UOS Congregations

    • Rabbi Aaron Rose

    Rabbi Rose resigns from Waverley Shul

    Nov 16, 2014 6 Comments
    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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    Sevitz structured out in UOS shake-up

    Nov 10, 2014 63 Comments
    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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    Shabbos Project to wow the world next week

    Oct 14, 2014 4 Comments
    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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    • Memorial

    Rabbi Nachman Bernard combined Torah and love

    Oct 07, 2014 Go comment!
    Over 500 people (on Monday night, October 6) attended a tribute at the Oxford Shul to Rabbi Nachman Bernhard, who died in Johannesburg the week before. He was the rabbi at the shul for 35 years from 1965 until his retirement. Chief Rabbi Goldstein paid tribute to R. Bernhard’s “awesome work”. He “was friend to all”. Lubavitch Foundation head R. Lipskar spoke of R. Bernhard as a shaliach of the Rebbe. Adrian Gore, CEO of the Discovery Group and a member of the shul, said R. Bernhard was the quintessential community rabbi - positive, a patriot, never treating Judaism as just a bunch of rituals.
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    Rabbi Bernhard zt"l passes away, funeral today

    Oct 03, 2014 2 Comments
    A great pillar of SA Jewry, Rabbi Norman Bernhard zt”l passed away on Wednesday. The funeral is at 15:30, Thursday at West Park Cemetery.
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    • Rabbi Nachman Bernhard HOME

    Rabbi who spoke out for SA justice and Jewish values

    Oct 02, 2014 2 Comments
    South Africa’s beloved and popular rabbi, speaker, educationist, raconteur, anti-apartheid activist and counsellor, Rabbi Norman (Nachman) Meir Bernhard (zt”l), passed away on Wednesday evening, October 1 at the age of 81.
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    SA Jewry's great debt to Rabbi Nachman Bernhard

    Oct 02, 2014 3 Comments
    We just received the very sad news that Rabbi NM Bernhard has passed away. Not everyone knows or remembers the history of this man. I believe our community owes Rabbi Bernhard a huge debt of gratitude.
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Unity - It's surreal and frightening

    Sep 10, 2014 2 Comments
    In another of his fascinating DELVING DEEPER thoughts, Rabbi Shmuel Bloch gives us a different take on religious and secular events around us. “Take a glance at the news from Israel this week,” he writes, “It's the usual stories. Reports of feriebels (in-fighting), factionalism and bickering top the headlines. Yet, just a few weeks ago Israel was at war and a totally different spirit and outlook pervaded the country.”
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    Gourmet Kosher Food Fest starts Thursday

    Aug 27, 2014 Go comment!
    The Greenside Shul is holding SA’s first Gourmet Kosher Food Festival from Thursday to Sunday. The stalls are sold out and the event has everything for the kosher family – from kids and adult entertainment, Food, Art exhibitions, Wine and Cheese tasting and sales, Yom Tov gifts and so much more. And plenty of freebies to boot! Read all about it...
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    • Reznik

    The ‘African Chief’ - a man for all seasons

    Aug 27, 2014 2 Comments
    This year marks the ninth anniversary since the passing of Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris zt’l on the ninth of Elul in Hermanus in September 2005 on the eve of his 69th birthday and less than a year after his retirement as chief rabbi .
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    Kosher meat crisis looms for Johannesburg consumers

    Aug 20, 2014 10 Comments
    A serious crisis is looming for observant Johannesburg Jews, as the supply of kosher meat dwindles way below the demand, due to factors difficult to control. This will be particularly sorely felt as Rosh Hashanah approaches. “We’re holding in the short term,” says UOS exec director Sevitz about supply, by making more use of the other facilities. The UOS is pulling all the stops to find a new facility, but has had no complaints from consumers regarding supply shortages...yet!
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    Read the Chief Rabbi’s message to SA Jewry

    Aug 18, 2014 4 Comments
    Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein urged all Rabbis to devote their sermons this past Shabbos to the importance of peace and respect in our community. “Let us all come together as one community in the spirit of our world-renowned menschlichkeit and unity and above all let us just remember to be nice to one another,” was the essence underlying of the Chief Rabbi’s message.
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    Botched bris leads to investigation

    Jul 14, 2014 18 Comments
    A recent circumcision in Johannesburg “which resulted in injury to the baby”, has prompted the Chief Rabbi and the rosh Beth Din to establish a commission of enquiry, headed by a retired justice, to investigate this case. A media statement issued jointly by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and Rosh Beth Din Rabbi Moshe Kurtstag, said the commission of enquiry would be headed by retired Justice Phillip Levinsohn, former Deputy Judge President of KwaZulu-Natal.
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  • Breakfast with the champions – of kosher quirks!

    Jun 18, 2014 8 Comments
    You’ve followed them on Kashrut-SA. Now imagine being one of three lucky winners of a breakfast with Kashrut-SA’s Darren Sevitz (UOS CEO) vs. well-known businessman Howard Sackstein? These two are famously funny on zany issues of kashrut (see and so Jewish Report has managed to get them to agree to share a breakfast at Mooz with three readers.
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  • Torah - the Jewish lodestar

    Jun 18, 2014 Go comment!
    A reflection on the Torah as the Jews’ GPS, was a theme touched upon by several speakers at this year’s Sinai Indaba. Among the 11, primarily American speakers, were acclaimed relationship instructor, Slovie Jungreis Wolff, daughter of Rebbetzen Esther Jungreis; Rebbetzen Rivkah Slonim broadly respected as a “Chassidic feminist” and award-winning comedy writer - known and celebrated for his work on series like The Simpsons, Third Rock from the Sun and Murphy Brown - David Sacks, who was there by electronic proxy.
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  • Dealing with homosexuality rabbinically

    Jun 13, 2014 6 Comments
    Answers to questions about Jewish matters by SAJR’s eminent panel of rabbis & rebbetzens
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  • See the Sinai Indaba IV programmes

    Jun 11, 2014 1 Comment
    SAJR Online will be publishing updates daily on Sinai Indaba IV. See the national programmes and all about Sinai Next.
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  • Rabbinic scandal rocks the Western Cape

    Jun 11, 2014 11 Comments
    Mainstream media, including widely distributed newspapers City Press and Rapport and community radio station ChaiFM have given voice to the recent Milnerton and Sephardi Shul scandal that has rocked Cape Town Jewry. Read the emotional letter of “Apology & Teshuva” written by now-disgraced Rabbi Bryan Opert to the members of both Shuls after he was caught blackmailing Sephardi Rabbi and Beth Din member Rabbi Suiza.
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  • You’ve read them, now breakfast with them

    Jun 11, 2014 3 Comments
    You’ve followed them in action online, you know it’s something you enjoy reading, now here’s your opportunity to watch them in action, live, at a delicious Mooz breakfast to boot! Three lucky winners will laugh themselves silly and be the envy of the kosher community - compliments of the SA Jewish Report. Read all about it…
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  • Rabbi Herring promises to make good

    May 31, 2014 1 Comment
    After being singled out for selling Pasul (un-kosher) Mezuzim and other items, Rabbi Herring says “I sincerely apologise for this unintentional occurrence and for any inconvenience that it may cause.” He has blamed his Israeli suppliers and has offered to pay for the checking (and replacement if needs be) of all items he has sold. BD director Dayan Klein says it is “an obligation” for Herrings customers “to have their merchandise checked as soon as possible.”
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