"Israel's left wing forms a new alliance for elections"
MUCH LOVED CERAMICIST LOREN KAPLAN: SCHOLAR AND M ‘ AGICIAN WITH LEADER, JOCELYN LIGHT, SOUND,THINGS HELLIG, PASSES THAT CHANGE YOUR ON / 4, 15 L F ’ / 12 IE www.sajewishreport.co.za Friday, 21 November 2008 / 23 Cheshvan, 5769 Volume 12 Number 44 Sol Kerzner’s Israel’s left wing forms a new CT resort could be Africa’s new alliance for elections most luxurious /2 Country A NEW LEFT-WING alliance forming around the dovish Meretz Party, seems likely to encroach on the Labour Party’s political space. Recent polls show Labour will win only 10 or 11 seats in the next communities Knesset, down from its current 19 and way off the high of 44 it held 16 years ago. PAGE 10 share energy together / 4 Israeli diamond Mother Shul - dealer killed in born 1841, still shootout / 5 Business adviser going strong Zidel: ‘It is about recognising your passion’ / 16 SAKS COLUMN: The future isn’t what it used to PHOTO: IG NOTHNAGEL be / 11 Jerusalem elects secular mayor /8 SOCIAL SCENE: Exuberant finale of Brides and Cape Town’s Gardens Shul has seen a remarkable renewal of Jewish life with the inauguration a year ago of the Friday Grooms of Night Live programme. The recent celebration of the anniversary drew a crowd of 1 000. SEE PAGE 5 Yesteryear / 6 YOUTH TALK / 18-19 SPORTS / 24 LETTERS / 14 CROSSWORD & BRIDGE / 20 COMMUNITY BUZZ / 9 WHAT’S ON / 20 2 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 PARSHA OF THE WEEK SHABBAT TIMES Published by November 21 / 23 Cheshvan S A Jewish Report (Pty) Ltd, Suite 175, Postnet X10039, Randburg, 2125 The importance of sitting shiva November 22 / 24 Cheshvan Erev Shabbat Tel: 011-886-0162 THIS WEEK’S Torah portion deceased. What is intended as a Starts Ends Fax: 011-886-4202 recounts the death and burial of Avraham’s wife, Sarah. Deat i a h s H E PARSHAT C AYI kindness ends up as a disservice. 18:15 19:14 Johannesburg Printed by Caxton Ltd h Remember that a s iva house is EDITOR - Geoff Sifrin very sad part o lf In our tradi- i h f ie. tion, we s t s iva (“shiva” is the SARAH not a part y. R ecently, I visited a shiva 18:07 18:15 20:14 19:11 Cape Town Durban ab l a c u R b i Ka m n Pako z firstname.lastname@example.org Hebrew word for “seven” refer- house and picked up a guide 18:20 19:29 Bloemfontein ring to the seven days we mourn ) s T hr AihHa oa sheet of two pages by L Muschel 18:00 19:44 Port Elizabeth Sub-Editor - Paul Maree for our seven closest relat s ive : f o “Do’s and Don’t’s”. I think father, mother, b i t r, rother, s s e w hen one enters the house of a 18:15 19:32 East London they are helpful, though to some Senior Reporter - Rita Lewis spouse, son or daughter. mourner, he should sit silently they may seem obvious. Here are email@example.com V isiting a shiva house can be a until spoken to by the mourner - excerpts and some of m y ow n Do respect the time - stay a comfort to the mourners and a so that he will not intrude upon (which incorporate some of the e. short time and not too lat Editorial Assistant - Shelley Elk meaningful experience to the com- the mourner. Just being there i s points mentioned above:) firstname.lastname@example.org f e s - i done right. How ever, ort r f comforting. Sometimes there is no Don’ts at a shiva home Sports Editor - Jack Milner visiting a shiva home can cause a need for words. 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African homeland since he com- cent landscaped island in the appointed general manager for Kerzner’s One&Only Cape Town Mr Justice Meyer Joffe pleted the Palace of the Lost City in W aterfro t i s l , g n tef iving these hotel, at the construction site. (PHOTOGRAPH: LETTIE FERREIRA) (Chair, editorial comm) Pilanesberg in 1992. rooms a distinctive resort feel and K erzner, chairman and CEO of convenient access to a second spa ff r 1 reatment suites of w hich o es 1 t there will be an extensive meeting KASHRUT K erzner International, “One&Only Cape Town will said: island. The resort s rooms and ’ suites, t e l r h a gest in Cape Tow n r two will have p ivate we a a for t re s both single and couples treatments. and banqueting room, able to host up to 200 people for cocktails, a s become a significant landmark in f with a minimum size o 60 square T wo vitality pools will comple- w ell as a boardroom for up to 18 The following symbols will appear on Africa with its bold, contemporary s, i l l ave a p ivat t r- metre w l a l h r e e ment the relaxation spaces, sauna people. advertisements and/or advertising fea- t n f design, promising to make i o e o race or balcony. and steam rooms, and a hair salon i Innovat ve chef Nobu Matsuhisa tures to indicate whether or not they are the world’s leading luxury resort The rooms at the 91-key Marina and pedicure and manicure studios will bring one of the most celebrat- kosher. Where no Kashrut mark appears destinations. 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T he resort’s main pool are , a sonalised workout programmes. also offer a second restaurant “Opening in plenty of time for located on one of two privat e One&Only Cape Town will also called Plate serving tapas-styl e Where no symbols appear, consult the the 2010 (Soccer) World Cup, t e h s, i l e islands linked by bridge w l f a- have a specially-designed KidsOnly cuisine and a third outdoor, p oo l- Beth Din Kosher Guide or contact the il resort w l appeal to the interna- ture a 350-square metre f e re form, Club for younger guests of 11 and s d restaurant, Island Te ie rrace,for advertiser. l tional traveller and play a key ro e n i finity-edge swimming pool. i l ff r a ly com- under, which w l o e d i more casual dining. in the local community. ” The excl su ive spa island feature s plimentary supervised activities V i t , t e l bby bar, w l h sa h o i l ave a Advertisements and editorial copy from One&Only Cape Town will pro- the most comprehensive and expan- including full and half-day pro- m agnificent three-storey clear outside sources do not neccessarily reflect vide a comprehensive range o lux- f ive spa in Cape Town. An oasis of s grammes. glass wall highlighting the scenic the views of the editors and staff. s ury services and serve a a gat ay ew serenity, the 1 200-square metre spa For guests with business in mind, Table Mountain view s. UPCOMING FEATURES 2008.... November 28 December 12 December 12 ’ appening on Whats h Motoring Supplement C r e t D ve o l t ri ? Chanukah Bumper Festival Issue Contact (011) 886-0162 C n a t Ta m my/Manu l otc ea Contact (011) 886-0162 TO ADVERTISE TEL: (011) 886-0162 for more information 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 3 Three Northview Afcho very involved with matric girls inner city upliftment STAFF REPORTER ties, but we are fortunate enough to attacked in park CITY KIDZ, the inner city Johan- nesburg school, funded by Afcho, is the proud owner of its own road traf- have this track in our own backyard. This facility is in line with the Gauteng Education Department’s policy, not only to teach academic RITA LEWIS fic training centre, thanks to a subjects, but life skills as well,” said Jewish developer. De Lange AFTER THE incident in which three Torah Academy Launched recently, headmaster Plitt said the project was part of girls were allegedly accosted in a park where they were Pierre de Lange, thanked Renny Afcho’s social responsibility pro- studying for their exams by several Northview learners Plitt, whom, he said was instrumen- gramme. Afcho is the largest devel- near Highlands North recently, Rabbi Dovid Hazdan, tal in getting the track painted. oper of affordable rental houses in Renny Plitt, chief operating officer dean of Torah Academy, said that the tragedy of this Children are taught on plastic the city. dreadful affair was two-fold. of Affordable Housing Company scooters and they learn how to stop, It currently has 3 000 units in its (AFCHO Holdings) which funds City Firstly, the three girls - who allegedly had been held make way for pedestrians, stick to portfolio and within three years, will up with a toy gun and threatened with a knife and had Kidz, at the official opening of the their lanes, etc. have 9 000, catering for those who their cellphones stolen - had had to carry the burden of “Most schools have to take their earn between R3 000 and R10 000 per City Kidz Road Safety Traffic what had happened to them into the classroom at a time children to the Johannesburg Metro month. Training Centre. when they should be writing their matric exams with Police Department’s (JMPD) facili- Other projects Afcho is involved clear heads and nothing else on their minds to worry in, is an HIV/Aids awareness and about. counselling programme in their The other part of the tragedy was that the alleged per- buildings. petrators of the incident were also learners - from Yet another is the hiring of deaf Northview High School in Highlands North just a few cleaners in the buildings. “We start- kilometres away from Torah Academy. ed with two last year and now have He said the repercussions from this would surely 12, including six who are under impact negatively on their lives. Where were they going learnerships. We are also training now? Where were their lives at? our caretakers who supervise them, The three Torah Academy matric pupils were study- in sign language,” said Plitt. ing in the park on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Julia Another project sponsored by Street. The girls, all aged 17, were taking a break from Afcho is having 16 patrollers walking writing their exams to study for their Afrikaans around the inner city, armed with Creative Writing paper when it is alleged that the boys radios linked to the SA Police who were in school uniform and playing ball in the park, Service. approached to talk to them. “Crime in the ‘Fashion District’, Three of the boys then wandered off but one of the around Pritchard Street, has three who remained asked to use the cellphone of one of dropped by 70 per cent,” said Plitt. the girls. She apparently refused and the alleged inci- Afcho is currently refurbishing a dent then occurred. centre, called The Shelter, for abused On being threatened, one of the girls started to scream women and children in Hillbrow. and the attackers fled. However, alerted by the noise, “We will rehabilitate it and make the someone living nearby heard the fracas and called CAP environment sustainable,” he said. security who responded to the call immediately. JMPD chief superintendent of the They managed to find and apprehend the boys nearby community outreach unit, Benny and took a pocket knife and toy gun from them. Adams, said he was happy to see the A police spokesman said the fact that the gun was not children getting a foundation in road real would make no difference to the charges. “This was safety. armed robbery,” he said. In a mock accident scene, City Kidz learners arrive in an “ambulance”, treat “I am impressed - these are our The boys spent two nights in holding cells, but have an “accident victim” with their first aid kit, bandages etc, before taking the future presidents, doctors and teach- since been released. “victim” to hospital. ers,” he said. A teacher from Northview High, who asked not to be named, said only five of the alleged perpetrators were from Northview with the sixth one being from Alexandra township. The teacher said the boys were actually grade 9 learn- AROUND THE WORLD ers but were pretending to be matrics to impress the girls. The girls on the other hand couldn’t actually NEWS IN BRIEF understand at the time why the boys knew nothing ZOA, ISRAELI RABBIS PRESS FOR POLLARD PARDON about the exams. “This was definitely not an anti-Semitic incident and WASHINGTON - The Zionist Organisation of America In its letter, the ZOA emphasised the relative harsh- the learners were not part of a gang. It was just a mis- and 200 Israeli chief rabbis, have asked President ness of the sentence - life for passing information to an chievous incident which somehow got out of hand and George W Bush to pardon Jonathan Pollard. ally, comparable to sentences for Cold War spies whose turned ugly. Requests to pardon the former US Navy analyst, sen- betrayals led to the deaths of Americans. “It is a pity, but this will spoil interracial harmony and tenced in 1987 to life for spying for Israel, are routine, Separately, Israel's Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief communication at the school and maybe later on in the but these pleas come as Bush prepares to leave office at rabbis have rallied around 200 regional and municipal learners’ lives.” a record low popularity - a condition that has paradox- chief rabbis to sign a pardon request. Rabbi Hazdan said the Gauteng Department of ically in the past freed presidents to make unpopular "Jonathan Pollard is currently serving his 23rd year Education had been very understanding and supportive. pardons. in prison," the letter said. "He is ill and his condition is Everything had been done to create the best environ- Bush's father, for instance, pardoned officials in his serious. We respectfully request that you act merciful- ment for the three girls to write their Afrikaans exam, administration allegedly involved in the illegal arms- ly towards him. Please grant him clemency as a with every possible means of support and opportunity for-hostages deal with Iran after his defeat to President humanitarian gesture to the Jewish people and the being given to them. Bill Clinton in 1992. State of Israel." (JTA) The boys will appear in court soon. 4 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 Goodbye to A woman of worth passes on a beloved DAVID SAKS SOUTH AFRICA N Jewry suf- years. These included Yo m Hashoah commemorat ive cere- monies in centres throughout friend and f red a gr evous loss with the e i untimely passing last Sunday o Dr Jocelyn Hellig, one of the community’s most respected f the country, various national and regional conferences and other public functions of the SAJBD and meetings and events colleague scholars, writers and commu- nal leaders. Hellig, who was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of organised by other Jewish organisations, in particular the Union of Jewish Women. Both the SAJBD staff and her GEOFF SIFRIN this year, passed aw ay on colleagues on the various Board Sunday evening at the age o 6 . f 8 i councils relied heav ly on her W H E N J O C E LYN Hellig died on She was a world-renowned advice and expert s i e, particu- Sunday, t e SA Jewish Report lost a h authority on anti-Semitism, as larl y where issues of anti- true friend and colleague, and one w ell as a lifelong campaigner Semitism were concerned. f o our best writers, whom it was a against prejudice and injustice. In the media sphere, Hellig privilege to know and work with. T he many distinguished com- appeared on numerous occa- When she first started writing a munity leaders and personali- sions on radio and television, regular column in the Jewish ties who attended her funeral at providing informed and alw ays Report some years back, she asked W est Park Cemetery, among scrupulously balanced perspec- h il f that t e t t e o her column should them Chief R abbi Warren ives on anti-Semitism, the t be “On Balance” - this re flected her Goldstein, Rosh Beth Din Rabb i Holocaust, the South African t belief that i was alw ays necessary Moshe Kurtstag and Israeli Jewish community, the Middle to try and see both sides of a story. Ambassador Ilan Baruch , d t East and worl religions. I was Her innate humanity, i t l i-nel Dr Jocelyn Hellig at an exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in attested to the stature she characteristic of her scrupu- gence, fairness and dignity were achieved in the course of her lously balanced approach to November 2007. (PHOTO: ILAN OSSENDRYVER) ly flected in her writing, urg- deep re communal and professional life. controversial issues that she ing people to respond to the issues writing follow ed by an equally respective ly. In 1961, she mar- In his moving hesped deliv- w as able to speak out staunch ly she so eloquently explored. Her rep- demanding programme of l c- e ried Dr Michael Hellig, and the ered at the funeral, Rabb i in defence of Israel in publc i in l f utat o for a l o these attributes in tures. couple had two daughters and a Avraham Tanzer paid tribute to forums while also being forth- the broader community and society T he exhibition subsequently son. Hellig’s many outstanding per- right in her criticism of Israeli ensured thatreaders took seriously m oved to Pretoria and the While raising her family and sonal qualities. She had been actions when she believed these w hat she said, whether they agreed University of Potchefstroom, w orking (she was a high school steadfast in her view s,but at a l l to be wrong. For this, she was with her or not. and was replicated, again with teacher for a time at Forest High times expressed them with often attacked by proponents Right to the end she remained considerable input from Hellig, and after 1976 a lecturer on unfailing dignity, sensitivity from both sides of the spectrum, interested and engaged with the in Durban. w orl d religions in the and grace, and alw ays took but she never allow ed this to d w orl . Just weeks before her deat ,h She was also centrally D epartment of R eligious opposing viewpoints respectful- sw ay her from her position w hen she was already very weak involved in a number of other Studies at Wits), Hellig contin- l into account. y w hen she believed she was and it was clear she did not have very successful Holocaust com- t ued to study at Wis, completing Her passion for the Jewish ih. rgt long to live, I visited her at her memoration projects with the Biblical and Religious Studies I, people,for whom she had been Hellig was a long-serving h o m e. We spoke about Barack Goethe-Institut, among them I n I. I adII so brave and principled member of the editorial board Obama, the role of religion in poli- the exhibitions and ancillary In 1982, she obtained her Ph D spokesman, had been a lifelong o Jewish Affairs, the Board s f ’ i s, t c and other fascinating issues. ss programmes Vi a for Life or f her thesis “The Death of G- one. y quarterl academic and cultur- It was as if the cancer was (2002) and Absence and Loss d” on the thought of Richard L At the time of her passing, al journal, to which she was also momentarily relegated to a back (2007). The recent establishment R ubenstein”. In 1992 and again Hellig held the position of a f requent contributor. She seat because there were interesting f o the Johannesburg Holocaust in 1995-8, she was head of the national vice-chairman of the chaired the SAJBD’s bursaries things to talk about. As alw ays, she i Centre l kewise ow ed much to D epartment of R eligious SA Jewish Board o D eputies. f subcommittee for over 20 years, n had strong opinions, i formed by her input and involvement. Studies, afterwards becoming She was also a vice-chairman of up to and including this one, vast knowledge and understanding. Nikolai Petersen, former pro- an honorary research fellow . the Gauteng Council of the y and regularl served on the “I’ll write about Obama for my gramme director at the Goethe- Hellig was a pro il fic writer, S A J B D, on which committee Board’s Yom Hashoah and next column in the Jewish Report! ” Institut, described Hellig as “a contributing numerous academ- she had serve for nearl three d y Conference subcommittees. she told me. In the end she didn’t sublime person” and a dear c rt cles and chapters in books i a i decades. Perhaps Hellig’s most striking have the strength to complete it. friend. “I will alw ays remember f to a wide range o scholarl y T hrough the various offices of achievement in recent years h l f W ith her deat , a l o us at the her as a person of sincere dia- publ ci ations on such themes as the Board, she rendered a range w as her heading up of the phe- Jewish Report feel a deep void. She logue and reconciliation” he Jewish religious expression in o services to the Jewish com- f nomenally successful “Seeking defended and stood by the paper w rote in his condolence letter to Africa, anti-Semitism and the munity that were as impressive R efuge” exhibition project through contentious times. Her the SAJBD. ive l Holocaust and comparat rei- as they were d iverse. She focusing on German-Jewish writing was alw ays thought-provok- Jocelyn Hellig (nee Judes) gion. remained, if anything, even refugees who settled in ing, immensely relevant, and added w as born in Johannesburg in ly She also wrote extensive for m o re active in her final years Johannesburg in the 1930s. A to the quality and credibility of the 1940. She matriculated cum both the Jewish and general n than initially, i cluding during joint initiat f ive o the SAJBD paper. laude at the Johannesburg l media on these and other re evant her final illness. Gauteng Council and the W e are proud to have had her Girls’ High School and obtained topics. Her critically acclaimed Dr Hellig was much in Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, presence in our pages. And we shall a BA and H Dip Ed fro m Wis t book The Holocaust and Anti- demand as a speaker, address- this was a mammoth undertak- lw a ays s r t ive to produce a paper University and the Johan- Semitism: A Short History (One ing innumerabl Jewish com- e ing, involving countless hours that reaches the high standard she f nesburg College o Education ) d n 03 W orld, Oxford appeare i 2 0 . munal gatherings over the f o research, interview s and adhered to. Battle of living a Jewish life in smaller communities DAVID SAKS to national report-backs on the the school, recording the donors’ l a chairmen of congregations, a re programmes, not to mention the political landscape, Jewish demo- names and the centre f s rom which interm a rried, which sometimes s f abl ru sight of score o identifi y f m f 4 f R E P R E S E N TATIVES o 1 o the graphics and anti-Semitism and they came. means making halachic compro- Jew s walking