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    Remembering the ‘Boerejode’ 120 years later

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    There is a classic photograph of a group of Boer prisoners in Bermuda, one of the British colonies where about 30 000 Boer prisoners of war (POWs) were eventually interned. Among those pictured is a certain Aaron Pincus, a Free Stater from Winburg, who before his capture had served (as did his brother Myer, also captured) under legendary General Christiaan de Wet. It’s easy to identify him – he’s the little chap standing at the end of a line of typically tall, strapping Afrikaners.
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    Run fast, fly high - gymnast Luca Lazarus wows the judges

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    At first sight, Luca Lazarus doesn’t strike you as a talented gymnast. Shy and modest, the only thing that gives it away is the fact that she stands on one leg while talking, and delicately balances on a lever-arch file while concentrating.
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    South Africans kicking up a storm in English football

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    When former hedge fund manager Clive Nates was considerably younger, he used to catch the bus to and from school with a couple of friends. Conversation often revolved around English football - his mates supported Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively - and, finding himself team-less, Nates was socially obliged to join in and choose a team.
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    ANC politician unrepentant after Jewish property smear

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile has insulted the Jewish community by accusing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba of “giving buildings to Jews”, but he refuses to apologise, saying he did nothing wrong.
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    SA envoy to UN accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa’s envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week accused Israel of using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned annexation of the West Bank as an excuse to ethnically cleanse the region.
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    Writer to be prosecuted or anti-Semitic rant

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Attorney Ian Levitt confirmed this week that Matome Letsoalo is to be prosecuted for a string of vicious anti-Semitic comments he posted on Twitter more than a year ago.
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    Israeli-led consortium gets nod to buy Clover

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The Competition Tribunal has given the go-ahead for a bid by an Israeli-led consortium to buy South Africa’s biggest dairy company, Clover.
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    The passing of an honorary Jew

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Just before Geoff Ramokgadi passed away, he told his friend, journalist Suzanne Belling, that he looked forward to seeing “his father, Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris” at the gates of heaven.
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    Far fewer home invasions

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    While South Africa is regarded as one of the most unsafe places in the world, serious violent crime has gone down in most neighbourhoods where community members live, say security experts.
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    Retreat brings together three Abrahamic faiths

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Open Mosque President Imam Dr Taj Hargey first envisioned holding an interfaith retreat for all three Abrahamic faiths – Jew, Christian and Muslim – four years ago. In spite of its challenges, it’s been so successful, it’s been repeated every year since, and was once again open to members of the Jewish community over the past weekend.
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    One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews susceptible to cancer

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s estimated that one in 40 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent test positive for the BRCA1 or 2 breast cancer susceptibility genes. Those testing positive for the BRCA1 or 2 mutation risk mostly breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
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    Historical monument helps Germans introspect about genocide

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The House of the Wannsee Conference is a grand structure with high ceilings, artistic finishes, a lush garden, and a spectacular view of a placid lake. It’s also the place where Nazi officials gathered to draft the final solution to their “Jewish problem”.
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    The loneliness of the lone soldier’s mother

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    “I’m always worried about my boy’s safety. He often he goes into the field, and I can’t contact him for days at a time,” says the South African mother of a “lone soldier” – a diaspora Jew who serves in the army. Her son is serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). His mother does her best not to be anxious as she continues her life in South Africa.
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    When it comes to building bridges, Israel Centre’s director is a natural

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    The director of the Israel Centre in South Africa, Dr Liat Arran, is a natural community builder and change maker. She is passionate about bringing together those who would not necessarily be a natural fit. She makes it her business to find common ground between people who see themselves on opposite sides, whether it is for political, cultural, or other reasons.
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    Eighty years on, what has World War II taught us?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    World War II started 80 years ago this month. Adolf Hitler’s forces invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, and on 3 September, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The fighting engulfed the planet, and lasted seven years. Millions would die. Old empires and ideas would wither. The ground would be laid for the coming ideological clash of superpowers.
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    Taking the fashion world by storm

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    What are the chances of two Jewish guys from Cape Town making it big in the New York fashion world? Quite good, it seems. Sivan Miller (30) was recently signed to a photographic agency there, and Aaron Shandel (19) is working as a fashion model in the Big Apple.
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    Loving and hating Jozi

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently made the mistake of stopping on orange in Joburg, instead of speeding up to beat the red light. The guy behind me slammed his palm on the hooter, and I looked in the rear-view mirror to see him shaking his head and gesticulating.
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    The Jews of Downton Abbey

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    If ballgowns, bouillabaisse, and Bates mean anything to you, chances are you’re a fan of the hit series, Downton Abbey. The release of the long-awaited film based on the series this past week gives us a chance to look back on it with hindsight and reflect on the presence of a less-obvious element we might have overlooked: the Jews of Downton.
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    Diamond industry – former jewel of Jewish Joburg – loses its lustre

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Once a trade for a nice Jewish boy, diamond cutting and polishing in South Africa no longer is.
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    Life Esidimeni stage production brings darkness to light

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Theatre director Sylvaine Strike; actress, voice, and text specialist Gina Shmukler; choreographer Phumlani Mndebele; and the first-year students of the Market Theatre Laboratory have created Eclipsed, a production inspired by the Life Esidimeni tragedy, in which 143 psychiatric patients died of neglect as a result of the termination of a contract by the Gauteng government. The SA Jewish Report spoke to Gina Shmukler about the production.
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