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    First female chairman of Constantia Shul

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    Hayley Pogrund has been elected the first woman chairman of the Constantia Hebrew Congregation in its 34-year history. Though not the first female member to occupy this position in an Orthodox synagogue, the occurrence is sufficiently rare as to be noteworthy.
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    Be vigilant against renewed spectre of racism

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    The shadow of the Second World War and the Holocaust in particular had not lifted entirely, according to stalwart South African communal leader and currently president of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York, Marlene Bethlehem, speaking in Hannover, Germany, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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    Sad end to Durban’s Great Synagogue

    Feb 02, 2017 2 Comments
    Tinged with nostalgia and sadness, last Sunday members of the Great Synagogue in Silverton Road in Durban, attended a special valedictory service on the shul’s closing. Addressing the gathering, spiritual leader Rabbi Pinchas Zekry, spoke of the mixed feelings accompanying the closing down of this magnificent shul.
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    Present generations must keep remembrance of the Shoah

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day was commemorated in South Africa in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
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    KDLHS launches ‘Advocates for Israel’ initiative

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    On February 3 King David Linksfield High School will be launching an innovative initiative they have dubbed “Advocates for Israel”. The goal of the initiative is to empower learners at the school to be able to defend Israel, says Amber Sandler, the school’s head girl.
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    Chief Rabbi Goldstein in Berlin

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    A singular honour befell South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, when in January he was called upon to deliver the prestigious annual Hildesheimer Lecture at the Law School of Humboldt University in Berlin.
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    Lenk: Jerusalem will always be Israeli capital

    Feb 01, 2017 1 Comment
    Ambassador Lenk appeared on the popular SABC News morning show, Newsroom, yesterday (Tuesday January 31) and discussed Israel's relationship with the US, the controversy over Donald Trump wanting to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city, and the need for the Holy Land’s Palestinian neighbours to reject terror and return to direct peace talks. Watch the full 12-minute interview and hear Ambassador Lenk’s frank and honest responses – and his open and relaxed demeanour.
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    SA tells a ‘good story’ at WEF in Davos

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    The World Economic Forum (WEF), which meets annually in January in Davos, Switzerland, aims to “improve the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.
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    Summer camp road trip

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    Camp fires, music, good friends, beaches and volley ball... I was transported back to my youth when I visited all the summer camps this past December. I realised that so much of my Jewish identity and sense of belonging was nurtured during my time spent at summer camp. So all these years later, I returned as “camp inspector”, prepared to inspect and ensure compliance - to do my job. But the amount of fun and inspiration I gained from being there was an unexpected surprise.
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    Israel policy: ANC schizophrenia at play

    Jan 26, 2017 4 Comments
    Government policy and ANC policy on Israel are at loggerheads, although the ANC is the governing party.
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    YALE house cleaned out over Christmas period

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    How low can you go? These were the words of Val Blumenthal from the Young Adults Learning and Earning (YALE) speaking of the burglary of their Sandringham home over the festive season.
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    DA’s Maimane unrepentant over THAT visit

    Jan 26, 2017 5 Comments
    South Africa needs a foreign policy based on facts and principle, not friends and ideology, writes leader of the Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane in his regular newsletter.
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    US Jews and Israelis scrutinise Donald Trump

    Jan 26, 2017 1 Comment
    Donald John Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, and now American Jews - and Israelis - are wondering what the populist president really has in mind for US-Israel relations.
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    Gerald Leissner - leader par excellence

    Jan 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Although Gerald had been ill for some time, his recent passing came as a great shock to communal and business leaders. He was much respected and admired by a huge constituency and will be sorely missed by the many institutions and organisations in which he played a pivotal part.
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    ‘Mr Community’ Gerald Leissner passes on

    Jan 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Gerald Leissner, “Mr Community”, one of South African Jewry’s top leaders, who spearheaded its move to democracy in the 1990s, passed away on Friday, December 16 in Johannesburg at the age of 74. He was buried in West Park Jewish Cemetery on the same day.
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    Unwitting Jewish role in ANC succession battle

    Jan 19, 2017 1 Comment
    The overt anti-Israel bias of the ANC and traditional anti-Semitic themes appearing recently in ANC infighting over the potential successor to President Jacob Zuma as party president at the end of this year, have reared ugly heads over the past few days in the media.
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    ANC uses wrong spiritual leader and wrong prayer

    Jan 15, 2017 5 Comments
    The master of ceremonies at the ANC's 105th birthday bash at Soweto's Orlando Stadium last weekend called on “Dr Ethel Phillips, from Judaism”, pictured, to say a prayer. In reality, Dr Phillips is a chaplain with the National Interfaith Council of South Africa. She said the wrong prayer (recited on wassing) and got some words wrong - like bemitzvotavu (sic). This embarrassment was was followed by another woman who was ostensibly representing the Muslim faith. Watch this hilarious incident and see what you think.
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    An African day for Israeli Prime Minister

    Jan 12, 2017 1 Comment
    Click to read the latest report and see new pictures of Wednesday’s activities of the five-man Democratic Alliance’s (DA) visit to Jerusalem. Pictured at left is the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the latter’s office. See much more inside…
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    Bobroff pair are finally struck off the role

    Dec 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Fugitive father-and-son personal injury lawyers, Ronald and Darren Bobroff, finally had their temporary suspension made a final order earlier this month when they were permanently struck from the roll of attorneys.
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    Gerald Leissner: My mentor and friend.

    Dec 19, 2016 Go comment!
    MARLENE BETHLEHEM, pictured, pays tribute to a fellow communal leader and a giant of a man whom she describes as someone who "became my guiding light."
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