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www.sajewishreport.co.za Friday, 25 February 2011 / 21 Adar 1, 5771 Volume 15 Number 7
New Zealand giant quake kills
Israeli, destroys Chabad House SEE PAGE 3
It was time for Chabad’s Miracle Drive again.
The function this year was stunning with
its glitz and glamour. Some 2 000 people
converged on the Sandton Convention
Centre. Three lucky winners became proud
owners of a Nissan Micra. There was a host
of other mouth-watering prizes as well.
(PHOTOGRAPH: RITA LEWIS) SEE PAGE 6
Is death a failure SAKS: On halos Abuse of women: Has Real Kabbalah, Valerie Mizrahi,
for medicine? / 19 and hypocrites / 8 anything changed? / 9 please stand / 2 top scientist / 19
YOUTH / 14 SPORTS / 20 LETTERS / 12-13 CROSSWORD & BRIDGE / 16 COMMUNITY BUZZ / 6 WHAT’S ON / 16
2 SA JEWISH REPORT 25 February - 04 March 2011
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EDITOR - Geoff Sifrin Tabernacle to teach us that even aware of the prohibition to engage
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important as it was, did not over- but very few realise that there is a
Sub-Editor - Paul Maree ride Shabbat. Friday is also known as Erev positive commandment to create
Indeed the Tannaim determine Shabbat, the “eve of Shabbat”. on the six other days of the week: for tikkun olam, “mending the
Senior Reporter - Rita Lewis the 39 categories of activity that The very names, and thus the very “Six days you shall labour and world”.
email@example.com are forbidden to be done on essence, of the days of the week, do all your work” (Exodus 20:9). As people of the covenant we
Shabbat from the juxtaposition of are dependent on the existence of Not only are we expected to are obliged to work six days of
Sports Editor - Jack Milner the texts concerning Shabbat Shabbat. Similarly the whole of emulate G-d by refraining from the week for the betterment of
firstname.lastname@example.org observance and the gifts of the creation revolves around Shabbat, creative activity on Shabbat, but the world in order to bring about
Israelites towards the sanctuary. which is portrayed in the Torah as we are also obligated to engage in the Messianic era which the rab-
Books Editor - Gwen Podbrey The Or HaHayyim expressed the climax of creation (Genesis creative activity on the six other bis referred to as yom shekulo
the importance of Shabbat by 2:2-3). days of the week. Shabbat, “a time that is all
Arts Editor - Robyn Sassen describing it as the nefesh kiyum Shabbat, as a sign of the Such activity need not necessar- Shabbat”.
ha-olam, “the soul of the exis- covenant, is the focal point of cre- ily be physical pursuits, but could Only when we conduct our-
tence of the universe”, without ation and should be the centre of a also take the form of intellectual selves during the week in the
Youth Editor - Alison Goldberg which there would not be the six Jew’s life. Since the construction of pursuits. spirit of Shabbat, making the
days of labour. the ancient wilderness sanctuary The word for creative labour concept of Shabbat harmony a
email@example.com Indeed, Jewish tradition dic- was a replication on the part of the that is forbidden on Shabbat is focus of our lives, will we relate
tates that Shabbat be made the Children of Israel of the Creation Melacha which is related to to others and the world on a high-
Cape Town correspondent focus of the workday week. Thus Malach, meaning “messenger” or er spiritual and intellectual
of the World, it was a logical con-
Moira Schneider: 021-794-4206 the only day of the week that has clusion that building should cease “angel”. Thus when we work cre- plane.
a name in Hebrew, is Shabbat, the on Shabbat. atively for the betterment of the Such sanctification of life
Pretoria correspondent workdays are known as the first, By refraining from creative world and ourselves, we do G-d’s would bring nearer the time
Diane Wolfson: 082-707-9471 second, third, fourth, fifth and activity, we acknowledge G-d as the will by being messengers of G-d when the ideal of the Messianic
sixth day from Shabbat. Supreme Creator and we take the through channelling our talents era would become a reality.
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The Centre for Adult Jewish Education and dying. It cannot be disengaged from
Design and layout and Women of the World (CAJE and WoW) the search for Hashem and Yiddishkeit.
Frankie Matthysen joined forces late last year to help debunk “Thanks to Hassidus, which teaches the Librarian Norma Shulman emptying shelves in the
the fraudsters and draw distinctions joy of Judaism and has made mystical
Nicole Cook Beyachad Library.
between real Kabbalah and some popular Judaism more accessible, our understand-
variations that clearly deviate from the ing of Kabbalah has expanded since the
classic forms of true Torah.
A BBC-TV exposé by John Sweeney, on
the increasingly popular Kabbalah Centre
founding of the Hassidic movement by the
Baal Shem Tov over 300 years ago. We need
only avail ourselves of shiurim on the sub-
which boasts celebrity adherents such as
pop star Madonna and, more recently,
supermodel Naomi Campbell.
ject, both live and recorded. We have the
Both rabbis made reference to the
reduced to boxes
The group’s substantial revenue account of the delving into the Kabbalah ROBYN SASSEN
appears to come from sales of volumes of by four great 2nd century Talmudic sages. PHOTOGRAPH BY ILAN OSSENDRYVER
Avusa Publishing (Pty) Ltd their own editions of the classic Kabbalah Only Rabbi Akiva emerged undamaged by
Tel: 0860-13-2652 source, The Zohar; bottled water claimed the experience. TALKING FROM a non-operational library comprising
to have curative powers, even for cancer; “But what was once considered danger- “thousands and thousands” of books removed from their
and red string bracelets to ward off the ous is no longer so,” said Rabbi Wineberg. shelves, Marcia Parness, chairman of the Johannesburg
BOARD OF DIRECTORS evil eye. “We live daily with intangible, invisible Jewish Resource Centre, housed at Beyachad in Raedene,
Stan Kaplan (Chairman) Sweeney leaves viewers with the dis- realities, from the code behind computer Johannesburg, articulated her frustration. “We were told
Issie Kirsh (Deputy Chairman), Marlene tinct impression that the group is more wizardry to microbes, to radio frequencies to shrink the library by 50 per cent, so that Beyachad
mercenary than mystical. One scene in the that open garage doors and TVs. could let 50 per cent of the space commercially.
Bethlehem, Russell Gaddin, Norman “So, we’re in the process of packing up the library into
film shows a Rosh Hashanah gathering in “We are far more capable than were ear-
Lowenthal, Bertie Lubner, a hotel in Tel Aviv attended by Madonna, lier generations of dealing with the intan- boxes in order to shrink it, and we have been in this
Benjy Porter, Herby with congregants standing, clapping and gible ‘worlds’ and ‘sefirot’ (G-dly powers) process for a month, so far,” she added. “The library is in
shouting at a screen to counter radiation that are the stuff of Kabbalah. a state of limbo. All the bound volumes and expensive ref-
from Chernobyl. Rabbis in the UK have “Kabbalah is revealed in the context of erence books have already been relocated into storage.
Sackstein, Jason Valkin. denounced it as a dangerous cult. the time when it is meant to be taught. “We’re working with about 800 boxes at the moment.
Rabbi Yossy Goldman of Sydenham Thus, in the 16th century, Rabbi Isaac The Audio-Visual Library is still operational; books are
Shul, who is also president of the SA Luria, the Arizal, explained creation not accessible at all.
KASHRUT Rabbinical Association, offered the 200- through the concept of Tzimzum or “If all those lovely people who wrote such supportive
strong audience sources of study of the ‘retreat’: For created beings to exist, the letters at the time of the announcement of the possible
The following symbols will appear on Kabbalah, saying he understood its attrac- Arizal taught, G-d made ‘space’ for them demise of the library were able to help us more tangibly,
advertisements and/or advertising fea- tion, the desire to transcend the mundane by exiling His overwhelming presence perhaps we would not be in such a situation.
and the need for something more fulfilling from the world, just as all communication “What I cannot understand is how the community does
tures to indicate whether or not they are
than just making a buck, but that it had to requires us to ‘exile’ ourselves to allow not realise the value of what we have here. As opposed to
kosher. Where no Kashrut mark appears be studied in the right way. space for the other. the Cape Town community, who have really made their
on an advert, the Jewish Report Wishing to distance himself from the “Now, consider who was the Arizal’s resource centre a space of value and dignity in the com-
assumes no responsibility for the spectacle of deviationist impostors, noted audience: a constellation of sages in Sefad munity.”
Kashrut status of that establishment or South African scholar Rabbi Levy and Tiberias who had been expelled from Said Gerald Leissner, chairman of Beyachad:,
Wineberg (pictured), rosh yeshiva of the Spain in 1492 after 700 years and were “Everything is under control. They are busy downsizing
Rabbinical Seminary in Pretoria and experiencing a profound, sense of exile. the library according to plan. They are trying to raise the
translator of two volumes on the Tanya, “Likewise, today we can readily employ funds in order to implement the next step in making the
NK Non-Kosher K Kosher
pointed out that G-d’s name was men- the terminology of Kabbalah to under- resource centre professional and functional. Generally
tioned only once in the film. stand the hierarchy of the spiritual world. the project is moving ahead as anticipated.”
Where no symbols appear, consult the
“These other movements are divorced We can relate to the fact that G-dliness is En route to a meeting with architect Lewis Levin where
Beth Din Kosher Guide or contact the both from G-d and Judaism. But we could all around us, that physical things are only he was presenting potential drawings for a redesigned
advertiser. not debunk the bogus ‘teachings’ without the tip of the iceberg and that our souls space, Parness added: “It is our dream for the future, but
knowing what is authentic. The answer is have powers that endow us with unimag- not something that we can accomplish without sponsor-
Advertisements and editorial copy from education,” he said. inable abilities to bring us closer and clos- ship.”
outside sources do not neccessarily reflect “The Zohar’s poetic, vivid imagery er to Him. • Readers who are interested in helping the library may
the views of the editors and staff. makes for a fascinating Midrashic com- “We only need to be aware of which por- contact Marcia Parness on (011) 645-2500 Mondays to
mentary on the Torah, even without the tals to open,” Rabbi Wineberg concluded. Thursdays.
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 3
New Zealand giant quake kills AROUND THE
Israeli, destroys Chabad House WORLD
NEWS IN BRIEF
DAN GOLDBERG have survived the many after-
CHRISTCHURCH shocks. Later in the day, Chabad SEATTLE COUNTY DOES NOT HAVE TO RUN
announced that the building, ISRAEL 'WAR CRIMES' AD
FOR THE Jewish community, the which also housed the city’s only
devastating earthquake that hit kosher cafe, had been toppled. SEATTLE - A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that
New Zealand struck close to The body of the Israeli who was King County, Washington, did not violate the First
home. killed in the quake could not be Amendment rights of a pro-Palestinian group when it
An Israeli backpacker is retrieved immediately. refused to run an Israel “War Crimes” ad campaign.
believed to be among the 75 people “The body is still in the car Judge Richard Jones on February 18 denied a
killed in Tuesday’s quake, and the where the building collapsed,” request to force the Metro Transit system to run the
destruction in Christchurch on Friedman said on Tuesday. “Emer- ads.
the country’s South Island includ- gency crews are still working on "Because King County's policy and practice indi-
ed the city’s Chabad house. people who can be saved.” cates that it consistently applied content restrictions
Another Christchurch synagogue Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, the on advertising to further its purpose of using its prop-
reportedly suffered damage but chief rabbi of Chabad in New erty to provide orderly and safe public transportation,
was not destroyed. The Chabad House in Christchurch, New Zealand, Zealand, said he had spoken to the forum at issue is a limited public forum," the judge
The Israeli, who was not imme- before it was devastated by an earthquake on Shemi Tzur, Israel’s ambassador wrote in his ruling.
diately named by Israeli Embassy Feb. 21, 2011, had the city's only kosher cafe. in New Zealand, and Yuval Rotem, Because it is a limited public forum, the acceptance
officials, was in a car with three Israel’s ambassador in Canberra, of ads by the Metro Transit system is not subject to
other Israelis when a building col- of Canterbury Hebrew Congregation, Australia. First Amendment protections, according to the ruling.
lapsed on them during the 6,3-magni- the main synagogue in the region. Goldstein said he was frantically The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign and the
tude earthquake that ripped through The text message read: “Shul dam- fielding calls and e-mails from worried American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed a
the city around lunchtime, according aged but fixable.” parents in Israel. Tzur has asked all lawsuit in US District Court in Seattle in January
to Rabbi Shmuel Friedman, a Chabad Friedman, a New York native who Israeli nationals to leave the devastat- charging that King County violated the campaign's
rabbi in Christchurch. came to Christchurch three months ed city, which has been declared a dis- First Amendment rights. The suit asked the court to
New Zealand Prime Minister John ago to do Jewish outreach work, was aster zone. order the county to place the ad for four weeks on the
Key, the son of a Jewish refugee who inside the offices of the Chabad Centre “We’ve asked them to take a car and sides of 12 buses, as the Metro Transit system and its
escaped Europe to England on the eve with an Israeli backpacker when the drive as far away from here as possi- ad agency originally agreed to do.
of the Holocaust, said the quake could first tremor jolted the city just before ble,” he was reported as saying. The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign had paid
turn out to be his nation’s “darkest 13:00 local time. Friedman said many of the Israelis $1 794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses begin-
day”. “All of a sudden walls, ceilings start- helped in the rescue effort. ning last December 27 - the second anniversary of the
Israel offered to send food and medi- ed coming in on us, the shake was “A group went in to help evacuate day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket attacks on its
cine to help. With hundreds of Israeli shifting us side to side,” Friedman people in buildings which were col- southern communities. The ads feature a group of
backpackers visiting New Zealand said. lapsing; they were experienced from children looking at a demolished building under the
each year, the Israeli Foreign Ministry “We just ran. I have no idea, no idea the army,” he said. heading "Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at
said there could be up to 150 Israelis in how we managed to get out of there,” Tuesday’s quake came less than six work".
