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               Friday, 25 February 2011 / 21 Adar 1, 5771   Volume 15 Number 7

New Zealand giant quake kills
Israeli, destroys Chabad House                                                                                         SEE PAGE 3

 A ‘miracle’
 as Chabad’s
 car floats
 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.

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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                                                                                                                                                                                      Cape Town
                                                                                                  Rabbi Malcolm
                                              description of the building of the                  Matitiani                 observant and unobservant, are         18:20     19:24    Bloemfontein
EDITOR - Geoff Sifrin                         Tabernacle to teach us that even                                              aware of the prohibition to engage
                                                                                                  Cape Town Progressive                                            18:00     19:33    Port Elizabeth                    the construction of the sanctuary,                  Jewish Congregation       in creative activities on Shabbat      18:15     19:22    East London
                                              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”.                     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                       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                     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
Ilan Ossendryver
                                              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-
                                                                                                                                             Beyachad Library
                                              which boasts celebrity adherents such as
                                              pop star Madonna and, more recently,
                                              supermodel Naomi Campbell.
                                                                                            ject, both live and recorded. We have the
                                                                                            real thing.”
                                                                                               Both rabbis made reference to the
                                                                                                                                             reduced to boxes
                                                 The group’s substantial revenue            account of the delving into the Kabbalah         ROBYN SASSEN
Subscription enquiries
                                              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-
Rosenberg, Howard
                                              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
                                                                                                                      Day poppy.
                                                                                                                         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
                                        each other.”
                                          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

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.
6   SA JEWISH REPORT                                                                                                                                                       25 February - 04 March 2011

                                                                                                                                                                He knew about Barney Barnato, also
                         SOCIAL SCENE                                             Rita Lewis   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.
                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                 South Africa.

                                                                                                                                                             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.”
25 February - 04 March 2011   SA JEWISH REPORT   7
8     SA JEWISH REPORT                                                                                                                                                 25 February - 04 March 2011

                                                                                                         OPINION AND ANALYSIS
                                                                                                                   FORUM FOR DIVERSE VIEWS

       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
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Women abuse: Has anything changed?                                                                                                                                                                         PERTH, WESTERN
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a mother, murdered by her husband or part-                                                          century? Is she better off ? Perhaps if she                                                                               • Booming Economy
ner, or brutally assaulted by her boyfriend.      (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY:                             lives in the developed world, is educated and                                                          Representatives of Carmel School and the Perth Jewish
   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:
   Women over the centuries have always                                                                Will this Jewish woman always have to lis-                                                 Tel:0061 8 9375 4306
been victims in internecine and inter-tribal                                                        ten to men in prayer say: ”Thank you to the                                                              
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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  ARTS MATTERS                                                                TAPESTRY
                                                                        ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
     Call 084-319-7844 or at least one
   week prior to publication
                                 Get in step with this
 Dance Factory (and
 other venues, Newtown,
 Johannesburg): Dance
                                 year’s Dance Umbrella
 Umbrella 2011 until March       ROBYN SASSEN                                             sioned “Who Will I Leave My Voice To?”, by
 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    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
 Shostakovich, Liszt and
 Prokofiev for the JMS,
 (011) 728-5492.

 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-
 (011) 248-5168.
                                 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-
 (011) 832-1641.
                                 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
 Montecasino, Fourways:
                                 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
flimsy characterisation
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
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.
                                                                                                                                   democratic rule.
   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 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; and for Sunday they are
                                                                                                                                   peace, economic development and regional cooperation.
                                                     (011) 645-2505 or
  Jared Joel
  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

                                                                                               Shari Weinstein is a
                                                                                               worthy KDHVP Dux
                                                                                               MARGARET SOLOMONS
                                                                                               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
                                                                                               Certificate examinations.
                                                                                                  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
                                                 The audiovisual presentation incorpo-
                                               rated slides of Palestinian propaganda,
                                                                                               Uplifting demonstration
                                               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-
                                                                                                                                             entire Tanach.
                                                                                                                                                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-
                                                                     STORY AND
                                                                                               whole year, during their own time.            ing siyumim had a chance to publicly
                                                                     PHOTOGRAPH BY
                                                                                                 This is especially notable, since two of    learn the last few lines of what they were
                                                                     STELLA LAZARUS
                                                                                               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

 Supervised chavrusa
 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.

                                                                                               sports challenge
                                                                                               STACY FLEISHMAN
                                                                                               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.
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                                                                                                                                       WHAT’S ON                                                                                                       Barry Bilewitz

