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3With the elections now just two months away, the ANC has embarked on a “Suburbs Outreach” communications initiative aimed at making contact and engaging in dialogue with various minority constituencies around the country. On Monday evening, it was the turn of the Johannesburg Jewish community, with Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalule addressing a gathering of “Young Jewish South Africans” at the premises of Capricorn Capital in Sandton. The event took place under the auspices of the SAJBD, with the welcome and introduction being given by Gauteng Council member and Capricorn Capital Director Robbie Fihrer.

Mbalule focused on such issues as good governance, combating corruption and transformation, particularly in the area of sport. Regarding the question of Israel and Palestine, he said that while there were areas of disagreement between the ANC and the Jewish community, it was important to ensure that there was continual dialogue between the two on those issues. Pointing out that he had himself visited Tel Aviv, he reiterated his party’s stance that the way forward in the region was a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

During the question and answer session, SAUJS national chairperson Ariella Carno asked how the ANC’s official policy on Israel could be reconciled with its having just endorsed the forthcoming Israel Apartheid Week campaign, the aim of which was not to promote dialogue and peace initiatives, but rather to demonise Israel and oppose any kind of engagement with it. Mbalule skirted the question, instead reiterating his party’s support for negotiations as the way forward to end the conflict.

Mbalule was also asked whether South Africa would be taking a stance on behalf of Uganda’s LGBT community in light of anti-gays laws that had recently been introduced there. His reply, to the effect that South Africa did not interfere in the internal policies of other countries, elicited ironic rumblings and comments of “Except for Israel” from the audience.

Notwithstanding these areas of disagreement, the evening’s exchanges were generally cordial and respectful. Afterwards, Mbalule remained behind to engage with individual audience members who wished to ask further questions.

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Wendy Kahn & Jenni Fearnley, SAJBD attended this tribute at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The event was well attended by Women’s Church Groups and prayer messages were delivered by the Muslim, Jewish, Bahai, Hindu and SA Federation of Churches to the audience.

VIP’s at the event included Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng Premier / Ms Baleka Mbete, National Chairperson of the ANC, Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khosa, MEC Social Development & the Major of Johannesburg, Clr Parks Tau. The atmosphere and unity of all attending was vibrant and moving.

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Wendy Kahn delivered the following message :

I feel truly humbled to be included in this very meaningful and moving women’s interfaith prayer event.  It is particularly special to pray with fellow South African women from other faith communities.  Women uniting in prayer brings such strength.

Almighty G-d

We are gathered here today to remember our beloved President Nelson Mandela, who has been gathered to his people under the shelter of Your eternal Sanctuary. It is, for all South Africans, a time of sorrow, but also a time of thanksgiving. We mourn the passing of Tata Madiba, but we also render thanks to You for his presence among us.

Seldom has history seen a leader of such stature arise – a man of courage and compassion, wisdom and vision, a man who remained humble and accessible to all his people, despite being lauded the world over. In Your great mercy, you gave us Nelson Mandela, to guide us from our times of trouble to ones of hope, from division to unity, from fear and anger to reconciliation.

We pray that the family of Nelson Mandela be comforted in their time of painful loss. We pray, too, that those entrusted with the solemn task of leadership in South Africa be accorded the wisdom, strength and compassion to fulfil their duties and that in doing so they be inspired by the example of the one in whose footsteps they are walking. And may all South African likewise absorb into their hearts and minds the lessons inherent in how Nelson Mandela lived his life, and strive to live their own lives accordingly.

Almighty G-d, in whose Hands are the souls of all the living and the spirits of all flesh, we render humble thanks for the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. May his memory be a blessing, and may that memory inspire us and all generations to come to emulate the example he set for us.

 

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Zev Krengel, Mary Kluk and Wendy Kahn from SAJBD accompanied by Avrom Krengel, Ben Swartz SAZF, at FNB stadium yesterday

 

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Dear Community Members

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Nelson Mandela and together with our fellow South Africans we mourn this loss.