Christchurch. he said. “There were many people in months after the last tremor rocked Three days before the ad was supposed to start run-
With phone lines down and power the street in panic and shock; it was the city last September, which was ning, King County executive, Dow Constantine,
lines cut, communications have been not a pretty scene. There were people higher in magnitude but did less dam- ordered the Metro Transit system to reject the ad as
limited. Wellington-based David running out of buildings, a lot of age. well as any other new non-commercial advertising.
Zwartz, a former president of the New screaming, damage, smoke.” Of New Zealand’s 7 000 Jews, about The acceptance of the ad had generated thousands
Zealand Jewish Council, said he Amid the chaos, Friedman was 2 000 live in Christchurch, with the of responses by phone, fax and e-mail, many from out
received a text message from Bettina unable to assess the damage to the majority in Auckland and Wellington of the county and state, according to reports. (JTA)
Wallace, the immediate past president building but said it was unlikely to on the North Island. (JTA)
4 SA JEWISH REPORT 25 February - 04 March 2011
AROUND THE WORLD
NEWS IN BRIEF
DUTCH PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER SHECHITAH BAN BILL
AMSTERDAM - A bill that would politicians are turning their that are kosher slaughtered to
ban kosher slaughter is set to be backs on the tolerant Holland be pejoratively labelled as
presented to the Dutch that we admire,” EJC President "meat from slaughter without
Parliament. Moshe Kantor said in a state- stunning".
If the legislation passes, it ment. A controversial ban on kosher
would make Holland the first “While the legislation was slaughter put in place by New
European Union country to ban drafted ostensibly because of ani- Zealand's agriculture minister
shechitah, according to the mal rights concerns, it is a slip- was partially reversed last
European Jewish Congress. pery slope to populism, extrem- November amid allegations that
Shechitah is permissible under ism and anti-Semitism,” Kantor his decision was taken to appease
European law and to ban it goes added. “We call on Dutch politi- Muslim countries that have
against the EU Charter of cians to carefully consider the lucrative trade relations with
Fundamental Rights, which ramifications of this bill and New Zealand. The ban on kosher
clearly states that there is free- what it could do to Jewish life in slaughter of poultry was sus-
dom of religious practice. Holland.” pended, while the ban on beef
The EJC on February 18 called The European Union Council remains.
on Dutch politicians to vote in December 2010 rejected a The amendment to the
against the bill. controversial kosher meat Commercial Slaughter Code
“Holland has always presented labelling requirement as part of mandates that all animals for
Abe and Anita Abrahamson pictured together in September itself as an accepting society and its new food information regu- commercial slaughter must first
2005, at the 75th anniversary of the founding of Habonim in a ban on a central part of Jewish lation, that would have required be stunned, which is forbidden in
identity would mean that Dutch that all meat and meat products shechitah. (JTA)
South Africa. (PHOTO: FILE)
STOP DISPLAYING RELIGIOUS OBJECTS, COURT ORDERS CAB DRIVER
Tireless worker for TORONTO- A Jewish taxi driver
in Montreal may not display reli-
gious artefacts and other objects
comforted by having articles of
his Jewish faith in the car, includ-
ing photos of the late Lubavitcher
taxi to be in service".
Perecowicz argued that the
bylaw violated his freedom of
Jewish community in his cab, a Quebec court has
Arieh Perecowicz, 66, a taxi
Rebbe and two mezuzahs affixed
to the car frame between the
front and back doors.
He has changed cars and now
has three small images of the
Anita Abrahamson, driver for 44 years, lost his much-
publicised case on February 17
when a municipal court upheld
several fines against him for hav-
His decorations at times have
included photos of his wife and
daughter, small Canadian and
Israeli flags, and a Remembrance
Lubavitcher Rebbe that he says
are not visible from the back seat
and the two mezuzahs.
Perecowicz does not plan to
passes on ing too many personal and reli-
gious objects in his car. He was
ordered to pay $1 300, which
Over the years, Montreal Taxi
Bureau authorities fined Pere-
remove the personal effects from
his cab, and told the Montreal
Gazette that he would appeal the
RITA LEWIS which he later became life included about $600 for court cowicz eight times under a bylaw ruling "all the way to the
president. costs. that bans any "object or inscrip- Supreme Court, if I have to".
THE WOMAN who was known Always interested in keeping Perecowicz argued that he was tion that is not required for the (JTA)
to her entire family as up with what was going on in
Gaga and as a caring, dignified the community, he became
DERSHOWITZ JOINS WIKILEAKS TEAM AS ADVISER
lady to everyone else who chairman of the board of
came into contact with her, directors of SA Jewish Report. WASHINGTON – Harvard aca- ments and corporations, last the First Amendment, we need to
Anita Abrahamson, died in On his death, this position demic Professor Alan Dersho- year obtained a massive cache of protect new electronic media vig-
Johannesburg last week was taken up by Stan Kaplan. witz has joined an effort to keep internal US State Department orously," he told Politico this
Thursday after a prolonged ill- After settling in South US authorities from reviewing exchanges. A number of the week after a news release from
ness. Africa, Anita joined the Oak- Twitter accounts related to the exchanges have led to strained WikiLeaks announced his hiring.
Anita who was born in (the lands branch of WIZO, South WikiLeaks case. diplomatic relations. Dershowitz told CNN that he
then) Rhodesia to Sam and Africa’s largest women’s The US Justice Department in Dershowitz, one of the premier was acting as an adviser to the
Becky Rabinowitz, married the organisation, which empowers December subpoenaed the social US constitutional lawyers and a team of WikiLeaks founder
Hon Abe Abrahamson - who women to identify with the network site to obtain communi- passionate defender of Israel, Julian Assange, but not as his
was also born in Rhodesia - on State of Israel through educa- cations between the documents said his role would be restricted lawyer.
July 3, 1946 and they were hap- tion, pragmatic commitment leaks site and its followers. to the Twitter matter. Hearings on the matter began
pily married for over 63 years. and support of WIZO’s benefi- WikiLeaks, which solicits "I'm currently in this case this week in a court in
Abe died almost a year to the ciaries and special projects. inside information from govern- because I believe that to protect Alexandria, Virginia. (JTA)
month prior to her death - on It was through WIZO that
March 13, 2010. she met her lifelong friend OSLO ORDERS ISRAELI EMBASSY TO MOVE
During their years together Mushe Kirsh who said: OSLO - The city of Oslo, Norway, rupt their quality of life, the an alternative site for the embassy
in Bulawayo, Abe was a former “Anita’s passing has been very has ordered the Israeli embassy Israeli daily newspaper Yediot because no one wants to sell prop-
Rhodesian Cabinet minister, hard. to relocate to a new site within a Achronot reported. erty to the Israeli Embassy,
while Anita was the anchor “We had a very special year. Michael Eligal, Israel's ambas- according to the newspaper.
that held the family together. friendship. We did not need to The embassy is a security sador to Oslo, reportedly has The city of Oslo also required
The couple were the centre of be artificial with each other or threat to local residents and its informed the Foreign Ministry the US Embassy to relocate to a
the Jewish social and commu- simulate our sincerity. stringent security measures dis- that he is having trouble finding suburban neighbourhood. (JTA)
nity life in Rhodesia. “We worked together very
Although always having well and enjoyed our friend-
been happy in Rhodesia and ship - as did our husbands with
the new Zimbabwe, the couple
did not really enjoy the “empty
nest syndrome” after their
Mushe was not Anita’s only
friend for she was a popular
Frank Julian Rabson - leader of distinction
ISAAC REZNIK He was chairman of gogue for many years, and also
children had left to go to uni- and tireless worker and was,
the accountants commit- sang in the choir.
versity in South Africa. for many years, one of WIZO’s
IT IS with deep sorrow tee of the Israeli United At the 67th AGM of the United
At the time they had parents most successful national cam-
that I write this obituary Appeal, a trustee of the Hebrew Congregation of Johan-
who had come from Eastern paign conveners.
for the late Frank Rabson United Hebrew Congre- nesburg, as outgoing president,
Europe, still living in the coun- She will be sadly missed,
(pictured) zt”l, who passed gation Pension Fund Rabson and his wife Shirley were
try and both Abe and Anita felt especially by her three chil-
away two weeks ago, after and a member of the made honorary life members in
obligated to stay in the country dren, Irene, Lawrence and
a short illness. Keren Hayesod Wills and recognition of Rabson’s outstand-
while their parents were still Martin, eight grandchildren
Rabson was a senior Bequests Committee of ing service.
alive. and the 11 great-grandchildren
partner of Kessel Fein- the IUA. Two weeks before his passing,
When the time was right to she leaves behind.
stein (now known as Grant He said that being on Rabson and Shirley celebrated
leave, there were hints of ris- Oxford Shul’s Rabbi Yossy
Thornton), an esteemed firm of the UCF Allocations Committee their 50th wedding anniversary.
ing anti-Semitism and the Chaikin officiated at both the
chartered accountants. He was a could be an unpleasant task, but I had the privilege of interview-
Abrahamsons soon left their funeral of the Hon Abe and his
partner of long standing, having systems had to be devised where ing Rabson a few weeks prior to his
home in Bulawayo to move and wife Anita.
been with the firm for 50 years. by the committee evaluated each passing, on Chai FM on “The Art of
settle in South Africa where Geoff Sifrin, editor of the SA
Rabson was much more than an beneficiary on its financial the Cantor” with his grandson
Abe had various business Jewish Report, said he had
accountant; he was widely respect- affairs and balance sheets to Daniel Rabson. It was one of the
interests. received the news of Anita’s
ed for his role in Jewish communal determine how funds were to be most moving interviews, which I
During their lifetimes the death “with great sadness”.
affairs. distributed. will treasure for many years to
Hon Abe and Anita were He added: “Abe, who was a
Rabson was educated at Park- Rabson also received many come.
staunch Zionists, and it was major guiding force in the
town Boys’ High School in requests for religious donations - Rabson was a devoted husband
logical that the couple should newspaper since its founding
Johannesburg and the Witwaters- no easy task - but always attempted father, grandfather and father-in
find their outlets and interests in 1998, passed away in 2010
rand University. He was a commit- to give of his best. law and is survived by his wife
continuing in this field. and Anita was always a keen
ted and respect member of the Rabson was a member of the Shirley, children Malcolm, Sharon
Abe moved on to became a supporter of the paper. The
Johannesburg Jewish community. Oxford Synagogue since its incep- and Kenneth, daughters-in-law,
stalwart of the South African Jewish Report, its staff and
He served on the council of the tion; his late mother (of blessed son-in-law, brother Arthur (USA)
Jewish community, joining directors extend our heartfelt
United Hebrew Congregation for 18 memory) was a founder member of and nine grandchildren.
among other things, the South condolences to the Abraham-
years, culminating in his election the Oxford Synagogue. He served May his memory be for a bless-
African Zionist Federation of son family.”
as president in 1980. as treasurer of the Oxford Syna- ing.
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 5
UJ delegation visits BGU
ALISON GOLDBERG with their own minds about the reality of
BGU and its activities.
SOUTH AFRICAN Associates of Ben- The UJ delegation met with a range of dif-
Gurion University of the Negev recently ferent academics across faculties, including
hosted a “fact-finding” mission from the established research partners at the
University of Johannesburg to show the vis- Zuckerberg Water Institute, as well as the
itors from South Africa what BGU is about Student Leadership Council.
and to use the visit as a platform for co-oper- They were particularly impressed by the
ation between the two academic institutions calibre of thoughtful, mature and dedicated
after demands in South Africa last year for students at BGU.
UJ to sever ties with BGU. SAABGU welcomed the commitment of
Brenda Stern, executive director of the UJ’s executive to discuss events “face to
SAABGU took a UJ delegation on a visit to face” with BGU’s executive and to agree
BGU. common principles for the BGU/UJ partner-
Following concerted efforts by a minority ship henceforth.
on UJ’s campus to terminate the BGU/UJ The threat of an academic boycott, howev-
projects on water reclamation as part of an er, still remains at UJ as a minority of die-
academic boycott campaign, relationships hard BDS campaigners is actively pursuing
between the two universities have been the boycott campaign.
strained. Israel is an expert in the field of Stern said SAABGU was committed to dis-
water reclamation. pelling “myths and prejudice” they propa-
This was an opportunity for UJ to explore gated “and ensuring that when the UJ
the excellence apparent in every aspect of Senate meets again in March, to consider
BGU, and to establish personal and effective this issue, it will be a considered, informed,
working relationships with their BGU coun- academically robust position that prevails
terparts. Most importantly, it allowed the based on academic freedom”.
senior leadership of UJ to see with their own • For further information, please contact
eyes, hear with their own ears and think Brenda Stern on email@example.com.
Brenda Stern, executive director, SAABGU; Prof Thad Metz, department of philosophy;
Prof Adam Habib, deputy vice-chancellor, research and innovation; Prof Rivka Carmi,
president, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Prof Ihron Rensburg, UJ vice-chancellor;
Amos Drory, vice-president, external relations, BGU; Lisa Klein, SAABGU and Kerry
Swift, executive director for institutional advancement, UJ.