ORGANISATIONS, VENUES, CONTACT DETAILS, COST                                • HOD - Hebrew Order of David International, HOD Centre Oaklands Road,  , tel (011) 883-4210.                             Shul. Contact Sylvia Shull, (011) 783-5600. Meetings on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd
                                                                              Orchards. Office, (011) 640 3017 or                          • Second Innings, Jhb - Jewish Community Services - Donald Gordon          Wednesday each month at Sandton Shul at 10:00 unless stated otherwise.
• Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue, 38 Oxford Road, Parktown.             • JAFFA - Jewish Accommodation for Fellow Aged, tel (012) 346-2007/8, 42          Centre, 85 George Ave Sandringham. At the Gerald Horwitz Lounge,       • United Sisterhood, 38 Oxford Rd Parktown. Contact Marian (011) 646-
• JJRC - Johannesburg Jewish Resource Centre (Formerly Beyachad               Mackie St, Bailey’s Muckleneuck.                                                Golden Acres, every Sunday morning for tea at 10:00, followed by the     2409. Website:
  Resource Centre/Library), 2 Elray St, Raedene. Norma Shulman, (011)       • Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC), tel (011) 640-3100,            meeting at 10:30. Contact Grecia Gabriel (011) 532-9718. Cost: R20     • Tiyulim (Jewish Outdoor Club). Contact Martin 082-965-7419 or Greg
  645-2567, e-mail:                                    e-mail:                                                 members, R40 non-members.                                                082-959-9026.
• Bikkur Cholim - Jewish Society for Visiting the Sick, 7A Chester Road,    • KDSF - King David Schools’ Foundation. King David Alumni                      • SA Friends of Beit Halochem: Beyachad, 2 Elray St, Raedene. Contact    • Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Jhb, 1 Oak Street Houghton. Contact
  Greenside East, Jhb. Joy Gafin (011) 447-6689.                    , (011) 480-4723.                                                  Leanne tel (011) 645 2553, e-mail:           (011) 648-1053, fax 086 273-3044. Cost R15 for the Friendship Luncheon
• CAJE - College of Adult Jewish Education, Sydenham Highlands North        • Nechama Bereavement Counselling Centre - Room A304, 3rd Floor,                • South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Johannesburg) - Beyachad, 2      Club and a R20 donation for lectures unless otherwise stated.
  Shul, (011) 640-5021.                                                       Hospital Wing, Sandringham Gardens, 85 George Ave, Sandringham.                 Elray St, Raedene. Contact (011) 645-2500 or (011) 645-2523.           • Union of Jewish Women (UJW), CT, e-mail or
• CARE (Chabad Addiction Rehabilitation Centre) Cell: 079-882-6776.Fax:       Contact (011) 640-1322.                                                       • SA Zionist Federation (SAZF), Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray St,       (021) 434-9555.
  086 551 4485, e-mail:, hotline: 0861 111 770.       • New Friendship Ladies’ Group - a group for single women. Contact Lucille        Raedene. Contact Froma, (011) 645-2505.                                • UJW CT AED Programme at Stonehaven, Albany Road, Sea Point, 10:00
• CSO - Emergency phone number 086 18 000 18.                                 (011) 791-5226 or 082-927-5786.                                               • Israel Centre. Contact Debbie (011) 645-2560.                            for 10:30. Entrance: R20 (incl refreshments).
• ELBM - Emunah Ladies Beit Midrash, 60 Mejon St Glenhazel, (011) 887-      • ORT and ORT JET South Africa - 44 Central Street, Cnr 10th Ave,               • Jewish National Fund (JNF), Beyachad, 2 Elray St, Raedene. Contact     • United Zionist Luncheon Club (UZLC), Jhb - Our Parents Home. Contact
  2910. “Lessons of our Lives” course on Wednesdays at 10:00. R350 for        Houghton, contact (011) 728-7154.                                               Crystal Kaplan, 083-376-5999.                                            Gloria, (011) 485-4851 or 072-127-9421.
  the course or R50 per shiur.                                              • Preview Theatre - 9 Valerie Crescent, Bagleyston, (011) 640-1061.             • Jewish Outlook. Contact Ryan Cane, e-mail   • UOS - Union of Orthodox Synagogues, (011) 485-4865, e-mail:
• FFHS - Friendship Forum for Holocaust Survivors, Second Generation        • Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre (RCHCC) and Great Park Shul,                Support line: 27 76 215 8600, website, fax 086-610-3442.
  and Members of the Community Affected by the Holocaust.                     Oaklands, Jhb. Contact Hazel, (011) 728-8088 or Rene Sidley (011) 728-        • Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society (JWBS) - Sandringham Gardens, 85     • WIZO Jhb - Beyachad, 2 Elray St Raedene, Contact Joyce Chodos
  Presentations held at the Gerald Horwitz Lounge, Golden Acres, 85           8378. Cost usually R50, including refreshments.                                 George Ave Sandringham. Contact Carolyn Sabbagh, (011) 485-5232.         (011) 645-2548 or Sandy Kramer (011) 645-2515 or e-mail:
  George Ave, Sandringham.                                                  • SAIJE - Sandton Adult Institute of Jewish Education, Sandton Shul, e-mail:    • Simcha Friendship and Cultural Circle (SFCC), Johannesburg - Sandton