the streets, combine smaller Jewish communities coun- h t e financing of country communi- f The second part o the confer- mises when it comes to giving o ive the community a welcome t g trywide, p rticipat d i a fi s eve a e n rt r i s c iv t e t e a t i i s, g iven by the staff ence,chaired by Rabbi Silberhaft, ai l yahs in those localities where annu l b o t a os. national Country Communities and senior leadership of the comprised individual report-backs religious services still take place. y, a ge f Inevitabl a l r parto the dis- Conference at Beyachad last S A J B D. on the situation on the ground in Of the communities represented, cussion focused on finance and Sunday. Speakers included National s l s n h the country areas, a we l a i t e eve a , i s r l l ke Benoni, Krugersdorp, w hat to do with the assets of The meeting, which took place l Chairman Zev Krenge , Treasure r East and West Rand centres which Brakpan and Klerksdorp, a s i lre t l defunct country communities. I n under the auspices of the SAJBD, Gerald Leissner, Country ff c ive today e e t lyfall into the “coun- able to hold regular shul services certain cases, the SAJBD has been provided an opportunity fo repre- r Communities Spiritual Leader try communities” cat egory be- with a minyan, at least on Shabbat authorised to set up trusts, where i s f sentat ve o country Jewry both to Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, Ilan Dubb cause of their drastically reduced and, in Krugersdorp’s case, twice the capital is held intact but the be briefed on mat e s o national tr f representing the Community numbers. di a ly (thanks to a well-organised interest is used to help meet the Jewish importance and to discuss Security Organisation and e One does not associat Jew s with roster system). Country Communities Depart - issues specifi t t e r own com- c o hi Associate Director David Saks. w orking underground in mines Most, how ever, a re unabl te o ment’s annual budge. t munities. Rose Norwich spoke about the an now adays, and cert i ly not ones muster a minyan, and their mem- T he maintenance of over 220 Eight of the country’s nine long-running SA Friends of Beth w earing a yarmulke and tzitzit. bers generally commute to the Jewish cemeteries, comprising provinces we represented, name- re H atefutsoth country communities’ R ustenburg’s Royden Chatzkelo- larger centre over Yomtov. E s ven s, some 25 000 grave is an ongoing as ly Gauteng (Krugersdorp, jc, f research pro e t o w hich she is witz managed to do both, deter- so, Shabbat services without a min- w e l a a very costly concern l s . Rustenburg, Germiston, Springs, co-convener. minedlyl iving as a strictly Shomer yan take place in Welkom, Cemetery vandalisation, especially Benoni and Brakpan), Northern In his opening dvar Torah, Rabb i Shabbos religious Jew while earn- Kimberley, Warm b aths and the stealing of palisade fencing for Province (Kimberley), Northwe t s r, Avraham Tanze rosh yeshiva o f ighsl i n i iving on a plat num mine. Pietermaritzburg. sale as scrap metal, was a phenom- (Klerksdorp), Limpopo (Messina), Yeshiva College,re flected back on Anti-Semitism, for example, was t s aiy Observance of kashru i a r r t enon reported by a number of the l) Mpumalanga (Low ve d , Free Stat e his own and his school’s long- seen across the board as either (Oudtshoorn, most of w hose e delegat s. ( Welkom and Parys), Western Cape standing association with country non-existent or negligibl e. remaining families keep kosher At the conclusion of the confer- (George, t ogether with the Garden Jewry. George, i anything, suff red f e homes, i us nusual in this regard.) t s ence, i wa resolved to support and Route Jewish Association) and The contribution of Jew s f mro from the opposite problem, with f A unique feature o George i s w ork t ogether with the Country K w a Z u l u - N a t a l the country areas to Yeshiva philosemitic gentiles having to be that over the December holiday Communities Department of the (Pietermaritzbu g . r) a y College, p rticularl in the earl y discourage fd rom coming to shul. season, it becomes a temporary South African Jewish Board o f Th fi s h l o the programme, e rt af f i l eze years when the late Rabb E i r Assimilation, perhaps inevitabl y, hive o a t f c ivity, thanks to the influx o Deputies, t express gratitude to chaired by SAJBD Country Sorotzkin would go there on w as a bigger problem. A high pro- f tit o s r c ly Orthodox holidaymak- the Country Communities Communities Chairman Mr fundraising visits, was commemo- port o o the remaining Jew s i in f n r rom Johannesburg. Twice- es f Department headed by Rabb i Justice Ralph Zulman, was devoted l f rated by a special wa l o plaques at the country areas, i cluding seve n r- a ly d i services and regular learning Moshe Silberhaft 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 5 Entrance of the historic Gardens Shul in Cape Town. A Friday night Shabbat to remember at Gardens Shul OWN CORRESPONDENT enjoyed the excitement of the evening. PHOTOGRAPH: IG NOTHNAGEL t egan with the cantor and choir singing I b s f Sholom Aleichem on the front step o the “IT’S LIKE w e ve gone back in time. “ f e ’ ” I el shul. l ke in the old days.” “The crow d just kep i t “The grand front entrance of our shul,” growing...” “The energy and excitement said Rabbi Feldman in his welcoming el i .” f e s l ke Yomtov.. address, “ .ad represents our rich history. . n re These we some of the comments heard tonight at the FNL anniversary we a c lre e e- as the crow d mingled for a Shabbat experi- ig h ’ brat n t e fact that we re not just a shul of ence on the step o the Gardens Shul in s f the past, but that same glory of the Gardens Cape Town on Shabbat November 7. l, f Shul of o d o the golden era, is still very “The Glory, The Grandeur, The Gardens” l m u ch a ive today. Tonight is testimony that w a t e b l i g for what will go down as one s h iln re w e a indeed a thriving community with a o the most memorabl Friday night f e bright and promising future. ” Shabbat experiences in Cape Town’s history. ’ s “‘Friday Night Live i change we can Highlighting the first anniversary since believe in,” said guest Rabbi Asher Deren in the launch o the monthly Friday Night Live f his sermon touching on the US elections ear- programmes at the shul, the occasion was lier that week. “Lech Lecha is G-d’s eternal marked with the opening of the historic message to our people that we remain in a grand entrance of South Africa’s fi s syna- rt e f perpetual stat o journey and change and gogue into the Company Gardens. an evening like tonight re l flects our fulfi - The evening was magical as a crow d o f i c ive, h s i . ment of that d re t ” e ad over 1 000 men, women and children packed While it remains proud of its heritage a s o t t e l ly services (130 teens at the teen u h ive the mother synagogue of South Africa - it service!) led by Rabbi Osher Feldman, s w a founded in 1841 - the Gardens Shul still Cantor Ian Camissar and the choir and a h f retains a position at t e fore ront of Cape team of youth leaders. Town’s Jewish renaissance. A bracha was then served in a beautifully t I s children and teen services, young decorated, brightly lit marquee in an eruv- iis r l adults’ events and activ t e fo a l ages and enclosed area outside the original grand eve s, i n l ru l l s g a s a t ly bright and exciting front entrance of the shul, where the crow ds in futurefor this congregat o . Israeli diamond dealer killed in CBD shootout ALISON GOLDBERG AND SUZANNE BELLING return fi re, hitting one of the suspects, before dying on the scene. W E L L - K N OW N Israeli diamond dealer o ived in the Victory Park The Israeli, wh l Michel Rubinek (50) of Rubinek Diamonds, suburb of Johannesburg and had been in w ho had off ices in the Diamond Centre i n s ad o s n South Africa since 1990, wa l i t re t i the Johannesburg CBD, was killed in a the West Park Jewish Cemetery on Tuesday. shootout at the corner of End and Marke t Rubinek recently remarried (to Lee) and Streets in downtown Johannesburg on s h w a t e father of a six-month-old baby, Monday night, when leaving the Centre. Julian. According to a close friend some suspects ve n rom a previous He had fi other childre f had been apprehended in Norwood. i m a rr age to Elna Rubinek - Seann, Rubinek was apparently at a t cked by fi ve Samantha, Yanive, Dean and Jade. men, one of w hom was thought to be Israeli. Rubinek is said to have been responsibl e They fi at him from two cars with AK-47s red o f r renovations to the Diamond Centre in the and 9 mm pistols. Rubinek was said to have s oved and respected by a l a C B D. He wa l l, been shot three times, but he managed to cle. friend re a l d AROUND THE WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF JEWISH AGENCY ADOPTS CONVERSION RESOLUTIONS J E RUSALEM - The Jewish Agency Judaism". y Assembl has adopted resolutions calling on Professor Yuval Ne'eman, who has been the Israeli government to establish an inde- appointed by successive Israeli govern- pendent authority on Jewish conversions ments to resolve the controversial issue, had s f and special court o Jewish law to "allow r threatened to quit if the stronge resolution the conversion process to moveforward ." w as adopted. One of the adopted resolutions re The twin resolutions we adopted by the cited "a deep crisis within the conversion w orld body last Sunday after heated debat e iva n s a l process" brought on by the arr l i I r e re f and a crossfi o amendments and counter- f o some 300 000 new immigrants not consid- amendments. ered Jewish by the Orthodox religious estab- The issue has long aroused the ire o f lishment. Diaspora Jew s, who have long been upset at It calls on the gove rnment to establ sih the refusal of Israel's Orthodox religious Jewish religious courts that "will base them- authorities to recognise conversions per- selves on appropriate moderate and tolerant formed by rabbis in the Diaspora. prior halachic decisions to allow the conver- y e t r The assembl defeat d a s ronge resolu- sion process to moveforward. " tion, submitted by delegat s fe rom Los Noting that Israel's Supreme Court h A n geles, t at would have called on the l a ready has recognised "conversions by the Israeli government to "recognise and accep t i e d ff rent streams of Judaism fo cr ivil mat - as Jew s" all those converted under the ters", the other resolution calls on the gov- i rom the four major supervision of rabb s f e e rnment to "establish immediatly an inde- Jewish religious movements, as we l a l s pendent conversion authority to resolve and those from "other religious streams of deal with the conversion issue". (JTA) 6 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 SOCIAL SCENE Rita Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org Tying for second place, Ernie and Hilary Saks and Mailey and Sandra Perkus. The winners of the Bride and Groom of Yesteryear competition, Judy and Louis Harris, with some of their prizes. And a marvellous time was had by all! STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA LEWIS Jeffrey and Hedy Davis, Pearl and Hymie Glass, Gertrude and Jack Grossberg, ALTHOUGH IN a competition there can Ronald and Adrienne Gruskin, Yvonne and only be one winner, the outrageously suc- Eskel Jawitz, Stuart and Molly Jayes, Mark The three judges, Rina Wiese, Noel Eckstein and Jose de Sousa with Issy and Mushe cessful and fun-filled Bride and Groom of and Bashia Kobrin, Shirley and Charles Kirsh who took fourth place. Yesteryear competition, so successfully run Lab, Mike and Beryl Lessick, Avram and by the WIZO Glenlinks branch in Jackie Romano, Sam and Estella Rosen, Johannesburg - with full backing by the SA Dave and Anita Seligman, Aaron and Jewish Report - made this truly a “winners Gloria Sherman and Selvan and Leah Wald. all” competition. Each couple was asked the secret of their The original idea had come from Sheila “successful” marriages. Many answers Levine, backed up by co-chairman Alice (some obviously tongue in cheek), brought Butkow. the house down - from the man who said his The capacity number of 460 guests - the marriage had gone wonderfully after he function had been “booked out” well in became deaf... to the woman who said she advance - attending the event at the only fed her husband food he liked, then he Sandton Shul Hall last weekend, thorough- would do anything for her, to the woman ly enjoyed themselves. who said she partied on Wednesdays while For the winners, Judy and Louis Harris, her husband liked to party on Sundays. however, there were smiles of happiness - There were also truisms which went way as well as some delectable prizes. beyond mere platitudes, such as “we are Tying for second place were Ernie and friends as well as lovers”, “there must be Hilary Saks with Mailey and Sandra give and take - I give and he takes” and the Perkus. Third place went to Pauline and woman who said, “I have been blessed with Abe Simpson and fourth to Mushe and Issy a wonderful man”. Glenlinks’ liaison officer, Marcia Kirsh. In her welcoming address, Glenlinks’ liai- Placed third, Pauline and Abe Simpson. Parness, dances with her husband Tony. Three further prizes for style and ele- son officer and honorary life vice-chairman gance, pizzazz and congeniality, went to of WIZO Johannesburg, Marcia Parness, Diana and Michael Dan, Yvonne and Eskel said this competition had been the most Jawitz and Cyril and Vicky Schlosberg successful of all they had ever run, with respectively. over 270 entries being submitted from cou- The tension in the hall started to build ples married 40 years or longer. after the names of the semi-finalists were She thanked everyone for their support, read out. including the three independent judges They were: Michael and Deana Don, Rina Wiese, Noel Eckstein and Jose de Sousa, and MC Lawrence Joffe. She said the desperately needed money raised from this event would go to upgrade the bomb-proof facilities at Sderot in Israel and for the counselling of victims of rocket and other attacks. Jose de Sousa with Rachel Karp and Sheila Co-chairmen of Glenlinks, Alice Levine. Butkow and Petie Lampert. Gail and Wilfred Segal wearing their orig- Dressed up for the occasion are Sam and Welcoming guests are Yvonne Jawitz, Angela and Russell Lurie sing a wedding inal wedding outfits. Freda Neimann. Janine Rabbie and Joyce Chodos. waltz together. 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 7 8 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 AROUND THE WORLD Jerusalem elects secular mayor URIEL HEILMAN NEWS IN BRIEF JERUSALEM ARAB AMERICANS WANT THE VICTORY by secular businessman Nir LIEBERMAN TO LOSE CHAIR n Barkat i Jerusalem’s mayoral elections, le has been greeted with re i f by Israelis con- W ASHINGTON - An Arab - cerned about the increasingly fervently American group has called on Orthodox character of the city. Senate Democrat n t t return s o o Barkat, a city councilman and hi-tech Sen Joe Lieberman to his chair- entrepreneur, defeated his fervently manship of the Homeland Orthodox r ival, Rabbi Meir Porush, by 52 Security Committee. per cent to 43 per cent, in the November 11 T he letter from the Arab election. The other high-pro file candidate, American Institute to US Sen R ussian-Israeli tycoon Arcadi Harry Reid (Democrat Nevada), G aydamak, finished a distant the majority leader, c t d i p r- ie n a third with less than four per cent ticular a report on Islamist f o the vote. extremism and the "Homegrow n Barkat’s election returns con- Te rrorist Threat" completed in ro f t l o City Hall to secular hands M ay under Lieberman's wat . ch i f ve years after Jerusalem elected "While this committee report t i s first fervently Orthodox appropriatly observed the value e m ayor, Uri Lupolianski. Barkat o outreach and engagement f lost by a narrow margin in 2003. with Arab Americans and While Lupolianski, the founder American Muslims as vital to f o a highly regarded nonpro t fi that aids the elderl and disabl d y e, Above: Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall securing the freedom and safety f o our nation, the ove a l find- rl w as widely seen as sy m p athetic to secular Inset: Jerusalem mayoral candidate Nir Barkat. (CREDIT: BRIAN HENDLER) ings of the report make the dan- concerns, his would-be Orthodox successor, gerous and unsubstantiated Porush, was not thought to share those sy m- a new bridge at the western entrance to the w ebsite was victimised by hackers who redi- claim that the threat posed by pathies. i f city as emblemat c o the bat l for te rected surfers to Porush’s site. violent extremists now comes Earlier this month, Porush told a fervent- Jerusalem’s soul. At another polling station, a group of ic ' n reasingly f rom within' the y l Orthodox audience that “in another 15 At the ceremony, a f r e vently Orthodox Orthodox men reportedly hurled a stone ata United States and fa s ly charac- le years there will not be a secular mayor in deputy mayor compelled a teenage g rl’ i s police off lgt icer, s i h ly injuring him, in a bid terises Arabs and Muslims in any city in Israel.” dance troupe to wear hats and long, loose-fi t- to bar people from voting. Police dispersed e o a i- America as 'susceptibl t r d His remarks, d l e ivered in Yiddish at a ting clothing so as not to offend the sensibil- the group. in, calisat o ' " s i t e l t e f m a d h e t r ro yeshiva, were not intended for public con- te iis of O rthodox view ers. Many During the campaign, Barkat campaigned institute President James Zogby. sumption, but Porush was unaw are that an Jerusalemites and Israelis were outraged, on a plat form of i nvesting in the city’s The letter also cites the report- Orthodox radio station was broadcasting his blaming Lupolianski for what they called the tourism-based economy and ensuring that ed involvement of Lieberman, an remark ls ive. t Taliban-style outfis. Israel’s capital city remains majority independent from Connecticut in During the campaign, Porush’s spokesman For these residents of Jerusalem - Modern Jewish. a sequel to the controversial doc- e, acknowledged that the candidat a veteran Orthodox included - Barkat’s election is a o “ We have t build Jerusalem economically, ” umentary "Obsession", a film fixture o Israel’s Orthodox political scene f w elcome change f rom fi years of fervently ve ir hs Barkat told JTA in an interview earl e t i that c i i s s unfa rl tarnishes r t c ay i y and a seventh-generation Jerusalemite, was Orthodox leadership. year. “Jerusalem has only 1,5 million tourists broad sectors of Muslim society i i s. a proponent of Orthodox-only c t e f “There is the sense thati another ultra- that come annually. We have more t o e o ff r as extremist. T he victory by Barkat, a self-made mil- Orthodox mayor gets elected, the city’s last than any city. We have to open Jerusalem up Lieberman, the Democrat' s lionaire and venture capitalist, comes at a secular residents will leave,” one voter told to the global tourism marketplace. ” 2000 vice presidential nominee p ia. ivotal time for the Israeli cap t l Israel’s Channel 10 New s on election day. While the turnout exceeded the last and the fi s Jew on a national rt f t W ith one-third o i s residents Orthodox hs s h at “There’s a feeling that t i i t e l s chance municipal elections, in 2003, the vast majori- i t roke with the part i tcke , b y n and one-third Arab, Jerusalem is Israel’s f this city. or ” t o Jerusalem Arabs stuck to their policy y f 2006 over his support for the Iraq largest city and its poorest. A recent survey In his victory speech, Barkat said: “I’m f o boycotting the city’s elections. W ar, and he backed Republican f o Israel’s 15 largest cities ranked Jerusalem f aw are o the depth of the challenge and the N ovember 11 also saw municipal elections e candidat John McCain for pre s- i i i y. last in terms of l vab l t complexity of the mission. Now is the time to in dozens of other cities and towns across ident. Still, Lieberman continued l T he city is wracked by political and rei- w ork together for the good of the city.” s a l rom Tel Aviv to Sderot. In Tel Aviv, Ire, f to caucus with Democrats and gious divisions and its young, secular popu- Despite Barkat’s victory, his political incumbent Ron Huldai handily defeated his vote the party line on most l h f ff ation is dwindling due to a deart o a ord- y, part Jerusalem Shall Succeed, finished sec- challenger. n domestic issues. I a 5 - 9 s l t 14 pi, e abl real estat e, limited job opportunities ond in City Council elections behind Turnout nationwide reached about 40 per his was the critical vo e gt iving and what some decry as its increasingly Porush’s fervently Orthodox United Torah cent, with the election in Jerusalem receiv- Democrats the majority. Orthodox character. Judaism. ing the highest turnout among large c t e i i s. y es i The part gained at l a t s x M a ny Jerusalemites during the campaign T he vote was marred by some irregulari- T he low est turnout was in Netanya, where seats in the November 4 election, pointed to the controversy surrounding a i s. Barkat voting slips apparently disap- te e just seven per cent of eligibl voters cast and some Democrats want to celebration in June marking the opening of peared from some polling stations, and his J their ballots. ( TA) punish Lieberman for his expre s- sions of support for McCain that Philanthropy awards for Lubner n o r t- at times seemed to stray i t c i icism of President-elect Barack Obama's patriotism. Others want to keep Lie- berman in the caucus in part because three seats have ye t b decided. Should they go to Democrat s, Lieberman would m a ke the caucus fi i t o e p l buster- roof family and Linda Givon 0 at 6. C APE TOWN - The Inyathelo Award for investigation by the Inyathelo Awards cal disabilities. Die Sterrew eg is one of the Before Lieberman's break with Family Philanthropy this year went to the R eview Panel revealed that the Lubners centres they have established to provide