Tongues wag over our Steve & Cheryl Cole
ABSA Jewish Achiever finalist, Cape Town fitness guru Steve Uria, has almost every tongue in the UK wagging today after hooking up with English pop star Cheryl Cole. Says the saucy MIRROR, Cheryl is “currently getting herself all golden in SA and drip-feeding us pictures of her looking all sorts of sexy and snogging” Steve – who has denied any romantic involvement with the singer & X-Factor star.
Steve Uria has soared to fame after hooking up with English mega-pop star Cheryl Cole. And the UK Tabloid media are making the most of it. The MIRROR says Cheryl has been “drip-feeding” the media with pictures of her looking all sorts of sexy.”
Personal trainers Steve, together with brothers Andrew and Paul Rothschild, added a new meaning to the word “sweat” in SA with their S.W.E.A.T.1000 fitness programme in 2010. Now they are all over and sitting on over 400 franchise requests from as far afield as Australia and the US.
Cape Town fitness guru Steve Uria (picturted right) has denied any romantic involvement with UK pop star Cheryl Cole, after a snap she posted on her Twitter account with the “mystery hunk” set tongues wagging in the UK.
Steve told the local newspaper, THE TIMES, that he and Cheryl had a purely platonic relationship. “We are friends – she’s an awesome girl,” he said.
Said the raunchy MIRROR: “A totally trim, toned and relaxed-looking Chez, who’s rocking a wondrous purple bikini and mirrored sunnies, has a hand delicately touching his chest ridiculous 106-pack. Which is exactly where we’d place our hand too.”
Cheryl Cole, the former Girls Aloud star and former X Factor judge showed off her happy face, flawless skin and sublime smile in an Instagram picture simply captioned: “Beautiful sunset in a beautiful city with beautiful people #blessed.”
The picture showed the 30-year-old “Fight For This Love” singer in a blue two-piece bikini and shades with her hair tied back, and one hand on Uria’s chiselled abs.
Cole has been posting regular pictures of herself soaking up the South African sun on both Twitter and Instagram. But she says she has been flabbergasted at how the UK tabloids have interpreted the pictures.
LEFT: CHERYL COLE
One picture showed her embracing a 20-year-old student identified as Tom Julius at a New Year’s Eve party in Cape Town.
Another UK tabloid, the DAILY STAR, was also taken by our Steve’s muscular frame: “Who’s the hunk Cheryl?! Ms Cole sports blue bikini while posing with ripped muscle man.” They wrote. “While on holiday in Cape Town, the gorgeous Geordie (slang for UK Northener) shared a snap with the muscular hunk.
Wearing her long tresses swept back in a low maintenance updo, the former Girls Aloud stunner smiled as she posed with her rather ripped gentleman.
“Wearing a royal blue bandeau bikini, Chez could keep the smile off her face of her hands off the guy as she placed her hand on his impressive abs. The man seemed thrilled by the attention, wearing a baseball cap backwards he grinned to show a Hollywood perfect grin.
“Cheryl’s perfectly petite beach body looked miniscule in comparison to her acquaintances’ bulging muscles. The 30-year-old has been enjoying a tropical festive break, showing off her stunning bikini body in a vast array of sexy swimwear.
The Newcastle-born babe took to photo-sharing site Instagram to post a stunning selfie” (slang for a picture taken of oneself) – SEE ABOVE.
The STAR continues to ramble about: “Cheryl’s muscle-tastic male friend…” and ends with: “If his abs are anything to go by, that must be one hell of a work out!”
And so go the Tabloids!
Shabbat Around The World beams out from Jozi
More than 75 devices around the globe logged in to Beit Luria’s World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Shabbat Around the World programme on Friday, 15 January.
Whether it was breakfast time in California, tea time in Europe, or time to break challah in Johannesburg, participants logged in to take part in Beit Luria’s Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Among those participating were Rabbi Sergio Bergman, the president of the WUPJ; chairperson Carole Sterling; and Rabbi Nathan Alfred, the head of international relations. Singers Tulla Eckhart and Brian Joffe performed songs from a global array of artists, along with Toto’s Africa to add a little local flair to the service. After kiddish was said and bread was broken, Rabbi Bergman thanked Beit Luria for hosting the WUPJ. The shul looks forward to more collaborations with its global friends in the future.
UJW Sewing School graduates model creations
The outfits modelled by graduates of the Union of Jewish Women’s (UJW’s) Sewing School were all the more spectacular for the fact that some of their creators had never seen a sewing machine prior to the four-month course.