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He knew about Barney Barnato, also
SOCIAL SCENE Rita Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org COMMUNITY BUZZ a product of Whitechapel, also a fair-
LIONEL SLIER ground fighter who had gone to South
Africa and made a fortune in the dia-
082-444-9832, fax: 011-440-0448, mond fields of Kimberley.
email@example.com Barnato, whose surname was actu-
ally Isaacs, had become a legend in the
BANGKOK. THAILAND East End and not least for the story
that he would light his cigars with
South African Alexander Shani Krebs burning five pound notes.
is in Bangwang prison, having been Cohen decided that this was the
found guilty of trying to smuggle drugs route that he wanted to take. He had
out of Thailand. also heard that boxing promoters on
Krebs was born in 1960 and, at some the Rand were prepared to pay good
stage, was sent to Arcadia Children’s money for skilled fighters.
Home. He matriculated from King Cohen arrived in Johannesburg and
David Victory Park with a distinction soon became well known in boxing cir-
in art in 1977. cles. He changed his name to Jewey
In 1994 he was caught smuggling Cooke, after all, if his idol Barnato
drugs out of Thailand and would have could do so, then he could as well.
MC and comedian, Nik Rabinowitz; Rabbi been sentenced to death, but he plead- He had two memorable 20 round
ed guilty and he was sentenced to 100 bouts which he won and soon became
Michael Katz; Miracle Drive Chairman Robbie
years in jail. His sentence was later a favourite among the rough types who
Brozin; 3rd prize winner of a new Nissan Micra: reduced to 40 years. attended boxing matches on the Rand.
Jonathan Novick; Johan Kleynhans from Nissan Krebs will be in his middle-seventies Benjamin Bennett wrote: “Though
SA; Larry Lipschitz; Rabbi Dovid Masinter; when he is finally released. Eleven he ranked high as a boxer, he was a
Miracle Drive president and Meyer Kahn. South Africans are imprisoned here man of little principle and less charac-
for drug smuggling; ironically their ter. He had been convicted of assault
prison is called the Bangkok Hilton or and, between bouts, was a sponger and
the Big Tiger, because “it eats inmates a billiard saloon lounger who had no
alive”. scruples about how he made his
For these South Africans currently money.”
incarcerated for drug trafficking, life To be continued.
behind bars means, literally, life.
Here, murderers, rapists and drug THE ATLAS SCHMALTZ DIET
traffickers, are serving life sentences (CONTINUED)
or awaiting death by lethal injection –
7 000 prisoners with a ratio of From Frank Friedman:
50 inmates to one warden.
Krebs has been incarcerated there “Then there are grebenes, pieces of
for the last 16 years, after being caught chicken skin, deep fried in schmaltz,
at Bangkok Airport with two kg heroin onions and salt until crispy brown.
hidden in his luggage. He still insists This makes a great appetiser for the
MC Nik Rabinowitz with Wayne Merris from he did not know what he was carrying. next cardiologist convention.
Chivas Regal. Colin Datnow with Wendy and Winkie Ringo. Life as a free man ended for Krebs on “Another favourite - and I am sure
April 26 1994, a day before Nelson that your children will love it - is
Chabad again puts the Mandela brought visible freedom to
pe’tcha (jellied calves feet). Simply
chop up some cows feet with your
hockmesser (hand-chopper), add some
meat, onions, lots of garlic, salt and
miracle into Miracle Drive From Hyman Jocum:
“The first triple-storey building con-
pepper, cook for five hours and let it sit
“There’s also a nice chicken fricas-
see (stew) using the heart, gorgle
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA LEWIS adlibbed throughout the evening, keeping every- structed in Muizenberg appeared in (neck), pipick (stomach, a great delica-
one in fits of laughter with his wit, quick repartee 1897. It was a Venetian style house cy given to the favourite child), a flee-
GO TO the Sandton Convention Centre and find and adlibbing. designed for Clifford Knight of the gle (wing) or two, some ayelach (little
yourself one of almost 2 000 people – each one Then there were the 1st Project, a group of four local shipping firm, Thompson, premature eggs) and other various
hoping to be the winner of just one of the fantas- highly polished professional drummers who rose Watson and Company. chicken innards, in a broth of
tic prizes, including three brand new cars in to the challenge of beating their drums to a total “The architect, George Rawsome, schmaltz, water, paprika etc.
Chabad House’s glitzy Miracle Drive function. crescendo as the Nissan Micra - the only one in had travelled widely across Europe “We all have knishes (filled dough)
Look around you and see a top-brand bottle of South Africa - floated down from beneath the and based his design on that of a and the eternal question: ‘Will that be
whisky on every table. Listen to the increasing folds of material of a circular dome especially Venetian Renaissance palazzo. Knight liver, beef or potatoes and fried onions
beat of the four drummers and look skywards constructed for the occasion. may have found the palazzo too large or all three?’
and see amid the flashing lights and curling Getting away from the usual type of entertain- for him, because 16 years later he “Other time-tested favourites are
smoke, a bronze Nissan car slowly dropping ment for this kind of function, Ilana Yahav was moved to Pendennis in Camp Road. kishkeh and its poor cousin, helzel,
down - and you know beyond any shadow of a especially brought out to show off her magical This house is today the clubhouse of (chicken or goose neck). Kishkeh is the
doubt that this is a Chabad function with no talent of making realistic and most beautiful pic- the South Peninsula Bowling Club. gut of the cow, bought by the foot at the
equal. tures on a sheet of glass by moving, adding and “Knight’s palazzo was taken over by kosher butcher. It is turned inside out,
One wonders: Is there any other function that reshaping sand into different depths and shapes, Colonel Leversohn in 1929 when he scalded and scraped.
can carry off such spectacular feats year after all the while relating vignettes of her life and inci- opened a private Jewish school for “One end is sown up and a mixture
year after year? And it is not just the fantastic dents which her hands would turn into reality. boys in Knight’s Villa - also known as of flour, schmaltz, onions, eggs, salt,
prizes which are up for grabs, but the entertain- This eagerly awaited function, a highlight on Stone House. pepper, etc is spooned into the open
ment is also top-drawer. the annual Jewish social calendar, is Chabad “A much smaller double-storeyd end and squished down until it is full.
This year’s first three winners are Cape Town’s House’s major fundraiser and the revenue from it school for Jewish day girls was opened The other end is sewn and the whole
R Goldstein, Len Levy and Jonathan Novick who is used for Chabad House’s many projects which closer to St James. Both these schools thing is boiled. Yummy.”
each won a Nissan Micra. include its learning programmes for the elderly, survived until the end of 1941 and were To be continued.
Comedian Nik Rabinowitz had the gathering drug rehabilitation and a new entrepreneurial probably among the first Jewish day
wrapped around his little finger as he joked and project. schools, known as Hillel College to be GERMANY
established in South Africa.”
• An error in the Jewish Report of The 2006 Football World Cup was a bit
February 4 gives the location of the of a bore. Until, as Ghana played the
Jewish girls’ day school as Stone Czech Republic, Ghana defender, John
House, but this is actually the location Pantsil celebrated both his team’s
of the Boys’ School. goals by whipping out an Israeli flag
and waving it with joy.
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG He played for Israeli club Hapoel Tel
Aviv and wanted to say thanks to the
Whitechapel in the East End of London great nation that had made him so
was home to many early Jewish immi- happy and to the Israeli fans who had
grants to Britain (rather as Doorn- travelled to Germany to support him.
fontein was to early Jewish immi- As modern hypocrites around the
Danny Helphon, Robbie Brozin, Alan Helphon grants to this country). world erupted with fury at Pantil’s ges-
The hard East End was an area, ture, he smiled: “Everyone was very
and Kerry Helphon with the R200 000 cheque
especially for a Jewish boy, where fists proud of me for bringing happiness to
from Atlas Finance for Miracle Drive. Myra and Walter Serebro. spoke louder than words. Israel.”
One of these boys was Abraham From: “Not In My Name” by Julie
Cohen and at the turn of the 20th cen- Burchill and Chas Newby-Warden.
tury, there could well have been a Published by Virgin Books 2009.
dozen or even two dozen Jews by that
name in the area. • Julie Burchill explains: “This
Cohen earned money by fighting at book takes its name from the shame-
fun fairs, taking on any comer for the ful, selfish slogan used by that move-
princely sum of five shillings. How- ment. ‘Not in my Name’. The mar-
ever, he was an excellent fighter, more chers’ hypocrisy was stark; they used
than a boxer and became the mid- Britain’s democracy and freedom of
dleweight champion of Great Britain at speech to angrily oppose the bringing
the turn of the century. But he of those very values to the Iraqi
Evette and Kovi Chen. Marian Ginsburg with auditor Brian Bank. dreamed of greater things. people.”
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New wind or Pardon me, your halo is slipping...
historical blip in “HALO” IS a term often used when illus- “human rights activists” as are those 23
trating a certain form of reality manipu- BARBARIC individuals who visited “Occupied
the Mideast? lation, one that has always been with us
but which seems to have become espe-
Palestine”, yet it is they who are accord-
ed an exclusive monopoly of that status.
WATCHING THE dominoes fall in North Africa cially pervasive in modern times. The “Halo Effect” applies to countries
and the Middle East, as “gatvol” citizens throw Here I refer to how many within the David Saks as well. In the post-colonial era, soci-
out dictatorship after dictatorship, South Africa liberal-left camp assume for themselves eties previously under colonial domina-
seems, in comparison, a quiet, stable place. It is an aura of complacent, self-regarding tion have been accorded a certain privi-
“impossible” for it to happen in our democratic moral righteousness that serves to blind leged stature in the international arena
country, said President Jacob Zuma recently after others and even more so, themselves, to focusing exclusively on exposing the while guilt-ridden white former colonial
the Tunisian “domino” fell. the hypocrisy, double standards, logical intrinsic injustice of the investigation he powers have correspondingly been held
Who would have expected a month ago that inconsistencies and, underneath all of chaired, similarly backfired. to a different and higher standard.
despots like Muammar Gaddafi of Libya would that, plain prejudice that in reality Then there is the curious fact that the The upshot has been a consistent
totter on the brink of being toppled after four underpins their beliefs. status of “human rights activist” has for unwillingness to hold openly tyrannical
decades in power? At the time of writing, he was André Gide described the true hypo- some reason come to be regarded as the regimes accountable for their actions on
vowing he would not forfeit power and would die crite as being “one who ceases to per- near-exclusive monopoly of particular the grounds that they were once
in Libya as a martyr. But the whole world could ceive his deception, the one who lies with ideological camps, invariably those to the colonised.
see his days were numbered. The long-time lead- sincerity”. left of the spectrum. This mindset persists to this day, even
ers of Yemen and Bahrain face similar ends. That would apply to all kinds of hypo- This struck me most forcefully a few though it has long been the case that
It is inspiring when ordinary people - Arabs, in crites, but it would seem to me to be years ago, when a self-styled “human most of the world’s former colonial pow-
this case - put fear aside to overthrow their particularly apt when applied to the rights delegation” visited the West Bank ers - the UK, France, Italy, Germany,
oppressors. The uprisings have created a para- hypocrisy of the left. There is something and afterwards went on a countrywide Spain, Portugal - are solidly democratic
digm shift and must leave the autocrats of North especially rigid and hide-bound about series of public meetings and media whereas of the previously colonised ter-
Korea, China and others wondering about their the smug self-righteousness that mani- engagements to report back on all the ritories, all but a bare handful have been
own fate, particularly given that the Internet, cell- fests in this quarter. Along with this shock-horror dreadfulness of what they oppressive dictatorships virtually from
phones, etc, mean the events cannot be hidden comes a related inability to engage in had seen. the outset.
from their citizens. any real process of self-reflection. Again, one saw the “Halo Effect” in That these in addition have come to
Leaders accustomed to shooting agitators are This is the mindset that the organisa- operation as their status as “human dominate the ranks of bodies like the
finding their armies identifying with the people, tion NGO Watch must continually battle rights activists” was constantly invoked UN Human Rights Council, pretty much
rather than obeying orders to act against them. against when exposing how the real to emphasise their impeccable moral cre- says it all about how grossly subverted
Egyptian soldiers parked their tanks in the mid- agendas of certain self-styled human dentials, and therefore their reliability. the whole international justice system
dle of the masses in Tahrir Square, but assured rights bodies grossly contradict the Positioned, by contrast, as the villains has become.
them they would not harm them. Two Libyan impeccably correct moral principles on of the piece, was the Jewish establish- In light of all the hypocritical postur-
pilots ordered to fire on protesters refused and which they claim to base their beliefs. ment. The none-too subtle implication ing, it is always refreshing to discover
flew their planes to Malta, where they asked for In reality, what such organisations are was that its spokesbodies - in the main, that by no means everyone has been
asylum. engaging in, is a relentless campaign to this meant the SA Jewish Board of fooled, and especially when it is from
Is this new wind in the Arab and Muslim world demonise Israel (and to a lesser extent, Deputies - were cast in the role of within the liberal-left camp itself that
a rule-changing watershed? Is this their French other Western democracies), in every verkrampte defenders of Israeli the emperor’s nakedness is pro-
Revolution – their “liberty, equality, fraternity”? conceivable way. NGO Watch reveals apartheid against those brave individu- claimed.