the Democrat s, he had warm family o w ell-known philanthropist Bert e f i have a well-established tradition of inter- full daytime carefor such children, as wel l relations with the Arab- Lubner. generational giving, and that Bert e i as providing supportfor their parents and American leadership and had Inyathelo, the South African Institute of e Lubner’s entire immediat family are families. e advocat d for increased Arab - A dvancement, hosted the second Inyathelo deep ly philanthropically involved in their Linda Givon was nominated by the American participation in the Philanthropy Awards recently. The aw ards s. own areas of intere t s Children’s Hospital Tru t for her ongoing y. J part ( TA) i y publcl recognise and acknowledge indi- i T h s family exemplify excellence and contributions to the Trust and her support vidual philanthropists who personally play leadership not only in their individual phi- f o the hospital. OXFORD CHECKING INTO a vital role in the ongoing development of lanthropy but in their family approach to Linda has personally donated funds to 'JEWISH GIRL' PARTY South Africa. giving, an Inyathelo recommendation the Children’s Hospital Trust to the value Among a host of aw ards, another promi- found. f o R251 500 further inspired close friends to O X F O R D, England - Oxford nent Jew was also honoured. The Inyathelo T he Lubners established Ma’Afrika donate another R569 959. ig t University is investigat n i s Merit Award for Philanthropy went to Tikkun, an organisation which provides Inyathelo has found that in addition to rugby team for throwing a part y n y f Linda Givo , formerl o the well-know n comprehensive care and support for vul- her supportfor this hospital, Givon has for with anti-Semitic themes. Goodman Gallery. e nerabl children in townships, as we l a l s m a ny years tirelessly supported the deve l- e il f Th t t e o the party last week “Even before the current global financial encouraging development for community opment of art and artists in South Africa. w as "Bring a fi ( t attractive) ne crisis, i t rnational private and foundation upliftment. T hrough a substantial starting gift Jewish girl" and members of the funding was cut back g , iving impetus to Bertie Lubner is co-founder of the organ- ow t ards building a new art gallery at Wis t under-21's squad of the Oxford increase the calls to local givers to make isation and current chairman while his son University, she also set up a fundraising University Rugby Club were personal contributions tow ards sustainabl e eg M a rc is the current CEO, and has strat i- committee for the gallery and inspired oth- asked to bring a Jewish date and growth in South Africa,” said Shelagh a ly c l and significantly grown the organisa- ch ers to mat and increase her gift. come in appropriat " e Jewish" Gastrow , e xecutive director of Inyathelo. tion over the last few years, taking it fro m She has over the years supported the guise - including sidelocks and t s f “In view of this trend, i i o utmost le being reactive (disaster re i f) to one that Funda Centre in Sow eto; has helped to raise s f carrying bag o money. importance that we recognise and honour proactive ly engages with communities to funds to rebuild the Artists Proof Studio,a T he Oxford University Stu- h those individuals who, t rough a commit- find solutions to povert y. clt teaching fa i i y for young artists in the dents Union prevailed on the a ly ment to re l building South Africa, give Bertie Lubner co-founded, and is also life N ewtown precinct that burned down; fund- t o club at the last minu e t change back and encourage others to give,” she president of, the Field Band Foundation, ed bursaries at the Johannesburg Art ti " the theme to "Bring a fi g rl,but w as quoted in a media release issued by w hich provides life skills through music. Foundation; donated many artworks fro m some students show ed up at t eh Inyathelo. Tony and Suzy Lubner started the her personal collections to the Wits Art Indian eatery in "Jewish" guise d T wo nominations were receive for mem- Sabrina Love Foundation to support disad- Gallery’s permanent collection and to the J any way. ( TA) bers of the Bertie Lubner family. Further vantaged children with mental and phys i- collection of the Constitutional Court . 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 9 a w as decl red and he participated in ie f vo c o our beloved Rev Zagnoev, C UZ OMMUNITY B Z the Wa o Independence with dis- r f tinction in the tank corps. cheder teacher, rov, reader, chaz- zan of revered memory, a i s t INL LE LOE SIR He returned to Johannesburg and boomed out in anger but how we 8-4-82 a: 1-4-48 024493,fx 014004, started public practice as a secre- loved and respected him for his inl.le@baal. za loe sirasmi co. tary/accountant in 1949. From then kindness, understanding and o n wards his CV of his commerc a il knowledge. P I E T E R S BU RG / career just went spiralling up. “He predicted thatf rom the lot of P O L O KW A N E Among other positions he was s us, would come ‘nutting’. A a t p- i admitted as an associated member t ster they would have s rung him up M A RC KO P M A N (Krugersdorp ) f o the Costing and Statistical Society f s rom the neare t bluegum tree. H s i concludes his visit to Polokwane: 1951; (the year that he married Ann l u ‘lomdim’ have a l t rned out, as far Former Polokwane residents, Lois Brown) then admitted as a as my knowledge goes ‘tov meod’. namely Herman Eicholz and his sis- l ow of the Associat o o Cost Fe l in f They have left their indelible mark e t r, Rhoda Danilowitz. 98 h and Works Accountants, 1 5 , t e on Jewry throughout South Africa. s iie “So, a we v s t d row upon row of Institute of Directors 1972, the SA “The burden or yoke on Rev tombstones (in the Jewish ceme- Institute of Town and Regional Zagnoev’s shoulders after Rev tery) including those of m y trave l- Planners 1990 and more. ’ eparture, became too W olpert s d ling companion, Harley’s and also M e a n while Magid had entered the m u ch to bear and Rev. Manschein ol l Maurice’s parents, I c u d a ready retail liquor industry in 1958, ow n- arrived. This Israeli rabbi was a m a ke those connections. ing a liquor store and later a small f great help to many o us and how “As it turns out, our current rov liquor group which he disposed of i n eu grat f l I remain to his dear family in Krugersdorp, Dani Dworcan, has 1976. He joined Jan Pickard’s liquor w ho befriended me for many years. l re ations buried in Polokwane by group a year later as a consultant “His biggest problem was the the name of Colman. Names such as and became general manage o 3 r f 4 Rangers Football Ground which W iener, L evy, Bollan, Himmelhoch , s liquor stores and by 1980 he wa gen- e somehow alw ays f atured when we et e Eicholz, among many others, l f m r f eral manage o a national port l o fo i re at r w e l e fo cheder. He never got re w ondering who they we and how with 76 liquor stores and hotels. e t its name right. At a lat r s age long they lived in this once vibrant He was also the managing mem- re these two teachers we joined by community. ber of Edw ard Magid cc which had s, a Morah. Ye a l dy teacher,sw e t e “Afterwards we proceeded to the distribution rights for Carmel ff dear Miss Jo e. w hat had once been the old and then i sal Mizrach , I r e . i i “Th s g rl either had courage o Ir new shuls before the congregation M agid was involved in Diga m am sure she just did not have a clue had closed in 2002 and it is indeed Town Planning and Investment as to what she was letting herself i n sad that no institutions exist now . Consultants with personal projects for. ‘Gehukte Yorren’ as the saying “Then on to the local New s Café Bruma Lake Fisherman’s Vi l l age goes. But she, in her own way, or f a drink (or two) where we bade and Randburg Waterfront (now tamed the hooligans. ” farew ell to Maurice Jedw ood. Fro m called Clearwater Mall). Meanwh l ie Extracted from Jewish Affairs there we toured through the tow n in 1982 he did a course at t e h September 1981. and suburbs, spotting where Harvard Business School in “Top Harley’s home had been as we l a l s M a n agement in Retailing”. I 1 8 n 97 SMOUSE the Eicholz residence and that o f he joined the property development Rev Levin, Rhona and Herman’s division of Ozz Ltd. Sent in by Su Torrie Rich: grandfather, who had been the rov i s Eddy Mag d i very well know n in the town and for whom the local or f his involvement in local gove rn- “‘Smous’ is a corruption of the t o ntl municipality had seen fi t i s a l ment. In 1958 he was appointed to name Moses, though not every benches along the somew hat the Western Johannesburg Local smous was a Jew . In the 18th centu- lengthy t rek to and from shul, for Areas Committee of the Transvaal ry, Afrikaners, Englishmen and him to sit on. Rev Levin is also Boardfor Peri-Urban Areas. He was shrew d Scots started with a pack buried in the local cemetery. unopposed in a by-election as a donkey and set out their wares on “Quite an experience, which I e United Party candidat for the h t e farms and I have discove f- red re found most interesting. We were Johannesburg City Council in 1969, erences to a type of smous know n back in Krugersdorpfor mincha.” w here he served atvarious times on as Fransmanne or Fransies. They 19 committees in planning, finance, w ere re la ly Syrians and they J O H A N N E S BU RG art, the SPCA and football, among w orked the Cape Midlands and others. Border. W h at a remarkable person is Eddy The highpoint in Magid’s career rt “Among the fi s Jewish traders oe t M agid. He has been there, d n i ! n hs i t i field came in 1984 when he in the platteland we re many men i s rom that originally close M ag d i f r f w as elected mayo o Johannesburg, f ; t rom England and Germ a ny i was knit community of Benoni. He was a position for which he is probabl y only after diamond (1867) and born in 1927, attended Benoni High best remembered. He resigned in W itwatersrand gold (1886) discov- e et i School where h l f h s footprint as 1994 after 36 distinguished years of h rr eries, t at Jew s a ived fro m as cholar and sportsman. public service. Eastern Europe in large numbers. He captained Eastern Transvaal In his “spare time” Magid was on “In the days when farmers lived under-16 and under-18 soccer teams the PTA of King David Victory Park ; in extreme isolation, the smous was and when he moved to a member of the executive commit- a welcome visitor. Some of his Johannesburg he joined Marist e f t e o the SA Board o Jewish f stock-in-trade might be glittering Brothers Football Club and repre- Education and honorary life mem- rubbish, but he also carried useful sented them through the ranks up ber of the Southern Transvaal i e artcl s. to Transvaal First Division, which in Football Associat o . “Knives sold by the wandering w as amateur in those days. Just in case he had nothing else to t l iving service on smouse are s i l g He also played top League hockey do, he became a volunteer fi reman i distant farm s. B blical and other e ater went on to be a and tennis. H l at the Central Fire Station in l s f arm oleographs adorn the wa l o f founder member of the Northcl ff i Johannesbug r. homesteads. His trinkets survive i n Country Club and played in League ew j ellery boxes passed down fro m bowls and also National J O H A N N E S BU RG / M A Y FA I R mother to daughter. ” Championships. To be continued. e r M agid worked as a cl rkfo a fi rm Tutsie Wexler continues: From In The Land of Afternoon f o accountants from 1945 to 1947 by Law rence G Green. Published before going to Israel after the State re “How we t m bled at the sonorous by How ard B Timmins 1949. AUSTRALIAN CLERGYMAN BLASTED FOR HOLOCAUST CLAIM AROUND SY D N EY, Australia - Australian Jewish Harris in a published report said his com- community leaders have blasted an re ments we made in a private meeting "in THE American-born Baptist minister for sug- m y lounge room" and admitted using the a gesting that " fate worse than the ia w ord "holocaust," but said it was bibl c l WORLD is Holocaust" aw a t Jew s and others who have not embraced Jesus. language. N ew South Wales Jewish Board o f NEWS IN Pastor Kevin Harris made the remarks Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff last week while meeting with Jewish lead- i claimed that Harr s, originally f m ro BRIEF ers on a tour of regional areas south of h re a V irginia, also said that t e Jew s we " Sydney to consult with religious leaders, re cancer" and we "going to hell", but Harr s i including Anglican and Catholic bishops. J denied making those remarks. ( TA) 10 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 OPINION AND ANALYSIS FORUM FOR DIVERSE VIEWS Israel’s left wing realigns Memories of small-town Jews ahead of February elections LESLIE SUSSER A TOURIST t avelling through rural and small-tow n r JERUSALEM ly South Africa, is unlike to encounter many Jewish inhabitants anymore. B t i was once diff rent. Many u t e WITH ISRAEL’S general election less big-city Jew s s i l remember fondly a t r tl h iving country than three months aw ay, the once all- Jewish life. pow erful Labour Party seems to be in When Eastern European Jew s came here i t e l e n h at disarray. 1800s and earl 1900s, looking to creat b t e l s, y e e t r ive A new left-wing alliance forming m a ny settled in small country towns, l red by re at ve u l i s around the dovish Meretz Party seems w ho had located there, t e p h romise of jobs, business i ly l ke to encroach on its political space. opportunities and so on. Former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon, They we hard-working and became parto t e fab- re f h w ho narrowly lost the June 2007 r c o rural South Africa as shopkeepers, a i f rtisans, e c. t Labour leadership primary to Ehud The Yiddish-speaking shopkeeper was ubiquitous, a s o Barak, has broken aw ay t form ye t w as the smous trave l n f l i g rom farm to farm, not to another rival alliance. And recent polls mention numerous Jewish commerc a t avellers. il r show Labour will win only 10 or 11 Jewish doctors, d n i t pharmacists and hoteliers, e t s s, seats in the next Knesset, down fro m w e often much-loved and trusted figures among the re its current 19 and way o ffthe high of 44 surrounding populations. Some even became farmers, it held 16 years ago. traditionally a rare profession among Jew s. Certain All this means thatfor now the only areas had high concentrations of these - the 30-mile e realistic candidat s for prime minister strip between Ogies and Leslie in the (then) Transva l a, are Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and for example, where one could drive through Jewish i i ivni of Kadima. Tz p L farmland almost all the way. M a ny in Labour blame Barak’s lead- M a ny l t l t i t e owns eventually had full-bl own Jewish ership for what they see as a looming communities, w t synagogues, r ih abbis and community debacle in elections next February. centre s. T hey point to Barak’s poor personal I i a p i t o pride thatJew s a ays want their ch l- t s on f lw i relations with top Labour politicians Tzipi Livni addresses the UJC conference in Tel Aviv recently. dren to have a p roper education. Country Jew s sent and his failure to draw a clear distinc- (PHOTO: ADAM MUHLENDORF) their children to schools and universities in the cities, tion between Labour and Kadima on from which they neve returned to their towns of o i- r r the key issues of peace, the economy gin. Often the pare t fo l ed them to the cities. n s l ow aw and the rule of l . W ith the diminution of small-town Jewish life, o t n fe T he ru m blings of discontent in the a l t at i l f a a reminder is the Jewish cemetery - the l h s et s y part grew louder when Barak recent- shuls having been sold. In some cases a few Jew s y l granted his close supporters remain, many isolated, sparsely connected with main- Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and Shalom s ream Jewry in Johannesburg, Cape Town or other t Simchon guaranteed spots on Labour’s large centre s. Knesset list. It is a basic principle that Jew s should care about T he move sparked widespread other Jew s. Into this context have s epped city-based t resentment among other top Labour Jewish organisations, s ch as the SAJBD, w t i s u ih t leaders who will have to win their Country Communities Department - currently headed places in arduous and costly nation- by Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft - to ensure cemeteries are wide primaries. looked after, and thatremaining Jew s a made to feel re For Ayalon it was the last straw . parto the large Jewish whole. f r Ophir Pines-Paz, often cited as a future Country Jew s have also now grouped together in party leader, also considered leaving their own congress, as described in the story on page 4 t bu relented. Both Ayalon and Pines- - a welcome move which opens new possibilities. t Paz sought bu failed to get a promise In a manner of speaking, Rabbi Silberhaft, who trav- from Barak not to join a coalition led e s t every corner of the country, has become some- l o by Netanyahu. thing of a “ religious smous”, bringing Jewish “spiritu- T he new left-centre alliance Amos Oz. Ami Ayalon. (PHOTO: ILAN OSSENDRYVER) al” ware t Jew s with no other way o getting them. It s o f anchored by Meretz will present its is an inspiring, significant role and praise is due to the e Knesset list and candidat for prime seats within the Knesset’s centre l f-et ers dismiss the new alliance as a SAJBD and Rabbi Silberhaft for performing it. minister by mid-December. It hopes the bloc rather than enlarging the bloc passing fad. Some special events have taken place. For example, n i flux of f ormer Labour heav y weights and stopping the Likud from coming M e a n while, as Labour struggles, an entire Jewish cemetery consisting of 2 grave 5 s, will help propel Meretz into a doubl- e to pow er. Likud is picking up steam. At a cen- w hich was being vandalised by squat e s, was moved tr digit showing in the next Knesset and ei Reshef, how ever, b l eves the new tral committee meeting last Sunday, f s f rom the outskirt o Ficksburg in the Free Stat neare, prevent Netanyahu from forming the alliance and Labour will pick up seat s Netanyahu show ed off a gallery of n o h own’s municipal ceme- the Lesotho border, i t t e t next government. from small, one-issue parties and old and new stars thatrecently have tery. T he idea behind the new alliance is s i Kadima. In Reshef’ v ew Kadima’s y, n joined or rejoined the part i clud- The once-thriving Jewish community had, in its day, o ap i f t t into the reservo r o voters who hawks, among them Transport ation h ing Benny Begin, the son of t e fi s rt establ s e i s own, separate cemetery. When the com- ihd t identify with centre-left positions but Minister Shaul Mofaz, will draw votes Likud prime minister; former munity disappeared, there was no-one to take care o i f t . have been alienated from Labour aw ay f rom Likud, critically altering Cabinet minister Dan Meridor;for- To supervise the pro e t religious Jew s with experi- jc, under Barak. r n the balance of pow e i favour of the mer police chief Asaf Hefetz, who ence in moving graves halachically, we brought out re At a November 14 new s conference -et centre l f . n defected from Labour; a d former from Je rusalem. Ficksburg’s mayor - an ANC member announcing the group’s establishment, “ W h at is important is that the elec- national security adviser Uzi Dayan. - was immensely moved by the project and gave practi- a novelist Amos Oz decl red that Labour torate as a whole moves leftward and In Likud, those who clashed bitter- cal assistance. had “played out its historical role” and that we have enough seat t p s o revent y l with Netanyahu when he was Sadly, a dispute has been raging for a long time that the new alliance would take over the right from forming a govern- prime minister in the late 1990s, lkei among Jewish organisations about what should hap- y f as the main part o peace and social ment,” Reshef says. “At the end of the Begin and Meridor, h ave made their pen to monies deriving from the sale of small-tow n democracy. h day, t at’s what the election is all peace with him. y f shuls and other propert o defunct communities. Among the founders are former about.” In Labur, Barak’s close associat s e Should it be placed in trusts,for example, as some Labourite and Knesset speaker To what extent Ayalon’s departure from his time as prime minister are people insist, and the proceeds used for upkeep o f Avraham Burg and former Barak aide will hurt Labour is unclear. Ayalon running against him. While the gen- country cemeteries and to payfor a spiritual leader to Tzali Reshef. had hoped to lead the new left-wing y s f eral sense in the part i o people y t f regularl visit small pocke s o Jew s scat e t red T he reasons for Labour’s decline go t Meretz alliance bu failed to reach an deserting a sinking ship, Likud has a throughout the breadth and width of this vast country? beyond Barak’s “highly problemat c i” agreement with Meretz leader Haim sense of new and old Knesset hope- Should it go to religious bodies to which those shuls leadership, Reshef says. He argues that Oron. In the end, Ayalon broke aw ay fuls jumping on the winning band- belonged when they we a t re c ive? Or should it go into y o t t redibility by playing the part l s i s c and formed a new alliance with Rabb i w agon. the coff r o the mainstream Jewish community es f both sides of most key issues. Michael Melchior of the left-leaning Barak has less than 90 days to turn organisations? “You can’t be a party that s ays it Orthodox Meimad part y. things round, and Netanyahu less Things change, and South African Jewish life has w ants peace with the Palestinians and Announcing his move, Ayalon o than 90 days t avoid making mis- ly n h m oved on. It is unlike that i t e foreseeable future, be the big Jewish settlement builder, ” a decl red