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Shalom reader,

Welcome to our second issue of 2016!
In the news …
Kosher authorities in the US and Canada can’t seem to agree on whether marijuana is kosher after medical marijuana was legalised in Canada and certain US states. While our local Beth Din won’t rule on an illegal product, read our story to hear more about edible marijuana and efforts to have it given the kosher thumbs up.
Lawyer Maureen Jansen was reported to the Human Right Commission by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies for reportedly saying on her Facebook page that Jews are “monsters” who should be “exterminated”. But now Jansen says she is pressing charges against the Board for accusing her of making racist and anti-Semitic statements.
This year the SA Jewish community celebrates its 175th anniversary. As its history began in Cape Town, a festive programme, including an orchestra performance and sporting events, will soon be rolled out in the Mother City.
A meeting under the aegis of the Co-ordinating Council of National Women’s Organisations discussed pressing kashrut issues with members of the Kashrut Divison of the UOS. These included the prices of kosher foods and the costs of holding kosher functions for Jewish organisations.
And in light of criticism for the Beth Din over recent kashrut alerts, Beth Din representatives report back on the extensive effort they make to protect kosher consumers.
Rabbi Jay Karzen, coined “the barmitzvah king” by The Jerusalem Post in 1997, has recounted a series of hilarious anecdotes in a very readable interview about boys wanting to have their barmitzvahs at the Kotel. There is also the story of the South African family who insisted on a physical address for the Kotel, for invitation purposes!
And in her editorial, Vanessa Valkin looks at South Africa’s education crisis and contrasts it with the bubble of privilege and academic excellence of the SA Jewish community. She offers a few suggestions from academic experts for a ‘road to recovery’ including some tips from “the Jewish parents’ handbook to academic success”.

 

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Prank made boss famous for a day – includes story, videos and the whole megilla

In “Guidelines from the Jewish handbook” editor Vanessa Valkin writes on SA’s educational crises.

Semites of Torah days are long gone, says PE lawyer, we’re are allconverts?!?

 

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Shabbat Shalom and good luck with the year ahead!

The South African Jewish Report team

Have a good laugh atTHE REB EYE AND THE ERUV” which was submitted by a user and is a hoot!

 

 

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SA Jewry is 175 years old! Community members air their feelings about how they plan to celebrate the occasion

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SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist

The SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist, who is passionate about and hungry for news and who writes both news and features beautifully.

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The applicant must to be tech savvy, comfortable online, on social media and in a newsroom. The applicant must have at least five years’ experience as a journalist and a relevant degree. Please forward your CV and an introductory letter to the editor, Peta Krost Maunder on editor@sajewishreport.co.za.  

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The SA Jewish Report wishes to apologise to Dr Yossi Unterslak, a specialist gynaecologist and reproductive medicine assistant at Vitalab, whose face and title was in an advert on the page three of our Rosh Hashanah edition this week. The advert just happened to be on the same page as “Johannesburg doctor guilty of unprofessional conduct”. I wish to place it on record that Dr Unterslak was on that page advertising his participation in Torah Talks and has absolutely nothing to do with the story about the doctor on the page.  The SA Jewish Report apologises to Dr Unterslak for any harm or unpleasantness that derived from the advert being on this page.  – Editor

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Jewish Guild Orchestra reaches out through sweet sound of music

A musical tour around the world was presented to residents of Golden Acres, Sandringham Gardens and members of Second Innings last Sunday by the Jewish Guild Orchestra.

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MARGOT COHEN

Jewis Guild Orchestra

Professor Brian Buch who conducts the orchestra and is also its musical director, had his appreciative audience clamouring for more. The Jewish Guild Orchestra, although founded in 1944, has still been able to retain its fresh sound. It okays a wide range of light classical pieces and its repertoire last Sunday ranged from the operetta Gypsy Baron by Johan Strauss to the all-time Neapolitan favourite, O Sole Mio.

Expenses of the orchestra are met by its 35 members themselves; they derive no income from its activities. The orchestra was named after its original sponsor, the Johannesburg Jewish Guild which no longer exists. Its founder was the late Dr Solly Aronowsky who served as musical director for 46 years. Its current leader is Dr Bernard Caplan.

The orchestra provides support for amateur musicians, irrespective of race or religion, to develop their skills to perform in public and to enhance their appreciation of music. It also plays to audiences who would not otherwise have access to light classical music, such as residents of old aged homes, the Red Cross, Hospice and the Cancer Association.

“One of our objectives is to provide performances through which we are able to assist various charities or to promote music appreciation among scholars,” says Buch.

“We welcome new players,” says Buch. “We need female vocalists, string and brass players. We need players who are at grade 6 level.”

* For further information, contact Dr Buch on (012) 348-8653 or 071-633-0869

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