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    Aliyah rising, but uber-rich Jews stay put

    Jan 03, 2016 2 Comments
    If you thought all the Russian Jews were in Israel, you are wrong. Anything but… The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) comprises about 260 000 self-identifying Jews who belong to a whopping 454 affiliated communities. While aliyah is on the rise (around 50% to 6 000 in 2015), Jews enjoy political patronage from both Medvedev & Putin (who lit Chanukah candles with the Chief Rabbi last month). SEE VIDEO and read on...
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    Jew who started NY’s ball-drop

    Jan 03, 2016 1 Comment
    Not only did Adolph Ochs start the tradition on Times Square – he even got the mayor to change the square’s name after he bought, and relocated, the New York Times
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    • Chanukkah at the white house HOME

    The kippa with the presidential seal

    Dec 28, 2015 Go comment!
    Allan Gale, the US community leader in Detroit who visited SA and spoke at Fed events in 2013, writes about his “coveted invitation” to the White House Chanukah party – and the experience. Pictured at left is Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who lit the candles on the Fifth Night.
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    'Leave school, you Jew,' says NY attacker

    Dec 27, 2015 1 Comment
    The suspect, who assaulted a religious Jewish student in the Crown Heights neighbourhood, is still at large, He allegedly said: "I don't like white and Jewish (people). Leave the school, you Jew."
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    Branson’s Top-10 quotes for giving & more

    Dec 24, 2015 Go comment!
    With the world’s biggest day for giving upon us, entrepreneurial guru and famous friend of both South Africa and Israel, Richard Branson shares his Top-10 quotes on giving with the world. As SAJR was sure so many of our readers would find this interesting, particularly how many Jews he always attributes his quotes to, we also share his Top-10 quotes on the subjects of Leadership; Failure; Change; Positivity; Dreams, Communication; Opportunity; Ideas; Fairness; Happiness; Striving; and Togetherness.
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    Bar Refaeli in court today for tax evasion

    Dec 17, 2015 1 Comment
    Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli (pictured arriving for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in May -J oel Ryan/Invision via AP Images) - was reportedly questioned for 12 hours on Wednesday by authorities under suspicion of failing to pay millions of shekels in taxes.
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    Ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb attracts Jews

    Dec 17, 2015 1 Comment
    A luxurious Jewish community centre and 400-seat shul opened its doors this month in the affluent village of Zhukovka on the outskirts of Moscow. VIPs such as Jewish construction magnates Boris and Arkady Rotenberg, associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrived for the ceremony which was officiated by Chabad Rabbi Alexander Boroda (pictured), a former Red Army soldier. Read about the rise of Russian aliyah and the life of uber-rich Russian Jewry who aren't going anywhere!
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    Recession & violence drives Jews to Israel

    Dec 09, 2015 Go comment!
    For four years, llana Lerner Kalmanovich rode a hot and crowded bus three hours each day to reach the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where she was studying for degrees in physical education and nutrition.
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    Why campus anti-racism protests are bad for Jews

    Dec 09, 2015 Go comment!
    A day before University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler made headlines with a hunger strike protesting racism on campus, a coalition of 36 Jewish and civil rights organisations contacted University Chancellor R Bowen Loftin to protest a vile act of anti-Semitism that had recently occurred at Mizzou: Someone had used faeces to smear a swastika on a bathroom wall.
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    Sandler’s fourth is best & most watched

    Dec 06, 2015 Go comment!
    In '94, one of the more gifted entertainers among the chosen, Adam Sandler, came up with one of our most iconic holiday jingles ever, “The Chanukah Song”. He followed up with two renditions, “Part II” in '99 and “Part III” in '02. 13 years since the last update, Sandler released “The Chanukah Song Part IV” - and it is absolutely glorious. The song was debuted at a gig in San Diego a few months back . Now, a video of Sandler’s latest rundown of high-profile Hebrews has come out on YouTube and the crowds have gone wild. Check it out…
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    Bookman a Jewish soccer pioneer in the UK

    Nov 25, 2015 Go comment!
    I have to admit to being a bit of a history buff. Some 13 years ago I met Billie Jean King at a junior tennis event at Sun City for 12 and 14 year- olds from all over the world.
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    • Paris

    Mindset changes needed in USA

    Nov 18, 2015 Go comment!
    The series of terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 in Paris pose a couple of major challenges for the United States, Jewish officials and security experts say.
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    • Paris

    Paris hamlet Jews reconsider their future

    Nov 18, 2015 Go comment!
    Babette and Sasha Bergman lead what many would consider a charmed life. Both Jewish hi-tech professionals in their 30s - they met while working at Google’s European headquarters in Ireland - the Bergmans settled in this capital city shortly ahead of the birth of their now four-year-old daughter, Daniella.
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    Paris’ 350 000 Jews put their lives on hold

    Nov 16, 2015 Go comment!
    Nobody knows how many, if any, Jewish residents of, and/or visitors to Paris, were among the over 500 killed or seriously wounded in the tragic events of the past weekend. But one thing is for certain: After the events and post-Shabbat, French Jewry and the State of Israel rose to the occasion. And Jews around the world were probably the single-most group of people who could share with Parisians the immensity of their empathy.
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    • JTA

    Obama and Netanyahu (finally) get down to business

    Nov 11, 2015 Go comment!
    It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the rise of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
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    A Jewish flavour on the movie front

    Nov 11, 2015 Go comment!
    Cosmetics magnate Ronald S Lauder is expected in South Africa later this month as guest at the SA Jewish Board of Deputies conference - and he has a link with the critically-acclaimed Hollywood film, Woman in Gold.
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    • Litvak

    Jewish/Lithuania relations - fleeting or permanent

    Nov 11, 2015 Go comment!
    The extermination of over 95 per cent of Lithuanian Jewry (one of the highest death rates in Europe) in three short years between 1941 and 1944, significantly aided by local collaboration with the Nazis, will forever scar Jewish perceptions of that country. However, hidden under the shadow of the Holocaust are centuries of rich Jewish life in what was once called the Jerusalem of the North.
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    In tense eastern Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews hunker down

    Nov 04, 2015 Go comment!
    To get to the Jewish compound in the eastern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, residents arrange in advance for an armoured van to pick them up at a spot adjacent to the walls of the Old City.
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    • Abbas

    Europe trip: Abbas gets red carpet - and hard questions

    Nov 04, 2015 1 Comment
    On his way to several meetings with Dutch parliamentarians last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage passed 300 demonstrators flying Israeli flags.
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