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    SA in ‘titanic fight between good and evil’

    Nov 02, 2016 3 Comments
    “The greatness of our nation is that our people are great. We are a nation of heroes, of people with good and decent moral fibre who will not tolerate our country being plundered!” So said Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein in Pretoria this morning.“This is a struggle for accountability and justice,” Goldstein told the crowd (which included prominent Jewish CEOs like Adrian Gore, Stephen Koseff and Michael Katz). “This struggle is about sovereignty. The power of the people always triumphs in the end.”
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    Chief’s varsity fee input sits well with Blade

    Sep 08, 2016 7 Comments
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (pictured) accompanied by Rabbi Gideon Pogrund formed part of an interfaith meeting called by Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande in Johannesburg last week. Dr Nzimande is currently seeking the broadest possible community input into his quest to solve the crisis over university fees and student demand that there should be no increase at all - for the second year running.
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    Gardens Shul - glorious past, bright future

    Aug 24, 2016 4 Comments
    It all began in September, 1841, when 17 men gathered for the Kol Nidrei service at the home of Benjamin Norden, which today forms part of the Mount Nelson Hotel. The next month, the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, the first in the country, was officially founded.
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    Cemetery in sad state & no funds for repair

    Aug 24, 2016 1 Comment
    The Jewish cemetery in Roodepoort on the West Rand is in a sorry state of disrepair, with nearly a third of the tombstones broken or pushed over. There is also no wall to demarcate the area from the general cemetery. Unfortunately, no Jewish congregation remains to deal with the problem, nor are there funds available to carry out the necessary restoration.
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    SA rabbis on a solidarity mission to Israel

    Jul 27, 2016 1 Comment
    A group of some 50 South African rabbis have returned from the annual Rabbinical Conference which was this year held in Israel.
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    SAUPJ elects its first female national chairman

    Jul 20, 2016 6 Comments
    The South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) has elected Monica Solomon as its new national chairman, the first woman to hold this position.
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    Sprightly Temple Israel turns 80 in grand style

    Jul 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk, were among the dignitaries attending a packed service at Progressive synagogue Temple Israel in Hillbrow last Saturday, celebrating the 80th anniversary of its opening in 1936 by Rabbi MC Weiler.
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    Waverley Shul celebrates 60 glorious years

    Jul 06, 2016 1 Comment
    On Sunday June 26, a glittering affair took place in the Samson Hall of Waverley Shul in Johannesburg: It was the shul’s diamond anniversary - 60 years of serving the community.
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    Get refuser Anthony Sherman put in cherem by the Beth Din

    Jun 15, 2016 8 Comments
    The Go-Getters - The SA Get Network - and Women-4-Women (W4W), a project of the Union of Jewish Women (UJW) Cape Town, have warned recalcitrant husbands that they will receive the same treatment as Capetonian Anthony Sherman, who has refused to grant his former wife a get.
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    Ambassadors talk about Israel and Germany

    Jun 08, 2016 Go comment!
    On Sunday May 29, SACRED (South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity) in collaboration with the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Bet David Progressive Synagogue and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, was an organiser of “Ambassadors in Conversation: Dealing With a Complicated Past, Creating a Common Future”.
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    Get refusal leaves many Jewish women in limbo

    May 25, 2016 7 Comments
    A Cape Town woman has been living in a married wilderness for five years because her former husband is refusing to give her a get. But now she is getting help from the Cape Town branch of the Union of Jewish Woman (UJW) who has launched a campaign they hope will persuade the rabbonim and community leaders to help secure a get from the man who is getting married in a civil ceremony this Sunday.
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    Remember those who refused to be mere victims

    May 03, 2016 Go comment!
    For Yom Hashoah 2016, the international theme chosen by Yad Vashem is remembering those victims of the Holocaust who resisted being brutalised by the horrific circumstances in which they were placed, but instead strove to maintain and preserve their essential humanity.
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    Lawsuit rabbi suspended from Board meetings

    Apr 13, 2016 24 Comments
    A conflict of interest over a case in the Western Cape High Court against the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape) over a ban on women singing at Jewish communal events has resulted in the suspension of Progressive Rabbi Julia Margolis, chair of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED), from Board meetings.
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    Pesach kosher alert on salmon pate

    Apr 12, 2016 Go comment!
    The kashrut division of the Johannesburg Beth Din has issued a kosher alert regarding “Mediterranean Delicacies Kosher for Passover salmon pate” which has been incorrectly labelled.
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    BD warns on Pesach chickens from PnP

    Apr 08, 2016 1 Comment
    The kashrut division of the Johannesburg Beth Din has issued a Kosher Alert regarding the purchase of Pesachdik chickens from Pick n Pay. The Beth Din warns that they “have been informed that some non Pesachdik stock has found its way into the Pesach section at Pick n Pay Norwood.” Although the BD mentions PnP three times, it is probably good advice to check in any case at all outlets.
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    X-treme Torah

    Apr 06, 2016 2 Comments
    This past Sunday, Sinai-X drew a capacity crowd to the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg for an interactive and fully immersive learning experience. The event also served as a big bang launch for the latest Jewish unity/identity project from the Office of the Chief Rabbi - Avot 101. Sinai-X moved to Durban this Thursday, before finishing up in Cape Town on Sunday.
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    Beth Din to name & shame refusers of gets

    Mar 30, 2016 6 Comments
    The South African Beth Din has taken a leaf out of its London counterpart’s book by announcing last week that it will be “naming and shaming” recalcitrant husbands who refuse to give their wives a get (Jewish divorce).
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    Algemeiner’s third annual ‘Jewish 100′ List

    Mar 30, 2016 Go comment!
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein again made it on the Third annual ‘Jewish 100′ list of the top people “positively influencing Jewish life” list. The plush event was held on Monday night in New York (Tuesday in SA). The star-studded gala was held in in New York City and honorees in attendance included Britain’s Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch and famed philosopher and humanitarian Bernard-Henri Lévy.
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    US Girl Scout thin mints now parev

    Mar 28, 2016 Go comment!
    Now here’s some exciting news for our kosher users in the US: The Girl Scouts have been working hard at making sure their cookies can be enjoyed by anyone with diet restrictions, including vegans and those who keep kosher.
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    Regulatory Board of Brit Mila starts its work

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and the Johannesburg Beth Din this week announced the establishment of “The Regulatory Board of Brit Mila in SA”, following last year’s inquiry after a 2014 bris in Johannesburg led to irreparable damage for a baby boy.
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