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  • Great Park Synagogue - steeped in tradition

    Jul 22, 2015
    Almost uniquely for a major Diaspora city, Johannesburg has had a Jewish presence from its earliest beginnings. Two present-day Jewish organisations can trace their origins back to the late 1880s, when the town was less than a year old. One is the Chevrah Kadisha and the other the Great Park Synagogue.
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  • Is Israeli Rabbinate targeting R. Shlomo Riskin

    Jun 02, 2015
    Israel’s Rabbinate appears to have targeted a leader whose critique of Israel’s religious status quo is subtle. Shlomo Riskin, pictured left, the chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, has been summoned to a hearing before the Rabbinate later this month where he believes his job will be challenged.
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  • Is this switch Shabbat compliant?

    Apr 20, 2015
    Rabbonim in Israel & the US are pondering whether last week’s emergence of what claims to be a Halachic-compliant light switch really is. Opinions differ. But, In a surprise development today, Jewish Report Online discovered that the SA Beth Din has spent years developing a “gramma,” device of their own and they are about to start marketing it. Rabbi Dovid Baddiel, a Dayan at the Joburg Beth Din, told Jewish Report that they had been working on just such a device for years.
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  • All you need to know for Pesach 5775

    Mar 31, 2015
    Jewish Report Online publishes the four official SA Beth Din guides in handy PDF format so users can download them, print them or even forward on to family and friends. The four documents include: The 5775 full Pesach guide; the 5775 Pesach medications guide; the 5775 Pesach products guide; and the 5775 Online sale of Chametz form.
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  • The art of the seder

    Mar 25, 2015
    "The Pesach seder is not a presentation; it is not a shiur nor a lecture, but a dialogue, a conversation" says the Chief Rabbi.
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  • Win R1,000 & take friends & family along

    Mar 09, 2015
    WIN 10 TICKETS WORTH a whopping R1,000! One lucky reader will win ten R100 tickets and be able to invite friends & family to SydShul & Education Africa’s “SOUNDS OF CELEBRATION II” next week. The unique event features musical performances by 150 talented young artists and a guest appearance by Choni G, winner of the title ‘Jewish Star of 2012’. But hurry, the competition closes on Friday. If you don’t plan to go yourself, still enter and you you could donate the tickets to a worthy cause.
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  • Delving Deeper, Torah-Instructions for living

    Feb 04, 2015
    In his weekly different take on the Parsha, this week Parshas Yisro, Rabbi Bloch poses the question: "Imagine you have a really rich uncle..."
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  • Urgent Kashrut notices on various items

    Jan 30, 2015
    Anat (Cape and Joburg); Ladysmith Butter; McCains; and Finn Crisp have all had products withdrawn from the Beth Din list or have incorrectly marked packaging according to a Kashrut Department announcement today. Kashniks in both the communities falling under the Cape Town and Johannesburg kashrut departments of the Beth Din are affected and should take careful note of the implications of this announcement.
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  • JNF-SA says it again: 'Happy birthday trees'

    Jan 14, 2015
    Celebrating Tu B'Shvat and the environment is always a happy family and simchadik community occasion. This year the JNF is holding a fun-filled family picnic at Huddle Park in Johannesburg on Sunday February 8. “Families are welcome to bring well socialised four-legged friends, however it is imperative that they are on a leash,” says the JNF’s Benji Shulman. This is the first get-together opportunity for Johannesburg Jewry this year.
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  • How we cracked the story of the year

    Jan 09, 2015
    During his 5-month-long stay in SA, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the head of the Shuvu Bonim Breslov Chassidic sect and his followers became the most newsworthy person of the year. The “Rabbi on the Run” as he was dubbed by Israeli and world media, was making news every week – and Jewish Report regularly led the coverage of his activities – being quoted by several hundred media sources. How were we able to ‘own’ the story of the year? Read all about it and links to other stories in our "2014 Top Reads" series.
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  • The power of prayer is so great

