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    • EdwinShuker

    Fleeing anti-Semitism in Iraq, only to encounter it in the UK

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    My family and I managed to escape from Iraq and the hell of Saddam Hussein 48 years ago to the day on 15 August 1971.
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    Missing Israeli soldiers an international outrage

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) This week marks five years since an Israeli soldier, lieutenant Hadar Goldin, was killed by Hamas in the midst of a ceasefire during Operation Protective Edge.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Welcome to our American visitors

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    We had hardly had a chance to catch our breath after the whirlwind visit of our Women Wage Peace guests from Israel when it was time for us to welcome another prestigious delegation to South Africa, this time from the American Jewish Committee (AJC). One of the world’s most effective Jewish advocacy organisations, the AJC has a long and proud history of building relationships with different religious and ethnic communities, and world leaders.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Just how long do we have?

    Aug 15, 2019 2 Comments
    We’re clearly back in the negative part of the South African cycle. Wherever I go, I engage with people who are concerned, anxious, and worried.
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    • Geoff

    For the woman who makes your bed

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    On the day Nelson Mandela died in 2013, a crowd gathered on the pavement outside his house in Houghton, Johannesburg. Black women, among others, arrived from every direction, lit candles, sang and danced in their own language, dominating the neighbourhood. Their sadness at losing Mandela was huge, but equally palpable was the mood of optimism for the future he made possible.
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    • DebbieEdelstein1

    Inclusive leadership is natural for women

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s tempting to talk about how far women’s leadership has come over the past few decades. After all, a record breaking six women are running for president in the United States. More women are running organisations and governments around the world, and the #MeToo campaign has highlighted the reality and scale of sexual harassment for every woman.
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    Sage advice on Tisha B’Av

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    Henry Kissinger once wrote that the task of statesmen is to recognise the real relationship of forces, to distinguish what is attainable from what is desirable, and to make this knowledge serve their ends. Yet, more than a millennium before Kissinger’s advice, the Babylonian Talmud tried its hand at advising political and national leaders.
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    Loss of a shul makes Tisha B’Av more meaningful

    Aug 08, 2019 1 Comment
    It’s been eight months since the fire. Enough time for the pain to be less raw, enough time for me to be able to walk past our shul and not cry, yet the hurt still lingers.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Israeli women show the way forward

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    Over the past few weeks, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has focused on preparing for the visit of a delegation from Women Wage Peace, an Israeli nongovernmental organisation that has brought tens of thousands of Israeli women from across the faith and political spectrum together to work for peaceful co-existence between people in the region.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Why I dread Tisha B’Av

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    I know it’s pretty much the point, but I hate Tisha B’Av. The fast of the 9th of Av begins on Saturday evening through to Sunday night. It’s one of the two 25-hour fasts in the Jewish cycle, and I’m dreading it much as I have dreaded it year after year after year.
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    • Geoff

    Return to the era of racism

    Aug 08, 2019 Go comment!
    United States President Donald Trump refers to migrants congregating at the US’s southern border with Mexico as an “invasion”. That, in a word, is what warriors for white nationalism believe, which inspires them to kill people they think are not white, or are migrants seeking entry. They perceive a conspiracy called the “great replacement theory”, in which whites will diminish in numbers and power.
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    • GrantGochin

    Truth is necessary for reconciliation in Lithuania

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    At the turn of the 20th century, about half of Vilnius’s population was Jewish. All that remains of Jewish life there is a tourist trail, and monuments lauding Holocaust perpetrators.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Turning back the tide of hate

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa is hardly the only democratic country grappling with the problems of racism, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry. That much was made clear during a roundtable discussion on combating hate held under the auspices of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre this week.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Working through our baggage in the attic

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    The Shabbat minyan at 07:30 generally attracts a strange blend of insomniacs. These include young parents who might as well go to shul because they have been up since 05:00, and a regular smattering of people who want to finish their prayers by 09:00 so that they can walk to another synagogue.
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    • Geoff

    Racism or assimilation: the war of the spray can

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    “You’re a racist!” is one of the most cutting accusations one can make in these politically charged times, as we drown in a cacophony of hate speech on social media.
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    • Erin

    From Diller Teen Fellow to leader

    Aug 01, 2019 1 Comment
    My three-week trip to Israel with Diller Teen Fellows was not just a tour, it was a journey, an experience unlike any other.
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    Sorry seems to be the hardest word

    Jul 25, 2019 Go comment!
    Saying sorry is easy, but not if you really mean it. We say sorry all the time, but it doesn’t mean anything unless we intend to ensure we don’t repeat that for which we have apologised.
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    • Geoff

    Moonshine and folk song: changing the world

    Jul 25, 2019 Go comment!
    Who gets to see a new culture being born? Is it the Woodstock groupie, gathering his guitar, beads, jeans, and marijuana to join 400 000 people watching the likes of Janis Joplin on a New York dairy farm on 15 August 1969? Is it the guy in the Western world transfixed by his TV and the moon-landing in July of that year? Or is it you, with your 50-year vantage point on all this?
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    WIZO makes Bar/Batmitzvah dreams a reality

    Jul 25, 2019 Go comment!
    At this time of the year, the WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organisation) Centre in Savyon has an annual Bar/Batmitzvah party for children whose parents cannot afford to organise one for them.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Take that rage down a notch

    Jul 25, 2019 1 Comment
    Don’t even ask. For some reason, we landed up at the World of Dogs and Cats Pet Expo in Midrand on Sunday afternoon. After having spent a week at the Kruger Park, I was shocked to find myself walking around and watching dog owners showing off their pooches.
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