that while Barak was “not takes. But the first big election small-town Jewish communities will be re-established Reshef told JTA, saying Barak express- Labour’s problem”, he was “not the posters going up around Israel fea- in anything like the numbers that existed before. I a n es solemn commitments to peace one solution” either. Ayalon said he could- ture neither candidat e. ew f places like Herm a nus and Plettenberg Bay, n ew day while authorising new settlement ’ n t even persuade his own family T hey show the confident-looking communities are growing, but they are very diff rent e construction in the West Bank the members to vote Labour. e Kadima candidat for prime minister in tone to what existed before. next. “This double-talk doesn’t work e T h fact that Ayalon failed to close a i i ivni is whati with the slogan “Tz p L s Looking back, the old era of proi lfic country Jewish anymore.People want politicians with- deal with the new Meretz-led alliance good for the country”. life had some very beautiful qualities ab u i . I i a ot t t s out masks who tell them the truth, l does not augur wel for its showing in T he question for Livni, the current sw eet memory wort cherishing. h e t s i iut o l ow ” even wh n i i d ff c l t sw a l . next February’s election. It suggests f s oreign minister, i whether all this Critics of the new left-wing alliance there could be damaging clashes over realignment on the left will help or say it will succeed only in drawing w ho will lead and represent the hinder her. That will become clearer votes aw ay f rom Labour, reallocating alliance in the Knesset. Labour lead- in the coming weeks. ( TA)J 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 11 OPINION AND ANALYSIS Please FORUM FOR DIVERSE VIEWS support The future truly just the SA isn’t what it used to be... Jewish THE SECULAR year drawing to a close, if not quite an annus horribilus, has certainly been a very difficult one. What is more, the worst would seem to lie ahead. BARBARIC Report’s Am I just paranoid, or are the wheels indeed starting to come off in a big way? The future has seldom looked more menacing, not YAWP just for this country but for the world at large. David Saks advertisers Topping the list of global threats is, of course, the extraordinary economic meltdown, which has seen years of spectacular growth, first halted in its tracks censor the video if it was being shown on YouTube?” then rapidly reversed. Previous economic downturns asked Ernesto Cienfuegos on the right-wing blog site invariably saw comparisons with the disastrous Great http://www.aztlan.net <http://www.aztlan.net/> . Depression of yesteryear, with the question asked Other stuff out there is much worse than that. At the whether it was about to happen again. back of one’s mind has to be how the last great world For the first time since that epochal catastrophe, depression led in short order to the ascendancy of such comparisons are looking progressively more Nazism. valid. Maybe the spectacle of woebegone former cap- At this stage, however, increased anti-Semitism is tains of industry, or at least of former senior middle more an unpleasant side-effect of an already formida- managers, selling apples on street corners, is not so ble problem than the main issue that Jews have to far away. worry about. In South Africa, they were there already, even dur- Like everyone else, Jews are going to be a great deal ing the good times, showing how unevenly spread poorer, with increased numbers of unemployed and those good times were. bankruptcy victims having to be somehow accommo- There is something very wrong when one person’s dated by welfare services that themselves can expected monthly clothing bill exceeds another’s take-home drastically reduced revenues. salary, to say nothing of those who have no jobs at all. Some good may still come out of the crisis. Maybe The implosion of world Communism two decades pampered Western civilisation, driven by greed and ago represented an ideological rout for the anti-capi- rampant consumerism, needed just this kind of wake-up talist left. Now, it is the left’s turn to gloat as the criti- call (even if such moralising will not go down too well cally ill capitalist beast lurches from crisis to crisis. with those who are losing their jobs and/or savings). Are they, in fact, gloating? It would be illogical if As we reflect on an era of extraordinary prosperity they were, equivalent to steerage passengers jeering that has evidently run its course, it would also be well at the richer classes on the upper decks because the to remember how that prosperity could hardly be said ship is going down. to have been equally spread. It is surely not healthy for Vocal left-wingers tend, after all, to be journalists, the gaps between the haves and have-nots to be as wide university academics, trade unionists and NGO work- as they have become. ers, all dependent for their daily bread on the capital- Another good thing might be that South Africans, ist system they despise. Maybe I’m out of touch, but confronted with the unholy mess that such apparently such overt displays of schadenfreude would seem to advanced, sophisticated countries like the UK and US have yet to make an appearance from that quarter. have made of their financial management, may con- Instead, it is the free-marketeers themselves who clude that their own country is not such a benighted are posing the hard questions about the system in backwater after all. which they had placed such firm faith and which now Even the now discredited Thabo Mbeki’s most vocif- everywhere seems to be failing them. erous critics, after all, credited his administration, Most ordinary people are bewildered and chastened headed by the five-star Trevor Manuel, with sound rather than angry; once the job losses and reposses- financial administration. As a result, we may be shield- sions start in earnest, that will probably change. ed from some of the worst fall-out of the crisis. Jews naturally braced themselves for the inevitable One recalls how public morale went into a tailspin as conspiracy theories attributing the disaster to their a result of the electricity cuts at the beginning of the evil machinations behind the scenes, and did not have year. Unacceptable as this was, there was surely a to wait long. degree of over-reaction? The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith was Identifying such crumbs of comfort and holding on to soon reporting hundreds of such postings, and was them as our faery gold evaporates is pretty much all instrumental in having YouTube remove a video ped- that the person in the street can do at this stage. dling them, to predictable accusations of censorship The events that will decide all our fates would seem and over-arching Jewish power. to be out of our hands, and what is worse, it is all too “If video recorders were available in the time of evident that even the financial “experts” on whom we Jesus Christ and someone recorded Jesus kicking out slavishly relied, clearly haven’t a clue what is going on the ‘money lenders’ from the Temple, would the ADL either. AROUND THE WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF GALILEE BEDOUINS CLAIM OBAMA AS RELATIVE JERUSALEM - A tribe of Bedouin from northern member, told "The Times" last week. "We wrote a Israel claims it is blood relatives of Barack Obama. letter to him explaining the family connection." The 8 000-member tribe in the Bir al-Maksour vil- Abdullah told "The Times" that he has not heard lage in the Galilee plans to hold a party in Obama's from Obama or his campaign. He says he has pic- honour next week at which they will slaughter a tures and documents to back his claim. dozen goats to feed everyone, Abdul Rahman Sheik The tribe believes that Obama's Kenyan grand- Abdullah told the "The Times" of London. mother is the descendant of an African migrant "We knew about it years ago, but we were afraid to worker who was employed by a rich Arab sheik in talk about it because we didn't want to influence the British Mandate Palestine in the 1930s and a local election," Abdullah, a 53-year-old local council Bedouin girl. (JTA) 12 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 TAPESTRY ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE ARTS MATTERS COMPILED BY These bells reach out to be played ROBYN SASSEN Exhibition: “Making Space” (Alliance Francaise ceramics. The works never slip into the apolo- Gallery, Parkwood. 083-600-4030) getic taint or heavy-handed boisterousness of Call 084-319-7844 or Artist: Loren Kaplan craft - they have soul; their reasonable pricing email@example.com at Until: November 22 - i i y. attests to their have ab l t least one week prior to REVIEWED BY ROBYN SASSEN publication A SMALL French-speaking boy stood solemnly Alliance Francaise, Saxo n- before “The Bells of Forgiveness”, when I visited. w old: “Making Space”, ceram- This key installation in “Making Space”, com- i s by Loren Kaplan, until c a ay prising six bells of bl ck cl suspended in a steel N ovember 22. 083-600-4030. frame,reaches out to the visitor to play. He did, l owing their resonant distinct voices to sing. al A rtspace, Rosebank: “Jacob’s K aplan is a magician with light, sound and Ladder”, n ew work by Susan things thatchange your life by their presence. W oolf, until November 27 (011) “Making Space” segues visual, tactile and spir- 880-8802. itual values with classically African ones,blend- n i g form, function and meaning. Civic Theatre Complex , The bells, lights and vessels are decorated B raamfontein: “Snow White”, ih l meticulously with holes through which l g t fi - ters or meanderings plotted on still moist cl ay. “Bells of Forgiveness”, six ceramic bells i d rected by Janice Honeyman, until December 31 in the Nelson K aplan’s process-based photographs are inter- made of black mud, suspended on a mild Mandela (011) 877-6800. i esting; they’re documentaries not poems,lke her steel frame. (PHOTOGRAPH: LOREN KAPLAN) Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Ormonde: Tchaikovksy s “Nutcracker”, choreographed by Adele Blank, danced by Mzansi Productions, u t l ’ ni Unfortunately too clever by half Exhibition: “Jacob’s Ladder” (Artspace, known as the “zap” sign-middle finger raised in N ovember 30 (011) 248-5000. Rosebank, (011) 880-8802) opprobrium. Artist: Susan Woolf T hey are metaphorical portraits of a range o f M a rket Theatre, Newtown: Until: November 25 political icons, from Zuma and Mugabe to Evita In the Laage “r, Jungle Book”, Bezuidenhout. directed by Craig Higginson, REVIEWED BY ROBYN SASSEN flects It’s not clear whether the “zap” gesture re until November 30. In the Main the person re flected in the portrait’s courage T heatre, Isango Portobello’s i THE TRO U B L E with political satre is it needs to be ow t ard society or the artist’s dismay of said “The Magic Flute Impempe readily readable and splinteringly cl i s ever. Th s i depicted person. Yomlingo”, until November 30. w here “Jacob’s Ladder” slips. f A sculpture o a headless bird, made of shred- In the Barney Simon, “Silent W oolf’s exhibition about Zimbabw e, games play- t t s ded Zim cash has the freshest potential, bu i i Voice” written and directed by ing and political one-upmanship, is too literal and alone: the framed works on paper on the walls are Aubrey Sekhabi with Presley caught up in self-conscious cl t rots out everness. I t facile and repetitive. C h weneyagae, Zenzo Ngqobe, platitudes susceptible to ambiguity. Thato Moraka and Boitumelo “Evita”, sculpture in acrylic with mixed media. Central to the exhibition are seven life-sized Shisana. (011) 832-1641. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY ARTSPACE) a sculpted hands, e ch expressing what is colloquially Montecasino, Fo u r ways In : Palpable give and take between ’cello, piano Teatro, “Beauty and the Beast”, directed by Alan Sw erdlow , until January 11 with Talia K odesh and Anton Luitingh in t e t t e roles. In the Studio, h il Concert: Gary Hoffman,’cello; Anneke Lamont, e Rostropovich - the duo immediatly engaged us s impulse wa ever present in the Sardana and Sw erdlow directs Roy Smiles’ piano in the illustrated storybook structure o the f Finale. A myriad sound resources we t re apped. “Pythonesque”, u t l January ni Venue: Linder Auditorium f w ork. They caught more o its essential spirit Brahms’ ‘Cello Sonata no 2 in F, Opus 99 is 10. In the Main Theat re, Alan Programme: Music by Prokofiev, Cassado and than I can remember from previous live perform - both more relaxed and outgoing than its prede- Committie is back with another Brahms ances. cessor, written 21 years before.The ‘cello writing season of Rob Becke ’ rs t oiiy n h I s n b l t i t e face of adversity, special tone is also more demanding and exploratory, u i it l s- “Defending the Caveman”, u t l ni REVIEWED BY PAUL BOEKKOOI f o gentle, chastened wisdom, and a feeling of n remolando and pizzicat e igt l s o ffects as we l a a January 11. (011) 511-1988. iue r h it f l grat t d fo t e g f o fow ering melody, made in f greater explorat o o the expre ss ive higher reg- THE MUSES l ’ ove special occasions. That s why its mark . se i t r. N ational Children’s Theatre, the annual Nabarro Chamber Concert in the mid- There we re moments when the duo evoked the f Re reshing was the experience of the opening Parktown: “Charlotte’s Web”, dle and the Pe rcy Baneshik memorial concert at composer’s childlike, wide-eyed spirit with a var- m ovement, not only as an adrenaline-fuelled d rected by Joyce Levinsohn, i the end of the year on the Johannesburg Musical ied instrumental palette, sharp details, and the outburst of chest-beating heroics,but also as an until December 20 (011) 484- Society’s calendar, has seldom been like a damp u i ive sense of nostalgia. It was a conjuring of a f g t h rue contrasts which chamber example of t e t 1584. ts s f i t ave something squib. I ’ a i visiting art s s h performance in which textural felicity and an music intends. special to share. articulate eloquence dominat d e. There was a palpable sense of g ive and take Ninth Street, Parkhurst: O n t e an I c rt i ly was the case with Canadian ‘cellist Hoffman made us feel the Spanish earthiness between the two protagonists throughout the N ovember 23, Jonathan Hur- Gary Hoffman, with our own Anneke Lamont at f f rom times ancient right up to the vibrancy o the w ork as a whole. witz pays t i r bute to Paul the piano. country in our own time through his playing of s f The two encore o music by Shostakovich N ewman in an evening dedicat - fi Opening the concert with Proko ev’s Cello Gaspar Cassado’s Suite for Solo ‘Cello. Especially re ly and Bloch we both tru aw esome within their ed to “Hud” (1962). On Sonata in C major, Opus 119 - a work dedicated to h ageolets we magical, wh l t e folkloristic t e fl re ie h own sphere s. N ovember 30, Stanley Peskin talks on spark-yielding opera duo Anna Netrebko and His beloved Vesper (Eva Green) met an untimely Bolivian general. Rolando VillazÛn in Ve 01 8-08 rdi’s “La Traviata”. ( 1 ) 7 3 0 8 . FELDMAN ON end in “Casino Royale” and 007 is still as mad as a snake. T he villainous Dominic Greene, the man w ho wants to take over the planet, is played Old Mutual Theatre on the IM FL T he new production ignites just after the last Bond adventure ended and opens with a classic by the bug-eyed Mathieu Amalric, whose at l s film, “The Diving Bell and the Square, Sandton: “Does my te Pe rFeldman car chase in which Bond is burning up rubber all Butterfl y”, had him engaged in blinking bum wobble?” a musical come- r t ly ove I a with a trussed-up Mr White (Jesper only one eye. He will not go down as one of dy about blind dating, written Quantum of Solace Christensen) in the boot of his Aston Mart ni. Bond’s more memorable baddies. by Shelley Meskin and Thomas T he next scene focuses on White’s interroga- T his James Bond is a disappointment and Hall, with musical direction by Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mathieu o tion by M (Judi Dench), wh finds herself sur- i e t e ivers the popcorn i fails on w hl i dl , t Roelof Colyn, until December Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton rounded by traitorous MI6 agents now working m a ny other counts. 31. (011) 883-8606. Director: Marc Foster or f Quantum, an agency bent on world domina- tion. We then find Bond on the march again to T he Christmas Cottage State Theatre, Pretoria: In James Bond has certainly changed over the eliminate the opposition and he’s killing every- the Opera, SA Ballet Theatre years. The suave, sophistication has now been thing that move s. Cast: Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden, performs “Rock-A-Tutu”. Nov- replaced by a rough-and-ready rogue who T he scenes are neither fresh nor original and Peter O’Toole ember 21 - December 14 (012) ignores orders and pursues his own killing w e even get to witness Bond leaping across Director: Michael Campus 392-4000. agenda. And I don’t like that much. There is no rooftops in Bolivia and Haiti in Matt Damon element of fun. mode. T his is a gloriously enriching family drama W its Theatre Complex, Bra- s r o ite T here i far too much action and fa t o l t l est Director Marc Forster, a s n i ive enough soul it based on famous American art s Thomas a m fontein: “Callback”, a e story (or memorabl characters) with which to w ho made “Monster’s Ball”, and “Finding Kinkade whose lifelong dream wa t t ls o el cabare t d rected by Gina i sink our teeth into and after a while the whole N everland”, exposes his limitations as an action the story behind his art . Shmukler and Greg Homann e i ive. shenanigan becomes tedious and rep t t director by trying to overcompensat e. V eteran Peter O’Toole, Marcia Gay with musical direction by Daniel Craig, who is closer to Sean Connery T he feeble Bond girls include the pouty Harden and Polish new comer Jared Bryan Schimmel, until than either Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan in Ukrainian model Olga Kurylenko as Camille, Padalecki (as Kinkade) turn in excellent N ovember 22 (011) 717-1380. his depiction of Bond, gets entangled in this w ho is suffering anguish and who is out for performances in a film that will warm the ri. unholy mess because he is on the revenge t a l revenge because her family were murdered by a heart and bring tears to the soul. 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 13 TAPESTRY ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE Confirming Gottlieb’s huge talent Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb one in which he was deux with the dead best (Serpent’s Tail, R199) raised: with a cold, dis- friend he alw ays en- tant father, a mother vied, and whose identi- REVIEWED BY GWEN PODBREY unable to confront ty he now begins to try crises of any kind and n i o , l ke a long-coveted i INVESTING TOO heav ly i ro e n l- an older brother whose mantle. Surprisingly,i t models can have serious conse- h n deat i childhood left is y l. n f t remarkabl we l I quences - as Nick Framingham dis- lasting lacerations on fact, the boundaries covers when his lifelong friend and h t e family. between the two men’s idol, Rob Castor, commits suicide So when Belinda presences in the worl d after killing his girlfriend in a Castor - Framingham’s s h recede steadily, a t e Manhattan apartment. former girlfriend - darknesses in Rob T he tragedy rocks Castor’s home- returns to Monarch to Castor’s life throw town of Monarch, where Framing- pack her deceased r h tl shadow s ove t e s i l s. ham still live Now 40 and unhappi- brother’s possessions i lving - but stricke -n y l married to Lucy, with two sons, and mourn with old Nick Framingham, he is so devastated by the new s that iva friends, her arr l reaw akens a w hose prophetic warning now his already fragile psychological flood of long-stifled feelings in comes true: “The best, most pas- anchor is completely wrenched F ramingham’s cauterised heart . sionat l lw e ove a ays b reeds its ow n from its mooring. Her eccentricity, permissiveness extinction.” T hus begins Framingham’s long, and warmth take him back to a Somew here, in the intensity of s e l s agonising decline, a h reive four time of youthful promise; how ev- h ef his dependence on Castor, t e s l - decades of hero-worshipping er, they also accentuate the stiff , destruct lever was poised to acti- h recocious, good-look- Castor, t e p aw k ward rectitude of his wife, vat e. ing, uber-cool boy next door who y w ho - understandabl - great ly Eli Gottlieb’s depiction of Rob lw a ays made rebellion look easy, resents the reappearance of her i Castor draw s so heav ly on stereo- w hose Jewish, well-to-do family l old riva. typical sixties imagery that it some- ff a orded him an easy ride into As Framingham’s marriage times loses credibility. Moreover, adulthood, and whose astounding is o l beg n t fa l apart, he surrenders his female characters - particularl y i fi writing talent and savo r- a re held e. to the inevitabl Indeed, he hurries f re that o Lucy - a rather hollow . the town’s youth in thrall. t ln, i a o g re m oving himself to the But, then, Framingham’s disinte- i N ow , lke Framingham, they are s f fringe o Lucy’s life and deriving i s n grating marr age i o ly one of the e t ewildered, unabl t d gest the lf b e o i almost surreal pleasure f rom the t t o novel’s constructs. A i s c re, i its implications of their hero s cl’ ay widening chasm between them. concerned with stymied manhood: e it f feet: “Th g f o Rob’s act was to. . . e o Unabl t fathom her husband’s with the way unwholesome bonds toss our assumptions into a cocked h excessive despair at Castor’s deat , f o friendship continue to grow , , o t rt hat t s a a meter running in each Lucy shouts in rage: “You’re steal- forming tentacles that eventually f o us, whose ticking would accom- n rom this marr age to service ig f i exert a stranglehold. Framing- pany a newly mortal conception of r some Tom Saw ye fantasy about ham’s boyhood closeness to Castor