Please find below the statement that was released to the media earlier this morning:

“The Jewish community of South Africa mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, beloved father of our nation. We join with all the peoples of the world in paying tribute to the life of a true giant of humanity, and in extending our sincerest condolences to the Mandela family.

A man of unflinching courage and unswerving principle, of boundless compassion and the profoundest humility, Nelson Mandela epitomised the miracle of South Africa’s democratic transformation. Many heroic men and women played their part in bringing about the triumph of justice and democracy in South Africa, but the name of Nelson Mandela towers above them all. May his noble example inspire the people of South Africa to strive to follow in his footsteps and may his memory be a blessing for all humanity.  Synagogue services will be held around the country.”

We would like to advise the community that Memorial Services for Nelson Mandela with Chief Rabbi Goldstein will be held at the following times:

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Johannesburg

Oxford Shul

20 North Avenue

Riveira

Johannesburg

Sunday night, 8 December

18:00 p.m.

 

Cape Town

Cape Town Hebrew Congregation

88 Hatfield Street

Gardens, Cape Town

Monday night, 9 December

18:00 p.m.

 

Durban

Durban United Hebrew Congregation/Great Synagogue

75 Silverton Road

Durban

Sunday night, 8 December

18:00 p.m.

 

Pretoria

Pretoria Hebrew Congregation

246 Schroder Street

Groenkloof

Monday night, 9 December

18:00 p.m.

 

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Hebrew Congregation

Abraham Levy Centre

Barris Walk

Glendenningvale

Sunday, 8 December

18:00 p.m.

 

East London

East London Hebrew Congregation

32 Lukin Road

Selborne

Sunday, 8 December

18:00 p.m.

 

Bloemfontein

United Hebrew Institutions of Bloemfontein

1 Dickie Clark Street

Waverley

Bloemfontein

Sunday, 8 December

18:00 p.m.

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South African Ambassador to Israel Lights a Candle of Hope for Disabilities in Israel

5 December 2013

  In honor of  International Disabilities Day – which this year coincides with Chanukah – South Africa’s Ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngmonbane, lit a Chanukah candle of hope at Beit Issie Shapiro with Yoav, a child with intellectual disabilities, and had high praise for Israeli innovation at Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel’s leading disabilities organization.   [...]

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70th Anniversary of the holocaust in Hungary. Holocaust commemeration event with SAJBD, JHGC & the Hungarian Embassy

11 November 2013

The SAJBD Gauteng Council hosted an evening with the Hungarian Embassy and JHB Holocaust & Genocide Centre to commemorate the beginning of the year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary. November is also the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This featured an evening of traditional Hungarian food such as Hungarian Goulash and Cucumber & [...]

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SAJBD National Director Presents at ADL Conference in Washington DC

9 May 2013
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Holocaust Survivor Rena Quint – Inspiration to all South Africans

11 April 2013

Over the past week, Yom Hashoah ceremonies were held under the auspices of the Board in all the main Jewish population centres. In addition, and possibly for the first time ever, a ceremony was held in Grahamstown as part of a visit by a delegation from the Board, SAZF and SAUJS to meet with the staff and students of Rhodes University [...]

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Survivor Rena Quint Speaks at Yom Hashoah 2013

8 April 2013

The SAJBD is responsible for organising the annual commemoration of the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah, held of the Hebrew date of 27 Nisan (usually April or May). In 2013, the Johannesburg ceremony was held at West Park Cemetery on Sunday 7 April 2012 at 10:30 AM. “Rena Quint was liberated from Bergen-Belsen as a young child, [...]

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Gandhi Walk to be Held on Sunday 19th May 2013

8 April 2013

The 28th Annual Gandhi Walk has been scheduled to take place on Sunday 19th May 2013, at the Gandhi Hall, Impala Crescent, Ext.5, Lenasia. Being the month of Autumn the distance of the walk as well as the times of commencement has been shortened. The 15 km walk has been reduced to 10 km and [...]

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