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    Cyril drops Bantustan bombshell at African Union Summit

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that Donald Trump’s much-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded him of the “Bantustans” (so-called homelands, fractured territories established for black South Africans by the apartheid regime).
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    Meeting of interfaith minds

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish communal leaders including Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein and South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn, as well as Reeva Forman, Sheri Hanson, and Danny Mofsowitz from the SAJBD, attended a meeting of faith-based leaders at the Union Buildings on 6 February.
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    Electricity scarcity likely to be followed by water

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    While load shedding may deprive us of electricity on a day-to-day basis, the damage it’s doing to the water infrastructure may be irreparable.
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    Tehillim en masse

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish high school students participated in a mass recital of tehillim (psalms) at campuses across South Africa on 7 February.
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    Aggett inquest brings back terror of detention without trial

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    “The most painful and terrifying experience was being in isolation when the news came through of Dr Neil Aggett’s death by so-called suicide. I find it difficult to put into words the extreme emotions I experienced at this time,” says Merle Favis, who was in detention under the Terrorism Act at the time.
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    BDS picket a damp squib

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Only a hundred or fewer people turned out for a well-publicised picket against United States President Donald Trump and Israel outside Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday in spite of organisers saying they were expecting 300 to 400 protesters.
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    Malema goes on rampage against Stephen Koseff

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Julius Malema went on a bizarre rant against wealthy and leading South Africans including former Investec Chief Executive Stephen Koseff at an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) press conference on Sunday, invoking the classic anti-Semitic stereotype of Jewish bankers “controlling” the country.
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    Local kashrut vastly improved

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    It’s been almost two years since the Stan & Pete Kosher Catering scandal broke, and questions are being asked about the steps taken to upgrade our management of kashrut.
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    Cape Board holds onto country communities department

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    The national South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) may have closed its country communities department at the end of last year, but its Western Cape branch has made the decision to continue its responsibility to country communities under its jurisdiction.
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    Music for the soul

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies hosted an interfaith concert at Temple Israel Green Point last Wednesday in honour of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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    Interfaith music, meditation, and prayer

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    More than 50 people from across the religious spectrum came together to celebrate the mediating power of music and prayer at the Together for Peace interfaith gathering on 6 February.
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    Millennial filmmaker hits jackpot with new film

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Ricky Tollman started his screen career as a baby in a Sanlam commercial shown at South African movie houses more than 30 years ago. Now, an acclaimed movie that he wrote and directed is about to hit international screens.
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    Reparations claim spurs interest in Moroccan Jewry

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Moroccans today aren’t comfortable with signs of collaboration with the pro-German Vichy regime against the country’s Jewish community during World War II.
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    Reluctant Entebbe hero on a mission in diaspora

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Rami Sherman played a critical role in one of Israel’s most iconic missions, Operation Thunderbolt in Entebbe, but until recently, few knew about it. He kept the details of this experience in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) close to his chest.
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    Home chuppahs a blossoming trend

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Several families in the Johannesburg Jewish community have opened their homes to allow brides and grooms to hold their chuppahs (weddings) there, which generally means a host of guests traipsing through your home and garden beds.
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    Turning weddings into a work of art

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    A Jewish wedding is much more than a ceremony between two individuals. Along with the rabbi and the ring, it includes certain halachot (laws) and several traditional elements that must be taken into account, from kiddush cup to Klezmer music.
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    ‘Jojo Rabbit’ – offensive or brilliant?

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Imagine the following film scene: after hurling an expletive, a ten-and-a-half-year-old boy kicks out at his imaginary friend and sends him hurtling through a window. This probably sounds like a standard coming-of-age movie in which a youngster matures and leaves his boyhood behind, but what if the imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler?
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    From pencils to possibility with UJW

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    It began with a question. A small boy begging in the streets of India. “What do you want most in the world?” “A pencil,” he replied. “I reached into my backpack, handed him my pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.” This is the premise from which Adam Braun, the founder of global non-profit organisation Pencils of Promise, works.
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    Legendary trainer pulls no punches

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    If national colours were awarded for international travel, then local boxing trainer and manager Colin Nathan would be a Springbok many times over. As this was being written, Nathan is somewhere in North Africa, and although he was home last week, the week before that he was in the United States.
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    Rat cartoon exposes BDS anti-Semitism

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    A cartoon on social media depicting Jews as rats has once again exposed the hypocrisy of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) movement when it comes to accusations of anti-Semitism.
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