our own selve ” s. your past that n ever existed!” - based on cynicism and a mutual Apartf if f rom the gr e o losing his In many ways, she is correct. The at h t s e for anarchy - t row s up a best friend, Framingham finds he at p s for which Framingham gr eve i s grotesque mirror image o two f can no longer continue the sem- s i rooted more in his own, subjec- individuals siphoning each other’s blance of the life he has somehow ive memories than in any reality. t ie l f blood, and needing each other’s h slipped into. Castor’s deat forces For all his sophistication, Rob pain. him to reappraise his own roles as a Castor was a domineering, self-cen- Ye, for all its homo-erotic sug- t o, l s n father and - above a l - h s- u tred young man whose warmth s iveness,i runs far deeper than ge t t band. ow t ards Framingham invariabl y l f sexuality. A l o poetry, Castor tells “Because we married fairl y included a pat ronising edge, and Framingham, is contained in the young, Lucy and I, we ran out of w ho continually played on his “b” of the word “subtle”: thus the y things to say earl on, and were friend’s insecurities to keep him boundaries of their friendship are forced to develop an accommoda- aw ed and subservient. never articulat d e. tion with a deep silence at the heart He was also intensely manipula- It is a disturbing psychological f . o our relationship. . we’d both ive - so much so that he succeeded t portrait, with much t o o ffer anyone believed that the world would pro- n i roping Framingham into a fi a ,nl w ho has ever battled, in the after- vide enough interesting material devastating action which forms the h f m at o loss, to unravel the skeins or in” f a lifetime of conversat o . climax of this gripping nove. l f o the past, and to question their When it didn’t, the couple simply As Framingham confronts the l n own ro e i forming them. t o ive around - rather than learn t l ghosts of his past - including his e, i i i y o Gottlieb’s fluid styl h s ab l t t with - each other, hoping that time emotionally distanced father - he locate - with alarming precision - the and their children would off r e learns things about his history l secret seams and joints of re ation- diversion enough to stay the course. w hich add a new , distraught l f ships, and his contro o the nove ’ ls T heir situation, Framingham urgency to his bond with Rob Castor. mounting tension stamp him as a s ei now realises, i e r ly similar to the He performs a macabre pas de writer of extraordinary calibre. A truly fresh feel good piece Advertorial Record results rocks SA's art circuit Show: “Callback” (Downstairs Theatre, RECORD PRICES, new levels and an energised, buoyant market Wits, Braamfontein, tel (011) 717-1380) astounded sellers. It was all eager for their works," says Cast: Kalvin K Kol-Kes, Adam Pelkowitz, happening at Russell Kaplan's Russell of Russell Kaplan Matthew Short, Mary-Anne Wright, most recent auction. As unprece- Auctioneers. Zarcia Zacheus, Sane Zondi. dented results were attained, He adds, "There's great Director: Gina Shmukler, assisted by there was much excitement in the interest for the likes of Cecil Greg Homann auction room. Skotnes, Irma Stern, Eduardo Musical direction: Bryan Schimmel Setting an alltime new record Villa, Pierneef, Adriaan Boshoff Design: Roy Paynter (lighting) and a staggering high for a and Maggie Laubscher, to name Until: November 22 Skotnes work of its size, the just a few." Skotnes carved, incised and It's not only art that's REVIEWED BY ROBYN SASSEN painted wood panel from the drawing the crowds at RKA. Shaka Zulu series, fetched Furniture, collectables, jewellery, f THE INEVITABILITY o auditions for per- R585 000. silver, glassware and objets d'art formers is one thing, formulaic songs And then there was the are all fetching strong prices. about self-worth, another. Blended “Life’s not worth a damn till you can say, Eduardo Villa painted steel Right now is the time to make onstage, they could represent a recipe for hey world I am what I am!” Zarcia skyscraper measuring 185cm tall sure that your items are in the in-house jokes and sappy t ruisms; in Zacheus, Matthew Short, Sane Zondi, dating to the 1970s which sold proven place for record prices - “Callback”, they don’t. Kalvin K Kol-Kes, Adam Pelkowitz and for R375 000 - a figure which far and that's at Russell's next e f Under thre o the best directors around Mary-Anne Wright. (PHOTOGRAPH: SALLY surpassed the estimated price auction. or f this type of show , these six talented GAULE) and seller's expectation. RKA's massive yearend students create a work replete with fresh- A 1981 oil by John festive sale takes place on u t fies the songs’ clchés and ness that j s i i s i choreographically rough, bu a ft resh, Koenakeefe Mohl depicting December 5. You don't want to raises a lump in your throat as to their feel good piece in a space designed to feel Russell of Russell Kaplan snow melting in Soweto, went for miss this unique opportunity that future, r ather than a flabby cynicism as to i i l ke the kind of lve cabaret we miss in Auctioneers next to the R230 000 - a phenomenal figure could end your year with a others’ pasts. suburban Johannesburg. Eduardo Villa steel sculpture for one of his works of that size. profitable bang. W ith medleys o songs drawing fro m f ch these names - they’re the next W at SOLD for R375 000, a "No matter how grey the For entries for future show s ranging from Chorus Line to The generation of local stars who have whati t record auction price for a economic outlook, blue chip auctions and appraisals W iches of Eastwick and snippets about t takes to hold their heads up high and work by the artist of this 20th century South African artists give Russell a call on t e i i i l failure o great stars, the work h nta s f dream impossibl de reams. size. are in huge demand and there's 083 675 8468. 14 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 LETTERS The Editor, Suite 175, Postnet X10039, Randburg, 2125 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer Guidelines for letters The letters page is intended to provide opportunity for a range of views on any given topic to Letters up to 400 words will get preference. Please provide your full first name and surname, be expressed. 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(MR JUSTICE) Dennis Davis is rightly f f ind many o them a little too passionat e f I AS part o the Jewish community of thateven go to the Re form shuls once a year given much praise as an academic and and the fact that he has a wide media cover- South Africa, has the fo ll owing to say to on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. jurist and is certainly a credit to the age and repeats them ad nauseam, does Denis Davis: Enough is enough already. f I I am wrong, I will be man enough to Jewish community who should be proud of (not) make them any more palat e. abl i e W eek after week or whenever your artcl s stand up and say that I am wrong and that his achievements. i rusade to In particular I hope that h s c are printed in the SA Jewish Report, t e h you are correct. Until you put the correct As a broadcaster on TV and radio, h ie s “modernise” and re-educate the Orthodox Jewish community of this country are numbers together, please stop this irr t i ating lw a ays entertaining, interesting and stim- e, community is resisted and that h and his treated to your pat ronising words which Orthodox bashing. ulating. His columns in your new spaper soul mates in the Re form movement do not ove do not promote any l for Am Israel, not r i I neve read letters and artcles that bash o and elsew here are a pleasure t read as win the argument or the moral and rei- l or f the Re o form Jew s, n t for the Orthodox the Re form m ovement as you bash the they reinforce his logical, eloquent and gious high ground. Jew s and not for the secular Jew s who Orthodox movement. Get onto another sub- e t e f articulat s yl o presenting his view s. My vote goes to those who deserve the y probabl go both ways. f ject that is beneficial to “all” Jew s o South My comments come from someone who re i d c d t for us having survive for over 3 000 lw You are a ays quoting the fl ed aw Africa. This country is in trouble and I am does not care to be labelled, but am happy years and who will ensure that we continue K aplan report that show s that your sector sure that you are able to make more worth- to be called a committed Jewish tradition- to survive as a community. f o Jew s is smaller than that o the f w hile contributions. alist. This may by implication suggest In this context one has to strike a balance Orthodox sector. Please Dennis Davis,I As regards Mr Steve Lurie, the same s o someone that i n t very religious and between traditionalism and modernity, f aw beg o you to print the unfl ed report applies to you. Please give us the breakdow n hopefully does not suggest someone who is between cl ever and wise, between sustain- n c . t a s og c that i your eyes is corre t I t ke l i f o numbers at the SABJE schools that a re brain dead. able moral values and hype and I think and commonsense which I thought you Orthodox and Re form learners. The Bnei I therefore believe that Davis’s creden- i is o t t ih. Dennis Dav s fa l t ge i r g t had. Akiva and Habonim do not go around the tials do not necessarily make his passion- I know that you are a very learned man schools to convert and bring Re form learn- e ega , o i l atly held view s on many l l s c a , D a n ny Kahan in your field. Anyone can see that there ers over to the Orthodox side. e. political and religious topics acceptabl I Ra’anana and Sandton are many more Orthodox shuls and T here is no need for this as these two shtieblach that on Rosh Hashanah and organisations have more than enough learn- YOM RABIN: STEVE LURIE HAS NOTHING TO APOLOGISE FOR Yom Kippur are packed to capacity with r o e s t fill their camps.Iapplaud the decision I HAVE read the reportabout the incident s h ih W h at i t e r g t forum? When is the right even more people not even being abl t e o f o Rabbi (Craig) Kacev and the SABJE. at the Yom Rabin memorial service involv- time? get into these Orthodox shuls at times. ing Mr Steve Lurie, as well as Mr Lurie’s Y itzhak Rabin was a man with great Please give us the numbers of Re form Sydney Kanich ow s ky apology. understanding and tolerance of Jewish Jew s that a re signed up as members or Bedford Park, Johannesburg In my opinion, Mr Lurie had nothing to diversity. I am sure that he would have apolog s for with regard to the actions by ie applauded Mr Lurie’s stand in the face of QUESTION MARK OVER OBJECTIVITY OF COMPETITION f the SA Jewish Board o Education in ban- injustice against Jew s at a commemoration YOUR NEW S PA P E R generously gave expo- it n w orkers and WIZO-connected people, g f s,i ning Netze fr rom general activity at King to his memory. sure to a Bride and Bridegroom of recognition of services rendered to WIZO! D avid Schools. So, where is the apology f rom Mr f Yesteryear competition, on behalf o W I Z O W hy does WIZO run competitions such as In this democratic country of ours, t e h l (Avrom) Krenge for so rudely cutting Glenlinks,Johannesburg branch . the Bride and Bridegroom of Yesteryear and l n ividuals are recognised and rights of a l i d t short S eve Lurie’s address? T his competition, though benefiting a t ei n i y, n rder to give judge i , I b l eve, u fa rl i o protected in our Constitution and one can t s ru I i a t ly sobering thought that t e h w orthy cause, was biased and I also ques- prizes to WIZO-connected people, while only sympathise with Mr Lurie’s frustra- man who killed Rabin was a devout Jew , d tion the way in which it was judge . deserving couples, who look magnificent as tion and anger in dealing with the SABJE secure in his own righteous arrogance, e ve r ze Th final 20 couples and the fi p i - Bride and Bridegroom of Yesteryear are the f as well as the absolute failure o the va i-r closed-minded and intolerant. Sadly, Rabb i re winners, we names of people, connected real prize-winners,but are never considered? ous leadership bodies of the South African y (Craig) Kacev, and presumabl the entire ins to the WIZO organisat o ’ chairwomen of Jewish community in ensuring that t e h , board appears to also find Jewish justice in branches, WIZO workers, headmasters of Karen Kerr l y rights of a l Jew s - and particularl Jewish intolerance and closed-mindedness. Jewish day s t t chools, e c, e c. Why do organi- Highlands North children at a Jewish day school - are pro- Some day soon, the discrimination that sations such as WIZO, not simply g ive WIZO Johannesburg etd tce. Jewish children of Progressive persuasion i T his is a primary oblgation to the com- continually experience at King David OH, WHAT A MEMORABLE TRIP TO YESTERYEAR! f munity and the failure o their “quiet Schools might just prompt somebody t o diplomacy” over the past months since the become furious enough to take the mat e tr I WRITE to congratulat t e SA Jewish e h o f T hanks, t o, for your coverage o the problem fi s a s e r t rose, i a t rrible indictment to the Constitutional Court . Report and WIZO, the organisers of the event. This, no doubt, contributed to the o them. They should be keeping bigoted f Do we want this dirty linen aired in the recent “Brides and Grooms of Yesteryear” success of the day and once more demon- practices aw ay f rom broad community broader media? s ru competition. It wa t ly a sentimental strated your premier position as the prime institutions. trip down Memory Lane. o f communicat r o the Jewish community. W hy were there objections to the foru m Cynthia Duchen T he Glenlinks WIZO branch are to be Once again, Kol Hakavod! used by Mr Lurie for voicing his concerns? Highlands North, Johannesburg congratulated on their organisation on the t s ru day. I wa t ly professional and a great Ernie and Hilary Saks deal of fun for all concerned. Johannesburg ALL ABOUT BOBBAS - WHERE ARE THE ZAIDAS? WHAT IS quite surprising is that since the enough to be a winner. SA CONNECTION TO NEW JERUSALEM MAYOR inception of the bobbas and zaidas compe- T here are obviously more wo m e n THE NEW LY-ELECTED m ayor of daughters on aliyah 1975. tition which is being run by the Union of ly around, but sure to goodness there must , a t Jerusalem, Nir Barkat h s a s rong South PS: I am the uncle and boy, am I kleibing Jewish Women (to send a granny or grand- be some worthy zeida candidates in con- African connection. His wife is Beverl y naches! father on an all-expenses paid visit to fa m- y tention who would dearl and longingly ) f (nee Sakalovsky o Glenhazel and Benoni. l h i y overseas) one sadly feels that t e form at w elcome the opportunity to be a winner,t o y Beverl is the second daughter of Lorna Colin Plen smacks of deep bias against the male gen- wing his way across the skies to visit long and Louis Sakalovsky who took their Milnerton der. ot l s family. Makes one think doesn’t it? ei n h ve I b l eve that i t e fi years that t e h venture has evolved, there has never been Barney Sega l l LOOKING FOR SAMUEL JACOBSON a deserving zeida who has been lucky Bedfordview A MAN f rom Biafra, James Oremma, cur- e n to operat i a building in Market Street in rently staying in South Africa, is looking the Johannesburg CBD. or f a friend of his in the Jewish communi- James remembers two brothers, Dale and WIZO’S BRIDES AND GROOMS OF YESTERYEAR ARE TOPS ty that he lost touch with many years ago. o ived in Cape Town. If M a rk Jacobson, wh l O N B E H A L F o m y bride of yesteryear, f able prizes we won and we have to thank Samuel Jacobson, who was born in anyone has any inform ation or contact Sandra and I, there are not enough words once again, the organisers, WIZO, and n s ive in Te South Africa, but whose pare t l l ive f details on Samuel or relat s o his, please to compliment the organisers of WIZO for especially the sponsors who donated the Aviv, moved to America some years ago to send them to email@example.com as a fantastic, well-organised and enjoyabl e beautiful prizes which we will cherish for- expand his gem stone business that used James would love to meet his friend again. m o rning at the Sandton Shul Hall on ever. Sunday, November 16. H aving won the joint second prize, we are absolutely thrilled with the unbeliev- Mailey and Sandra Perkus Johannesburg AROUND THE WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF NATHAN LAPINSKY AND BELGRAVIA BOWLING CLUB RUSSIA SEEKS UNMANNED DRONES FROM ISRAEL I REFER to the contribution by Sheila r of up fo g l . M O S C OW -Russia wants to buy unmanned Israeli-made drone conducting reconnais- Fishman in Community Buzz of Other Jewish members were Noel r f rom Israel, accord- reconnaissance airc a t f sance for Georgia ove i s b r t reakaw ay region N ovember 7. R utenberg, Levin, Sosternack(?),that I can ing to the Russian defence ministry. f t o Abkhazia this summer. I was one of s ev- Her father wa fa f s r rom being the only recall. I am sure that there were more,but The decision to buy represents a depar- e no ul eral incidents that escalat d i t a f l - Jew in the Belgravia Bowling Club. My I’m afraid that at my age (80) my re a l i cl s ture for post-Soviet Russia, which rare ly bl it n a y own confl c i e rl August. father, Nathan Lapinsky was a member not as it was. has sought to buy weapons from Israel. Georgia had bought dozens of the drones or f nigh on 50 years. T here was never any anti-Semitism or Instead it has provided weapons to many o f in the two years leading up to the war, I fact he wa responsibl for purchas- n s e reference to being Jewish or otherwise - the countries surrounding Israel. Some of according to the stat -e run new s agency ing the current property in Bedfordview w e were just players like anybody else. those weapons havefallen into the hands of si RIA-Novo t . Russian off icials seemed to f the club, and moving it from it’s origi- or T his also applied to visiting bowlers. H ezbollah militias in Lebanon. suggest that they had decided to buy the nal home in Jules Street, Belgrav a f m i , ro W ould that this could be the case in all iil n t Russian military off c a s i a s atement drones after seeing them in action during w hence it derives its name. clubs. r released on November 14 port ayed the pos- it the Georgian conflc. H e, and Coughey Parsons supplied the i s ble weapons deal as a stopgap measure "These are unmanned reconnaissance s brick for the building. I also played there Monty Lapinsky until the country can produce its ow n planes, which had performed we l i l n very often in 1946/7 before g iving bowls Johannesburg unmanned drones in the near future. Georgia," said Mikhail Musat ov, a member A Russian fighter jet shot down an f o Russia's parliament. (JTA) 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 15 COMMUNITY COLUMNS Aliyah Expo a resounding success ABOVE Sad farewell to RITA LEWIS At the opening evening in Cape Town there w ere some 200 visitors, although in total there THE RECENT Aliyah Expo at Beyachad in w ere some 340 individual interview s held. BOARD great lady and Johannesburg had been an outstanding success T he consultants and experts in their fields with the number of people enquiring about came out from Israel especially for the Expo. ev e g l, Z Kr n e toa a r a NainlCh i m n making aliyah, increasing with every day o the T hey represented the private sector, g f overn- A lm o teS Jws Bordo Deuis coun f h A eih a f pte dear friend Expo, Ofer Dahan, director of the Israel Centre ment departments and the Jewish Agency. A l said at a report-back meeting. f o them went out of their way to answ er the T he Expo started with a meaningful opening m a ny diverse questions posed to them, cover- l on an ongoing basis. No doubt, there with significant speakers from the community ing the diverse needs of potential olim. ly W E W E R E deep saddened by the pass- re w e even more a reas in which she was and Jewish Agency, as well as expert f m s ro Dahan said each expert c overed specific sub- ing of our dear friend and colleague Dr i ave nvolved that I h forgotten or am not Israel addressing the audience, with every jects, which would hopefully bring potential a Jocelyn Hellig, a great l dy whose per- aw areo.f availabl chair in the marquee taken up. e h olim to the point of actually making aliya . sonal integrity, s y cholarl gifts and n s requent appearances in the Jocely ’ f Following this opening event, half hour ses- f T here were in all, three days o individual unsw erving commitment to justice i l forms made media and on publ c p at sions were held with the diff rent consultants meetings with the experts where those inter- e made an indelible impression on all who i her in many ways the publc face, n t o and expert g e o s, iving advice on various aspects of ested in making aliyah were abl t find out knew her. ut f t f j s o the SAJBD, bu o the Jewish aliyah. These continued for some three hours m o re about life in Israel, work possibilities, Communal leaders of so high a cali- community and indeed of Judaism and thatevening. etc. bre do not come along often, and when tef the Jewish heritage i s l . A total of 980 participants visited the Expo. Appointments had been set up in advance by they do, we must treasure them. Now She spoke with authority on a wide In numbers this amounted to around 420 at the the Israel Centre and by the experts present at thatJocelyn is no longer with us, we can f range o subjects, f rom anti-Semitism opening evening in Johannesburg, some 250 on the opening evening, so there was no waste of es at l a t remember the many things she and the Holocaust, through to issues of the second evening for the Rabin Memorial and time. accomplished for our community and comparat ive religion, Israel and the Israel Encounter briefing evening and some 110 Not only was time spent with the Israeli carry her example forward in our ow n Middle East question, Judaism in Africa s, participants for