburg graphic designer Bryan Maron has gone shopping for the family during lockdown, he has passed an intersection in Morningside where people wait for work. He noticed the number of desperate people growing. As it did, so did his desire to help them.
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    • CN1

    Going pro bono with a GoPro

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    “This is a great example of tikkun olam, which is an ancient Hebrew concept meaning ‘repair the world’. It’s imperative that we continue to take care of one another at a time like this.”
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    • BarrySchoub

    Looser lockdown, but danger still lurks

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    “Death threat: special report: inside the global race to avert a pandemic.” This was the cover of Time magazine of 17 October 2005. I was director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) at the time, preparing South Africa for the impending pandemic of H5N1 influenza.
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    • outreach-4

    Realising the heartwarming good that is being done

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    As the coronavirus crisis deepens, our locked-down community has come together (at a distance) with cash donations and acts of solidarity that are spreading hope to desperate people far and wide.
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