    Dec 23, 2014
    In KOTZ BLOG 9, Rabbi Michal recounts how the Kotzker Rebbe was once asked by one of his foremost students: “I often feel uninspired during prayer. Is there something that I can focus on to uplift myself when I pray?”
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  • Overheard at President's Chanukah parties

    Dec 21, 2014
    (i) The Senate is sending a rabbi to a Buddhist nation to tell them not to persecute its Muslim minority; (ii) Obama was heard to mutter he felt Jewish “in my soul”.
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  • SAJR Online will post Chanukah candles daily

    Dec 16, 2014
    Don’t miss SAJR Online's special Chanukia pages during the eight days of Chanukah. Each day we will add another candle on the top right hand side of our home page – as well as adding a plethora of quality content for users to talk around the family table about and to share with friends. Where will you be celebrating tonight? Joburg will, once again, be partying with Chabad at the KosherWorld Centre. Be there, as they say, or be square…
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  • Rabbi Rose resigns from Waverley Shul

    Nov 16, 2014
    In a move that came as a shock to his congregation, Rabbi Aaron Rose, pictured, told his congregations at Waverley Shul on Shabbos that he had resigned his position.
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  • Disunity over BDS plagues SA Progressive Jewry

    Nov 12, 2014
    SAUPJ Gauteng regional Chairman Reeva Forman says she is “deeply concerned about this divisive issue that threatens not only Gauteng Progressive Jewry, but the wider Jewish community of SA”. Progressive Rabbis Shaked of Johannesburg, and Alexander of Cape Town have supported the anti-Zionist group Jewish Voices for Just Peace (JVJP) - who “actively promote BDS” - according to Dan Brotman (pic) – and are “dishonouring the Progressive movement’s respect for diversity (by) using their pulpit to openly affiliate with one political viewpoint on such a divisive issue”. Read full story
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  • Sevitz structured out in UOS shake-up

    Nov 10, 2014
    Popular UOS Executive Director Darren Sevitz (pic), is leaving after 14 years’ service. This has been done “in order to maximise efficiencies and improve levels of service delivery to the community”, UOS Chairman Jonathan Levitt told Jewish Report Online today. The UOS, said Levitt, “has embarked on a strategic restructure” & as part of this restructure the UOS decided to replace Darren's position with 2 new positions”. Levitt praised Sevitz for serving “with dedication”. Asked if he had anything to add to the UOS’ statement today, Sevitz declined to comment. Read the full story…
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  • A million smiles from Chief Rabbi Goldstein

    Oct 28, 2014
    The Shabbos Project took place in 461 cities in 64 countries and 9 languages around the world last weekend. And, while nobody expected anything but success, “Not even the most optimistic predictions among all of us working on the Project came close to what eventually took place!” says Rabbi Goldstein, who attributes it's success to SA Jewry. Awareness of the Project probably touched at least 25% of world Jewry. Read the full post-event story, with links to all the information and videos….
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  • The Shabbos Project, opportunity awaits us

    Oct 24, 2014
    In his latest “Delving Deeper” piece, Rabbi Bloch discusses the power and impact of The Shabbos Project
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  • WIZO women bring global light to Shabbos Project

    Oct 22, 2014
    The Women’s International Zionist Organisation has already started #SpreadingLight as this Brazilian participant, pictured, can attest to. Read about the impact WIZO SA has had on the Shabbos Project and see the pictures from around SA and the world.
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  • Shabbos Project to wow the world next week

    Oct 14, 2014
    The Shabbos Project, now a wordwide event, takes place around the country on October 24 and 25. But activities begin on Wednesday October 22 in Cape Town. Kol Hakavod to Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein for this initiative which he launched so successfully in SA last year. So well supported was the 2013 event, that numerous communities around the world have joined in this year. Read about the events and how to sign up to join become part of the Shabbos Project 2014.
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