the third evening for the aliyah expert but various events were held every endeavours. and the history and make-up of our ow n flight briefi g n. evening at Beyachad, with the aim of pulling Jocelyn was already a veteran mem- Jewish community. T he number of visitors mentioned here m o re people into the Expo. s rt lc ber of the Board when I wa fi s e e t- f M u ch o w hat she had to deal with reflects the total number of participants at the T hese included the Rabin Memorial, a meet- ed to the Gauteng Council some seven ril w as controve s a , but she had not only n functions and meetings, and not the number of i g for the youth and parents of the Israel years ago. At the time of her passing, ie t ut s the intellectual expert s bu , j s a n participants, as some participants had more Encounter and a farew ell and briefi g for the she was national vice-chairman of the h est importantly, t e s n i ivity to address than one interview . second aliyah flight - “Aliyah Bet”. Board as well as one of the Gauteng e such issues appropriatly.Thus, when a Council’s vice-chairmen. t s atement was made on the radio to the W e will miss her unfailingly wise, b l- anced input at our council meetings,but as anyone who worked with her will a effect that t e Jew s we responsibl for h t killing Jesus,i was Jocelyn to whom we re turned to appear on the same show and e Successful fundraiser for Israelis in uniform know , her multifaceted contributions to put the record straight. ALISON GOLDBERG f mander in chief o the Israeli Navy. the work o the Board went so much fur- f Similarl when the controve s a film y, ril Among its activities are the distribution of ther than that. She curated highly suc- The Passion of the Christ, appeared on O R L A C H A YAL (Light of the Soldiers), with its s f package o snacks and presents at IDF bases, cessful exhibitions, chaired our bur- our screens, i was Jocelyn who guided t mission to bring joy and encouragement to the checkpoints and frontlines. It also conducts spe- saries committee, addressed innumer- s n u i formulating an appropriat e soldiers and off es icers of the IDF who selfl s ly cial programmes and entertainment for IDF able conferences and communal events, response, a well as addressing a publc s i e f defend the Stat o Israel, held a highly suc- a l- units, wounded soldiers and the families of f l helped organise our conferences, ren- meeting for the community as a whole. cessful fundraiser last week at the Sandton en soldiers. dered invaluable service on the editorial Jocelyn’s memory will alw ays b a e r t Shul hall to raise funds fo i s various activ i- Its origin dates back to Purim 2000 when board o our journ l Jewish Affairs, f a blessing and an inspiration. On behalf i s. Pledge o help were made out in the te s f Rabbi Ofen travelled to Hebron to bring soldiers prepared position papers and represent- f o the Board, I extend my sincerest con- names of f allen soldiers in the Lebanon War. some festive joy, read the Megillah, distribute ed us at many high level meetings. dolences to her husband, Michael, to s Or Lachayal wa founded by Rabb i mischloach manot and express his deep appre i-c s lw i abl o dvise She wa a ays ava l e t a her thre children and to the extended e Menachem Ofen and presided over by Vi e c at o for what the men and women in uniform in , and assist our staff who consulted her family. , Admiral David Ben Ba’ashat former com- do under trying conditions. 16 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 AROUND THE WORLD An unbroken circle and rigid views ALISON GOLDBERG primary school to high school to ness.” NEWS IN BRIEF the NGK church to Loftus In one incident a young ONE B O O K changed t Wi s V ersfeld and Tukkies. Afrikaans student approached TWO GERMAN CEMETERIES Professor of Education Jonathan But unlike their black counter- him to pray for him. In another VANDALISED Jansen’s (pictured) view of his part s, many young white males incident he came across a young w hite Afrikaans students at the w ere interested in becoming student whose father was too BERLIN - Two Jewish ceme- University of Pretoria (Tukkies) teachers or dominees. poor to pay for her university teries in the former East w here he was dean of education T he kids, he said, had grow n education - at which point e f German stat o T huringia or f seven years. up with racial exclusivity, racial Jansen took out his chequebook have been vandalised. T hat was Eva Hoffman’s After supremacy and racial victimisa- and wrote out a cheque for it. He According to the stat ' es such knowledge: a meditation on tion by which he meant they said he recognised in that Interior Ministry, unknow n the aftermath of the Holocaust. believed the black government f instance the image o his ow n perpetrators vandalised the T hree things were common to w as out to get them. father who could not pay for his cemeteries at Gotha and l f a l o his students back in 2000 It took him two years to under- university education. Erfurt over the weekend. The Jansen told his Union of Jewish stand their mindset, but the book “Until you come to this recog- damage was discovered earl y W omen audience: fi rm view s e made a diff rence teaching how i nition of l keness in another, I on Monday morning by a med- about the past, rigid view s o f their understanding was trans- realised I could not use the term cl i a rescue worker who was black people and lastly apocalyp- mitted from parent to ch l . “ t i id I s ff c “The problem is we are a e t- transform ation. out walking his dog, according tic visions about the future with one thing to work with them and ed by the past,” he said. His ow n “It was the students who to new s report s. a black government in pow er. understand them, but another to book, Knowledge in the Blood, changed me,” he added. In Gotha, the bloody head of T he black professor was puz- shift their perceptions,” he said. brought home the fact that a s R emarking on his recent visit a pig was hung on the ceme- zled as to why his students back So what he did was to “put in m u ch as he was affecting the to King David High School where e y s ron gat s. The vandals tr' i e then who had not served in the their face” as many counter- young people, he was being he caused quite a stir with his left a banner painted in red military nor had a memory of e. examples as possibl He brought affected by them as well. comment that he would be very with anti-Semitic graff t, ii o xed in their the past, were s fi in black, Muslim and Jewish lec- “The line between perpetrator impressed to see a Jewish stu- including the words "six mil- view s. turers to run what was a mini- and victim is not alw ays clear. dent winning a prize for exc l-e in is. lo le" He came to understand that the United Nations, though it had not Slowly but sure ly these kids lence in Islamic studies, Jansen Blood-red liquid was also c rcle in which they moved was i a ays lw been “united”, he stripped aw ay at the chip on my said what he meant was that e f thrown onto the gat s o the uninterrupted: from Afrikaans observed. shoulder and my self-righteous- faith had to be generous. cemetery. Vandals also poured the red liquid over a memorial plaque at the Erfurt cemetery. According to The Associated Press, police were e o abl t retrieve evidence at both sites. Recent reports suggest that this year, one Jewish ceme- tery per week on average has been vandalised in Germ a ny. (JTA) UKRAINIAN JEWS RALLY AGAINST IRAN KIEV - The Ukrainian Jewish Committee on Tuesday held a a ly r l to protest Iran's nuclear programme and its threat t s o e Israel and the United Stat s. M o re than 20 committee members demonstrated Avron Urison, of OrtJet. David Zidel. across from the Iranian Embassy in Kiev. T he protesters held posters reading "The president of Iran is a threat to world safety" and It’s a wise person who learns "No to the trade co-operation between Ukraine and Iran!" T hey condemned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ver- bal attack on Israel and his from everybody - David Zidel Holocaust denial. LIONEL SLIER same with essential calculation w hether he delivered or not, but in er f “Don’t have a f a o numbers, ” T he committee called on PHOTOGRAPHS: SHELLEY ELK s i l for what a kls re income stat e- business if somebody bought l e o Zidel urged. “They re at t a nu m- Ukrainian nongovernmental ments and balance sheets, but something, then someone had to i e ber of d ff rent things. The worl d and governmental organisa- W E L E A R N T through about 10 per thinking about the future. ” dl e iver. runs on pat e t rns and pat e t rns tions, companies, c t zens and ii cent from what weread, perhaps 50 The talk took place on the day “Sell yourself and your prod- repeat themselves. The Stock leaders to rally together in per cent from what we see and that Barack Obama won the uct,” he advised, “every time that n t s Exchange does, a d i i great i f opposition to such a grave hear, but mostly f rom what we American presidential election you deliver. ” you can recognise pat et rns.” threat as the danger of experience, David Zidel, a business and Zidel asked:, “What can we Showing a slide with him and On income statements and bal- nuclear Iran. adviser and lecturer at Wis t learn f rom Obama’s victory? V irgin Active’s Sir Richard ance sheets, he said: “A business is " We should use all instru- Business School, said in the third re There a lessons in business that Branson together, he said Branson money coming in and money going ments to stop Iran's nuclear o a series ORT-JET lecture in the f . i s ly w e can learn F r t his slogan, motivated people and inspired e roduct and sell it out. You creat a p programme development," BEST (Business Education and ‘Yes We Can’, was simple and the them. He surrounded himself with h - t at’s money going out. Being demonstration leader Eduard Skills Training) series. ‘We’ meant all of us together. people who helped him. paid for it, is money coming in.” h i Dolinsky, t e d rector general BEST (Business Education and “One of the key things in his e ad Turning closer to home, h s i : He referred to the thre “ e f” of the Ukrainian Jewish Skills Training) Progr a m m e campaign was his social network- “Johannesburg has an exceptional sources of raising cap t l - family, ia Committee, told JTA . designed to help Jewish business- n; e o i g h found a way t reach the community, because successful friend and fools. "So the issue can be solved men who could use a little assis- e people in new and diff rent ways. re people here a willing to help oth- Zidel discussed business proce- on the streets, in the political tance. The lectures take place at So what can we learn? We l h l, e ts ers. I i about networking.” dures in simple term s. “f an I arena, through the eff orts and Sasfin Bank in Waverley, spent more money than ever He explained the term “rat o i” income is greater than expenses resolve o nongovernmental f Johannesburg. Zidel’s topic was before in a presidential campaign saying it was “simply one number that s a p fi; i not then that s a ’ ro t f ’ organisations and of ordinary “Financial Management for Small and money equals pow er. divided by another; the top nu m- loss. This is an income statement. concerned citizens. Businesses”. “He got hundreds of thousands ber divided by the low er one. f i i i s re n I your assets and liab l t e a i T he Ukrainian Jewish Zidel asked: “How many o us f f o small donors (donating to his Divide everything by everything balance, well then that’s a balance Committee called on worl d climb the corporate ladder and election fund) and thus getting the es - i i g l e s t iving you any i form a- n sheet. That i o e o the simplest s n f governments and the interna- w hen we reach the top,realise that people to participat e. Many in to? explanations you can ge. t tional community to toughen we a re up the wrong wa l I i l. t s believed the American marke t i is “The importance of a rat o l e ow “Cash fl is crucial; turnove i r s control and punitive sanctions about recognising your passion. a w asn’t ready for a bl ck president in whether it is having any impact; vanity and cash is the reality, ” against Iran to stop its nuclear Most of us know where our priori- l. but he sold the product we l ” i s,” he urged don’t be scared of rat o Zidel said as he also spoke about programme development and ties are, where we spend our Zidel said Obama came across the young businesspeople. equity, debt, interest, VA T, P I B, prevent a second Holocaust. money and our time. ” as being exceptionally passionat e His audience didn’t know what fi e pro t b fore interest and tax, etc. "Iran's nuclear progr a m m e W ith a sense of fun Zidel had and this was crucial. “People buy to expect when he asked them to He summed up: “We have gone development and the rise of written on a slide as the audience into passion; they believe in what turn on their cellphones and turn through talking about Obama as a radical Islam are the great s et w alked in: “What You ORT to you are selling. Then coming in to the calculator function. He gave f i e case study o d ff rent ways o f f problem and threat o annihi- Know ”. The next slide had written f the wake o the George Bush dis- them a simple arithmetic sum to bringing people to buy in. How to lation of mankind and on it: “Learning No Where”. aster, Obama seemed to be off r- e do, to work out a percentage get people to inve t i your busi- s n destruction of the Stat o e f He asked his audience: “Did you ing solutions where the existing increase of two numbers, suppos- ness; we went through ratios; and Israel," law m a ker Aleksandr read this as Learning No Where ? e s at ) t market is (in a) horribl ( t e . I h ing that t e figures were income of w hat are income statements and Feldman, the president of the or Learning Now Here?” He w as a landslide success. There a business over a period. balance sheets. Ukrainian Jewish Committee, explained: “You see whatyou want will be a lot of case studies about Amazingly many in the audi- s f “You must live a i each day was told JTA. (JTA) to see. The same with financial his campaign.” i e ence gave d ff rent numbers and s f your last and learn a i you will statements. You can see lots of Zidel pointed out that Obama most were businesspeople running i lveforever. It is a wise person who i form ation, or ve y l t l I i t e n r i t e. t s h r w ould be there fo four years an operation on their own account. learn f s rom everybody. ” 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 17 Two rebbetzens It was expected that a maximum of 100 women would attend, but the small group which had arr ived earl suddenly started to grow , and grow , y, and grow until it had spilled out into AROUND THE WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF pull the women in h t e foyer, the large hall and then out t into the stre t e. No one had expected such a posi- ive response and it reinforced the MONTREAL MAN SENTENCED FOR HATE CRIMES T O RONTO - A Montreal man has been sentenced to four RITA LEWIS T he concept was to start rebbetzens’ belief that women need- years in prison for what a judge described as terrorist acts looking deeper at events ed more on Simchat Torah than just against two Jewish communal buildings in the city. WHEN T H EY w ere in w hich were happening in w at ching their men dance around Azim Ibragimov, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this year to shul, men carry the the worl , r d ather than on the shul. tossing a firebomb at a Jewish school in September 2006 Torah around, hugging a superficial level and On most of the Jewish festivals e and months lat r at a Jewish community centre. He also and embracing it as they accept how they were both men and women participat i e n in received three years' probat o . w ould a baby. By the signs of Moshiach’s immi- the shul service in more or less the Ibragimov already has served 19 months, which counts same token, women nur- iva. nent arr l same way as usual with the men e, e as doubl l aving him just 10 months to serve. H s c - i o tured and embraced their She stressed the impor- leading the service,reading from the s accused, Omar Bulphred, who faces nine charge related children like precious tance of l ving in the year i Torah and conducting themselves s a to the same incidents, i b ck in court next month. Torahs, said Rebbetzen 5769 in a more mystical with the decoru m which befits the In the first incident, Ibragimov threw a Molotov cock- R ochel Goldman who was w ay, with a deeper out- occasion. tail into Skver-Toldos, a yeshiva, minutes after students h t e fi s o the two speak- Rebbetzen Estee rt f i e, aying that G look of l f s - On Simcha Torah, how ever, when had left. Th fi e rebomb damaged the building. ers to address the wo m e n d was in charge and Jew s celebrate the time when they Seven months later he planted a bomb made with two Stern. everything was in His received the Torah from G-d at propane canisters at the door of the Ben Weider at Sydenham Shul. Her subject was “Speaking on hands. Mount Sinai, there is much merr i- Community Centre. It caused minimal damage. M ystical Insights to R ebbetzen Estee Stern , ment and dancing. Each man is B'nai Brith Canada welcomed the sentence,applauding 5769”. o the Shtibl minyan, f given a turn at carrying a Torah ' in particular the judge s recognition of the hate-motivated She said our prayers spoke on Moshe’s great s et around the shul with all the other and terrorist-related aspects of the crimes. affected heaven and hour and greatest accom- men. T he Canadian Jewish Congress called the verdict "just brought down amazing plishment. That was when During this time, the women can r and appropriate" because the crimes were d iven "by hat e blessings. Even the he broke the luchot (the only wat ch the merriment as they against the Jewish community". (JTA) angels were jealous Ten Commandments). By m ay not carry the Torahs around because they could not so doing, he show ed that and it would not be seemly for them PERES RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE i w a tfor the prayers of the he was putting his people to dance in front of the men. As a Jew s to create G-d’s before the Torah. result, many women do not enjoy LONDON - Israeli President Shimon Peres has received crown. By breaking the luchot coming to shul at this time. an honorary degre f a e rom Kings College, p rt o the f She said we humans n ront of a l o the Jew s, i f l f T his led the two rebbetzens to University of London. thought we were in con- he was clearl y demon- decide on their course of action - to T he president gave a keynote speech in a ceremony at t l o our livelihood, Rebbetzen Rochel ro f strating the duty of a true hold Shiurim at this time which h ff c a Mansion House, t e o i i l residence of the Lord Mayor how many children we Goldman. Jewish leader. w ould inspire women and encourage f o the City of London, in which he called on the business had, our health etc, but Both the shiurim were f them to be more aw are o the roles community to invest in Israel. A British minister joined once a year during the month of inspirational and on a philosophical they can play in Jewish life. i al hscl. Tishrei and once a week through level and much enjoyed by the 250 or T he event was organised by the Peres told the audience of more than 200 banking, Shabbos, we were reminded of G-d’s so women who unexpectedly arr ived w omen of the shtiebl under the finance and business leaders that the global financial cri- kingship and His special connection or f the event and left feeling totally capable and competent leadership of sis was just the right time to invest in Israel. to the Jewish people. inspired. R ebbetzen Estee Stern . s a l s roving "In this time of global financial crisis, I r e i p t a l able economy, hence anyone who wants to that i h s a re i look to the future should co-operate with Israel," he said. Community mourns the e Lord Peter Mandelson, secretary of stat for business, enterprise and regulatory re form, responded by calling or f deeper business ties between Britain and its "fi rm friend" Israel. "Your country's prudent fiscal policy, s ructuralt passing of Gerald Gavronsky reforms and investment in education and hi-tech indus- tries have encouraged strong growth, foreign investment and consumer spending, and left your economy wel placed to withstand the current global downturn " l , ALISON GOLDBERG with, students whom he w ere engaged in orthodontic work , Mandelson said. (JTA) taught and patients he t e t a at s. reating children with cl f p l e P RO F E S S O R GERALD looked after, we all deep ly s “Gerald wa re l a ly the expert i n EX-ARGENTINE OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF BLOCKING G avronsky passed aw ay mourn his loss and shall South Africa in this field and will be recently after an “illness miss his wisdom, expert s ie o hard t replace, P” rofessor Chait said. AMIA PROBE borne with dignity and sto- and presence. ” ro ’ rt He added that P f G avronsky s fi s icism” as his colleagues at Pro G avronsky, h s w f f i ie wife was worl - d renowned writer B UENOS AIRES - Former Argentine off icials accused of the Park Lane and Wis t s Olive said, wa fortunat te o Nadine Gordimer and he was political blocking the investigation into the AMIA bombing, will University Donald Gordon see his children wh l o ive t lw s a art, Helen Suzman’s first cousin. testify before a federal judge. Cleft Palate Assessment overseas before he passed “He was a wonderful, kind and capa- Former President Carlos Menem is among seve former n Unit, wrote about him. aw ay and have a family ble man. He did a lot of charity work ff o icials who are being called on to testify in the coming Pro G avronsky they con- f reunion. They are Claire, s lw and wa a ays ava l i able to go and n days by Ariel Lijo. Others among the seve former off - i t nued, “was a humbl kind and mod- i e, Jonathan and Oriane. He is also sur- d visit patients. He