Has the populace become sophisticated enough to time and again how often the most basic als who dared to “Speak Truth to Power”. Among the leading UK columnists
say: “We don’t want this tyranny anymore”? Or is principles of fair play - impartiality, The outrageousness of this sleight of who have braved the hissing rage of
it a momentary historical blip? hearing the other side, verifying the hand becomes apparent when one their erstwhile leftist colleagues by lay-
It has been said democracy is not the natural truth of damning accusations before remembers that the SAJBD combats ing bare their inconsistencies, are Julie
human condition, but an aberration which comes accepting them - are shamelessly jetti- anti-Semitism, upholds Jewish civil Burchill and Chas Newkey-Burden.
and goes from time to time between authoritarian soned by these groupings. rights, has made significant input into Please note that these are not former
regimes of one sort or another. However, because of what NGO Watch human rights-related law in South Africa liberal-leftists who saw the light and
Comfortable citizens of long-established has termed ”The Halo Effect”, actually (such as with the Constitutional prohibi- became conservatives. Rather, it was
Western democracies might dispute this. But if getting the broader public to pay any tions against hate speech) and on various their very commitment to genuine liber-
radical Islamists gained control of the uprisings, heed to this evidence is an uphill and occasions - the multifaceted xenophobia al principles that led them to confront
would Egyptian and Tunisian citizens allow them- often fruitless struggle. relief campaign it ran two years ago is a those who brazenly betray those princi-
selves to be subjected to theocratic Sharia-based Understanding this also helps to show good example - has involved itself effec- ples while pretending to be upholding
rule where they may be worse off than before? Or just how very ill-conceived was the peti- tively on behalf of victims of human them.
refuse? tion campaign against Archbishop rights abuse beyond the confines of the It reminds us that Israel and Jews
In 1979 the Shah of Iran - a “benign” dictator - Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Attacking Mr Jewish community. have nothing to fear from a liberalism
was removed in a popular uprising and then Justice Richard Goldstone instead of My colleagues and I are as much that lives up to its name.
replaced by the notorious fundamentalist ayatol-
America, the world’s superpower with major
interests in the Middle East – and Middle East sta-
bility - was caught with its pants down. Who could
Booming housing market in
Israel stokes fears of bubble
have predicted the current events?
It needed just a spark, which was provided by a
fruit and vegetable vendor in Tunisia who refused
to allow the authorities to shut him down when
his wheelbarrow with fruit was confiscated DINA KRAFT
through arrogant red tape. He doused himself TEL AVIV
with paint thinners, set himself alight and died
some 18 days later - and became a symbol of the SOON AFTER Leora’s second child was born and she and
desire for freedom of all Tunisians. her husband began looking for a larger home, Israel’s new
Could Iran go the same way? If Mubarak and real estate reality smacked them in the face.
probably Gaddafi, why not Mahmoud Though the couple had bought a two-bedroom apartment
Ahmadinejad? Why not a new Iranian revolution, in Tel Aviv six years earlier that had appreciated to $650 000,
this time leading to democracy and openness – more than triple what they paid, they still found themselves
maybe even openness to Israel? priced out of the local market. One apartment in a basement
There is a message for us in South Africa, underneath a parking lot was listed at $468 000.
notwithstanding our democracy and fine Con- They are now planning to move to the coastal town of
stitution. When enough ordinary South Africans Pardes Hanna, about an hour’s drive north of Tel Aviv,
reach the “gatvol” stage, they could rise up here where prices also have climbed significantly but where they
again, ignited by some unexpected spark - the can still find a house with a garden for the same price as the
struggle against apartheid is within recent mem- apartments they saw in Tel Aviv.
ory - and say: “Enough of the plundering of the “Ordinary, hard-working people cannot live in the city, and
country through corruption and nepotism!” when they do they sacrifice a lot to be here,” said Leora*. “It
Massive poverty, lack of service delivery and also feels so out of touch with political realities here: Where
staggeringly high unemployment, with many does it cost a half-million dollars to be a prime target for
well-connected cadres becoming filthy rich sushi- nuclear weapons controlled by a madman?”
eaters overnight, could spark revolt, despite Jacob Israel has become a leader in the global real estate market,
Zuma’s assurances about it being “impossible”. with prices soaring in recent years, particularly in the dense-
Whatever happens from here on, the events in ly populated centre of the country that includes Tel Aviv and
Egypt, Tunisia (and Libya?) constitute a glorious Jerusalem.
historical moment, despite the cynics – or real- But with the high prices have come a great challenge for
ists? – who believe it can only turn out bad in the families seeking housing in major urban centres. Although
end. People power triumphing against seemingly there are income disparities, the average Israeli family earns
intractable dictatorships. about $2 000 per month.
The only stable entity in the region now is “The affordability on the demand side is almost unbear-
Israel. Is it naive to hope the chaos in Arab and able, and this has been consistent for almost two years now,”
Muslim countries will lead not only to them said Danny Ben-Shahar, a real estate expert in the depart-
becoming free in their own democracies, but also ment of architecture and urban planning at the Technion-
opening up to meaningful contact with Israel? Israel Institute of Technology.
Apartment blocks in the historic Bauhaus district of central
Tel Aviv close to the beachfront promenade. Continued on page 9
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 9 GIVE YOUR FAMILY
THE SAFE FUTURE
OPINION AND ANALYSIS - FORUM FOR DIVERSE VIEWS
THEY DESERVE !!
Women abuse: Has anything changed? PERTH, WESTERN
RAY WOLDER What future is there for young girls sold by Thinking of migrating to Australia? Consider the
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These crimes are not limited to local employed. But will she ever be free of the stig- Community will be available in Johannesburg 28 March –
events but are happening all over the world. ma of being a woman? Will she forever have 1 April for confidential, private meetings
They are events viewed with horror and dis- to endure the fact that she is considered a Please email Leith Flinkier to register your interest or
gust yet they continue unabated. lesser mortal? for further information:
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been victims in internecine and inter-tribal ten to men in prayer say: ”Thank you to the Website:www.carmel.wa.edu.au
conflict. Rape of women and children by so- A-mighty for not being born a woman!” Not Teachers of Hebrew and Jewish Studies are also invited
called ”warriors” is a weapon of war. Rape exactly a delicately subliminal message, but to make an appointment to discuss employment
and murder of women is particularly rife more of an “in your face” slap! opportunities that may exist at Carmel School
today in under-developed countries where pelled to accept, is this an abuse of her In South Africa, organisations such as
internal conflict is rife. rights? Is the woman who sadly dies giving Shalom Bayit and Jewish Community
Men misuse women who unwittingly fall birth to her ninth or tenth child considered Services continue to fight for the rights of
prey to the “nefarious designs” of an abusive an abused woman - even knowing that this maltreated, abused and discriminated
partner and then seek to get out of this vio- female’s body is not structured to procreate women in all communities.
lent marriage or relationship. so many times? Their doors are open to assist in a discreet
In Israel, many women are victims of abu- If her culture precludes her from express- and confidential manner those in need of
sive men who spitefully refuse to give the ing her opinion, is this abuse? If the biblical help. Abused women are beginning to realise
“get”, compulsory in Jewish law, in order to injunction “be fruitful and multiply” is val- there is help out there.
be free, leaving the woman “chained” to this ued above the woman’s life, is that not a If women continue to press for change, are
marriage against her will. form of abuse? archaic laws relevant in an (ever) advancing
These agunot are probably the most The problems of domestic violence faced technological age? Do those on the outside of
abused and discriminated of all women in by many women on a daily basis are not con- certain cultures and beliefs have the right to
the world! The stranglehold of this ancient fined to South Africa, but are found in devel- “interfere” or “meddle” and call for change?
law, practised by Orthodox Jews, creates dif- oped and undeveloped countries all over the Do men truly want a change of attitude and
ficulty among many Jewish women who can- world. behaviour towards women and are they hon-
not come to terms with this. Are women bul- Poverty, cultural norms, unemployment estly willing to work towards this end?
lied because the law generally favours the and xenophobia are elements leading to These important issues need to be
man? abuse and violence. addressed in a sensitive manner. This debate
This March kicks off the International Societies which prevent women from is open to reasonable, honest, soul-searching
Year of the Agunah. The International being educated present discrimination of argument and not intended to offend, under-
Council of Jewish Women, WIZO (Israel) and the worst kind. Lack of education leaves mine anyone or a member of any community.
Orthodox Emunah (Israel), constantly fight women in ignorance, without skills or At the moment the debate on “Gender
for the rights of agunot. resources; her growth is curtailed and Discrimination, Women and Child Abuse”
Abuse of the rights of any human being is without self-confidence and should she carries on in New York at gatherings on
wrong, not only of agunot, who may wait 20 want to leave a violent marriage and fend human rights attended by women’s organisa-
years for their release. That’s total abuse and for herself, she would be severely handi- tions worldwide.
discrimination! capped. Gender discrimination, female and child
How do we define discrimination and Trafficking of women and children in this abuse, trafficking, are of international inter-
abuse? Is it abuse when a young 18 year old modern age has grown into a worldwide est and developed countries are waking up to
closeted female allows her parents to industry. Girl children are sold as sex slaves, this scourge which is escalating out of con-
arrange a marriage when she has hardly any toys for men, or to walk the streets as prosti- trol in North and Central Africa, East, Asia
experience of life? tutes for pimps who maltreat and abuse and South America.
With eyes wide open but culturally com- them. South Africa, be alert, let’s nip it in the bud!
Booming housing market... to buy apartments as part of the culture in
Israel. Some 70 per cent of Israelis own their
homes, a relatively high figure compared
Continued from page 8 Israel’s land is a major factor in the housing with other nations.
shortage. “Historically, Jews were wanderers and so
The soaring housing prices also have Foreign buyers of real estate in Israel, there is this need among people here to buy,”
sparked fears that Israel is in the midst of a particularly Diaspora Jews from the United said Kaufman, formerly the president of the
housing bubble. States, England and France, have helped real estate brokers association in Israel.“
In the interests of stabilising the housing fuel demand and lifted prices, especially in “Often you will see relatives and parents
market, the government has begun taking the luxury market. contributing money so adult children can
steps to cool it. The Bank of Israel is raising Israelis, too, are buying. In Israel, a coun- buy a home,” he said. “As for the Diaspora
interest rates and minimum mortgage down- try approximately the size of New Jersey, Jews, buying here gives them the feeling that
payments to 30 per cent. The government real estate long has been considered a safe they are being good Zionists and helping
has pledged to build additional housing to investment. And with the world economic Israel.”
increase supply. And the Knesset has downturn wreaking havoc with stock mar- It’s also helped themselves, he noted.
approved several changes in real estate tax kets, local investors have poured even more “Real estate here,” Kaufman said, “has
laws aimed at curbing investor demand. money into real estate. proven itself to be an exceptional invest-
Shay Lipman, a real estate analyst at IBI Chaim Kaufman, a veteran real estate ment.” (JTA)
Ltd, an investment house in Tel Aviv, says agent whose offices in central Tel Aviv face
the state’s ownership of 92 per cent of Rabin Square, sees the deeply rooted desire * Names have been changed.
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6; highlights includes works South Africa’s doyenne of Spanish dance,
by Mark Hawkins; Carolyn IT’S THE time of year when contemporary Carolyn Holden, founder of La Rosa Dance
Holden of La Rose Dance dance gets the spotlight. Dance Umbrella has for Company. As the title denotes, it’s about succes-
Company; and Standard 23 years been the Johannesburg platform for sion.
Bank Young Artist Mamela what’s hot in the discipline, and the historical Four months ago, 48-year-old Holden adopted
Nyamza. Call 082-632-9561 or launching pad for many of the ilk of - now a 10-month-old foundling. “This work began
see www.artslink.co.za/arts. Berlin-based - Robyn Orlin or Paris-resident after Child Welfare confirmed I would be
Steven Cohen. adopting her. Having a child in my life for the
Emperor’s, Kempton Park: This year’s Dance Umbrella, thanks to less first time got me thinking about life and how it
Nataniël’s “Combat” until funding, is slimmer than its predecessors. It passes.
March 17, (011) 928-1000. extends over 10 days instead of two weeks; this I choreographed the work on a dancer 20 years
doesn’t reflect the critical value of its highlights. younger than me - Nicole Kleinhans - and anoth-
Everard Read Gallery, Mark Hawkins makes a comeback after 17 er, 20 years older - Veronica Williams - who’s just
Rosebank, Johannes- years, with “Hotel”, commissioned by Moving retired from her own flamenco school.
burg: “Earth and Ink”, by Into Dance. Choreographed to music by Philip “It made me think about what it is to be 67 and
Thea Soggot, until March 9, Miller, it promises to be eclectic and beautiful as have something valid to say. And it’s made me
(011) 788-4805. only Hawkins does it. think about having my own valuable ideas at 22.
Also on the programme are works by PJ They are both me,” she adds, casting her mind
Fugard Theatre, District Sabbagha, Redha, Mamela Nyamza and Sello back 20 years, when she formed La Rosa.
Six, Cape Town: “All in Pesa, as well as choreographer Jamila Rod- “The older woman looks back with sadness,
One”, with Steve Newman rigues from Cape Town with “Every Time I regret, but also with power,” she adds.
(guitar), Errol Dyers (gui- Stumble”.
Nicole Kleinhans and Veronica Williams in
Holden was seduced by flamenco when she
tar) and Hilton Schilder “The work is about real life stories from five was 10. “My mother took me to a show at the Carolyn Holden’s “Who Will I Leave My Voice
(percussion), March 1-5, women I met while I was in Transkei,” Rod- Nico Malan Theatre. It was 1972. After curtain To?” (PHOTOGRAPH: MARK WESSELS)
(021) 461-4554. rigues, who is currently enrolled for a masters call, I told her this is what I will be doing for the
degree in choreography at the University of rest of my life. My mother, who was my ballet Seven years later, she was one of the critical
Linder Auditorium, Cape Town, explains. teacher, insisted I do my ballet elementary lynchpins in “Sentimientos” the company’s
Parktown: On March 2, 3, “The idea of the piece starts on a bus that has exams first, and this is what I did. recent sell-out season at Montecasino.
the JPO performs “Ancient an accident; suddenly these women are all alone “The music, singing and rhythm of flamenco Holden is upbeat about the future. La Rosa
Airs and Dances” by and have to face each other.” made my heart soar. It wasn’t easy: I looked was on Dance Umbrella in 1990 and 1991; it’s five
Respighi, Mozart’s Rodrigues is Jewish by virtue of her mother’s wrong. I was blonde. I was not pretty enough. It years since last they were in Johannesburg.