NOTE: Deadline for all entries is 12:00 on the Friday                                               Friday (March 4)                                                    Saturday evening (March 26)                                  • Stellenbosch Hebrew Congregation has a Friday
prior to publication.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  evening service every week in shul, starting at 18:45.
                                                                            • UZLC presents Reeva Forman on “Israel & Democracy • SAZF is holding their 47th conference this evening and                                               Contact (021) 886-5257.
              Today Friday (February 25)                                      in the Middle East”.                                  tomorrow. Guest speakers: Harvard academic Prof
                                                                                                                                    Alan Dershowitz; John Howard - former prime minis-                                               • The Yiddish Academy offers weekly basic, intermedi-
• UZLC presents David Batzofin on “Welcoming 2011”.                                    Saturday evening (March 5)                                                                                                                      ate and advanced classes on Monday evenings at
                                                                                                                                    ter of Australia; and Col Richard Kemp - former com-
• FNC presents Setlogane Manchidi of Investec Bank                          • Bikkur Cholim is hosting a special showing of mander of British forces in Afghanistan. Bookings:                                                         19:30, Tuesday mornings at 10:30 and Thursday
  on “How I mixed Mealie Pap and Perogen at the                               “London Road” at Liberty Theatre on the Square at (011) 645-2541 or                                                               evenings at 19:30 at the RCHCC, Glenhove Road,
  Sussmans”. Bookings essential on (011) 640-5021.                            20:30. Cost R150. Call Joy on (011) 447-6689 to book.                                                                                                    Houghton. Conversational groups. Details: call Hazel
                                                                                                                                                                               Sunday (March 27)                                       Cohen on (011) 728-8088 or e-mail yiddishacade-
                  Sunday (February 27)                                                             Sunday (March 6)                  • Second Innings presents Jacqueline Teague on                                          
                                                                            • Second Innings presents Andre Hattingh on “Change “Spring Clean Your Life”.                                                                            • Supervised bridge with Jeff Sapire Tuesday morning
• Second Innings presents Tali Nates on “Portraits of
                                                                              Your World”.                                           • Society of Israel Philately meeting at 10:00 in the                                             10:00 - 12:00 (intermediary) and Wednesday morning
  Moral Choices: Perpetrators, Bystanders and
  Upstanders during the Holocaust”.                                                          Monday (March 7)                          boardroom of the Waverley Synagogue. All welcome.                                               10:00 - 12:00 (advanced), at the Clive M Beck
                                                                                                                                       Refreshments. Free entry. Contact M Daniels 082-385-                                            Auditorium. Booking: Hazel or René‚ (011) 728-
• Society of Israel Philately meeting at 10:00 in the                       • UJW Johannesburg presents Yael Horowitz on “The 9736.                                                                                                    8088/8378. E-mail: or
  boardroom of the Waverley Synagogue. All welcome.                           Hillbrow Health Precinct: an Urban Regeneration Unit”.                                                                                         
  Refreshments. Free entry. Contact M Daniels 082-                                                                                                                             Monday (March 28)
                                                                                               Wednesday (March 9)                                                                                                                   • Beis Midrash Chofetz Chaim is offering a second
  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,
  documentary, “The Treasures of Buckingham Palace”.                                                                           to Mandela”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Raedene. Open to broader community. Don’t fret if you
                                                                                                   Friday (March 11)                                                        Wednesday (March 30)                                       need a later minyan. Secure parking provided.
                 Monday (February 28)
                                                                            • 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
• UJW Johannesburg presents Ronnie Mink on                                    Working with Mandela”.                                   Nursery. Meet at 09:00 at Oxford Street Shul parking.                                           at Zahava’s, Grant Avenue, Norwood, off 9th Street.
  “Modern Research on the Holocaust in the Ukraine”.                                                                                   R130 includes the bus, the guided tour, and lunch.
                                                                                            Monday (March 14)                                                                                                                          Cost R5. Players of all strengths welcome. Larry 082-
• UJW Johannesburg House and Garden Circle meet-                                                                                       Book with Annette Bergman by no later than March 27.                                            888-5355.
  ing at 09:30 for 10:00. Contact (011) 648-1053.                           • UJW Johannesburg presents Meshack Mabogoane on
                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday (April 6)                                                              • Orchid Florist, a project of WIZO Johannesburg,
                                                                              “SA and Israel: Call for Greater Collaboration”.
                    Tuesday (March 1)                                                                                                • SFCC outing to Alexandra to see the refurbished                                                 offers beautiful arrangements of flowers and fruit for
                                                                                           Wednesday (March 16)                        Nokathuli Centre and then to Skala Jazz Club for tea.                                           every occasion. No occasion too large or too small.
• Aish Hatorah hosts a special dinner with Lori Palatnik                                                                                                                                                                               Contact Annette (011) 728-4513.
                                                                            • Torah Academy is hosting a business breakfast Transport cost to be advised. Meet at Sandton Shul at
  of at the Capri in Savoy at 19:30 for 20:00.
                                                                              with Dr Ali Bacher at the HOD Hall at 07:30 for 08:00. 10:00.                                                                                          • JWBS Johannesburg, urgently requires secondhand
  Cost R220. Advance bookings only with Fruma on
                                                                              RSVP Adrienne on or                       Wednesday (May 4)                                                                  clothing, kitchenware, household goods, books and
  082-689-2961 or e-mail
                                                                              082 600-8059 .                                                                                                                                           bric-a-brac for its secondhand shop. Contact (011)
                                                                                                                                     • SFCC presents Clem Sunter on “The Latest
                 Wednesday (March 2)                                        • SFCC presents Prof Celine Bernstein on “Hormone Possibilities for the Global Economy and South                                                           485-5232.

• SFCC presents Lance Metz on “Reaching the Summit                            Replacement - is it Necessary?”                          Africa”.                                                                                      • Celebrating a bar-/batmitzvah? Why not give a dona-
  of Everest”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion to WIZO’s bar-/batmitzvah project in Israel? You
                                                                                              Wednesday (March 23)                                                            Wednesday (May 18)                                       get a beautiful certificate to give to the bar-/batmitzvah
• UJW Cape Town presents Sybil Sands on “Bring back                         • Second Innings presents Bobby Godsell on • SFCC presents Nadine Lemmer on ”Whats And Hows                                                                child here. Certificates are available from WIZO tel
  the Past – in Memory of Percy Sieff”.                                       “Renewing the South African Dream”.        of Arthritis”.                                                                                                (011) 645-2548.

