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    Escape of Denmark’s Jews a happy story at a very dark time

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    At the bleakest time in the history of European Jewry, the evacuation of more than 7 000 Danish Jews – or 95% of the population – to neutral Sweden was a ray of light for humanity. This occurred on the eve of their deportation to Nazi concentration camps.
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    Kentridge reflects on those used by war

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    They were not soldiers. They had no vested interest in the war, but in their millions, black men from Africa were used as porters for World War I soldiers, generals, cannons, and boats. They were a continuation of the colonialist mindset, which perceived them as the proverbial paper bag: useful, but ultimately disposable.
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    Shabbos Project happenings around South Africa

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Stop doing. Start being - just be there!
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    • PKB

    Community rallies in support of abused Parktown boys

    Oct 18, 2018 1 Comment
    The “house mom” of Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg has appealed to the Jewish community to be in court when the judge passes sentence against the man found guilty of sexual abuse.
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    Concern mounts as terror accused appear in court

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    There is growing concern within the Community Security Organisation (CSO) about the threat of terrorism in South Africa. This comes after 19 suspects accused of the fatal Verulam mosque attack and numerous bomb scares around Durban appeared in camera in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal this week.
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    Speak out against child abuse, says Frankel survivor

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    “I didn’t have the language to articulate what was happening, and I didn’t have the emotional capacity to bridge the gap between what my body felt and what my head and my heart was telling me.” Nicole Levenstein spoke for the first time to a South African audience about how multi-millionaire Sidney Frankel abused her as a little girl.
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    • Nobel

    American Jew is the oldest recipient of a Nobel Prize

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Arthur Ashkin this month became the oldest ever recipient of a Nobel Prize, at the age of 96, for ground breaking investigations in the field of laser physics. He was specifically noted for his invention of “optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”.
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    Shashi accuses ‘Jewish business person’ of offering her bribe

    Oct 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Celebrity Shashi Naidoo claims she was offered a large sum of money to not join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa (BDS SA) press conference when she did an about-turn on her previous defence of Israel.
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    • Anton Harber

    News-media crisis calls for industry introspection

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    The editor of the Sunday Times Bongani Siqoko has for two weeks running made huge public apologies. Three massive investigations – into the so-called rogue unit at the South African Revenue Services, the Zimbabwe renditions, and Cato Manor police death squad – led to numerous stories that were false, and had a serious impact on innocent lives and institutions. SA Jewish Report Editor Peta Krost Maunder discusses the situation with Anton Harber, the Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University, the founding editor of the Weekly Mail, former editor-in-chief of eNCA, and the director of Africa Check.
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    Martial arts training gives kids strength to fight cancer

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Optimism doesn’t mean everything is going to be great, but that we respond to everything with greatness. Or so the children of Kids Kicking Cancer are teaching the world. In spite of their many challenges, each one embodies this understanding of optimism.
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    Secular Jew takes a walk on the Haredi side

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    In the run up to the Shabbos Project, I recalled a piece I had published in the “Jerusalem Post” on 2 June 1990, when living in Israel, about spending a Shabbos with a religious family to better understand what this meant. It seemed fitting to republish it now.
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    Shabbos Project puts youth centre stage

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    This year’s Shabbos Project contains a youthful twist. The organisers have handed over the reins to the next generation, offering student leaders an opportunity to take ownership of their own events.
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    Jewish community needs to break through the clutter

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Media experts have called on South African Jewish communal organisations to use creativity to attract the attention of youthful audiences and combat ideological opponents more effectively. The same-old, same-old format simply doesn’t work anymore, they say, urging proactivity, creativity, and surprise to break through the clutter.
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    • Billboard

    Fighting anti-Israel sentiment with big advertising campaigns

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    A prominent Jo’burg media businessman recently paid for an outdoor banner on the R24 highway to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Quoting Nelson Mandela, it read, “We insist on the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders.”
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    Joburg Jewish bagels take bite out of New York cousins

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Like matza and kneidlach, the bagel is a quintessentially Jewish food. After a mezuzah on the doorpost, no Jewish home is considered complete without a bagel passing through its doors from time to time.
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    Joanna Weinberg returns to her roots to perform

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    “Pandora’s Bag is a suite of my best comic songs about handbags and the women who wear them,” says actress, songwriter, and cabaret artist Joanna Weinberg. She has returned to South Africa after many years to perform her entertaining hit solo cabaret at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
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    • Amanda Blankfield Koseff

    SA’s go getters going nowhere else

    Oct 18, 2018 2 Comments
    It seems that every Tali, Doron, and Hymie is emigrating, but the fact is that many Jews are choosing to stay in South Africa. Whether they’re business leaders, rabbis, or social activists, many are committed to the country and to embracing the opportunities inherent in its challenges.
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    The mysterious history of the HOD

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    To most of us, the HOD is synonymous with Barmitzvahs, wedding receptions, or similar type of simchas. Few are aware, however, that the Hebrew Order of David is much more than an events venue.
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    You don’t have to be Jewish to be a writer – but it helps

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    “My mother started feeding me Jewish novels from a very young age,” author Steven Boykey Sidley told the “Talking Books” festival at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Houghton, Johannesburg this week.
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    Singing our heart out with Koolulam

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Young and old, baritones, and falsettos, even those who are quite tone deaf, were swept up in Koolulam fever at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday, when more than 3 500 Johannesburg Jews stopped everything to sing together.
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