“Jeunehomme” Piano con- identity, “But even my mother is mixed Arabic was a battle, but battles do not frighten me.” “We decided to just come this year, even though
cert and Bizert’s Symphony and Jewish,” she explains. “I was raised in Holden, who acknowledges her Jewish her- we couldn’t really afford it.”
No 1. Soloist: Natalia Angola, then grew up in Portugal… My dad is itage from her maternal grandmother, is attuned • Dance Umbrella runs until March 6 at UJ
Lavrova (piano), Conductor: Brazilian… it’s confusing, but it gives me the to how culture resonates with her dancers. One Arts Centre, Auckland Park; Wits Theatre
Bernhard Gueller (011)789- choice to decide where and who I am each day,” of the company’s stars is Beth Shapiro. “She Complex, Braamfontein; Goethe on Main,
2733. On March 5, Lavrova she grins. came to our company hungry to be taught to be Johannesburg and Dance Factory, Newtown.
performs works by Clementi, Another work to anticipate is Baxter-commis- professional, in 2004. She worked really hard.” Call 082-632-9561 or see www.artslink.co.za/arts.
Shostakovich, Liszt and
Prokofiev for the JMS,
Lyric Theatre, Ormonde:
The 8th Naledi Theatre
Tabakov’s crisp, alert playing lauded
Concert: Johannesburg Philharmonic gave us Mozart’s Impresario Overture which orously disciplined performance of highly
Awards on March 6 fea-
Orchestra (Linder) absorbed hefty energy transfusions well without idiomatic sense and sensibility. Collectively
tures an all-star cast and
Conductor: Emil Tabakov ever becoming skittish. orchestras seldom reflect the same energetic lev-
Nik Rabinowitz as MC
Soloist: Georgi Anichenko,’cello Georgi Anichenko, last year’s first prize winner els as a soloist. The JPO slumbered along, espe-
Programme: Music by Mozart, Haydn and in the ‘cello section of Unisa’s International cially in the Adagio.
Beethoven String Competition, was the soloist in Haydn’s Also questionable was that an orchestra with
Maker, Parkwood: “The
‘Cello Concerto in D major, Hob VIIb:2. It is essen- the ideal number for performing works by Haydn
Reverse of the Woof” new
REVIEWED BY PAUL BOEKKOOI tially “romantic” in concept, with a particularly and Mozart, was also used for Beethoven’s
work by Jonah Sack, until
leisurely tempo in the Allegro moderato first Symphony No 4. With these numbers the JPO
April 15, (011) 447-6680.
IT SO often happens that conductor A takes a movement, but thankfully without a too liberal could reflect most aspects of the Apollonian love-
piece at a brisk tempo and the result is exhila- use of rubato. The work as a whole was shaped liness of the work, but not its Dionysiac drive.
Market, Newtown: In
rating, while conductor B, performing it at with affection and the elaborate solo part was Perhaps the first movement’s introductory
the Barney Simon, James
exactly the same tempo, sounds fatigued. It played with the bravura and virtuosity it Adagio could have sounded more mysterious
Ngcobo’s “Sunjata”, ends
could just be that the former had a more relax- demands. (helped by a marginally slower pace), while the
March 6. In the Laager from
ing, mellower, more refined approach, where It was perhaps Anichenko’s gravely eloquent second movement, also Adagio, seemed a trifle too
March 1, Tau Maserumule’s
one hears more of a sense of shape and flow in performance of the Adagio which lingered in bland because Tabakov did not sufficiently under-
“Circle”, winner of 2010’s
the phrasing. one’s mind the longest, but in the opening move- line the conflict between its melodic and rhythmic
Zwakala theatre festival,
Conductor B’s performance might have an ment it was also Haydn’s slow harmonic rhythms, components. One should also add a familiar com-
unmistakable brisker feeling, which must have mingling elegance, animation and just the right plaint: One wishes the JPO could be persuaded to
to do with a certain bluntness of attack, border- degree of expressive freedom, that added to the place its violins in opposite sides. Such antiphonal
ing at times on cudgelling. enjoyment. Even the Rondo, marked Allegro, divisions enrich the listening experience.
In the Pieter Toerien,
Opening with the Semiramide Overture by which can be a lumbering bore, danced with a With the exposition repeats of both outer
“Evita” with Angela Kilian
Rossini during the previous week’s JPO con- lithe, airy grace. movements observed, Tabakov generally elicited
in the title role, back by
cert which was hard-driven and ran out of With Anichenko a sense of direction and crys- beautifully crisp, alert and rhythmically incisive
popular demand, from
breath, Emil Tabakov in his second concert tal-clear articulation ruled. This was a clean, rig- playing in these faster sections.
February 25; in the Studio,
“Mass Appeal” directed by
Alan Swerdlow, until
March 27 (011)511-1818. In
Teatro, “Dreamgirls” with
FELDMAN The answer: A great deal in both punch and
power, a scenario the Oscars recognised when
Leo), his frightening motor-mouth mother who
insists on controlling every facet of his career
Bryan Schimmel at the cre-
ative helm, opens March 11
ON FILM announcing its nominees, including ones for
best picture and best director.
even though it’s going nowhere. Dealing with
his relatives and preparing for his next fight
Peter Feldman Mark Wahlberg, getting another chance to leaves Micky little time for the lovely Charlene
(011) 510-7472. display his fine physique, portrays a true-life (the Oscar nominated Amy Adams), a tough-
American boxer, “Irish” Micky Ward, who has talking bartender who’s also an expert at tough
Old Mutual Theatre on PICK OF THE WEEK been a boxer for a long time but has little to love.
the Square, Sandton: show for his dogged persistence. Each loss Working from a screenplay by Scott Silver,
Nicholas Spagnoletti’s The Fighter seems inevitable. But he refuses to discard his Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, director David
“London Road”, until dream of being a light welter-weight champion O Russell (“Three Kings”) produces a film that
March 19. On March 5, Cast: Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and to achieve this goal he has the full support is strong on mood and character, an exhilarat-
Bikkur Cholim hosts a Melissa Leo, Amy Adams of his family. But that’s not necessarily a good ing fight-flick with a host of believable entities
fund-raising performance Director: David O Russell thing. and flawless performances from its cast.
of it. The Friday concerts His trainer and half-brother is a former The film is vital, gritty and, at times, weirdly
feature Morné van Heerden Boxing as a subject has a long and illustrious boxer Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale) who funny, a story told with honesty and an acute
(clarinet), Wessel Beukes screen history. Films from the popular “Rocky” finds immense delight in telling everyone that understanding of the psychology of boxing.
(‘cello) and Tinus Botha series, through “Raging Bull, to “Somebody Up he once knocked down boxing legend Sugar The acting is of the highest calibre; the two
(piano) on February 25; and There Likes Me”, “Ali”, “The Champ” and Ray Leonard. The claim is debatable. However, females Melissa Leo and Amy Adams and, of
Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), “Million Dollar Baby”, have all left a mark and the big thing is that Dicky is a drug addict, not course, Christian Bale are all simply superb.
Daline Wilson (violin), garnered critical praise. the sort of person you really want in your cor- Bale gives an impassioned, persuasive and raw
Morkel Combrink (viola) So, when a film like “The Fighter” ambles ner. portrayal where shafts of genuine humour can
and Wessel Beukes (‘cello) into town, the question arises: What new mate- Adding to Micky’s woefully complex situa- still be found in a deeply tragic character.
on March 4, (011) 883-8606. rial can this production offer its audiences? tion is Alice (the Oscar-nominated Melissa This is a KO of a film.
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 11
TAPESTRY - ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
Noble intentions don’t disguise
The Tenth Song by Naomi Ragen are meant to become from where
(Pan Macmillan, R195) you are standing now.”
Ragen’s book is, in essence, an
REVIEWED BY GWEN PODBREY indictment of the almost ob-
sessively mercenary nature of
WHAT HAPPENS when an emi- American society, particularly its
nently successful Jewish Ameri- Jewish elite. The unstable founda-
can investment consultant finds tions on which their allegiances
himself unwittingly implicated in are premised, the rapidity with
a financial scandal which makes which friends abandon and betray
global headlines? each other, the cynicism of stu-
For Adam Samuels, the first of dents choosing university sub-
many devastating repercussions jects for their commercial, rather
is the knock taken by his credibil- than their intellectual, worth - all
ity. He stands accused not only of these, for Ragen, are symptomatic
misdirecting money, but of chan- of a deeper underlying malaise:
nelling it into a terrorist organisa- the hollowness of modern human
tion. beings seeking fulfilment where
From a highly respected profes- none is to be had.
sional, living an enviable life with It is not the first time Ragen has
a gracious, accomplished wife, delivered a scathing criticism of
three intelligent, high-achieving superficial Jewish US values.
children and all the trappings of And, to be sure, her sentiments
success, he is suddenly vilified ical dig by day and attending the are apposite: there is much to be
into a criminal, even before his spiritual enrichment lectures of deplored in a society driven by
arraignment, and lifelong friends the group’s guru, Rav Natan, each acquisitiveness, appearance and
and business associates suddenly evening. rivalry. But for all its noble inten-
cross the street rather than talk to These discourses assist her to tions, the novel has such paucity
him. His rabbi visits the Samuels unravel the many contradictory of imagination and such flimsy
home, not to offer moral support, strands knotting up her life and characterisation (especially in its
but to implore the family to regain clarity of both soul and males) that it seems Ragen spent a
refrain from coming to the syna- purpose. And, needless to say, a minimum of time fleshing her
gogue, to spare the congregation new love interest pops up too - how central message out with believ-
embarrassment. could he not? - to illuminate the able, engaging material.
The next blow is to his wife and difference between a real man and Her writing, too, while tolerable
children, particularly his younger her fickle, over-ambitious fiancé in its narrative passages, collaps-
daughter, Kayla, a final-year stu- back home. es too often, particularly in the
dent at the Harvard Law School Alarmed, her mother, Abigail, love scenes, where Ragen verges
with every prospect of a stellar arrives, intending to persuade her on Barbara Cartland (or, worse, a
career ahead of her. to return to her commitments in poster from the 1950s kibbutz
The news of Adam Samuels’ the US - only to discover that youth tourism movement).
predicament - coming from all Kayla’s new lifestyle is not a mis- From the strapping, green-eyed,
sides, including the press and the adventure, but a path with much tousle-haired young hero to his
Internet - immediately diminishes to offer those in need of answers. curly-locked, curvaceous, beauti-
her chances of finding a job at a “No matter how dark our lives ful girlfriend and the fresh-faced,
reputable law firm. Moreover, her may be,” says Rav Natan, “one robust, singing crowd of young
fiancé, Seth - a nice Jewish boy need never despair. You feel there commune-dwellers wielding their
from a highly visible family - is is no G-d, and this belief is the shovels under the blue Israeli sky,
appalled by the scandal surround- source of anger, depression, we have the full gallery of stereo-
ing her family and insists she dis- destructiveness. types.
tance herself from them. “But in that fog, in the lowest Back home in Boston, Abigail
It is all too much for Kayla. The depths, that is where He is waiting and Adam picnic on an idyllic
indictment of her father, the disaf- for you… If G-d told you to jump river bank with a hamper of sand-
fection of her future husband and off a cliff and promised to catch wiches and a volume of Thoreau.
the increasingly complex web of you, would you jump?... Of course “Do you want corned beef or
family and friends claiming either you would. G-d can ask you to do chicken?” she asks him.
her allegiance or her denial drives the impossible, because it is im- “Chicken, my love… Ah, you
her into a state of collapse. possible for you, not for Him. are such a romantic, my love,” he
Desperate, she boards a plane and “When we are faced with such says. Then, having read aloud
flees to Israel - with just the an ordeal, we should not ask if it’s from the book, they “sit quietly,
clothes on her back - and seeks a possible for us to overcome it; we watching the clouds swim by in
new life for herself. must ask if it’s necessary. If the the cold blue sky, reaching out for
This she finds remarkably answer is ‘yes’, and you are willing each other’s hands”. Please!
quickly. A commune of young peo- to make that leap, then He will The verdict? A book with wor-
ple living near Ein Gedi quickly catch you. But you have to make thy motives, confounded by poor
recruits her and Kayla duly finds the first move. You have to lift up planning, paper-thin credibility
herself working on an archaeolog- your feet. You cannot see who you and dubious execution.
12 SA JEWISH REPORT 25 February - 04 March 2011
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IT IS TIME FOR HONESTY IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARM - AND NOSTALGIC - REMEMBRANCES OF THE EDENVALE SHUL
DURING THE Second World War, the German robust and more resilient. Fewer and fewer peo- IT WAS with a feeling of mixed nostalgia coming and integrating me seamlessly
war machine made full use of its propaganda ple are willing to blindly toe the “party line”. and sadness that I read the article after such a hiatus - and the reason why I
arm, run by Joseph Goebbels The people of Egypt understood that the rev- regarding the Edenvale Shul in your now read your excellent newspaper.
During his tenure, his policy was: “It is the olution was home-grown. Eventually, the gov- paper. I recall that even in those years, it was
absolute right of the State to supervise the for- ernment of Egypt understood this as well. It Well do I remember the intimate atmo- difficult some Fridays to make a minyan
mation of public opinion.” was a painful lesson, but a lesson that needed sphere and warmness extended to a cal- in Edenvale and in the days before cell-
After the war, various Arab governments in to be learned. low youth. My late father, Woolf phones one could obviously not make
the Middle East and in North Africa, took this Unfortunately, not everyone has learned this Kaicener, owned Edenvale Pharmacy and calls to find people at the last minute. We
message to heart. By manipulating the media lesson. Some regimes still cling to the repre- my late mother, Thelma had a baby shop therefore occasionally had to use the
and by brainwashing their own populations, hensible strategy of blaming “the other”. Iran called the White Pussycat, at the top of apparently now-defunct ruling that nine
they were able to cling to power for decades. has, for example, blamed Israel for the drug Van Riebeeck Avenue, though we lived in adult men plus the Torah make 10.
