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SA Jewish leadership’s gravy train to Israel

Will the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, the SA Zionist Federation and the IUA/UCF please explain to the country’s Jewish community why it was necessary for all of them to go at the same time to Israel. Surely one or two communal leaders would have been sufficient to discuss our problems with the Israeli Government?

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Sonny Myerson

It was stated in the article that one of the reasons this group went, was to see the “creation and maintenance of good relations with Israeli government officials”. That’s very rich, especially after the SAJBD and the SAZF recently, in a joint statement, criticised the Israeli government for refusing the Jew/Israel-hater Blade Nzimande a visa to pass through Israel on his way to his friends, the Palestinian Authority.

This trip must have cost a fortune. Will the relevant organisations please tell us who went, why it was necessary for them to go and what this whole affair cost. I will not hold my breath for an answer as I’m pretty sure there will be some fancy footwork around that request.

This is the gravy train at its worst. While many in our community struggle and go without necessities and many of our institutions battle to make ends meet, I for one am disgusted by this wanton waste of the community’s financial resources.

 

Sonny Myerson    

Cape Town

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Barry

    Jul 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    ‘Funny. I was thinking something along the same lines awhile ago.’

  2. Harold

    Aug 3, 2015 at 1:28 am

    ‘Power corrupts , as the saying goes, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Were the Krengel Boykies on this Gravy Train  by any chance ? ?’

  3. nat cheiman

    Aug 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    ‘I respectfully wish to differ from you guys.
    \nI think that this was a magnificent coup that has got the BDS scum on the backfoot. The ANC also don’t know what happened and when they eventually work out what happened it will be too late.( like the visa rules and unions wrecking the country.)
    \nEven if some got a free ride (which is not proven), those that went for free went as leaders to show the 16 the ropes.
    \nPersonally speaking, It was well thought out and I would NEVER EVER have thought of such a plan to educate them.
    \nI appreciate and respect your opinions (Barry and Harold) but look at the very and much broader picture. ‘

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Disparaging image contributes to stigma about weight

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The article by Mirah Langer, “How COVID-19 lockdown turned eating upside down”, SA Jewish Report, 29 April, was well written, highlighting how people are struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies since the lockdown.

Unfortunately, the original online and print versions were accompanied by an awful image – one that perpetuates weight bias and weight stigma. I was relieved to see that the online image had already been changed by Friday, 30 April, however, the awful image made it to print.

I’m therefore writing this letter to educate those working in media and healthcare about the dangers of using images that depict people in larger bodies in a disparaging way as it contributes to weight bias and stigma. Weight bias is defined as negative, prejudiced attitudes about weight, with overt manifestations of weight stigma and discrimination.

Unfortunately, weight bias and stigma have a psychological and physical impact on health, contributing directly to anxiety, depression, disordered eating behaviours, high blood pressure, high cortisol levels, and systemic inflammation. To the person responsible for changing the image online so quickly, thank you for a job well done! – Gayle Landau, Registered non-diet dietician and certified intuitive eating counsellor, and member of Non-Diet South Africa for healthcare professionals

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Looking for descendants of Lithuanian great-grandfather

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I would be grateful for any information a reader may have as I search for descendants of my great-grandfather, Eliahu Zvi Bloch, a Kohen who lived in Anassisic/Anusshishok, Lithuania, near the Latvian border, from roughly 1820 to 1900.

My grandfather, Elchanon, the son of Eliahu Zvi and his third wife, Sarah Oralowich, who grew up in an orphanage, is the only one of the family who emigrated to the United States. I recall hearing that some of Elchanon’s siblings or half-siblings emigrated to South Africa in the first half of the last century.

I know very little else. I believe the family migrated to Lithuania from Germany around 1750 or 1800, that Eliahu Zvi’s father lived to be 100, and that Eliahu Zvi was 66 years old when my grandfather was born. It’s possible that some family members migrated to Israel, either prior to statehood or after living in South Africa. I would welcome any information, even if marginally related to my family, such as knowledge of life in Anassisic/Anusshishok. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, and can be reached at farrellbloch@aol.com

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Only those on the frontline should be vaccinated

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I read in dismay of doctors, often in private practice who never see a COVID-19-positive patient, who are rushing off with their wives and administration clerks to get to the front of the queue to be vaccinated. I see psychologists and other allied professionals flaunting the fact that they have been vaccinated or elbowing their way to the vaccine table.

While this happens, nearly a million health workers in the public sector who are actually dealing with COVID-19-positive patients in surgery, anaesthetics, intensive-care units, and emergency departments, treating patients with hands-on care, haven’t yet received their vaccinations. These are the frontline workers who are at risk. These are the doctors, nurses, and allied professionals who are dying. They aren’t there for the glory or the large salary but because they are committed to making a difference, to healing, and to contributing to a better world. I urge all of you who aren’t dealing directly with patients who breathe, cough, or spit at you, who can treat patients while maintaining a social distance and wearing masks, not to rush to the front of the queue. Leave the limited supply of vaccines for the real frontline workers. Everyone will get a vaccine. You may have to wait a few more months, but in the meantime, you can take precautions and be safe.

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