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    • WolfsonPretoria

    Pretoria community hosts Mayor Msimanga

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga had his first Shabbos dinner with the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation last Friday. “It is a great honour to attend this service in the shul in Pretoria, where the Jewish community continues to thrive and make a huge contribution to Pretoria in particular and the country in general,” he told the congregants.
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    • DanielandRachel

    Israeli college students win prestigious international award

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Students from Israel's College of Law and Business (CLB) in Ramat Gan, have won the International Chamber of Commerce's Mediation Competition, held in Paris last week. This is the world's foremost competition on the subjects of business arbitration and dispute resolution.
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    • Sounds

    Sounds of Celebration IV’s ‘One Team. One Goal’

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The highly popular Sounds of Celebration concert, a joint venture between Education Africa and Sydenham Shul, will be staged in Johannesburg in two weeks’ time, with two matinees - free of charge - performed specifically for 2 000 disadvantaged youth in the Gauteng area.
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    • JackSport

    Outdated German anthem lyrics cause furore at Fed Cup tie

    Feb 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The playing of a national anthem at a sporting competition can often be a sensitive issue. Those of us who remember the incident at Ellis Park in 1992 in a rugby match against the All Blacks, can recall SA Rugby President the late Louis Luyt making a bad last minute decision to play Die Stem. Despite having beforehand agreed not to play it, he went ahead because "we were simply playing and singing our anthem as it existed at the time".
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    Join the conversations, have your say

    Feb 22, 2017 1 Comment
    JR Online users are having their say, as usual. While the website's peak day saw well over 12,000 users, it can also have as many as 300-plus comments posted on a busy day. Many are on older stories users have serendipitously happened along. Some are friendly greetings and exchanges, but often they descend into Chirp-fests – where users with differing views enjoy a good old argy-bargy on an issue. We list this week’s latest hotspots, and point users to a few of the Chirps posted this week - on well-commented stories long gone by…
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    • SuzanneSuzelle

    Madcap DIY Suzelle's Jewish connection

    Feb 16, 2017 1 Comment
    South Africa’s favourite online celebrity, SuzelleDIY, has an alter ego - Julia Anastasopoulos. “Suzelle” bubbles all over as she does her YouTube DIY videos, presenting in “a thick Cape Afrikaans accent”, whereas Julia is genteel, her voice modulated, as she laughs softly at being recognised on the streets of Cape Town.
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    • SuzanneKaplkinski1

    Is there ‘redemption’ for Shoah murderers?

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Former Herzlia headmaster Solly Kaplinski grew up as a child of Holocaust survivors, Sima and Izak, who escaped with the Bielski partisans in Belarus. Next week he launches a novella “A World of Pains – A Redemptive Parable”, which is based on “the theme of accountability, growing up in the long shadow of the Shoah”.
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    • beata

    Beata Lipman – fighter against injustice

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Struggle veterans galore gathered at the Women’s Section of the Old Fort Prison on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg last Sunday, to bid farewell to struggle veteran Beata Maria Lipman, in a memorial service. Lipman died on December 8, last year.
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    • JackSportjake4_Cropped

    Jake returns to China for martial art action

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    People travel to China for various reasons - Olympics, sightseeing, to walk the Great Wall - but for Jake Pinchus it is all about martial arts.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Aliyah - the good, the bad and the meshuga

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Touchdown in Tel Aviv. The start of a new chapter for my husband, 10-year old son and nine-year old daughter. The El Al flight is mandatory for anyone making aliyah - not only because the country pays for that one-way ticket to Ben-Gurion Airport, but because from a sentimental point of view, flying in on the national carrier is part of the immigration experience.
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    • AlanaUmhlangaMikvah1

    Umhlanga’s Shalom Mikvah - a dream come true

    Feb 16, 2017 Go comment!
    “'If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay.” Theodor Herzl’s immortal words on his vision for a Jewish homeland were brought to life once again, this time in the seaside North Coast village of Umhlanga Rocks where the decades long aspiration of Reb Shlomo and Devorah Wainer to open a mikvah has become a reality.
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    Slippery slope: Rights of schools vs pupils

    Feb 15, 2017 Go comment!
    The complex issue of the rights of schools versus the rights of learners, often finds itself being resolved by courts around the world. There are at least two legal precedents where higher courts have overturned lower court rulings on the constitutional rights of learners in South African case law.
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    • FeldmanReviewDenial

    How ‘girl from Queens’ beat arch Holocaust denier

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Film: Denial Cast: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott Director: Mick Jackson Classification: 7-9 PG
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    • MikeRoseLererCohen

    Splendid work on Lithuanian Jewry

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    Rose Lerer Cohen is an “accidental genealogist” who was “provoked” into following that career path.
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    • LionerSlierEliRabinowitzUSE

    A nostalgic trip down Eastern European lanes

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    South African Jews have an enduring fascination with their genealogy - their roots - as a “full-house” Great Park Shul hall attested to on Sunday evening, when expat South African Eli Rabinowitz shared this passion with a South African audience.
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    • SuzanneMatricAchievement1

    Why are Matrics getting so many distinctions?

    Feb 09, 2017 2 Comments
    School marks achieved today by learners appear to be much higher than in their parents’ time. And the students seem to be under much more pressure.
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    • Property Glenhazel

    Home buyers pay R1million premium to live in ‘shtetl’

    Feb 09, 2017 2 Comments
    Why are Jewish home buyers in Johannesburg prepared to battle it out and bid against each other for the privilege of living in Glenhazel or Fairmount? Read this to find out. Emerging in between this very small number of highly sought-after homes over the past few years has been an ever-increasing number of kosher businesses - and businesses that service the needs of the Jewish market. Even office space in this unique “shtetl” goes at a huge premium, if one can find premises.
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    Exciting model to ‘fund the missing middle’

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    The government-funded NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) provides student loans for the lowest income earners (where the family earns a maximum of R120 000 a year), to make tertiary education accessible to them; upper-income families pay their own way.
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    All quiet on the university front

    Feb 09, 2017 Go comment!
    South African universities began opening their doors this week, with the entire nation waiting in anticipation to see what happens. This follows an 18-month-long period of intermittent chaos during the #feesMustFall protests, which culminated when the universities finally ended their 2016 academic year.
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    Talking tachlis, a Q&A with Prof Adam Habib

    Feb 08, 2017 4 Comments
    With so much concern among the community about the campus unrest of the past eighteen months, the #FeesMustFall movement and the general stability of the South African public University system, Jewish Report asked Professor Adam Habib, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of SA’s largest university, Wits, some very tough questions. Professor Habib’s answers were surprisingly frank and will make interesting reading for everyone.
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