And if nepotism or corruption was exposed, it problems in Iran. Bramley Gardens. It is a shame that the shul faces finan-
was always someone else’s fault. How pathetic. It is time for governments in So, Fridays and some Saturdays, cial issues and in the case of an occur-
Israel was blamed, the US was blamed, even the Middle East to stop spreading lies and dis- depending on whether my father was at rence of this nature, the broader commu-
the Crusaders were blamed. Even some two information and to start acknowledging their work, I used to attend the shul. In 1980 I nity should get involved to prevent its clo-
weeks ago, the Mubarak regime in Egypt own failings. was barmitzvahed there, subsequently a sure.
blamed “foreign interests” for the unrest in choir member and a regular Shabbos It would be appreciated if you could
Cairo. Michael Renan attendee until I stopped going to shul for publish a bank account number where
But in today’s internet age, the truth is more Cape Town personal reasons, which I was not, sadly, contributions could be sent to, as it may
to get to grips with and return to the fold well be that there are other former con-
‘NEXT STEP’ MAY BE TOTAL WAR AGAINST EUROPE, ISRAEL for the intervening 30 years, until recent- gregants who would also assist. I, for one,
MR JUSTICE Dennis Davis cherry-picks mod- negotiation for peace to take place? Would he ly when I moved to the West Rand and will certainly send money towards the
ern history to prove his point that Israel and point out where the Palestinians have ever became an active part of the vibrant alleviation of Edenvale’s financial issues.
the Jews should admonish themselves as been ready to compromise anything for Krugersdorp Hebrew community.
being the cause of conflict in the Middle East peace? This return is also a testimony to the Jonathan Kaicener
and should drop their guard and eagerly Everyone hopes that the people of the tenaciousness of the membership in wel- Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp
embrace whatever force that is still to emerge Middle East will one day achieve a level of
as a “people’s revolution” sweeps through the democracy equal to, if not better than, that ‘TWENTY SECOND STUN’ IS HALACHICALLY UNJUSTIFIABLE
Middle East. found in Western countries, which includes
Points in question: Israel. If being cautious of what is afoot in IN THE Jewish Report of February 11, Dr African abattoirs where according to the
1. Davis is quick to point out the RSA suc- Egypt and other ME countries, given the Elisa Galgut pointed out some of the cru- Beth Din cattle can only be stunned with a
cess story but fails to mention the situation covert nature and training Iran provides elties involved with factory farming. stun gun 20 seconds after their throats
regarding our closest neighbour, Zimbabwe, organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas, Several years ago I was involved in a have been cut by a schochet. All other cat-
where an eloquent pro-Western-speaking then there’s the timely and co-incidental pres- court case in Israel when animal welfare tle are stunned before their throats are
leader duped the West into supporting a one- ence of large Iranian supply vessels in the organisations wanted to ban the farming cut so that they don’t feel pain.
off free and fair election that gave rise to a “theatre of operation”, despite the fact that with ducks and geese for the production of This ruling by the Beth Din of the 20
brutal dictator, who has clung to power for Syria, a long time ally of Iran is not under foie gras. Young birds were force-fed three seconds before the stun, cannot be justi-
more than 30 years, thumbing his nose at the threat while the rest of the pro-Western ME times a day through a funnel forced down fied halachically on religious grounds by
processes Davis stands for. burns. their throats into the stomach. the Torah or Talmud, yet the Beth Din
2. Davis fails to mention the type of “democ- If this makes me a rabid rightist - like The birds that survived were slaugh- insists that for cattle to be certified as
racy” that has emerged in the Middle East, (Alan) Dershowitz and (Avigdor) Lieberman - tered by a schochet after 25 to 30 days and kosher in South Africa, the 20 seconds
namely the Iranian regime, an Islamic funda- then by feigning ignorance and amnesia (as the enlarged and diseased livers - up to delay before stunning is essential for the
mentalist dictatorship that came about in a you have demonstrated by the omissions in eight times normal size - were sold locally meat to be certified as kosher.
manner not dissimilar to what we are seeing your column) to the potential for other types and exported to France. Stunning the animals immediately or a
sweeping the ME today. of fascist regimes to emerge in this area, then I was able to prove that the enlarged liv- few seconds after the ritual cut, would be
3. Davis reduces the hardcore fundamental- it makes you someone who has been duped. ers were abnormal and were not kosher, more acceptable and less stressful for the
ist party called the Muslim Brotherhood to When the dust settles and it is time for these and that the method was cruel and against animals.
being a mere “bogeyman” ploy by those democratic nations to hold their second elec- Judaic principles. The production of foie
standing in the way of democracy. Has he tions and accept the will of the people (in gras was banned in 2007. Dr Hymie Ebedes
completely forgotten what this organisation is about four years’ time) I sincerely hope that Presently there is a problem in South Pretoria
capable of ? Like the assassination of Pre- you are completely right in what you present-
sident Anwar Sadat for signing a peace agree- ed in your column and that I am completely
ment with Israel or the formation of Al Qaida wrong.
GLOBAL JIHADISTS SHOUT LOUDEST FOR ISRAEL’S DEMISE
that brought us 9/11? Because, if I am right it will be far too late to IT IS interesting to note that the very peo- legislation.
4. Would Davis enlighten us as to how he do anything and then what will be the next ple who want the total destruction of The Media Review Network (MRN) and
determined that the Palestinians have aban- step? Total war against Europe, Israel? Israel, accuse that country of being an Palestinian Solidarity Alliance (PSA), who
doned their “right of return” and “east “apartheid state”, call for international are such vocal critics of Israel, Judaism
Jerusalem as their capital” - the thorns that Stanley Eliasov boycotts and want its government and sol- and Jews, are fortunate enough to operate
have for decades prevented a meaningful Johannesburg diers jailed for “war crimes”, are the very out of South Africa where the ANC and its
same people who are terrorising the world alliance partners blindly support their
LEAKED ‘PALESTINIAN PAPERS’ EXPOSE OUR BANKRUPT LEADERSHIP with a global jihad. cause, as they do with the military juntas
AS THE events in Egypt unfolded last week the porters of Israel “right or wrong”, have any Whether it’s South East Asia, the Middle in Cuba, Burma, North Korea, Sudan,
international TV networks reported that Saeb confidence in any government given what was East, Europe, Africa or the United States, Zimbabwe and others worldwide.
Erekat the Palestinian chief negotiator, had reported? their intention is to murder as many inno- Jews around the world can be proud that
resigned his position, given the recent Politics is indeed a dirty business but when cent civilians as possible. they support the ideals of sovereign and
“Palestinian Papers” exposé by TV station Al party interests and personal ambitions are put Fortunately, from Tunisia to Iran, the peaceful democracies, and do not support
Jazeera. before the people you represent, then the civilian populations of these Arab and international terrorism where men,
The “leaks” reported were an indictment on moral bankruptcy of our leadership need to be Persian Muslim countries have begun to women and children are murdered, muti-
the Palestinian Authority’s alleged far-reach- exposed. revolt against their despotic rulers, govern- lated and maimed.
ing concessions given to Israel in 2008. This The tragedy of Israel today is the total lack ments who disallow any form of democra-
report cited the Palestinian negotiators “sell- of unity among its people where every possible cy and opposition to their regimes and pre- Mark Wade
ing” their constituents short by conceding selfish agenda is placed before the national fer to subdue their people with barbaric Johannesburg
what was alleged in the “Papers”. interest is a manifestation of the fragmenta-
While Erekat has condemned the “Papers”, tion we witness today in the Jewish world at ‘ARROGANCE’ OF COMMUNAL LEADERSHIP STICKS IN CRAW
he has admitted that they were leaked from his large. WHEN I read of the shenanigans of our minority opinions but records them for
unit and he has claimed responsibility for the I well remember just prior to the Six Day communal leadership (SA Jewish Board posterity, should they wish to amend
leaks. War how this same Jewish world were so total- of Deputies) in Gauteng, I want to laugh some of their earlier decisions.
Some of the concessions alleged, included ly united against the very real threat of and cry at our so-called elected leader- I get the impression that some of the
proposals that only a handful of the millions of Israel’s annihilation. Today we face an even ship, elected by cliques and not voters. leadership are better at fighting fellow
Palestinian refugees be allowed to return. It greater existential threat, not only to Israel but The arrogance and disrespect shown Jews than anti-Semites.
also suggested unprecedented compromises to the Jewish world as a whole, while we wit- to voters with whom they disagree, Let me quote from a famous address
on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites ness an ever increasing crescendo of anti- reminds me of the famous book, Jew vs delivered by Oliver Cromwell in Parlia-
and that Kadima’s leaders refused to compro- Semitic diatribe gaining momentum, and what Jew, about unnecessary hatred between ment in 1653:”You have sat too long here
mise on even the most basic issues, and many are our Jewish leadership doing? Promoting fellow Jews which destroyed the second for any good you may have done. Depart
more. their own agendas as if this threat doesn’t Temple. I say and let us have done with you. In G-
While my stand and unrelenting support for exist. Our leadership is showing disrespect d’s name – Go.”
Israel has been well documented, these revela- We are experiencing a phenomenon never and arrogance to constructive criticism And I quote from George Bernard
tions must raise more than an eyebrow as we seen before - groups with overwhelming sup- which they ignore to their detriment. Shaw: “There are more fools in the world
have been led to believe that it is our port among our brothers and sisters not only Here are a few examples: The disgust- than wise men and when the fools start
Palestinian “partners” who were uncompro- vehemently criticising Israel, but much worse. ing criticism and treatment of the Israeli to shoot, the wise men cannot be heard.”
mising. This is playing into the hands of our enemies Ambassador in South Africa and disre- When the kitchen gets too hot, I sug-
I now argue that if what was reported in the and legitimising their case against Israel and to spect to different streams of Judaism, gest you get out. Ultimately, your voters
“Palestinian Papers” bears a modicum of a very subtle degree the Jewish people? such as Progressive Judaism and here I will vote with their feet!
truth, and the fact that Erekat resigned as a What is it going to take to wake us up to the refer to the SA Zionist Federation’s lead- With great respect to all our leader-
result must add some credibility to this, why threat facing us today, another Holocaust? By ers. ship, I am aware of the challenges that
did Kadima not take these proposals to their then it will be too late! This leadership is of the same ilk and await them and wish them strength and
logical conclusions? have only heard of the word majority courage to accept criticism as an attempt
There is obviously much more to this than Allan Wolman decision and never will appreciate that to improve their performance.
what we read about but again - are these Norwood, Johannesburg minority points of view are valid and
“reports” merely a thumb suck or is there an should (also) be considered. Simon Jocum
element of truth and if so, how can we as sup- This letter has been slightly shortened. - Editor Even our Beth Din not only listens to Camps Bay, Cape Town
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 13
LETTERS COMMUNITY COLUMNS
WHEN JUDAISM WAS A FULL-FLEDGED
SONJA BULKIN has written an important let-
ter objecting to my assertion that Jews should ABOVE BOARD
seek converts. In so doing, Bulkin has given a
voice to the other side of the debate, for which I
FED FOCUS Zev Krengel,
Avrom Krengel National Chairman
am grateful. Chairman
However, one must keep in mind that in A column of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies
ancient times, Judaism actually was a full- A column of the South African Zionist Federation
fledged proselytising religion, and this fact is
attested to in the works of many ancient histo-
rians, including Tacitus and Juvenal, who were 47th SA Zionist Conference Will winds of change
hostile to Judaism. Also, the few anti-conver-
sion Talmudic passages are far outweighed by OVER THE past five years, the stature and activities of the South blow up a storm?
pro-conversion ones. African Zionist Federation have consolidated the position of the organ-
THESE ARE dramatic times for the Arab-speaking world, parti-
The policy change came when the Roman isation as the pre-eminent Zionist body in the country.
cularly in North Africa, but also in the Middle East.
Empire became Christian and Emperor We have, since the 2006 Conference and before, provided outstanding
Perhaps not since the populist revolts that accompanied the
Theodosius criminalised conversion to Jud- education and entertainment to the community, in areas including pol-
collapse of Communism some two decades ago have we seen so
aism. For someone to convert to Judaism or for itics, history, culture and archaeology.
sustained and widespread a grass-roots challenge to authoritari-
Jews to accept or seek converts, became pun- Our involvement with the Zionist youth groups and the aliyah depart-
an rule. What began as a successful overthrow of the ruling
ishable by death in the Christian world and the ment, and our close relationship with the Israel Centre, have seen
regime in Tunisia has had a knock-on effect, leading to the fall of
Muslims adopted the same policy. aliyah figures continue to grow, and it is a source of great satisfaction
the Mubarak regime in Egypt and, as I write, sustained popular
This is the origin of the Jewish opposition to us to know that Israel is still today the country of choice for Jews who
opposition to the hitherto unchallenged Gaddafi dictatorship in
toward seeking converts and thus has a foreign are leaving South Africa to make their homes elsewhere in the world.
