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What’s on in Jewish SA this week

There’s so much happening among SA Jewry, every day – social, secular & religious – in all major centres around the country





There is so much happening in our community around the country every day, social, secular and religious. In the major centres such as Cape Town, Joburg, Durban, PE and Pretoria Jewish organisations and communities can hook you up with a host of events.


For those in the outlying areas and in sub-Saharan Africa, our world-famous “Travelling Rabbi” Moshe Silberhaft can always link you up with someone, somewhere, somehow – wherever you may be.

Friday (November 8) – UZLC is hosting Charisse Zeifert from the Jewish Board of Deputies on “Chatting About the Media”. Venue: Our Parents Home. Time: 12:45 – 14:00. Contact: Gloria, 072-127-9421 or (011) 485-4851.

Sunday (November 10)
– Big Band Music Appreciation Society meets at St John’s College Auditorium, Houghton at 14:15 sharp. Charles Bossenger on keyboard will play his favourite numbers, followed by a short DVD tribute on Frank Sinatra, “A Man and His Music”, presented by Dave Goldstein. Enquiries: Marilyn 072-243-7436 or Jack 082-450-7622.


Second Innings hosts Rob Caskie, national and international tour guide and renowned raconteur, on “Going South with Scott and Shackleton”. Venue: The Gerald Horwitz Lounge, Golden Acres. Time: 10:00 for 10:30. Cost: R20 members, R40 visitors. Contact: Grecia Gabriel, (011) 532-9718.


UJW CT’s Kesher Group, hosts Steven Segerman – Venue No 17 First Crescent, Camps Bay. Time: 18:30. Cost: R150 per ticket. Enquires: (021) 434-9555 (until 14:00).



Monday (November 11) –  UJW hosts Emelia Potenza, curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Apartheid Museum, on “20 Years of South African Democracy”. Venue: 1 Oak Street, Houghton. Time: 09:30. Donation: R30. Contact: (011) 648-1053.


Chevrah Kadisha’s Social Services host developmental psychologist and international expert on abuse, Debbie Gross, at a breakfast on “Keeping Our Women and Children Safe From Abuse in a Changing World”. Venue: 70 2nd Avenue, Inanda. Time: 09:00 for 09:30. Information: Rozanne Sack 082-469-6610 and Wendy Hendler 082-44-6703. Cost: R150. RSVP to Marianne 083-327-5444.


Tuesday (November 12) – WIZO Forum hosts a “Historic Bus Tour, ‘Memory Against Forgetting’” a tribute to the role of Jewish men and women in the Struggle. The bus will travel through the eastern suburbs of Doornfontein, Yeoville, Houghton, Norwood, The Gardens and Oaklands, and then on to a guided tour of Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. Park at Beyachad. Bus leaves at 10:00. Cost R250 per person. Duration 6 hours (expected to end at 16:00). Booking essential: Call (011) 645-2515 or e-mail



Wednesday (November 13) – UJW hosts Dr Lorraine Chaskalson, former lecturer Dept of English at Wits on part four of her series on “Contemporary Poetry”. Venue: 1 Oak Street, Houghton. Time: 09:30. Donation: R30. Contact: (011) 648-1053.


Chevrah Kadisha’s Social Services in partnership with CAJE present: “Enrich Your Life!” a thought-provoking series by experts Ilanit Gerson, school counsellor and creator of “Surfing Safely” and Luke Lamprecht, child and youth care practitioner and director of Parent & Child Counselling Centre. Cost: R30. Light refreshments will be served. Venue: Sydenham Shul Hall. Time: 19:45. Information and bookings: Sharon (011) 532-9616, e-mail:


Thursday (November 14) – UJW CT hosts a “Mitzvah Day – Packing of Comfort Kits”. Venue: Stonehaven, 7 Albany Road. Time: 17:30 – 19:00. Enquiries: (021) 434-9555 (until 14:00).

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  1. Les Markowitz

    Nov 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    ‘We would just like to know how to post an Event for the 17th Nov. A comedy evening with Mel Miller and friends in Savoy, Johannesburg. I haven’t had much luck with SAJR re this so it would be nice to have a mention somewhere, albeit a bit late, in your next edition.

    Kind regards,

    Les Markowitz

    President B’nai B’rith Barak Unit


    082 885 4107

  2. Ant Katz

    Nov 8, 2013 at 6:00 am

    ‘Hi Les – for both the newspaper and the website your email should be adressed through our newsdesk – and I recommend using the subject line \”What’s On\” for quick attention. Sharon will get it in the diary for you and also bring it to the attention of the editor, online editor (yours truly) and the arts editor. The secret of success is that the earlier you alert us the more time we have to assist.’

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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.

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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.

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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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