They were modelled at the school’s graduation ceremony at Oxford Shul on 15 December to much excitement and applause.
UJW executive member and Sewing School Manager Ariane Heneck expressed her gratitude to Chido Tsodzo, the school’s superb teacher, and the event ended with a much appreciated lunch for graduates and their invited guests.
The self-empowerment Sewing School for unemployed men and women was started by the UJW 10 years ago. It now has a small production team of ex-students, and some of its graduates have been employed in factories, while others are selling their own creations.
Israel Rugby 7s to camp with the Blitzbokke
The thrill-a-minute Rugby 7s have captured the hearts of fans around the world. The Blitzbokke, South Africa’s national Rugby 7s team, ranks second in the world, and is among the most exciting, formidable, and feared of 7s teams.
Exactly 9 191 km away are the Israelis, an emerging rugby nation that has talent, determination, and a world-class coach in South African Kevin Musikanth. Now, these two squads will meet. The Israeli 7s side will be travelling to the SAS Rugby Academy in Stellenbosch to train with the Blitzbokke.
The Blitzbokke will have the opportunity to prepare for the coming 7s rugby season by measuring their skills of play against the Israelis. And the Israelis, well, they will be rubbing shoulders with, and learning from the best in the world and honing their skills for their coming European Rugby season.
“It’s an opportunity for our boys to learn from the world’s best,” says Musikanth. The SAS Rugby Academy is run by the legendary Frankie Horn, a technical expert whose coaching guidelines and methods are second to none in World Rugby 7s.
Musikanth took over as Rugby 15s head coach in Israel in 2018, and in October 2019, he became director of rugby for the Israeli Rugby Union and head coach for the national programmes of both the 15s and the 7s.
Horn visited Israel last December at the behest of Rugby Israel and its supporting Olympic body and since then, the partnership has continued to grow. The upcoming training camp will begin in Israel, where Horn, together with Phil Snyman, the former Blitzbok captain and multiple world champion winner, will spend a week with the players and coaching staff at Wingate, Netanya, the home base of Rugby Israel. They will then all travel to Stellenbosch for a week’s camp with the Blitzbokke.
“We’ve already seen the difference through our partnership with Frankie. Two of our players were spotted by him on his previous trip to Israel, and have been training at SAS on the off-season,” says Musikanth. The two players are Omer Levinson (scrum half) and Yotam Shulman (lock).
Horn, technical advisor to Rugby Israel’s 7s, says “It is a great opportunity for both teams to derive positive benefit from the camp.”
Israel Rugby has been making considerable professional strides since Musikanth took over the reins. Israel 15s played their 100th test match against Cyprus and celebrated with a 34-22 victory.
“We’re in the top 25 in Europe in 15s and in the top 16 in 7s, the toughest, most competitive continent in world rugby,” says Musikanth, “and I can realistically see us setting our sights on the Top 15 and Top 12 respectively in the future.”
Currently, there are three eligible South Africans who are on the Israeli national squad: Jayson Ferera as flanker (Pirates Rugby Club), Daniel Stein as fly half (studying in Israel), and Jared Sichel as prop (Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Cape Town). Eligibility to play for a national team in rugby is stricter than in other sports. One does not qualify just because one has a passport. One has to have had a parent or grandparent that was born in that country or one has to have lived in the country for at least three years.
“With so much Jewish rugby talent around the world, we would be able to put a world-class Israeli national team together if not for the measures that restrict eligibility to national call ups,” says Musikanth.
The Israel Rugby development project was accelerated thanks to Musikanth initiating Bridges through Rugby. This project is the collective effort of a few South African Jewish businessmen who appreciate the long-term vision of Israel becoming a stronger rugby nation. They have come on board to assist with this most opportune tour. National financial support is fixed and, as such, is limited. While the strong players and national coaches will be attending the training camp in Stellenbosch, there will be some that will, unfortunately, have to stay behind.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players and coaches. To get to see the best upfront and feed off their knowledge is going to be incredible,” says Musikanth. “Everyone is eager to go, of course, but there is a cap to the support we have in place. We would like to take a development u20 squad as well as coaching staff who would carry the benefits of this into the future. A rugby visit to Stellenbosch can change rugby lives in many respects. Stellenbosch is rugby utopia!”
Rugby aside, with the Israelis and South Africans camping together, the question of what will be for dinner after a gruelling day’s training may be a matter of contention. A tussle for whether to serve boerewors or shwarma may result in a scrum in the SAS dining hall to determine the outcome.
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