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    Will we be affected as SA regulates religion?

    Nov 09, 2015 3 Comments
    Parliamentary commission launches urgent investigation into “Commercialisation of Religion” in SA to establish the regulation of religions, writes Dr Ivor Blumenthal. The commission’s chairman, he says, is “summonsing” the Chief Rabbi and heads of other religions to appear before the commission. He suggests that if the regulations pass, we will have to account to a national structure of some kind.
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    No halachic grounds against proselytising

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    In his call for Jews to spread Judaism and actively seek converts, Colin Jantjies has absolutely hit the nail on the head. Allow me, if I may to quote a recent and most poignant Facebook post by Rabbi Asher Meza, an Orthodox rabbi whose organisation, Torah Judaism International (, promotes actively seeking converts.
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    WIZO encourages spreading the light

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    WIZO is proud to have been associated with the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbos Project from its inception when we shared ideas on keeping a universal Shabbat together. From humble beginnings, under the leadership of the Chief Rabbi, this project has literally become universal.
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    'Status quo' over Temple Mount remains in place

    Oct 16, 2015 1 Comment
    During a special meeting with English-speaking reporters yesterday, Israeli PM insists that the so-called ‘status quo’ instituted by Moshe Dayan on the last day of the 1967 Six Day War, continues to remain in place and accuses the PA of stoking violence even though they know this. Benjamin Netanyahu refuted Mahmoud Abbas’ ‘big lies’ in their meeting with English-speaking reporters while Ofir Gendelman, Netanyahu’s Arabic spokesman, showed slides of posters calling on Palestinians to carry out stabbing attacks.
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    Berland wants followers to avoid conflict

    Oct 14, 2015 2 Comments
    Jewish Report met some of the most senior followers of Rabbi Berland on Tuesday. They confirmed that there are followers, many of them families, staying at a facility (rumoured to be) between Johannesburg and Pretoria and they had all the requisite necessities such as schools and study facilities available to them. Rav Berland, they said, had strictly instructed his followers to stay away from the cities to avoid a repeat of their coming into contact with local communities as was the case last year. Read more...
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    Shabbos Project embraced In SA & worldwide

    Oct 14, 2015 Go comment!
    “We are proud to again be joining the spiritual tsunami that’s sweeping across the world,” Rabbi Ari Kievman, of the Shul in Sandton Central, told the SA Jewish Report in anticipation of this year’s Shabbos Project, initiated in this country in 2013 - the brainchild of Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein.
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    Why the frenzy?

    Sep 02, 2015 1 Comment
    In Yiddish, they would always say “Nog a yohr in Afrika!” - “Another year in Africa!” It seems pretty inane but we all seem to go through the very same performance annually. “Oh my G-d, it’s Rosh Hashanah already!” “Where has this year gone?” You’d think that by now we’d have got accustomed to it.
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    Limmud sets the benchmark high - again

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Another highly successful Limmud conference took place over the weekend at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg. This was the 10th Limmud South Africa conference, and it is clear from the number and diversity of the participants that it is growing from strength to strength.
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    Reflections on the passing of a great Zionist

    Jul 22, 2015 Go comment!
    This year on Tisha B’Av is the 31st anniversary since the passing of Chief Rabbi Prof Louis Rabinowitz, zt’l.
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    Torah principles encapsulated in Kabbalah

    May 20, 2015 4 Comments
    Based “on the totality of life experience”, Rabbi Dr Lionel Mirvis has expanded his Kabbalah lessons in Cape Town to include Graphic Kabbalah - with DVDs in the pipeline - to “provide the means to deal with rapid change and to pave the way for satisfying, productive, and creative living”.
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    Rabbi has big plans for KDVP Primary

    May 20, 2015 2 Comments
    It’s not the first time that a student has returned to his alma mater to become principal. And although he matriculated from King David High School Linksfield, where he was deputy head boy, Rabbi Ricky Seeff has been appointed principal of the sister primary school, King David Victory Park Primary.
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    • R0se

    Jewish girls' Seminary for Johannesburg

    Apr 28, 2015 14 Comments
    Filling a void in the South African Jewish community is a soon-to-be launched seminary for Jewish girls in Johannesburg, the brainchild of Mashi Rose, who has achieved great heights as a rebbetzen (Waverley Shul) an educator and a graphologist.
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    Two Progressive rabbis inducted at Bet David

    Feb 24, 2015 7 Comments
    Rabbis Julia Margolis & Adrian Schell were inducted at a special ceremony at Bet David Progressive Synagogue, Sandton, earlier this month. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Emeritus Hillel Avidan. It was a historic event as R. Margolis is SA’s first home-grown female Rabbi. "We welcome you as future leaders within our community and wish you all success. We look forward to working with you in the years to come," said Charisse Zieffert from the SA Jewish Board of Deputies. "It was such a joyous event,” added deputy German ambassador Herbert Beck.
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    Rabbi pleads guilty to 52 "Peeping Tom" charges

    Feb 22, 2015 1 Comment
    Red-faced Rabbi, 63, the former spiritual leader of a prominent Washington Orthodox shul, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism last week after police found secret cameras hidden in the mikvah shower & recording devices in his home. The trial had to moved to a bigger court as the crowd grew. Rabbi Freundel was originally arrested on 6 charges last October. Freundel separated from his wife after his arrest and refused to leave his shul-owned home. The congregation has taken the case to the Beth Din of America.
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    Dutch shul shut after bad conduct of Berlanders

    Jan 11, 2015 1 Comment
    Verbal abuse of security volunteers & giving out electronic entrance codes willy-nilly were among the transgressions quoted by The Jewish community of Amsterdam as to why they had been forced to shutter shul to keep R Berland and followers out. The shul on Lek Street in the south of Amsterdam was effectively closed on Friday. The shul may reopen on January 23.
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    How we cracked the story of the year

    Jan 09, 2015 Go comment!
    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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    Harry Potter & the Torah of Terror

    Jan 07, 2015 2 Comments
    JK Rowling gets all very PC, but did anyone ever see these kids wearing a kipa, or a hijab? And, for that matter, when did the school celebrate Anthony Goldstein’s barmitzvah? Would Goldstein have tossed his Birthright trip to Israel to attend the Quidditch World Cup? Was he related to the Chief Rabbi? Sorry, JK, but this looks like retro PC to us. says, however,: “Maybe - biblical injunctions aside - Rowling’s multiculturalism is right on the money.” Read on...
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    Happy Rebbetzen Bertha Sherman turns 92

    Dec 23, 2014 3 Comments
    The founding rebbetzen of the Cape Town Progressive Jewish Congregation recently turned 92 - a celebration she shared with her current rabbis, family and friends.
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    Chabad’s Chanukia honours Sydney terror victims

    Dec 21, 2014 Go comment!
    “The Jewish community of Australia expresses our deepest sympathy for the families of the Martin Place tragedy. May the lights of the festival of Chanukah bring comfort and warmth to our nation.”
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    SAJR Online will post Chanukah candles daily

    Dec 16, 2014 1 Comment
    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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