 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.
                NORTH                                                      Poland.
                                                                             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
25 February - 04 March 2011                                                                                                                                                      SA JEWISH REPORT    17

                                                   Pollard: Gordon’s                                                                        AROUND THE WORLD
                                                   play focuses on                                                                                        NEWS IN BRIEF

                                                   miscarriage of justice                                                                   JEWISH, ISRAELI FILMS HONOURED AT BERLIN
                                                                                                                                            BERLIN - An upbeat film about Europe's largest Jewish
                                                   STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY DIANE WOLFSON                                                    cemetery drew a major prize at the 61st annual Berlin
                                                   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
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.
18 SA JEWISH REPORT                                                                                                                                                                                                                 25 February - 04 March 2011
                                                                                                                                       NOTICES                               DEATHS                              PERSONAL                          HEALTH & BEAUTY

                                                                                                                                    CONSECRATIONS                        ABRAHAMSON                               SOULMATES
                                                                                                                                                                          ANITA (GAGA)
                                                                                                                                                                   Dearly beloved and devoted
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (COUNTRYWIDE – MANY GAUT-                    CHIROPODY
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ENG AND CAPE MEMBERS)
                                                                                                                                                                 wife, mother, grandmother and        RESULTS; 183 COUPLES MAR-                   PEDICURES
                                                                                                                                                                 greatgrandmother passed away        RIED! 400 COUPLES MATCHED!
                                                                                                                                                                  peacefully Thursday February         MAZELTOV TO GEOFF (JHB) &                  MANICURES
                                                                                                                                                                   17 after a very long illness so
                                                                                                                                                                           bravely borne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ARLENE (CAPE) ON YOUR
To book your classified notice or advert contact: Tel (011) 023-8160, Fax 086-634-7935, email:
                                                                                                                                                                 Her dedication and commitment        Beautiful reflexologist 26yr; hand-        Call Ruth now
                                                                                                                                                                  to her family are an inspiration         some CA 28yr; handsome
                                                                                                                                                                        and example to all.              millionare 54; beautiful blonde        (011) 616-4305
   IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE JEWISH REPORT RUNS ADVERTS IN THE CLASSIFIED SECTION                                                                                     She touched the hearts of all      airhostess 25yr; handsome doctor
     IN GOOD FAITH, HOWEVER WE WOULD LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW WE CANNOT BE                                                                                                 who knew her.               26yr; handsome exec 63yr; chic
                                                                                                                                                                 Forever remembered and sadly         petite beautician 53yr; handsome                    LIFTS
                                                                                                                                                                 missed by her children Martin &       grad (bus owner) 40yr; beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                       Sharon, grandchildren            blonde attorney 38yr; stunning
 HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED ADVERT: 1. Only adverts sent via email to will be accepted.                                                                                               models 28 & 51yr; handsome
                                                                                                                                                                   Talia, Adam, Darren, Daniela
              2. You will be advised on cost & payment details. 3. Payment is prior to the advert appearing.                                                      and Nicky and greatgrandchil-       successful gent (retired) 64yr likes
           4. DEADLINE for BOOKING and PAYMENT is Tuesday 12pm. If deadline is missed the advert                                                                          dren Suri & Mila             overseas travel; glamorous exec
          will appear (when payment is received) in the next edition. Our banking details: SA Jewish Report,                                                                                          55yr; good-looking podiatrist 29yr;
                                                                                                                                                                           Abrahamson                   pretty teacher 33yr; handsome
                       Nedbank Randburg, Account Number: 1984 514 865, Branch Code: 198405                                                                                                           locksmith (own bus) 46yr; beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                            Anita Pearl
                                                                                                                                                                  Our darling mum, grandmother       librarian 23yr; handsome success-
                                                                                                                                         DEATHS                                                      ful attorney 37yr; handsome podia-
                   Receiptor                                                                                                                                        & great grandmother passed
                                                                                                                                                                    away on 17 February after a        trist 32yr; pretty beautician 36yr;
                                                                                                                                    ABRAHAMSON                                                          pretty estate agent 40yr; advo-
                                                                                                                                                                      long and brave struggle.
  Johannesburg Jewish Helping Hand is looking for a                                                                                        ANITA                 She was a wonderful caring and          cates 31; 45; 58yr; handsome
   Receiptor to allocate donations to their database.                                                                         Passed away peacefully on 17                                                 pilots 62; 36yrs; pretty hair-      AIRPORT SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                  supportive wife, mother, grand-
                                                                                                                                      February 2011.                                                  dressers 26; 34; 58yr; handsome          JHB
   Knowledge of general bookkeeping would be an                                                                                                                     mother & great grandmother.
                                                                                                                              A true lady and matriarch who                                               estate agent (own bus) 60yr;
                       advantage.                                                                                                                                 A truly proud and dignified lady
                                                                                                                              dedicated herself to her family.                                          handsome engineer (own bus)
   Computer proficiency is an essential requirement                                                                                                              finally at peace with her beloved
                                                                                                                             An example to all who knew her.                                            42yr; pretty financial consultant              Reliable,
                                                                                                                                                                  Abe. She will be sorely missed
                       of the job.                                                                                           Forever in our hearts and sadly                                          48yr; good-looking BSc (pharma-             Reasonable Rates!
                                                                                                                                                                 and forever remembered by her
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cy) 53yr; good-looking grad (own           Contact Arnold,
                                                                                                                                 missed by her loving son                  loving daughter
                                                                                                                                                                                                       huge co) 53yr; handsome musi-
 Only short-listed applicants will be responded to.                                                                             Lawrence, daughter in law              Irene, son in law Frank                                                     082-447-0185
                                                                                                                                                                                                      cian 62yr; pretty vet 43yr; charis-
                                                                                                                              Karen, grandchildren Shaun &         grandchildren Lauren & Kevin,      matic handsome (co owner) 49yr;
      Interested candidates please forward a                                                                                  Andrea, Warren & Janine, and           Gary, Sharon & Laurence         pretty grad 46yr; stunnning doctors
        current c.v. to, fax,                                                                                 great grandchildren Max, Oli,     great grandchildren Jaron, Cari,        28; 30; 35; 43; 49; 58; 62yrs;
           0866327774 or Private Bag X1,
                Sandringham, 2131.
                                                                                                                                       Lilla and Seb                  Rachel, Daniel & Gideon          handsome attorneys 29; 33; 38;
                                                                                                                                                                                                          46; 56; 68yrs – etc; etc; etc.
                                                                       The CSO (Gauteng) is                                                                                                              MANY OTHER SINCERE
                                                                    advertising for the position                                                                                                          PROF/EXEC/BUSINESS/                       Tranfers
   FIXED ASSET BOOKKEEPER                                                                                                                                                                                  TRADE SINGLES ARE                      from R150
                                                                    of a Director of Operations:                                                                                                        WAITING TO MEET YOU!
  Johannesburg Jewish Helping Hand is looking for a                                                                                                                                                       SANDY (011) 485-4034/               Reasonable, Reliable
   junior bookkeeper who will be responsible for the                  Candidate must be Jewish and be                                                                                                            082-357-3616
           fixed asset register for the group.                    motivated to be involved in community life.                                                                                                                                   (011) 728-5219
     Knowledge of Accpac would be an advantage.                                                                                                                                                                 SERVICES
     Computer literacy is a key requirement for this                                Requirements:                                                                                                           HEALTH & BEAUTY
                         position                                            Looking for mature person;                                                                                                                                            A-TAXI SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Let Warren Pogorelsky chauffeur
 Only short-listed applicants will be responded to.                  • At least 5 years managerial experience;                                                                                                                               you to your destination in Jo’burg
                                                                        • Strong work ethics and be able to                                                                                                                                   and back only R100 round trip.
      Interested candidates please forward a                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tel: 082-399-6187
                                                                                     cope under pressure;
        current c.v. to, fax,
           0866327774 or Private Bag X1,                                   • Excellent interpersonal skills;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BEST SERVICE
                Sandringham, 2131.                                     • Intimate knowledge of the CSO and                                                                                                                                           Airport transfers.
                                                                                   its operations essential;                                                                                                                                    All transport from A to B.
                                                                              • Fully computer literate;                                                                                                                                         Tourist tours. Modern
            Cashbook Clerk                                            • Budgeting and administration skills;                                                                                                                                    spacious vehicle. Pax 6.
  Johannesburg Jewish Helping Hand is looking for a                 • Understanding of security business and                                                                                                                                   Contact Pip Friedman
        Cashbook Clerk to compile cashbooks.                                            the industry;                                                                                                                                              083-267-3281
      A relevant qualification and/or experience is                                                                                                                                                                                                     email:
                        essential.                                 Understand that this is an around the clock                                                                                                                        
   Strength in recons would be a distinct advantage.                   position and be available 24/7 as and
     Knowledge of Accpac would be an advantage                                      when required.