Libya and against the government in Bahrain.
attitude been ingrained into our psyche. In my last column I discussed the exciting opening gala event of the
The sight of ordinary citizens standing up and declaring
It is for this reason that we are a small, weak 47th SAZF Conference which will take place on Saturday evening
“Enough!” to those who have oppressed and brutalised them for
people in constant danger of assimilation and March 26. It is advisable to book your seat now as there is a growing
so long, should touch a responsive chord with lovers of freedom
posing an easy target for our enemies. It is also demand for places.
why, instead of hearing the Israeli and On Sunday March 27, the business of the Conference will be conduct-
It should particularly resonate in countries like our own,
Palestinian sides of the Israeli-Arab conflict, ed; and we have invited delegates from all the major organisations
where in the still recent past a repressive government was suc-
both of which are legitimate, most of the world around the country, as well as from the shuls and other bodies, to regis-
cessfully confronted by the people at large and replaced with
ignores us completely. ter by February 25.
The situation in the Middle East has reper- We have a stimulating and challenging programme with excellent
Instead of generating excitement and optimism, however, the
cussions for the small, isolated Jewish commu- speakers and we also welcome observers who, although not entitled to
broader response to the above events has been a great deal more
nities worldwide, who are vulnerable to aggres- vote, will otherwise be full participants.
sion. Being constantly on the losing side of his- Col Richard Kemp, who served in the British Army from 1977 to 2006,
Indeed, many have assumed a “better the devil you know”
tory, we see a small but steady stream of self- was commander of British Forces in Afghanistan and an infantry bat-
approach, suggesting that bad as the current regimes are, what
hating Jews, who pick on their own people to talion commanding officer. He worked for the Joint Intelligence
could end up replacing them could be a great deal worse.
ingratiate themselves with the bullies. Committee and was involved in devising and developing government
The 1979 Iranian Revolution, which replaced a repressive but
A pro-conversion agenda would greatly even strategies and policies on counter-terrorism.
in relative terms fairly benign secular state with a - from a glob-
the playing field and would also help to stave off Col Kemp gave evidence at the UN Goldstone Commission, when he
al point of view - destabilising and aggressive Islamist theocracy,
an extra problem that South African Jewry espe- said: “During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more
is naturally something they regularly invoke.
cially faces: the threat of genetic inbreeding. to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other
Of course, we cannot know what the final outcome will be of
While it may be true that the local Beth Din army in the history of warfare.
the popular democratic forces that have been set in motion. That
constantly grills and investigates prospective “Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its
being said, however, we cannot deny that the very process of a
converts so that only the fewest get through, military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.”
citizenry confronting - not through terrorism or assassinations,
this policy is completely unnecessary, and is Regrettably, as we all know, his testimony did not form part of the
but non-violent protest - the oppressive structures that have so
not followed by all Orthodox batei din world- final report. We are privileged to be able to host him at our Sunday
long held them in thrall is in itself a positive one and consequent-
wide. Conference, and look forward to his address.
ly deserves our support.
The only necessity is to ensure that the can- Paula Slier, who is well-known to all of us, has for the past six years
Certainly, it is a process that should have the full backing of the
didate is making an informed, truthful deci- been the Middle East bureau chief for “Russia Today”. She is also inter-
United Nations, which claims so often to be committed to extend-
sion. Besides, the Beth Din’s opinion is not the national correspondent for e.tv and 702 news, and she writes and
ing freedom and democracy to the world. Thus far dare I say, pre-
only one: it is the final authority only for its reports for several other outlets including the Jerusalem Post, Channel
dictably? - the response from this quarter has been muted, at best.
own constituent communities. Other Jewish News Asia, Marie Claire and the Jewish Chronicle.
We can at least take heart that the South African government,
groups, with other outlooks, fall outside its Formerly senior reporter and news-reader with the SABC, Paula has
at a relatively early stage, came out strongly in support of those
purview, the most prominent local example an almost unsurpassed knowledge of the Middle East and she too will
who removed Mubarak. This, its spokespeople described forth-
being the Progressive community. be making a presentation at the Conference.
rightly as “a victory of the will of the people” that marked “the
Jews have the potential to become a growing, Other Sunday speakers are Dr Danny Lamm, president of the
dawn of a new era of democracy in Egypt”.
populous, and diverse nation with a great deal Executive Council of Australia and a man who wields much influence
I believe that we ourselves need to be less hesitant and equivo-
of clout, if this is what we so choose. in Australia’s Jewish community; and Steven McQueen who was some
cal in our approach to the stirrings of democracy in the Arab
Or we can continue with the status quo as a time ago deputy ambassador in Tel Aviv and is now the researcher for
world. Rather than fearing them as potential enemies, we should
tiny, weak people subject to the fickle whims of the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum.
sympathise with the ordinary citizenry of those countries and
political circumstance. The choice is between Bookings for both the gala opening event and the Conference pro-
wish them all success in their liberation struggle.
future empowerment or more of the same. ceedings, are essential. Contact details for Saturday night’s bookings
It is ultimately democracy that holds out the best prospects for
Which will it be? are (011) 645-2541 or email@example.com; and for Sunday they are
peace, economic development and regional cooperation.
(011) 645-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydenham, Johannesburg This column is paid for by the SAJF This column is paid for by the SAJBD
14 SA JEWISH REPORT 25 February - 04 March 2011
YOUTH TALK Alison Goldberg email@example.com
Shari Weinstein is a
worthy KDHVP Dux
PHOTOGRAPH: YAEL GORDON
SHARI WEINSTEIN was the 2010
Dux of King David High School
Victory Park, receiving 8 distinc-
tions in the IEB National Senior
Here she is pictured with her
grandfather, Julius Weinstein,
and parents, Tandi and Lewis
Facts needed to counter Weinstein after receiving the
award and addressing the school
at the Grade 8 - 11 prize-giving.
the lies against Israel
PHOTOGRAPH: TORAH ACADEMY BOYS’
The audiovisual presentation incorpo-
rated slides of Palestinian propaganda,
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL RABBI MOTTI
including the likening of Israel to apart-
heid South Africa.
She revealed that one of the cartoonists
in honour of the Torah
MICHELLE ROJAS-TAL (pictured) and had been honoured by President Mah- OWN CORRESPONDENT. learner) completed Masechet Sukkah on
Lior Meyer of the Israel advocacy group moud Ahmadinejad of Iran with a reward PHOTOGRAPH SUPPLIED their own.
Stand With Us, accompanied Lisa Peretz, of $10 000 for his work. There were also siyumim on chapters of
of the local Israel Centre, to the Torah Rojas-Tal told the boys that it was impor- LATE LAST year, the Yeshiva College Talmud by Yishai Abrams, on whole books
Academy Boys’ High School to speak tant to educate themselves and be able to Boys’ High School in Johannesburg cele- of the Mishna by Rafi Stein and Yoni Lew,
about Israel advocacy. answer the harsh criticism against Israel. brated its annual end-of-year siyum. who completed five of the six and by Gilad
This event celebrates the achievements Wasyng who completed the learning of the
New Herzlian grade ones of our learners, especially those who have
made extracurricular efforts to learn and
complete areas of Torah.
During 2010 we celebrated some very sig-
The event was graced with the presence
of Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Avraham Tanzer;
Associate Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dov Tanzer;
blessed under a tallis nificant achievements - three boys complet-
ed two whole tractates of Gomorra Sukkah
and Rosh Hashanah, which was learnt in a
Managing Director Rabbi Laurence Perez;
and all the other ramim.
After hearing inspirational words from
format of a page a day throughout the Rav Tanzer and Rav Perez, all those mak-
whole year, during their own time. ing siyumim had a chance to publicly
This is especially notable, since two of learn the last few lines of what they were
the learners were matriculants who man- busy with and then the traditional
aged, with all the pressure of exams and Kaddish was said.
At the Herzlia
heavy workloads, to consistently attend This was followed by joyous dancing,
Constantia grade the shiur. This speaks volumes about accompanied by live music and a braai.
one inauguration, their dedication. The three boys were The evening was very well attended and
Saul Kaplan, head Yona Grawitzky, Ari Lewis and Rafi Stein all went home feeling that they had been
of Jewish Life for all (grade 11). part of an uplifting and joyous demonstra-
the Herzlia schools, Ari Chipkin and Yariv Kohaly (matric tion in honour of the Torah.
blesses the new
children under a
large tallis which is
held up by some of
their new grade 6
learning at TA Boys’ High
OWN CORRESPONDENT ing. Material is prepared for the learners to
PHOTOGRAPH: SUZANNE BELLING master through their own efforts.
The sounds of Torah study permeate the
TORAH ACADEMY Boys’ High School beis midrash creating an exciting atmo-
Mesivta has opened a beis midrash pro- sphere of limmud Torah.
gramme, offering a learning experience The programme has been introduced
similar to that found in advanced yeshivot. through the efforts of the principal, Rabbi
The learners are afforded the opportuni- Motti Hadar and teachers Rabbi Reuven
ty of supervised chavrusa learning which Finkelstein and Rabbi Azriel Uzvolk.
is important in terms of skills development Pictured are learners Yaacov Blecher and
Yeshiva College learners together with Rabbi Laurence Perez, dancing in celebration
and the promotion of independent learn- Mendy Wineberg studying together.
PHOTOGRAPH: SHIRA TOLLMAN
KING DAVID Sandton Parent Teachers Asso-
ciation in conjunction with ChaiFM 101.9 is host-
ing a sports challenge involving KDVP, KDL, KDS
and Yeshiva College.
King David Victory Park Primary is excited
about our participation in the festival.
To maximise participation and excitement for
sport, trials were held during school time.
In the picture: Joey de Aguiar.
25 February - 04 March 2011 SA JEWISH REPORT 15
16 SA JEWISH REPORT 25 February - 04 March 2011
WHAT’S ON Barry Bilewitz firstname.lastname@example.org
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• UZLC presents Reeva Forman on “Israel & Democracy • SAZF is holding their 47th conference this evening and Contact (021) 886-5257.
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• UZLC presents David Batzofin on “Welcoming 2011”. Saturday evening (March 5) ate and advanced classes on Monday evenings at
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• Second Innings presents Andre Hattingh on “Change “Spring Clean Your Life”. • Supervised bridge with Jeff Sapire Tuesday morning
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Moral Choices: Perpetrators, Bystanders and
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385-9736. • UJW Johannesburg presents Tom Wheeler on “A
• UJW Cape Town presents Ben Rabinowitz on “From South African Diplomat Remembers: from Verwoerd ma’ariv minyan every weekday evening (Monday -
• Preview Theatre presents “Anastasia” preceded by a Bellville to Sea Point”. Friday) at 21:00, cnr Elray and Michel Streets,
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• UZLC presents Marlene Bethlehem on “The Privilege of • Second Innings outing to Doonholm Herb Farm and • Sunday Scrabble Club meets every Sunday at 10:00
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THE BRIDGE LOUNGE by Jeff Sapire CROSSWORD NO 199
BY LEAH SIMON
WHEN YOU have a very long suit and finesse.
some moderate values, should you imme- Declarer ruffed the second heart and ACROSS: harsh and high-pitched! (6)
diately pre-empt as high as possible, or advanced the three of spades, but an 1. Pin the hard liquor (4) 18. Move lever around for young eel (5)
should you rather go slowly by keeping alert South did well by rising with the 3. Gang leader walking casually – and taking 19. Southerner gives cheek – and will lose his
the bidding low to start so that you can to ace and switching to clubs. Now declarer a risk (8) footing (4)
see who does what, and then decide couldn’t get to dummy, and a diamond 8. Chew and injure in shopping centre, we
had to be lost, for three off and 500 to hear (4) SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD NO 198
South dealer, NS vul 9. Sling around tan while leaning (8) ACROSS: Tags; 3. Slow down; 8. Emus; 9.
At the other table, I thought the Polish 11. They rely on others to bring the band! (12) Fletcher; 11. The bitter end; 13. Engage; 14.
85 13. Not quite married, but ruined! (6) Bother; 17. Thar she blows; 20. Clarissa; 21.
AJ74 East did much better, and I thoroughly
approve of his decision to jump immedi- 14. He’s hidden in half reduction (6) Slam; 22. Detested; 23. Omen.
K3 17. What to do before 11 Across can exist (4, 3, DOWN: 1. Theatres; 2. Gauteng; 4. Lolita; 5.
AJ1097 ately to 5D, which was doubled by North.
The 2D bid at the first table, was, in my 5) Water bombs; 6. Orhan; 7. Norm; 10.
WEST EAST 20. Throw lint around cave in Middle East (8) Fingertips; 12. Freshman; 15. Hoodlum; 16.
Q976 K3 opinion, a shocker. You’re almost certain
to end up having to bid 5D anyway, with 21. Look at lewdly in frog leaping (4) Chaste; 18. Heart; 19. Iced.
10986 Q 22. In spar as Olsen con-
42 AQJ98765 an eight card suit at favourable vulnera- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
ble, so why mess around? ceals umbrellas (8)
852 Q3 23. Does an about-turn for
SOUTH All that the low level bid does is allow
the opponents to exchange some valu- poems (4)
K532 able information. South gets all the room 8 9
in the world to pass or jump or support DOWN:
partner. Even worse, if you chose 2D and 1. Sooner or later it will be 10
then heard your lho jump to 4NT, you let off the hook (4, 4)
would do anything to go back again and 2. Our rice upset by person- 11
West North East South
blow him away with a 5D pre-empt, wip- al messenger (7)
ing out three rounds of bidding and 4. Accuse Los Angeles of 12
P 2C 2D 2H
removing his ability to use Blackwood. returning to glee (6)
P 4H 5D P
Really, there is virtually nothing to be 5. Sticks for fans of the 13 14 15
P Dbl All pass
gained by adopting the slow approach. numbers game! (5, 5)
Opening lead: H2
The French defence wasn’t up to par 6. Moi? I’d be upset by 16
whether or not to bid again? either. Clubs were led and continued, expression! (5)
In an International Teams match with declarer ruffing the third round. 7. Travel twice for African 17 18
between France and Poland, though the Now he put South on the spot by leading grandmother (4)
same contract was reached in both rooms, the king of spades. Concerned that this 10. Absolutely topping occa- 19
we saw the two philosophies in action. was a singleton, South grabbed it and sions! (10)
The French East tried the slow switched to hearts. 12. Yes, so Syd upset by sagas 20 21
approach, bidding 2D and then 5D. With But now the queen of spades was an (8)
four top losers, the defence just had to entry to the table to take the diamond 15. Green ed hurt – and
stop declarer getting to dummy with the finesse, which meant only two down, for went back (7)
queen of spades to take the diamond 300, and a 5 imp swing to Poland. 16. Be quiet – stream is 22 23
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Pollard: Gordon’s AROUND THE WORLD
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BERLIN - An upbeat film about Europe's largest Jewish
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PRETORIA International Film Festival.