care for thousands cials on Lijo's list are intelligence service off ice head Hugo est giant of a doctor and healer. vived by his sister Grace Moritz, f o children and adults. He was also n f Anzorregui and the judge i charge o the case,Juan Jose Thousands of cleft lip and palat ch l- e i nephew s and nieces. involved in the arts and attended the Galeano. d dren were meticulously care for and A professor of plastic surgery in pri- s s iva Grahamstown Art Fe t l regularl y. Lijo is trying to find out if the off icials backed aw ay e reated by him over the last delicatly t vate practice at the Park Lane, s He wa a real intellectual”. from the investigation of a Syrian path to the bombers of 60 years. His dedicated and steadfa t s Laurence Chait who worked with the Chait added that Gavronsky had the Buenos Aires central Jewish institution. contribution (often without charge t ) o f Pro G avronsky for the past 36 years, en l b e i l for a number of years but he I s " t i very important progress," said Alberto Nisman, these families, w l b foreve appre i- il e r c said they worked together at the (then) had carried on working as if nothing f the prosecutor in charge o the case. at d e. Johannesburg Hospital and in privat e w as wrong. “He worked until a month ly T he Ju 1994 bombing of the AMIA centre killed 85 and “As colleagues whom he worked f practice. Both he and Pro G avronsky ” e ad before he passed aw ay, h s i . w ounded 300. (JTA) 18 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 YOUTH TALK Shelley Elk firstname.lastname@example.org KDS learners show their artistic prowess VIVIENNE WEINER PHOTOGRAPHS: ARNALDO MANDEL THIS YEAR King David Sandton’s interactive art exhibition encouraged parents and ch l- i dren to participate in wire construction, e w at rcolour painting, oil pastel, clay model- ling, oil painting, charcoal drawing and origa- mi demonstrations. Grade 7 learners conducted demonstra- The “toys” and cast from “Miri Pops in” wowing the audience. tions with various media and utilised their handmade ceramic chess sets to play the ga m e. A welcome Mary ew V i ers were encouraged to ask questions about media and techniques. T his interaction between view er and art student became an art p r e formance piece. T he theme of “Roots” became evident in comes poppin’ in the many paintings of Israel, large t t n rees con- s ructed from wire, a d fineliner drawings of Nelson Mandela’s incarcerat o .in STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS SHELLEY ELK Rabbi Zeev Kraines. A Nelson Mandela drawing by Seth Marilyn Sloot, head of general studies at Gottlich, a grade 7 learner. THIS LAST w eekend, Shaare Torah Girl i s the school, encouraged the children to feel and Helen Heldenmuth provided entertain- comfort able on stage, support one another ment to not one but two capacity audiences ie f and improv s i they forgot the lines. at Eden College,Johannesburg. The end result was a musical, with an Miri Pops in, a play adapted by Rega p l ro- f array o songs and dances which included ductions,from the Mary Poppins tale, p ro- most of the school’s female learners. vided “many mussar and hashko fo mes- The “soup, and challah, candlesticks and sages which went down smoothly”, s i ad kiddush, was delicious”. Claudia Mendelowitz, Bianca Sevel, Tahli Hanan, Jenna Ayalla Salzer, Proskewitz Avigail and Kira Saffer, Chaya Horwitz. Lipschitz, Ruthie Aronson, Racheli Kirsh KDVP Primary learners show their arty side and Shifi Saks, on stage. LUCY SIMMONDS treated to an evening of art and music. PHOTOGRAPH: DESMOND ZEELIE The work done by learners from grades The young interpret STA F F, PA R E N T S and learners at King D avid Victory Park Primary we recently re one to seven during their weekly art lesson, r l o w as put on displayfo a l t appreciat e. From felt ladybugs sewn by the grade 4s, to illustrations from Nelson the Creation Mandela’s “Long walk to Freedom”, s f the work wa o a very high stan- dard and much enjoyed by al Fo l l. l owing the exhibition was a STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH VAL ARONSON e ve T h fi year olds spent more than seven e short music soiree, f aturing saxo- days building their 3-D interpretation of phone, piano, guitars and marim- CHILDREN FRO M one of the senior the Creation. They thoroughly enjoyed bas, a wonderful platform for the groups of King David Linksfield Pre- building it, but more so enjoyed playing children to show their parents and Primary School admire their creative with their birds and animals once it was e rn teachers all they have l a t ove r handiwork. completed. the year. Daniel Cramer and Jarred Goldberg, with behind them Aaron Fleishman. Learning to daven from a tender age KAREEN SANDLER PHOTOGRAPH: STACY FLEISHMAN R E C E N T LY KING D avid Victory ’ Park s grade 1s gave their parents m u ch nachas when they show ed them how they have learnt to n dave . They heard a story from Rabb i h Craig Kacev, t e general director f o the SABJE. An enjoyable morn- l. ing was had by a l Gilad Heilbron, Demi Unterslak, Amy Bloch, Shaina Kusner, Ricky Grossman, David Braudo and Adi Schaff. 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 19 YOUTH TALK Shelley Elk email@example.com The Jewish y-idols finals are here at last! THE JEWISH y-idols singing competition that each contestant had been given a ballad ent. Even if a singer does not win, the winner, songwriter and singer Danny K, has reached the final stages and in a short and a more “up tempo” song to perform. exposure and experience gained has been international musical director, arranger while the seven top contestants from The winner would be announced on the worthwhile. and pianist Bryan Schimmel, and world- Johannesburg and Cape Town are fine-tun- evening and an audience vote would count Prizes include an option of a recording class singer, pianist and songwriter, Zola ing and focusing their energy on practising towards that. contract, auditions with top musical pro- Shulman. their vocals for the show on Wednesday A media release assures us that “their tal- ducers, watches and diamonds, says Get yourself a ticket for this spectacular December 3. ent never lets up for an instant and their Heldenmuth. colourful show which promises to be a per- The seven finalists Alix Reingold, Alicia love of music filters through at each The finalists are now under the creative fect treat for the whole family. Pam (Cape Town), Natasha Millar, Ryan rehearsal”. direction of Lisa Melman, Bev Cooke- Jewish y-idols finals will take place at Peimer Ryan Isakov, Dan de Combes, and The idea of the show - conceived and Tonnesen and vocal coach Debbie 19:30 at the Wits Great Hall. Tickets cost Dana Samowitz (Johannesburg) will each produced by Heldenmuth and Nadine Fleminger, who are busy creating a zany, R120. For tickets e-mail Nadine on HYPER- perform two songs. Helen Heldenmuth, pro- Lazarus - is to offer talented Jewish youth explosive night of song. LINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 079- ducer of Jewish y-idols told Jewish Report a platform to showcase their singing tal- The panel of judges includes multi-award 887-2151. The three shoo bop fairies: Dani Hovsha (Beigel), Yael Kersh (Meidel) and Jessica Diamond (Feigel). YC’s Little House of Tzorres a resounding success STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS OWN CORRESPONDENT “THE LITTLE house of Tzorres” a play written by Dalya Rosen, Jami-Lee Janks, Melanie Sher, Shira Solomon, Tova Lubinsky and Yael Kersh, all grade 11 learners at Yeshiva Girls High School the school, was performed at the Victory Theatre recently to wide acclaim. The fairytale musical “was a unifying experience for the girls, who learned about middot, and it was a resounding success”, a spokesman said. According to a media release the play began: “Once upon a time in a land far, far away,” where there “lived a family of sisters whose parents went on holiday. This lovely mishpocha is rather large, so the oldest mei- del - Cindy - decided to take charge. “The girls are delightful, a vivacious young bunch but lacking in middot when it comes to the crunch.” The play was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Kol Hakavod to the wonderful cast and the brilliant directors and choreographer Claudine Bennet, Rachel Pels and Desi Lori Freeman (Cindy) and Rochi Webber Portal. (Fairy Bobba Maysa). 20 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 WHAT’S ON Shelley Elk email@example.com edie o l nre s 20 n h rdy ro NOTE: D a l n f r a l e t i s i 1 : 0 o t e F i a p i r 7A Chester Road, Greenside East, Johannesburg. Journey of remembrance and hope to Poland and president for external relations, Hebrew o ulcto. t pbiain Joy Gafin (011) 447-6689. sal t 93. h im il e nrdcd y Ire” a 1:0 Te fl wl b itoue b n v r i y f e u a e n Te r r s n n t u- U i e s t o J r s l m o “ ro a a isr •Tiyulim (Jewish Outdoor Club) - Contact Greg 082- director Eugene Botha. Cost R50 includes refresh- et f aia sa n t ih gis h mn o rdcl Ilm i is fgt aant te Key to organisations, venues, contact details and 959-9026 or Martin 082-965-7419. ments. s h sal xeine. ot 5 W et - te Irei eprec” Cs R0 ot cs: •King David Schools’ Foundation. 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Hebrew Congregation) at the Sydenham (011) 485-5232. Education, Sandton Shul (011) 883-4210. E-mail: Places limited, RSVP essential. (011) 728-7154. Highlands North Shul hall on “In the End”. •The Jewish Outlook Team. Contact Ryan Cane, email@example.com. “Definition of Death” “Pulling the Plug?” •WIZO Bramley book sale at Balfour Park Support line: 27 76 215 8600; e-mail info@jew- •CSO - Emergency phone number 086 18 000 18. “Doctors, doubts and moral dilemmas”. “Playing Shopping Centre from 09:30. ishoutlook.org.za; website http://www. e i h u j w s o t- •UOS- Union of Orthodox Synagogues (011) 485- - r en rcia” G d o b i g p a t c l . Time: 20:00. Cost R25 lo.r.a okogz 4865. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax 086-610-3442 Sunday (November 30) nlds e. icue ta •Nechama Bereavement Counselling Centre - Room Today Friday (November 21) s otn h N •Second Innings i h s i g t e J F, Sandton and A304, 3rd Floor, hospital wing, Sandringham E n nie o •ORT J T a d Gary Friedman caterers i v t y u Unicord choirs - “Magical moments in song” at Gardens, 85 George Avenue, Sandringham, 2192. s o t n r rving Lissoos on “Jews and •UZLC i h s i g D I o uies ewrig vn t 70 o 73 t absns ntokn eeta 1:0fr1:0 Greenside Shul hall, Chester Road, Greenside Contact (011) 640-1322. supermarkets and departmental stores”. at the HOD hall. Guest speaker JP Landman, polit- East. A montage of music and a tea. Bookings •New Friendship Ladies Group - A group for single c l n r n n l s . a d a ’s a k i l e o i a a d t e d a a y t L n m n t l w l b f l- Saturday evening (November 22) and payment in advance. R20 members, R40 women - contact Lucille (011) 791-5226 or 082- lowed by cocktails and networking. RSVP Cindy non-members. Annette Bergman (011) 485- 927-5786. i eht nie o o on hm t h •WIZO Av v R s e i v t s y u t j i t e a t e (011) 728-7154. 1640 before 18:00. •ORT and ORT E S u h A r c - 4 C n r l S r e , JT ot fia 4 eta tet Nelson Mandela Theatre on The Square to see nie o o h pnn f n xiiin •RCHCC i v t s y u t t e o e i g o a e h b t o Cnr 10th Ave, Houghton. Contact (011) 728-7154. “Does my bum wobble”. R200 per ticket, includes s a i g h i n u l o n- •Our Parents Home i h v n t e r a n a m r t 80 f ihain rit Ivsbe rde f a 1:0o Ltuna atss“niil Bigso •Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre (RCHCC) and a f e o i m n e e l ry r f l f r d a o d j w l e . Bookings: Dina 084- n akt rm 90 ig mre fo 0:0 tl atr lnh il fe uc. utrs ihai n fia n Clue: Ltuna ad Arc” ad a poo eh h t x i- Great Park Shul, Johannesburg. Contact Hazel, 400-0745 or Ruth 082-885-8423. u od n tls il e vial. W onderf l f o a d s a l w l b a a l b e i i n J w s aiin n d y ihai” b t o “ e i h Tr d t o s i To a ’s L t u n a . (011) 728-8088 or Rene Sidley (011) 728-8378. igaln t 03 t •WIZO Tsabar branch s n - - o g a 2 : 0 a ylm ak n •Ti u i is going to Mountain Sanctuary P r i Cs uulyR0 icuigrfehet. ot sal 5, nldn ersmns Beyachad, with Roni Lea and Anat Apter, “ dfe a ifr- Tuesday (November 25) the Magaliesberg. Bring your bathing costumes. •Second Innings, Johannesburg - Jewish n, am n nogtal vnn” l e e t w r a d u f r e t b e e e i g . A l w l- o t a ry •WIZO h s s H r Sideropoulos, Vicky Friedman R35 members, R45 non-members. Meet at Community Services - Donald Gordon Centre, 85 come. o hi and Sharon Shpiegel, stars of Hairspray, fr ter afu na h a ah t 80. Blor(ertecrws)a 0:0 George Avenue Sandringham. Contact Grecia culminating function at 09:30, Simon Kuper Hall. Gabriel, (011) 532-9616. Sunday (November 23) Monday (December 2) Entrance R100. Book now to avoid disappoint- •The Israel Centre. Contact Debbie (011) 645-2560. •Second Innings is hosting Selwyn Klass and Tony ment. Sandy (011) 645 2515. s aig t inil eea •Chevrah Kadishah i h v n i s b e n a g n r l l SC) •The Simcha Friendship and Cultural Circ e ( F C , etl Cfe, ebad n ovrain t h Bne -“ofe kyor adcnesto”a te meeting at 18:00 in the card room at Golden Johannesburg - Sandton Shul. Contact Sylvia Shull, il ie n uivsa hu n •Yoram Bogacz, w l g v a a d o i u l s i r o Gerald Horwitz Lounge, Golden Acres. R20 mem- ce, olwd y inil eea etns f Ars floe b bena gnrlmeig o (011) 783-5600. vlto nild Bns f otnin t tn eouin ette “oe o cneto” a Eo bers, R40 non-members. Ora Morgan (011) 783- the Jewish Community Services, Sandringham •The United Sisterhood, 38 Oxford Road Parktown. ly, t n i l o a i n Oaks complex, Sally’s Al E o H l . D n t o 9967 or Omnia Nock (011) 325-6128 after 18:00. Gardens, Our Parents Home, Arcadia Jewish Contact Helen (011) 646-2409. optional R20. Information 082-449-6273. hlrn C i d e ’s Home, The Society for the Jewish website:http://www. n t d i t r o d c . a uiesseho.oz •Preview Theatre Bagleyston is screening “Naughty aita t 43. otc 01 4-01 Mret”a 1:0 Cnat(1)6016. W ednesday (November 26) Handicapped, Selwyn Segal, Kadimah oit •S c e y of Ire sal hltl Piaey SP (I) - Occupational Centre, The Society for the email@example.com. Contact Maurice (011) 485- s on n Ba rie n h •Second Innings i g i g o a “ o t c u s o t e nie o o •Emunah Movement of South Africa i v t s y u t lae f h eih ef W efr o teJws Da. 2293. a” et h u t xod hl akn t Va l . M e t e b s a O f r S u p r i g a a h o h w n r a f s . l t i g y i c ’s afsinso adbekat Cohn b Nci . •South African Zionist Federation (SAZF), 08:45, for 09:00 departure. Cost R190 includes W ednesday (December 3) aeig y a C t r n b G ry Friedman. Venue: HOD Centre, 58 Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. u, rie n ih uc. ia ilr 01 8- bs cus adlgtlnh Rt Mle (1)87 hrs m: 90 o 93 Oaklands Road, Orc a d . Ti e 0 : 0 f r 0 : 0 s aig n n-fya adn at t •SFCC i h v n a e d o - e r g r e p r y a Contact Froma, (011) 645-2505. 9218 before 18:00. sharp. Cost R200 per person. Proceeds to Achusat y v a h l ’s home, 321 Middle Road, Sli Sul •South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Jhb) - aa hlrn oe ni rk sal ces S r C i d e ’s H m , B e B a , I r e . Ti k t ot •UJW Cape Town Adult Education Division h s s Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. Contact (011) Morningside. Chazzan Ezra Sher and Evelyn available from Judy Levy, 082-667-7064. Alan Dunnell talking on “Celtic and Anglo Saxon Green. 645-2500 or (011) 645-2523. e e l ry. Jwle ” •United Zionist Luncheon Club (UZLC), ’a ’ih aa nt s aig of a t •B n i B r t B r k u i i h v n a g l d y a Johannesburg - Our Parents Home. Contact Gloria, Klany Cut Cu. Etr a fu bl fr R i l r e o n ry l b n e or al o 1 •JNF i h s i g a b n o e e i g a 1 : 0 a t e s otn ig vnn t 83 t h •Jewish Y- d l f n l a 1 : 0 a t e W t G e t ios i a s t 9 3 t h i s r a (011) 485-4851 or 072-127-9421. 500. Information: Sharlene 083-452-6191 or shar- HOD hall. Entrance R150, includes supper and 6 al H l . Tickets R120. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org •Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Johannesburg - 1 email@example.com bingo cards. Bookings (011) 645-2537 or Sunday (December 7) Oak Street Houghton. Contact (011) 648-1053. firstname.lastname@example.org s odn hi nul udasr 50 •JWBS i h l i g t e r a n a f n r i e “ 0 Cost R10 for the Friendship Luncheon Club. • Second Innings presents Roni Lea and Av i inr t h ado hl al t 83. ah Dne” a te Sntn Su Hl a 1:0 Ec •UJW Johannesburg is hosting Dr Lorraine •Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Cape Town - (021) Kanar - “Dancing through the ages with Roni ikt odr il i rz. is rz s rie tce hle wl wn a pie Frt pie i a cus nls et is Chaskalson, (former lecturer, E g i h D p , W t ) 434-9555, e-mail: email@example.com i t h ead o and Av ” a T e G r l H rwitz Lounge, Golden o n h o a a i b a ’s l e e a t n r m fr2o teRylCrben fetdprigfo from 09:30 to 11:30 on “Reading poetry fr o •WIZO Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray Street Acres. Booking and payment in advance. R50 Singapore. Contact Carolyn Sabbagh (011) 485- laue. pesr” Raedene. Contact Joyce Chodos (011) 645-2548 or members only. Helen Wolfson (011) 440- ces 70 ah 5232. Ti k t R 0 e c . Sandy Kramer (011) 645-2515. •RCHCC and SA friends of the Hebrew University 8236, Ros Berman (011) 880-6864 before ikr hlm eih oit o iiig h ik •B k u C o i - J w s S c e y f r V s t n t e S c , •RCHCC presents “Marc o t e L v n 2 0 - h f h iig 08 a at 19:30 hosts ambassador Carmi Gillon, vice- 80. 1:0 THE BRIDGE LOUNGE by Jeff Sapire CROSSWORD NO 96 ON DEFENCE, knowing when to East dealer, both vul BY LEAH SIMON cover an honour with an honour is N O RT H not alw ays a straight-forward Q975 A C ROSS: S O LUTION TO CRO S S WORD NO 95 ff a air. Though we are taught to do 86 ’ e 4 1. Convulsions? That s appropriat ( ) so, and in general it is corre t c, K932 e 8 3. Breakfast vegetabl ? ( ) A C ROSS: there are quite a few exceptions. J106 . 4 8 Transmit - but it ends badly ( ) 1. Cape; 3. Apostles; 8. Anon; 9. Marigold; 11. Take a look at this hand from a WEST EAST . 9 Run around tripe - very salacious (8) Roast chicken; 13. Escape; 14. Dagger; 17. San recent team event. 13 0 6 1 1. Productive group of pupils - but their col- Francisco; 20. Terminal; 21. Bibi; 22. Hologram; It was quite an overbid by South 4 53 AKQ1072 ie 7 ) lars aren’t wh t ( , 5 23. Agog . to jump straight to ga m e,facing a Q765 J84 3 i y, ts y 6 1 . H t fl somehow - i ’ very dirt ( ) D OWN: 6-9 point raise. Either 3S, or better K753 Q98 14. Attack a southern cruise (6) 1. Chairmen; 2. Prosaic; 4. Apache; 5. Slim s i l a t i l b d o 3C, asking for tl, ra i f SOUTH 7 5 ) 1 . Penelope’s abductor is pretty stingy ( , 7 chance; 6. Loose; 7. Suds; 10. Stupefying; 12. help, would have been much bet- AKJ642 0 2. Building material used by bird as a weapon Grooming; 15. Gosling; 16. Banana; 18. April; ter. J9 8 () 19. Utah. At table 1, East won the first two A10 1 t ives miser a bad name! (4) 2.I g heart t ir cks, and knowing that a A42 2. Girlgets two points for thinness 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 third heart would give a ruff and 8 () discard, had to decide which suit W et s N rt o h Es at ot Suh 23. Dole out flesh, we hear (4) o t return . 1H 1S One of the hallmarks of a good D OW N : 8 9 2H 2S s Pa s 4S player is knowing when to go "pas- Alps l as Oeigla:H pnn ed 4 . 1 John Dory’s spouse? A real har- ridan! (8) 10 s s, ive" - thati not to get " " busy , but rather to leave declarer to go after queen and that was the end of the 2. Len in dirt with plant part ()7 4. Georgia in a fury over carshed (6) 11 the other suits himself. defence. Here, East slipped up and Declarer took the ace and now . 5 Plays in rag, causing immobility (0 1) 12 returned the eight of clubs, and played a low club tow ards the ten, for now declarer was home. He ducked the game-going trick. But see what e o on 5 6. Helps a ga m bl - t a p i t ( ) 7 You two Frenchmen get the bal- . 