 Only short-listed applicants will be responded to.                           An advantage would be:
                                                                       Registered with PSIRA (Grade A – E)
      Interested candidates please forward a
                                                                     A relevant qualification in legal, financial
       current c.v. to, fax,
           0866327774 or Private Bag X1,                                            and managerial.
                Sandringham, 2131.
                                                                                   Salary negotiable.

      Admissions Assistant                                         Please submit your CV with contact details
                                                                      via mail to or fax:
  The Chevrah Kadisha is looking for an Admissions                      086 613 7812 before 28 Feb, 2011.
  Assistant, who will be responsible in assisting the
  Admissions Manager with all admissions into our
            homes across the entire group.
 The incumbent should have excellent administration,
                                                                   THE WOMENS ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF SOUTH AFRICA - WIZO
        interpersonal and organisational skills.                             We have an opportunity for an administrative specialist with a background
  Proficiency in Word and Excel is essential for this
                       position                                                          in administrative, clerical and specialist skills:

 Only short-listed applicants will be responded to.                                                      WIZO ADMINISTRATOR
      Interested candidates please forward a                      The successful applicant will take responsibility for the administration of WIZO’s public relations, promotional
       current c.v. to, fax,                         materials, campaigns, conferences, educational programmes and appointed delegates' visits to Israel.
           0866327774 or Private Bag X1,
                Sandringham, 2131.                                   The position will also entail liaising with WIZO societies in other parts of SA acting in conjunction with the
                                                                   President, as national liaison with Israel, and communicating with other National Jewish organizations in S.A.

             Creditors Clerk                                          Additional responsibilities will include clerical, secretarial duties, general correspondence and minutes.
                                                                   THE APPLICANT MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES: Understanding Jewish affairs;
  Johannesburg Jewish Helping Hand is looking for a
                                                                   Commitment to Israel; Ability to build and maintain relationships with the SA Jewish community and Jewish
                  Creditors Clerk.
    Knowledge of Accpac would be an advantage                      organisations; Good verbal and written communication skills to include promotional and publicity materials;
                                                                    Ability to motivate others; Above average level of computer literacy, including updating the WIZO website;
 Only short-listed applicants will be responded to.
                                                                                   Monitoring information; Initiating action and following up on its implementation.
      Interested candidates please forward a
        current c.v. to, fax,
           0866327774 or Private Bag X1,                            INTERESTED CANDIDATES TO APPLY BY EMAILING YOUR CV TO
                Sandringham, 2131.                                          
25 February - 04 March 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                      SA JEWISH REPORT 19

                                                                                                                                                       Death regarded as a ‘failure’
       HEALTH & BEAUTY                     TUITION & EDUCATION                        GENERAL                    HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

