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Sandton Sundaes for Purim

“Purim Sundae” is what Chabad’s Goodness & Kindness Centre has in mind for Purim next Sunday

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RABBI ARI KIEVMAN

Ice cream-themed event

 

“Purim Sundae” is Chabad Goodness & Kindness Centre’s creative twist to this year’s community Purim celebration. The fun will take place on Purim, Sunday 16 March from 4pm. Featured entertainment for all ages including jumping castle, DIY Hamentash Bar, and more!

Purim - Chabad Sundae tallCome and enjoy a light supper and ice cream sundaes for dessert. In addition, the celebration will feature a child-friendly reading of the biblical scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah accompanied by a multimedia slide show.

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in fancy dress and be included in a fashion show, Stand a chance to win prizes for the most innovative or funny costume! The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Bookings: Chabad House 011-440-6600 or email rak@chabad.org.za — or at the door, 8 Stella street, Sandton (across the Gautrain station and Mandela Square).

R120 for adults and R70 for kids. Early bird discount – 25% when booking in advance!

What is the holiday of Purim?

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on 15 March and ends at nightfall on 16 March. The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” The name of the holiday, Purim, literally means “lots,” for Haman determined the day of the annihilation by drawing a lottery. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal. For more on Purim’s history, observances and meaning, plus fun and other activities for the entire family, visit http://www.ChabadSouthAfrica.org/purim.

For more information on Chabad’s Goodness & Kindness Centre’s Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Rabbi Ari Kievman at 079 434-1293, email rak@chabad.org.za or visit the website at www.SandtonCentral.org.za

So, it’s Purim Ice Cream Sundae Party in Sandton on Sunday 16 March starting at 4pm at Chabad Goodness & Kindness Centre, 8 Stella Street, central Sandton (opposite Gautrain and Mandela Square). It costs R120 adults and R70 for kids – or take the 25 percent discount for booking and paying in advance!

There is plenty of parking available outside the Shul. RSVP to 011 440-6600 or email rak@chabad.org.za

More Purim events

Saturday 15 March at 7.30pm there will be a Communal Havdalah Ceremony followed by Megillah Reading & Hamantashen at Shul (Chabad’s Goodnesss & Kindness Centre).

Sunday 16 March at 8:15am there will be a Shacharis Service followed by Megillah Reading and snacks at Chabad’s Goodnesss & Kindness Centre.

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New York Times rebuked

Paper’s public editor rebukes The New York Times reporter for asking PhD candidate David McCleary, pic. ‘demeaning’ questions as he didn’t look Jewish

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A reporter for the New York Times came under fire for asking a Jewish Ph.D. candidate “insulting and demeaning” questions for an article on the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on college campuses across the US.

The questions that were asked of University of California, Berkeley candidate David McCleary, included whether he “looked Jewish” given his apparently non-Jewish sounding last name and whether he had had a barmitzvah.

NYT rebuked


RIGHT: The New York Times Editor weighs in on ‘demeaning’ questions to Jewish PhD student.


McCleary promptly wrote to the office of the New York Times’ public editor, whose job it is to respond to questions of the newspaper’s integrity.

He said he was “displeased” that his remarks were withheld from the ultimate publication of the story and that no Jewish student who supports the BDS movement on campuses was quoted.

McCleary’s complaint to the Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, who in the end agreed that such questioning was “unprofessional and unacceptable,” underlined the brouhaha around an article published by the newspaper last Saturday about the BDS movement and its consequences on college campuses.

Responding to Sullivan’s admission, McCleary told the Algemeiner: “While the Jewish litmus test I received was offensive, it isn’t nearly as offensive as the New York Times ignoring my voice and thousands like me who are Jewish students in favour of BDS for Israel.”

Piece didn’t provide evidence 

Critics of the story have argued that the piece itself did not provide much evidence to back the complaint of its headline, which states that the BDS issue “drives a wedge” between Jews and minority groups on campus.

“To make this into a ‘Minority vs Jewish’ question, without supplying evidence, is to distort the issue,” said David Nasaw, the Arthur M Schlesinger Junior professor of history at Graduate Centre, City University of New York.

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Unique baby names @ just $31k

Expectant parents who are struggling to find a unique name for their baby are in luck. JTA reports this Swiss company will do it for you, for just $31,000!

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Expectant parents, if you’re paging through baby name pages looking for a unique name to no avail (have you checked ours yet?), you’re in luck. Erfolgswelle – a Swiss firm that specialises in naming babies – will happily volunteer its 32 person staff to spend 100 hours searching for unique, copyright-free names for your child.

All for the tune of $31,000, because who needs a college fund really? Squares, that’s who, and you’ll be damned if your kid becomes anything less than the uniquely-shaped polygon he or she was born to be.

But, writes Suzanne Samin on JTA’s KVELLER, “in all seriousness, I totally get wanting a special name for your kid. I just don’t get spending an arm and leg for it by contracting out a service like this one. But, to each his or her own, and if you’re really into the idea of hiring out a monolith to name your child, they’re offering to reimburse the full charge for the first couple to report their new baby name to the media within two weeks of receiving it.”

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How cute is this? Not $31,000 – that’s for sure!

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Darth Zeder & a wonky knee

Special needs self-styled “passenger from hell” on ElAl couldn’t match his needs with his budget.

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Will I fly ElAl again next time? Hell yeh! Not only were they great at what they do, they and came through with ‘flying’ colours!

In a recent BLOG BY ANT KATZ, SAJR Online’s editor asks: “What is it with SA Jewry and ElAl?” Ant says that “SA Jewry fall into the pro- or anti-ElAl camp,” and then proceeds to give an account of his own experience of flying with the airline last month.

In the blog entitled: “Facts, fun and fallacies about ElAl,” Katz says that it was “the hapstance of timing” that had resulted in his flying on the Airline. “As it happened, on the week I was travelling, ElAl offered the lowest price, most suitable times for me, and, what’s more, the only non-stop route which was important as embarking and disembarking was going to be difficult for me at the time.

Passenger from hell

“You see,” says Ant Katz, “on this trip, I was the customer from hell! I was a special-needs passenger who could not match his needs with his budget. I needed wheelchair assistance to board and disembark, a seat with extra legroom and a 110 or 220v electric plug” at his seat.

“Suffice it to say, in a very Jewish and/or Israeli way, one way or another, my needs were met completely, against ElAl policies and despite all the naysayers” in the community, blogs Ant. “Here’s the thing… the one simple fact: In so many ways, ElAl was incredible.”

He proceeds to share his tale about ElAl policies being the most stringent he has ever encountered, and accuses the ‘serial complainers’ in the community of having “groomed” him to expect otherwise.

As it turned out, ElAl moved heaven and earth to accommodate him – even sending a technical team to modify a plane close to midnight at Ben Gurion airport. 

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