Two Israeli films also earned awards at the festival,
IT CAME as quite a surprise to learn that Victor which ran from February 10 - 20.
Gordon (pictured), chairman of the Pretoria Council "In Heaven Underground", a film about the vast
of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, had written a Weissensee Jewish cemetery in former East Berlin, won
Jack Dorfan. play based on the Jewish American spy, Jonathan the Panorama Audience Award for documentary films -
Pollard, much less that it had been chosen to be pro- a prize based on votes by thousands of theatergoers.
Dorfan duced in Hebrew at the annual Monologue Play
Festival in Tel Aviv. Gordon recently received an e-
mailed copy of the Hebrew translation.
Non-Jewish filmmaker Britta Wauer created a por-
trait of the designated Unesco World Heritage site,
including interviews with rabbis, Jews whose ancestors
chosen for “Pollard’s Trial”, presented as the “trial that he
never had” but staged in his imagination, will take
place towards the end of April as a production of Tel
Aviv’s renowned Cameri Theatre. It is to be directed
are buried there and Holocaust survivors whose
teenage years were spent socialising there when other
venues were forbidden.
SA bridge by Roy Horowitz, with Rami Baruch as Pollard.
Gordon has written a number of plays, is an artist of note and a long-time musi-
cian. He also recently took over the running of “Tararam”, the South Africa-Israel
The documentary "Lo Roim Alaich" (Invisible), an
Israeli-German co-production directed by Michal
Aviad, won the top documentary prize from the
Ecumenical Jury. The film tells the story of two Israeli
team Culture Fund.
The translation of his Pollard Trial had been undertaken by Shir Freibach, well
known in Israel for her work as a translator of prose and drama, whose credits
women, victims of a serial rapist, searching for the per-
petrator. Wrapped into the story of their trauma is a
political commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian con-
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY include translations into English of some of the plays of Hanoch Levin, regarded flict.
DIANE WOLFSON as Israel’s greatest playwright. "Mabul", a film for children by Israeli director Guy
PRETORIA Gordon first developed an interest in the plight of Jonathan Pollard after read- Nattiv, won a second prize from the Children's Jury for
ing an article about his activities while Pollard was serving as a civilian Naval films in the kindergarten-plus age group.
JACK DORFAN of Pretoria has qual- intelligence analyst. This gave Pollard access to classified material and enabled The Israeli-Canadian-German production tells the
ified to represent South Africa in the him to steal hundreds of highly sensitive documents which he passed on to Israel. story of two brothers, one of whom suffers from
African series of the Bermuda In most cases this was vital information America was obliged to supply Israel, autism. It is based on Nattiv's Berlin film festival
Games at the senior bridge trials. under treaty, but which, for certain reasons, had been withheld. Following his Crystal Bear-winning 2002 short film of the same name.
Dorfan has been a Springbok arrest, Pollard entered into a plea-bargain with the prosecution, forgoing the Several films directed by Israelis were included in
bridge player since he first qualified option of a trial, but guaranteeing him a lesser sentence than life imprisonment. this year's festival, including "Odem", a British-Israeli
to play in the Bridge Olympics in Pollard has now served 25 years. co-production by Jonathan Sagall, entered in the top
1976 in Monte Carlo with former With his interest piqued, Gordon read as many books about the subject as he category, and "Bombay Beach", an American produc-
Pretorian Lester Kalmin as his part- could lay his hands on, as well as countless articles on the internet, before turning tion by Israeli-born director Alma Har'el.
ner. this into a stage play. Israeli film pioneer Lia van Leer, 86, was honoured
An all-round sportsman, Jack is a “My approach was to present Pollard’s sentence as a miscarriage of justice, with a Camera Award at the festival.
former tennis player and is also a believing as I do that there is more than sufficient evidence of interference in the An Iranian family-drama film, "Nader and Simin, A
regular bowler where he has been a judicial process to warrant a review of his sentence. Separation", by director Asghar Farhadi, won the festi-
member at Wingate Park Country Sadly, according to Gordon, a big question mark hangs over the way Israel has val's top prize, the Golden Bear for the best film, as well
Club since around 1951. He was pres- handled the Pollard situation, preferring to take a back seat in efforts to secure his as Silver Bears for best actor and best actress. (JTA)
ident of the club in 1973. release after 25 years. “The reasons are difficult to comprehend,” says Gordon.
At 92, Santa Pelham,
with her daughters’
help, to sing for ORT
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY
WHEN SANTA Pelham and her family were year-old
refugees from the Nazis in France in the late Santa Pelham
1930s, ORT trained her as a manicurist, pro-
vided her with French lessons and found
who is to per-
her a job. So it is indeed poignant that the 92- form with her
year-old Capetonian will be singing at an daughters at
ORT SA fundraiser at Johannesburg’s Lyric the ORT SA
Theatre on March 16, in a performance of fundraiser.
the Yiddish Song Festival.
Despite her advanced years, she had no there that a relative of his had told her about a
hesitation in accepting the invitation. “I was young man, Jack Pelham, who was living in
only too delighted!” she exclaims. then-Rhodesia. The woman encouraged her to
And adding to the excitement is the fact write to him, saying he was “a wonderful guy”.
that she will be singing Chiribim Chiribom Santa had been reluctant to do this; Jack
with her daughters Ruth, Naomi and Aviva sent his brother, living in France at the time, to
doing the back-up for her. Opera star Aviva meet her. “If I weren’t married, I would marry
has, in fact, been a leading light at the her,” he wrote to Jack afterwards.
Festival since its inception 10 years ago. “That was enough for Jack,” she says. So it
“ORT was out of this world - they were happened that in 1939, the 21-year-old Santa
there for the Jewish people. I want every- travelled to Rhodesia alone and married him
body to know that,” she stresses, referring 10 days after their first meeting.
to the war years. “I left Europe, left my family, left everything
When Santa’s parents left Germany in I knew, to go and marry somebody I never saw
1933 after her father had been imprisoned in my life,” she recounts.
and “beaten black and blue” by the Nazis, “I did it for one reason - to get my family out.
she remained behind to finish her final year I thought: ‘Okay, I won’t be happy with him,
of schooling. But, she adds: “Don’t think for but I’ll be so nice to him that he won’t (be able
one moment that all the Germans were to) help liking me and I want him to bring my
Nazis or had anti-Semitic feelings. parents out.’
“There were many Germans with won- “You know what happened to them? They
derful hearts and minds; there were plenty went to Auschwitz - it was too late,” she says of
who wanted to help us, but my father had to her parents’ fate.
leave because the fascists considered him a Despite her misgivings before the marriage
Communist - but he was no Communist.” and her misery on her wedding day, Santa now
Spain, the country that had expelled its says: “He was a gentleman, my Jackie. You
Jews in 1492, was now the only one that was don’t know what a mensch I married: honest,
open to them. So her parents and two broth- straightforward, intelligent… he was the most
ers made their way there, to be joined by wonderful man.”
Santa once she had finished school. • ORT Azey, the Yiddish Song Festival is at
Once the Spanish Civil War started, how- the Lyric Theatre, Ormonde on March 16 (011)
ever, the family fled to France and it was 728-7145.
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Death regarded as a ‘failure’
HEALTH & BEAUTY TUITION & EDUCATION GENERAL HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION
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PROPERTY FOR SALE Benatar (pictured) told a gathering of need the permission of the family not
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Brendon Katz to take on Teams named for Interpro
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thing one would usually associ- in Cape Town next month. Gavi Nossel (KDVP); Gabi Riesenburg (YC);
ate with a Jewish sportsman, Maccabi Gauteng announced their teams Aaron Chen (KDL); Josh Trope (BVista);
but Brendon Katz is one of the for the event. The youngsters come from dif- Sean Terepolsky (Craw); Dean Meyer (KDL);
best protagonists of the sport in ferent schools around the province King Jordan Heller (KDL); Daniel Kravat (KDL);
South Africa. David Linksfield (KDL); King David Victory Ryan Horowitz (KDL); Guy Axelrod (KDL);
Next Thursday night (March Park (KDVP); King David Sandton (KDS); Jesse Rom (KDVP); Michael Ribiero (HL);
3) Brendon will be fighting for Yeshiva College (YC); Hirsch Lyons (HL); Yonatan Perez (YC); and Michi Meyer (YC).
South Africa against Omar Crawford College (Craw); and Bellavista
Santiago of the US at the (BVista). Maccabi Gauteng Junior u-10 team:
Standard Bank Arena in Jo- Lance Dodo (KDL); Yigal Finkelstein (YC);
hannesburg. Maccabi Gauteng Junior u-14 team: Gidon Fox (YC); Adam Gamsy (KDS); Elad
The 28-year-old Katz hails Banji Gruskin (KDL); Daniel Stein (KDL); Ganon (YC); Trent Horowitz (KDL); Noah
from Edenvale and until stan- Jordan Horowitz (KDL); Matthew Kadish Kallner (KDL); Benji Melamdowitz (KDVP);
dard 7, attended King David (KDL); Daniel Gewer (KDL); Ro-ee Tal Daniel Perez (YC); Jared Pearlman (KDL);
Linksfield, before completing (KDL); Greg Surmany (KDL); Ryan Polokow Daron Sender (YC); Judd Silverman (KDL);
his matric at Eden College. He (KDL); Dean Fox (KDL); Benji Leechie Shane Silverman (KDL); Daylon Solomon
had been training in MMA for (KDL); Adam Rabinovitch (KDL); Daniel (Craw); Adam Zimmerman (YC); and Dean
many years and finally decided Cramer (KDVP); Gavin Newfield (YC); Gordon (KDS).
to turn professional about two
Since then he has had Open soccer trial for Pan American Games
six fights for five wins and a MACCABI OPEN soccer trials will take A squad will be selected to represent
controversial points defeat. place on Sunday, February 27 from 09:00 Maccabi SA at the Pan American Maccabi
Remarkably, his five wins came to 13:00 only. If you have not yet regis- Games in Brazil in December this year.
by way of knock-outs or sub- tered for the trials, please send your This tournament will be a warm-up for
missions. details to email@example.com. The tri- the Maccabiah in Israel in July 2013.
“Brendon is the only Jewish als are open to all players of 17 years and For further information contact Ryan
fighter in MMA,” said Neville older. Kalk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gruskin, whose company Now
Famous Sports Promotions,
manages Katz and more than 20
of the other top MMA fighters
in the country.
“What makes him a great Brendon Katz will be fighting American Omar
fighter is that he’s incredibly Santiago in a mixed martial arts encounter at the
tough. He’s unstoppable!” Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg next Thursday,
Despite his reputation as March 3.
being unrelenting and as tough
as they come, Katz has the fight has enticed Albert Bardavid of The
of his career on his hands next week. Solution Team to sponsor him. “I trained
Santiago, who has a record of 14 wins and with Brendon many years ago and more
one loss from 15 fights, will be no recently I saw him fight. What impressed
pushover. me most was his interview after the fight.
But there is a lot at stake for Katz. “If he I respected his honesty and his forthright
wins this fight, he will be about two fights approach,” said Bardavid.
away from a shot at the MMA world cham- Katz thanked his supporters and his
pionship lightweight title belt,” explained sponsors. “I could not do this or be where
Gruskin. I am today without all the incredible sup-
He added that Katz was taking this fight port you all give me.”
very seriously. “Brendon is training like a Tickets for the fight are available from
machine to do South Africa proud.” Computicket. For further information go
It is Katz’s dedication to his craft that to brendonkatz.co.za.
Futsal trials for Pan Am Games
THE 12th Pan American Maccabi Games selves from the first round due to being
will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from away overseas on business and/or who
December 25 to January 3. National trials were injured at the time of the first
for Johannesburg participants wanting to round, as well as all up-country and
try out for the SA Maccabi Men’s open fut- Durban-based players who wish to
sal team, will be held on the following attend.
dates: Two members from the South African
The Johannesburg trial will take place Futsal Association (namely the national
at Discovery Soccer Park, The Wanderers SA Futsal coach and one SA national fut-
Club, 21 North Road, Illovo, Johannesburg sal player), together with the coach of the
on Tuesday March 8 from 1900 to 2030. SA Maccabi futsal team, will be the selec-
The final round of trials will include tors during the trials.
Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban Please note that all participants want-
participants. The first round of trials will ing to take part in the trials need to pay
take place on Sunday, March 13 at UCT, R100 to register. Please make sure you
Sports Hall 2, Rondebosch, Cape Town. wear indoor trainers to the trials and
Registration is at 16:00 and the trials will NOT boots with studs.
run until 18:00. If you are interested in participating in
All Johannesburg and Durban-based the trials, please e-mail Ronen Cohen at
participants are welcome to try out for the email@example.com, by no later than
futsal team on March 13. March 1.
This final round of trials will include all All players who are selected will need
those Cape Town-based players who were to pay R5 000 within one week of selection
successful from the first round of trials, in order to secure their places in the
all Cape-based players who excused them- team.