                                            EXPERT HEBREW                      HANDY MITCH                         KOSHER INN PLETT
                                                 TEACHER                  General household cupboards,          Bookings for Pesach now open.          STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY                                    being to be able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
                                       All ages and levels, barmitzvah,     wood work & repairs etc.             Special rates for the month of        MOIRA SCHNEIDER                                            provided he is competent mentally,”
                                                matric, siddur.            PHONE 072-196-1939                                March.                                                                               he noted, conceding: “We are not as
                                                                                                                                                       CAPE TOWN
                                            Tel: 079-885-0215                                                      Call (044) 533-5749                                                                            sympathetic as we might be (to this).”
                                            APPLIANCE REPAIRS                             or email
                                                                                                                                                       THE PRACTICE of medicine had                                 In addition, if treatment was futile,
                                                                                                                                                       become distorted, with death being                         there was no obligation in medicine
                                                                             Stoves, washing machine,
                                                                           tumbledryers & dishwashers.
                                                                                                                                                       regarded as a failure, Prof Solly                          to carry it out. Though one did not
                                                                                 Free quotations!
                                                                                                                  PROPERTY FOR SALE                    Benatar (pictured) told a gathering of                     need the permission of the family not
                                                                           Call Jason 082-401-8239                             FLATS                   the Union of Jewish Women’s adult educa-          to treat, it boiled down to helping them
                                                                                                                                                       tion division.                                    understand this would be pointless.
  CAPE TOWN                                                                                                            MUIZENBERG
                                                                                                                                                          Benatar, who is emeritus professor of            In the case of resource constraints, deter-
    SHUTTLE                                                                                                      Selected flats in Cinnabar,
                                                                                                                                                       medicine at UCT and founder of its Bioethics      mining a patient’s access to treatment,
   COMING TO                                                                                                         Royal Road, Tides
                                                                                                                                                       Centre, was talking on: “The limits of medi-      Benatar said that limits had to be set in the
  CAPE TOWN?                                                                                                    Call Jean Tockar Estates
                                                                                                                                                       cine: making end-of-life decisions”.              public sector which had one tenth of the
  AFFORDABLE                                                                                                          (021) 788-8220
                                                                                                                                                          Detailing “the complexities of modern          resources per patient of the private sector.
      RATES.                                                                                                                                           life”, he described today’s medical interven-     Setting priorities in a legal and ethical way
     AIRPORT                                                                                                                                           tions as sometimes being “obscene”.               was “very, very difficult and required a lot of
   TRANSFERS                                                                                                         EMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE
                                                                                                                                                          “People don’t want to give up, they are liv-   skill and negotiation. Even among doctors
    FROM R180                                                                                                           DIRECTOR -                     ing longer - this period of prolonged life is     there’s a diversity of views,” he said.
       NEW                                      FOR SALE                                                             KWAZULU-NATAL                     part of the price we pay for all the advances       Turning his attention to matters relating
  COMFORTABLE                                    CLOTHING                                                            ZIONIST COUNCIL                   we have made.                                     to euthanasia, Benatar said it was permissi-
     VEHICLE                              For ALL your HAT                                                                                                Benatar spoke of a “sense of entitlement”      ble to withhold treatment under certain cir-
                                                                                                                Seeking dynamic, self-motivat-
  PHONE ANDY                            requirements. Contact                                                                                          and a lack of understanding of the limits of      cumstances and to withdraw treatment “if
                                                                                                                ed individual to act as Director
   082-336-9780                          Pam (011) 485-3623                                                      of Zionist activity in KwaZulu-       medicine.                                         you’re not getting anywhere after a week or
                                                                               Natal. Preferably full time but          In America, the expectations were so high      10 days”. He also said sedation and pain relief
  CHELSEA EXECUTIVE                                                                                              half day position will be con-        in this regard that 35 per cent of all bank-      towards the end of life was handled badly.
       CHAUFFEUR                                FURNITURE                                                       sidered. Salary determined by          ruptcies were health-related. “People sacri-        Doctors were reluctant to prescribe
  Legal, with permit from the                                                                                       experience of applicant.           fice everything they’ve got because of the        painkillers as they were afraid patients
 Transportation Board. Let me                    DISCOUNT                                                                                              idea that it’s their duty (to do so).”            would become addicted. “You can give incre-
                                             FACTORY BEDS                                                       MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
     chauffeur you safely.                                                                                                                                Dealing with the situation where it is         mental doses of morphine provided the
      Reasonable rates.                  Generic & Branded Beds                                                                                        decided not to continue with treatment,           intention is to relieve pain, not one big shot
                                                                                                                   Strong Zionist credentials
   FOR A QUOTE CALL                    “We will custom make to fit your                                                                                Benatar spoke of the alteration of the rela-      to kill. This should be done more often.”
                                                                                                                      Basic bookkeeping
    Abe 082-574-9010                        body requirements.”                                                       Experience in office             tionship between doctor and patient, saying         Bemoaning the lack of palliative care insti-
                                           - Trade-ins welcome -                                                         management                    there had been a rise in demand from              tutions, he said these were designed to make
       DURBAN LIFTS                          CALL: Anthony                                                             Computer literate               patients to have a say in their treatment and     people still feel worthwhile. “They are
     Airport, Umhlanga etc.                    078-500-4380                                                          Events management