13 14 15 s, the club to We t but now there happens if East doesn't cover. The w as a simple finesse position j ck runs to West's king, and he can a 4 let skirt () 1. T hink about a kind family ( , 3 0 4 , 16 against East's queen of clubs. now safely play another club, with East's best defence was a tru m p, ' 0. East's Q9 sitting over dummy s 1 6 3) 12. Nightingale in Italian city (8) 17 18 not giving anything aw ay and leav- East simply covers what ever ing declarer to tackle the minors d u m my plays, and the defence ge t 5 ’ 1. I ve been upset - and in pain - but at a n i ( ) ti t 7 19 himself. the two club tricks to which they At table 2, East initially did find w ere a ays entitled. lw 6 1. By the way,returns to rodents - s 6 and small fi h ( ) 20 21 the best defence of a t rump return , In general, it is not right to cover but then fell from grace. Declarer w hen there is a J10x(x) or a QJx(x) 8 ’ 1. I ve returned, thanks, to Mrs drew two rounds of t m p s, end- ru combination. In these instances, Bezuidenhout (5) ing in dummy, and led the jack of you can alw ays cover the honour 9 ia 1. Bibl c l character is competent, w e hear (4) 22 23 clubs. But East covered with the f the second time,i need be. 21 - 28 November 2008 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 New stunning Mizrachi AROUND THE WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF Torah covers by 2 SA women VANDALS STRIKE HUNGARIAN SYNAGOGUE JULIA COOK NEW YORK - Hungarian police are inves- note that the vandalism occurred on the tigating an act of vandalism against a 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. MANY PEOPLE struggle through work, synagogue in the country's third largest "I do not want to look for connections," finding no real satisfaction in it, merely city. Ehrenfeld was quoted as saying by the doing it out of necessity. Fortunately, this is Vandals broke the windows of a syna- local media, "but one could not overlook not always the case, as Ariella Propheta and gogue in Debrecen on November 9. The the fact that the attack has happened on Talia Goldsmith have proven through their synagogue's rabbi, Asher Ehrenfeld, took Kristallnacht". (JTA) business venture. Five or six years ago, these two friends saw that there was a market for unique chuppot and they decided to enter into busi- ness together to meet these demands, as they are both very artistic, with Goldsmith Talia Goldsmith and Ariella Propheta Limmud national workshop with the ‘Spring’ Chuppah being an artist and Propheta having a back- ground in interior design. They felt that this would be both a chal- This was the first time that the duo had worked on Torah scroll covers, and they kick-starts Limmud 2009 lenging and fun way to test the extent of described it as being “so exciting and far PLANNING FOR Limmud SA 2009 has ture of Jewish learning and strategic plan- their creativity, rather than conforming to more technical than our work with chup- begun in earnest with a planning and strat- ning. Kendler gave a practical exploration the traditional, frilly chuppot. pot”, as it was a much smaller, therefore egy weekend held on November 7-9, for of Limmud UK’s Chevruta programme, In the last few years their chuppot have demanding far more work and attention to Limmud’s regional and national leader- teaching a fascinating Talmudic text on grown increasingly more popular, even detail, but even so they felt that this was a ship. educational method. This led to a discus- receiving international demands from coun- major accomplishment. The planning weekend was held in Fish sion of adapting the programme to tries such as England, Israel and even When they were first commissioned for Hoek and 17 members of the senior leader- Limmud South Africa. Australia. They have even started hiring out this task, they visited the shul to meet with ship team attended. A highlight of the Lawton - one of the founders of Limmud chuppot to those who want to have some- Rabbi Laurence Perez to discuss the job, and weekend was the input and guidance pro- UK - helped develop the leadership team’s thing extra-special for their wedding. when they did they were struck by the beau- vided by Limmud International consult- understanding of the Limmud ethos as well It was this popularity that attracted the ty and unique character of the shul’s design, ants Clive Lawton and Maureen Kendler. as providing guidance on organisational attention of the Mizrachi Synagogue in in terms of its bricks that seem to reflect Limmud SA in a media release quoted development. Johannesburg earlier this year, who those of the Kotel, as well as the light tones Wayne Sussman, Limmud Gauteng co- David Bilchitz and Viv Anstey will func- approached them to design two Torah covers that complement the shul’s modern aspects. chairman, as saying: “It was an inspiring tion as national co-chairmen. Bilchitz says for the new Torah scroll that the shul was This inspired them to try to make Torah weekend in Fish Hoek, where Limmud’s that “the success of Limmud South Africa expecting from Israel - one with softer, paler covers that would capture the attractiveness inaugural volunteering conference was has exceeded our expectations and we are tones for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, of the shul. While the tones and design of held in 2006. Two years down the line, it is seeing a massive growth in the organisa- and another with more earthy tones for the scrolls themselves are exquisite, the amazing to consider the massive strides the tion. The planning weekend gave me confi- Shabbos. truly incredible features of the covers are organisation has made in South Africa.” dence that Limmud SA is building strong The one for Shabbos has as its theme the the dimensions and variety of textures. In 2008 Limmud saw over 1 200 delegates leadership for the organisation that is com- Kotel in relief with two doves perched on it, Goldsmith and Propheta both like to attract attend this festival of Jewish learning in mitted to Limmud’s ethos of Jewish learn- while the other depicts the Kotel in relief not only the eye, but also to contribute Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. ing in a participative, inclusive, and cross- with an outline of Jerusalem. towards the feel of the items that they make. Limmud programmes have experienced communal environment.” The emblem of both portrays the Mizrachi Their work combines many different rapid growth in South Africa and interna- * If you would like to get involved in Shul’s symbol of the two luchot and a Magen materials and textures, ranging from velvet, tionally. It is fast becoming the world’s most Limmud 2009 as a presenter, delegate or David surrounded by an olive branch, which silk and linen to taffeta, beadwork and lace. exciting Jewish learning and personal volunteer, please contact Limmud South is a symbol of peace as well as being an The members of the Mizrachi Shul were growth experience. Africa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wayne emblem for the State of Israel and the Israeli so thrilled with these covers that they asked The leadership weekend involved a mix- at 076-833-8597. Defence Forces (IDF). the duo to make another cover for use dur- Every tiny aspect of these covers was ing the week - this time one with a theme of given special attention and was handmade; blues and purples. they were not simply the traditional maroon Propheta and Goldsmith love working or navy-blue mass-produced covers, but with chuppot because they feel that it makes were made specifically to fit in with the feel them a part of the most special memories of of the shul. their clients’ lives. Snippets of light from Holocaust darkness DAVID SAKS commence with the playing of the Danish anthem, after which FOR THE Jewish people, the MC Selwyn Klass, who has Holocaust will always be associat- researched the story of Danish ed with an overwhelming sense of Jewry during the Holocaust over abandonment, of a time when the many years, and pianist Tony nations of the world turned away Bentel will reflect with words and from them in their most pressing music the passage of events that hour of need. heralded the October 1943 rescue. Taken as a whole, this picture is Klass will then give an audiovi- all too accurate, but looking more sual presentation of an audience closely at the events of 1939-1945, with Danish Queen Margrethe II, one finds that there was fortunately more to and follow this with a talk entitled “A the story than one of unrelieved tragedy and Danish legacy: The Danes have always gone betrayal. Amidst the mounting horrors of to sea”. Tali Nates, director of the Churban Europe, thousands of individual Johannesburg Holocaust Centre, will give a gentiles risked their careers, and often their talk on “The righteous smong the nations”. lives, to save Jews. On occasion whole com- The main event of the evening will be the munities, and even countries, did so. screening of the acclaimed film “Miracle at On November 30, the SAJBD (Gauteng Midnight”. Starring Sam Waterston and Mia Council) and Johannesburg Holocaust Farrow, this tells the dramatic true-life story Centre will be hosting a special tribute of a Danish family who were centrally evening in memory of perhaps the most cele- involved in the rescue effort. brated of these instances of collective hero- Klass has also curated a small exhibition, ism, the famous rescue of Danish Jewry. sourced from The Museum of Danish In October 1943, more than 90 per cent of Resistance, which will be on view in the Denmark’s 8 000 Jews (together with several adjoining hall. hundred gentile spouses) were evacuated Members of the Danish community have across the Baltic to safety in neutral Sweden. been invited to attend, as well as members of It was an inspiring collaborative effort, head- the Danish Embassy. Two years ago, the ed by the Danish Underground and involving SAJBD Gauteng Council held a similar trib- the selfless efforts not only of many ordinary ute evening for Bulgaria, whose entire Danish citizens, but - something that is often Jewish community was saved during the overlooked - of many people in Sweden itself. war. On that occasion the Bulgarian ambas- Even those few hundred Jews who did fall sador and numerous members of the local into the Nazi net, in the main survived since, Bulgarian community were present. through the intervention of the Danish gov- “Tribute to Denmark” will be held at ernment, they were not deported to Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene, on Auschwitz but were held for the duration of November 30, at 16:30 for 17:00. To make a the war in the relatively more humane camp booking, or for more information, contact of Terezin. 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He now con- Breakfast Room & Library, 1 x mer Soviet Union, which average life expectancy has ducts as many as 15 male TV Room - DSTV, 2 x Patios & PLETTENBERG BAY: USED CAR brought with it a dramatc i plummeted to just 31 years. i c rcumcisions a week at Outstanding Garden, Kitchen - Lovely, kosher house Hyundai Accent CS, 1500, rise in men requesting the “People came of their the Catholic mission hospi- available for Dec 2008 model 1996, good condition & procedure. own free will,” he said. tal where he works near Gas Range, All Appliances, 1 x / Jan 2009. Overlooks roadworthy. To meet the demand, “There was no publ c t tiiy o the Mozambique bord r - e Lock Up Garage, Visitors the Beacon Isle Hotel R22 500 (ono) Israeli hospitals set up spe- draw them in out of fears more than twice the rate he SECURITY Parking, Pool. Maid Service 3 x and Central Beach. Contact: Times a week, Internal Security c a c rcumcision clinics in il i that we’d be overwhelmed w as performing previous- With lovely sea and 082-855-4969 f ve hospitals throughout i by a massive number of ly. THE GATE GUY Gates & Full Burglar Proofing, mountain views and IS BACK Intercom to Main Security Gate. the country. I t rn, Israeli n u clients. When we spoke t o “I have now learned the 15 years in the trade 6 x Months Minimum Lease. swimming pool. Walk to the beaches VEHICLES doctors gained unique the men who came, many technique and I can work at your disposal. R14,500.00 Per Month. WANTED experience in performing a f o them in their 20s and faster,” Koshy told JTA in a as well as to town high number of proce- 30s, they told us about liv- phone interview fro m REPAIRS. Gates, driveway Immediate Occupation – centre. gates, intercoms, Contact Barbara 082-565 dure e iciently. s ff ing amid the epidemic and Sw aziland. “There are a l t o ACCOMMODATES 8. Call Dennis It’s a model organisa- ts i w hat i ’ l ke to see so f o people coming in for the 858 or John 083-2602-074 We also have a few 084-513-8220 tions such as the Worl d m a ny people die. ” operation, and I think the or email other properties still Health Organisation and y Although nearl 30 per numbers are only going to email@example.com (No available for the the United Nations would cent of the world’s men are increase. ” PROPERTY Agents Please) holiday season. l ke to see replicated in i c rcumcised, the practice is i M e a n while in San Tel: 082-850-5354 Africa as a tool for combat - quite rare in many south- Francisco, Don Abramson, HAZELWOOD ing the spread of HIV. ern African countries a former chairman of Stunning, fully renovated, Answ ering the call has w here Aids has become a American Jewish Worl d secure, north-facing, sun- OVERSEAS ACCOMMODATION pandemic. Service who has been advo- been Operation Abraham, drenched garden unit, compris- PERTH - DIANELLA a team of Israeli doctors Dr Jamal Garah, an ig cat n for the project, said ing 3 bedrooms with B.I.C. 2 Israeli Arab paediatrician, he hoped it would help ga l- Fully furnished, brand new, os and Aids educat r - Jew s, bathrooms M.E.S, modern 3bed/r’s Muslims and Christians - w as among the Israeli doc- vanise Diaspora Jewry to kitchen with granite tops, spa- www.flagg.com.au w ho this year made three tors in Sw aziland. He has fight one of the worl ’ ds cious lounge dining-room and click on furnished training trips to Sw aziland experience in performing biggest problems. well-maintained garden with accommodation. in what is considered a male circumcisions, usual- One of his ideas is to large storage shed (electricity in pilot programme that they y l on babies or young ch l- i encourage Jew s around shed), 2 undercover parking FURNISHED ROOM hope is just the start o f dren in Israel’s Muslim the world to donate money and maids accomm en-suite IN BONDI their work . community. to Operation Abraham with B.I.C. Own Shabbos gate Furnished bedroom, in secure T he organisation has I’ “ t s fitting that our proj- w henever they attend a on Felix Road. Not a cent to be modern apartment. Sea view. had requests to do a simi- ect is named after bris. spent! R1, 650,000 ono kosher facilities. Close to ARE YOU lar training programme in Abraham,” he said. “It o “My message t Jewish Tel: (011) 640-6756 or beach, shul, shops and main IMMIGRATING symbolises a measure o f families is that a bris U ganda, Lesotho, Namibia, 082-939-0588 bus route. Ideal for student for OVERSEAS AND K enya and South Africa. unity to give the message ffrms the Divine cove- a i medium or long term visitor. JERUSALEM $250.00 per week WANT TO SELL T heir work is sponsored to other people that we can nant relationship with the HAZELWOOD by the Jerusalem Aids w ork together. ” child, but also demon- (RECHAVIA) 1 Bedroom fully furnished and Reply to neesie@big- YOUR VEHICLE? Spacious, two-room apt for pond.net.au project and the Hadassah i i l rom the Worl Off c a s f d strates that their friends renovated apartment. Medical Centre, and they Health Organisation trav- and family who care about Sale or Rent. In well-main- R5000 per month. Available hope to recruit surgeons elled to Jerusalem in 2006 the child celebrate that t eh tained assisted living com- from the 1st of January 2009. BUSINESS & FINANCIAL from abroad. o t gather inform ation on child is healthy enough to plex. Open to ages 60 and older. Ideally suitable for Contact Andy BUSINESS FOR SALE Dr Eitan Gross, a paedi- Israel’s expertise in the have a bris,” Abramson 082-333-8333 SENIOR PARTNER atric surgeon at the il. fed said. parents that may want to live close to their children. FLATS REQUIRED Hadassah hospital in Ein “The circumstances in “A contribution to for small business. Please Contact K erem who was in w hich adult male circumci- Project Abraham demon- NIS 368,000 ($95,000) firstname.lastname@example.org GLENHAZEL No large capital required only Solly Kramer Sw aziland and is the med- sion are done in some insti- strates a desire for others or Tel: (USA) Various n/f large 1 bed flats. monthly repayments. 082-922-3597 ical director of Operation tutions in Israel, are gener- o e l t b a ive and healthy as Avail ASAP. R3750 pm. (011) 822-2320 (w) Abraham, said he was sur- l a ly of a high standard w ell and could be a life-sav- 206-679-7918 anytime Call Miriam 083-601-4334 Bennie prised initially to hear that with few complications, ” ing act.” (JTA) 24 SA JEWISH REPORT 21 - 28 November 2008 Basil rises to the occasion JACK MILNER age groups from eight to 69. second ru .n The course is a 1km run fo l ed by a l ow “I had a great contro l d run and even le Basil Kletz M A R K T WAIN once wrote that age i a s n 100m swim and a second 1km run. For the managed to gain time on Sliep,” added Basil. displays his issue of mind over mat e I you don’t mind, t r.f h 60-plus age group, t e run was on a technical l ep, who was a winner of South African Si silver medal t r. l , h it doesn’t mat e We l t at h s t b t a o e rue of ig ot course, mainly over undulat n s f grass ils n i e t t e i a number of d ff rent sport i years s n won at the t tl t Basil Kletz, who is in his sixties bu s i l ge s ch h i w here athletes had to wat t e r footing. n , gone by, i cluding track road, biathlon and Biathle out there to compete in events like the es f Then it was into the murky wat r o the biathle,eventually took top honours in the World Biathle World Championships. l ow Zandvlei Lakefor the swim, fo l ed by the Master C 60-plus section in a time of 12 min- Champion- Biathle, which comprises a continuous second run along the same run route as utes and 30 seconds with Basil coming in run-swim-run event, is the development before. second, completing the course in 13,30 min- ships earlier eve t for modern pentathlon. A number of n e rt s s lw “Th fi s run wa a a ays a d ff i icult one utes. this month. international participants attended the as I never know the tactics of the other com- Garden made it a clean sw eep o the f event this year and in particular included petitors,” said Basil. “In Monaco last year medals for South Africa, coming home in Africa. Dr Klaus Schormann, who is pre i- s large contingents from Great Britain, everyone started out aggre s ly, but this s ive 14,20 minutes. dent of the UIPM, opened the Worl d Germ a ny,Japan, Korea and Italy. l owing me to time they ran just behind me, a l “The spectator support was unbelievabl e, Championships and wished all athletes the Last year Basil took on the best in his age set the pace, an exception being Hans Sliep especially for Bob Garden who has compet- best throughout the day. group at t e championships in Monaco h s lw h t ff w ho, a a ays, s o o ahead.” d e, a d a i . ed in all 10 worl champs to dat ” s i B s l O verall the South African contingent per- w here he not only finished third bu even , t ed f Basil was taking on a strong fi l o com- s i le “It wa a b g re i f not hearing his name dur- formed we l at t e event with Andrea Steyn l h took time off to have a chat with Prince n e, petitors, i cluding Bob Gard n a former ing the second run as he had dropped offthe winning the women’s senior title fro m , Albert who of course, i n s ow married to a four-time Biathle champion, and Anton t l , e u t eve ives up, so one has pace. S i l h j s n r g Britons, Rachel Jones and Laura Hook South African. Harrop-Allen, a five-time South African pen- t keep concentrating right to the finishing o respectively. T his year the South African Modern tathlon champion. i e. ln ” The men’s event went to Gregan Clarkson Pentathlon Association hosted the 2008 “I entered the wat r at the same time as e Harrop-Allen claimed fourth place in 15,10 f o Great Britain with South African Juan 10th UIPM Biathle World Championships Bob Garden and Anton Harrop-Allen, both minutes with the international crew coming ie e cher, Pretorius claiming silver wh l Jon Fl t on November 1 at the picturesque extremely competitive individuals. A t et h in behind him. also of Great Britain, came in third. Zandvlei Lake in Muizenberg. The weath- 50m turnaround buoy we we s i l t re t l ogether There wa a great showing from the digni- s s For Basil, though, it wa great triumph er was cool, overcast, with a wind that but then I got a nice swim stroke going and taries attending the event, including Sameh and an improvement on his third place in built up to ga e force as the day pro- l exited the water with a gap, big enough to Guemeih from Egypt who is president of the Monaco last year, although he did carry a gressed. Athletes competed in the various give me some breathing space during the Confederation Of Modern Pentathlon - ew f niggles into thateve t n. Israeli sporting figures in politics JACK MILNER pionship medallist, missed out on the Beijing Olympics, but is still hoping to S P O RTING FIGURES often decide to go m a ke his second Olympic appearance in into politics once they re i and obvious- t re London in 2012. l their high pro y file often helps to get Last but not least, former Israel inter- them elected. It appears Israel is no national and Maccabi and Hapoel Te l exception, with tennis player Tzipi Aviv coach, Nir Levin, who is now in Obziler deciding to run for the Green f charge o youth development at Maccab i Party in a municipal election in Tel Aviv, was elected to the Mazkere t Givat ayim. ya B at council. T he 35-year-old proved successful in Bnei Sakhnin’s legendary chairman, her attempt, but unlike some others, M a zen Ganaim, who resigned from his Obziler says she is not quite ready to position at the club at the start o f re i f t re rom tennis, although she plans to October to have more time to preparefor reduce her schedule for next year and the elections, was elected mayor of spend more time in Israel. Sakhnin, receiving 59 per cent of the M e a n while the Jerusalem Post report s votes and ousting incumbent mayor, that Judoka Yoel Rozvozov, who was Mohammed Bashir. number eight on Netanya mayor’s Betar Jerusalem owner Arkadi Miriam Feierberg’s part l s , was elected y it e. G aydamak was not as fortunat He had to the city council after the party won d m o re lofty ideals when he challenge for nine mandates last week Tuesday. the position of Jerusalem mayor, but he R ozvozov, a former European Cham- f y ailed miserabl in his attempt. Israel climbs to 15 in Fifa football rankings J E RUSALEM - Israel continued their their reign as the world’s top-ranked strange rise up the Fifa rankings,climbing national team. one more position to a best-ever 15th in the Germ a ny, who lost the Euro 2008 final to d w orl. Spain, climbed one place to second, while Amazingly, the national team, which England returned to the world’s top 10, a hasn’t reached a major tournament since position they share with Portuga.l the 1970 World Cup, is ahead of such teams d W orl champions Italy dropped a place as Greece (18), Nigeria (22), Sw eden (29), to number three and the Netherlands rose Scotland (33), Denmark (34) and the one to fourth. Brazil remained the best i f reland (36). Republ c o I South American footballing nation despite T he star-studded Ivory Coast, who Israel dropping to fifth, while Argentina moved re played last Wednesday,a ranked just 28th up a place to number six. d in the worl. For the record, South Africa is ranked 80 European champion Spain continued d in the worl.