                                                                                                                                                       this was being increasingly respected.            removed from the family, so are not a burden
         Call Joshua                        * 30 years in the                                                         experience a bonus
                                             bed business *                                                                                               “It is important for the dignity of a human    anymore,” he said.
                                                                                                                       Email CV to
Offers lifts to airport and appoint-
                                            HOME SERVICES
                                                                                                                      by 15 March.                     Valerie Mizrahi – woman scientist and mother
              ments etc.                                                                                                                               MOIRA SCHNEIDER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PHOTOGRAPH: KATHERINE TROUT
      Don’t drink and drive.                                                                                     EMPLOYMENT                            CAPE TOWN
           ALL HOURS!
  Call Neil 072-050-9927
                                                                                                                  EXCHANGE                             INTERNATIONALLY-RECOGNISED scien-
                                                                                   PROPERTY                      Qualified nursery school teacher      tist Prof Valerie Mizrahi (pictured), has been
    IRENE'S SCHLEP                                                        ACCOMMODATION TO LET/SHARE             with 8 years childcare experience     appointed director of the Institute of
           SERVICE                                                                                               seeks employment as an au-pair,       Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
  I will take you anywhere:                                                         GLENHAZEL                           facilitator or similar.        at UCT, the latest honour in a career littered
School, Shops, Doctor, Friends                                                     FLAT TO LET                           Contact Clare                 with awards and accolades.
   and Airport. Honest and                                                 Large 3 bedroom north facing                  071-556-6690.                    Mizrahi grew up in former Salisbury,
           Trustworthy                                                    flat, previously listed with incor-
                                                                                                                                                       Zimbabwe and studied at UCT, where she
     Schlepped by Irene                                                        rect telephone numbers               Secretary/Personal Assistant
                                                                               PLEASE CALL NOW
                                                                                                                                                       graduated with a PhD in chemistry in 1983.
       072-356-0282                                                                                                  seeking employment in the
                                                                             ON (011) 485-3389 or                                                         She has strong Jewish roots, being a           that shifts the centre of gravity of the
     Not on Shabbat                                                                                              Northern suburbs. 30 years expe-
                                                                                   082-584-0162                  rience in many fields. Fast, accu-
                                                                                                                                                       Sephardi whose family is from Rhodes              research and the setting of the research
                                                                                                                    rate typing. People’s person.      Island. “I grew up with a very, very strong       agenda to the south where the problem actu-
                                                                                   GLENHAZEL                        Call Lyn 083-229-4562.             sense of Sephardi Jewish heritage in              ally exists. I’m seeing trends of such a shift
  For all age groups and to all
                                                                           Various n/f one, two and three                                              Zimbabwe, which had a very strong Sephardi        happening and I’m glad to be part of that.”
   areas in Jhb, Sandton and                      GENERAL
             Airport.                                                       bed flats and duplexes rental       Programmer/Analyst seeking con-        community,” she told Jewish Report.                  Mizrahi is passionate about affirmative
      Contact Johnny                                                      from R4 500 per month close to        tract or full-time work. Databases,       “I grew up hearing Ladino, the Spanish         action for black and women scientists in a
      082-328-3070 or                     Silver                          Ohr Somayach Glenhazel, avail           Visual Basic, Excel Automation,      that was spoken on Rhodes Island, and the         field that has traditionally been dominated
                                                                                        ASAP.                    and training. Please contact          food and the language became part of my cul-      by white males. “I’ve always had a lab that’s
        082-876-9042                    repair &                                    Call Miriam                        Murray Skikna on                ture. Everything about being a Sephardi Jew       been dominated by women - I’ve always been
                                        replating                                  083-601-4334                    076-447-7327 or e-mail:
                                                                                                                                                       was and is very important to me - I’ve tried to   sensitive to it and always wanted to do it.
                                                                              during office hours.                                                     give some of that sense to my daughters.”            “In a way, it was almost leading by exam-
                                        (011) 334-1102                                                                                                    Her father, Morris, is in fact the honorary    ple. I think what I tried to show was that you
                                                                             OAKLANDS PLACE                       Office/Admin person well experi-
                                        or 082-473-6040                                                                                                life president of the Johannesburg Sephardi       could be a woman scientist and raise a fami-
                                                                                                                  enced in switchboard reception,
                                                                          One bedroom, flat to let. 80 sq.                                             Hebrew Congregation, with both parents            ly at the same time. I’m not saying that any
                                                                                                                 debtors control and general office
                                                                           metres. One bathroom. One                                                   being “hugely involved” in the shul.              of this was easy,” she adds, “and it could
                                                                                                                 functions seeking a position in the
                                                                            under-ground parking bay.                                                     As a scientist of international repute,        never have been possible without extraordi-
                                                                                                                   same field. Contact Hillary
                                                                            R4 000/month, excl. elec.                                                  Mizrahi could have had the world at her feet,     nary family support and work support as
                                                                                 Call Damon                                                            yet she has chosen to remain in South Africa.     well. My mom has been an amazing grand-
                                                                                082-602-6927.                                                          “A key decision in my life to come back in        mother who was able to step in when I was
                                                                                                                    People seeking
    SMILE-LEE'S LIFTS                                                                                           employment may place                   1989 was largely driven by family,” she says      travelling for three to four months of the
                                                                              DURBAN KOSHER                         a free advert of
     A reliable lift service.                                                                                                                          of her return from the United States where        year, to help with the kids, do the afternoon
                                                                              ACCOMMODATION                      20 words maximum.
Specialising in lifts to and from                                                                                                                      she had completed a post-doctoral fellowship      lift schemes...
                                                                               daily to monthly                    Send wording to
airports, shops, appointments,                                                     Rochelle
                                                                                                                                                       and worked at SmithKline and French                  “A lot of the women who’ve worked for me
     casinos and courier.                                                       084-446-6362                                                           Research and Development in Philadelphia.         have had their families while they’ve
                                                                                                                 or fax: 086-634-7935
Call Charna 083-391-6612                                                                                                                                  “I knew I wanted to have children and I        worked for me. We used to laugh at one point
                                         HOUSE PLANS                          HIGHLANDS NORTH                                                          really wanted my kids to grow up with             where we thought that we were producing
         PHOTOGRAPHY                                                              3 Bedroom house                         VEHICLES                     grandparents nearby and I have absolutely         more babies than publications!”
                                           DRAWN &
                                                                            to let & or cottage, excellent                   WANTED                    no regrets about that. As a scientist, I’ve got      She admits her maternal instincts do
 DALES PHOTOGRAPHIC                       DESIGNED
                                                                                        security                                                       no regrets either because I think it comes        shine through in the lab. “Sometimes I just
  Let me capture your special
                                             NEW HOUSES                           (011) 440-0169                                                       down to a question of relative impact and I       call myself a Jewish mom when I’m coming
        event forever!
                                             RENOVATIONS                           076-686-8259
                                                                                                                 IF YOU WANT TO                        believe I was and am able to have more of         down on my students. That’s the way I was
 Any Simcha - Bar/Batmitzvahs                                                                                      BUY OR SELL
     Call 072-144-7088
                                            ADD-ON ROOMS                                                                                               that here than I could have had had I chosen      raised and will continue to be as a scientist.”
                                              BATHROOMS                     GLENHAZEL/FAIRVALE                       A VEHICLE                         to continue my career in the US.”                    Mizrahi stresses that she is “absolutely
                                               KITCHENS                   One bedroom flat with enclosed
 PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS                                                                                             Contact:                             In terms of her personal research, which       committed” to the notion of transformation
                                               GARAGES                     verandah. Fully furnished incl.         Solly Kramer                        focuses exclusively on tuberculosis, she is       at all levels. “I believe that it’s imperative.
  ACCOUNTING OFFICER                                                       Appliances, Cutlery, Crockery.                                              well-placed. TB rates in sub-Saharan Africa          “If one finds black students, we need to
                                       SUBMISSION TO COUNCIL                                                       082-922-3597
      BOOKKEEPING                                                          Kosher, short walk to Yeshiva
                                                                                                                                                       are “through the roof”, she says, driven and      find every mechanism to support and
TAX & STATUTORY RETURNS                 GEOFF LEVINTHAL                     R5 750 p/m. Avail end Feb.
                                                                                                                        ARE YOU                        fuelled to a large extent by the co-epidemic      encourage them because as an institute that
 JN ACCOUNTING SERVICES                   083-226-6354                       Phone 082-929-6074
                                                                                                                                                       with HIV, with the latter being the most sig-     aims to have an Africa-wide footprint, this is
       072-203-5305                                                                                                   IMMIGRATING
                                                                            HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION                                                      nificant risk factor for the development of       critically important.
      (011) 882-9701                                                                                                 OVERSEAS AND
                                                                                                                                                       both primary and post-primary TB.                    “I’m very honoured by the appointment
                                                                                                                     WANT TO SELL                                                                        and hope I can do this job justice,” the A-
     TUITION & EDUCATION                                                     CAPE TOWN - KOSHER                                                           “This is a problem of the developing world
                                                                                SELF- CATERING                       YOUR VEHICLE?                     and I would like to be part of a movement         rated scientist says modestly.
LEARNING SUPPORT FOR                                                      Come celebrate Pesach in Cape
       GRADES 1 TO 9
     Professional tutoring in:
                                                                            Town. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
                                                                           apartment. Sleeps 5 –8 people.                                              A clean car wash for a good cause
homework; handwriting; projects                                           It has great security and parking                                            ALISON GOLDBERG                                   a jumble sale. Please drop off all clothes/
 & research; motivation; organi-                                          and is round the corner from the                                                                                               shoes/toy donations at the Bnei office
  sation; discipline; remedial;                                               beach and all shuls in Sea
                                                                                                                    Please Contact                     SUNDAY, March 6 is Bnei Akiva’s world-            until March 3. It will be open on Sunday
 study skills; ‘difficult’ subjects;                                      Point. Minimum booking 7 days.
                                                                                                                     Solly Kramer                      wide Chessed Day. Bring your cars to              from 09:00 till 12:00. All money raised is
English; Afrikaans; reading and                                             Dates avail: 17 April – 1 May.
                                                                                                                                                       Yeshiva College from 09:30 - 14:30 for a car      for the Chevrah Kadisha and The Smile
             spelling                                                            Please contact                      082-922-3597                                                                        Foundation. For more information e-mail:
   Call: 082-253-6850 or                                                     083-337-0263 for more                                                     wash: R20 for cars, R30 for 4x4s.
                                                                                                                       anytime                           Simultaneously we will also be having 
email:                                                           information
20   SA JEWISH REPORT                                                                                                                                         25 February - 04 March 2011

Brendon Katz to take on Teams named for Interpro
Santiago in MMA bout soccer tournament                                                         JACK MILNER                                    Joshua Waksman (KDL); Miron Segal (KDL);
JACK MILNER                                                                                                                                   and Rhett Bekker (KDL).
                                                                                               MORE THAN 300 youngsters countrywide
PROFESSIONAL MIXED mar-                                                                        participated in the trials for the Maccabi     Maccabi Gauteng Junior u-12 team:
tial arts (MMA) is not some-                                                                   Interprovincial tournament that takes place    Ricky Jayes (KDL); Adam Feldman (KDL);
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
years ago.
   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 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
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

 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, 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.

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