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Rabbi David Masinter of Chabad House hands out a plastic blow-up football - one of 50 000 distributed by Chabad - to Yair Meltz from Jerusalem,
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Nicole Cook Johannesburg JEWISH STUDIES, THE RETURN
raises funds for Jewish studies are back in Israeli
schools - but critics don't think it's cool.
The educational curriculum In
Israel's state-run schools will now
picture of a historical timeline of the
Jewish people and of Zionism."
"The subject is designed to shape the
learners' identity and strengthen the
Hospice include weekly lessons on Jewish cul-
ture and tradition, Haaretz reported.
The lessons will be considered part of
the core educational curriculum.
sense of belonging to the nation, the
state and Jewish culture," read a pam-
phlet distributed to teachers by Ish-
Avusa Publishing (Pty) Ltd
The new lessons, to be taught in Critics of the new syllabus say, how-
Tel: 0860-13-2652 sixth through eighth grades for two ever, that secular Israeli learners do
hours per week, will include Jewish not need to learn religious texts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS culture, the Hebrew calendar and Land "When the Education Ministry
Stan Kaplan (Chairman) of Israel studies. In addition, sixth- grants canonical status to certain
Issie Kirsh (Deputy Chairman), Marlene graders will learn the weekly Torah texts, it provides fertile ground for
Bethlehem, Russell Gaddin, Norman portion; seventh graders will learn the indoctrination," said Bar-Ilan
order of prayers in the Jewish liturgy; University Professor Avi Sagi, author
Lowenthal, Bertie Lubner,
and eighth graders will study Pirkei of the previous curriculum installed
Benjy Porter, Herby Avot, the Ethics of the Fathers. Six by then-Education Minister Yuli
Rosenberg, Howard Jewish Zionist books also will be Tamir, that allowed teachers to choose
Sackstein, Jason Valkin. taught. a number of topics based on various
"Our learners are lacking in famil- sources - Biblical, Talmudic and liter-
iarity with Jewish culture," said ary.
KASHRUT Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom, head "It is hard to understand why the
The following symbols will appear on of the educational steering committee curriculum for secular learners needs
advertisements and/or advertising fea- in charge of administering the new to be focused around the weekly Torah
tures to indicate whether or not they are coursework. portion or Pirkei Avot, which are sub-
kosher. Where no Kashrut mark appears "Many of them do not have a clear jects dear to religious students." (JTA)
on an advert, the Jewish Report
assumes no responsibility for the PUZZLES FOR THE BLIND
A cheque of R50 000-00 – the sum raised as a result of the
Kashrut status of that establishment or WIZO-Hospice Corporate Golf Challenge, by the WIZO A well-known Israeli author and Centre director Uri Cohen told Ynet
advertiser: puzzle inventor has designed a cross- last week that he thought "it was
Forum 2000 committee – was recently handed over to
word puzzle that blind people can another one of those weird ideas
NK Non-Kosher K Kosher Hospice in Johannesburg, according to a WIZO media solve themselves. that we get. I knew that in order to
Where no symbols appear, consult the
release. Avi Rubenstein has created a puz- solve a crossword puzzle you needed
Beth Din Kosher Guide or contact the Pictured are June Rovetti, and Jocelyne Isaacs both of zle written in Braille, allowing the a pen".
advertiser. WIZO Forum 2000 (holding the cheque); Barry Crystal, blind to solve it without a pen or But after the publication of the
acting chairman of Hospice Witwatersrand; Nigel assistance from a sighted person, first booklet of puzzles, Rubenstein
Advertisements and editorial copy from Unwin, CEO of Hospice; Zee Bergman, chairman of according to reports. received praise and thousands of let-
outside sources do not neccessarily reflect WIZO Johannesburg; and Lee Joffe, an executive of Rubenstein took his idea to the ters from blind people thanking him
the views of the editors and staff. Central Library for the Blind. for his invention. (JTA)
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 3
Settlement freeze, Iran, peace talks to damental. Ostensibly the news for
Netanyahu is good: The UN Security
Council passed expanded sanctions this
month against Iran in light of its recalci-
headline vital Obama-Bibi meeting trance on making its nuclear programme
transparent. The sanctions themselves
lacked serious bite, but they set the stage for
RON KAMPEAS or face a worsening of US-Israel ties. ing even to issue a summary statement. much tougher sanctions - one set approved
WASHINGTON The executive director of the American Both sides spent subsequent weeks mak- by the European Union and another passed
Jewish Committee, David Harris, who is in ing up, with Obama administration officials by the US Congress.
THE JOKE making the rounds in Jerusalem Israel this week, said: “Both sides under- emphasising practical US defence support The congressional sanctions are the
ahead of next week’s Netanyahu-Obama stand that there’s a lot at stake in having a for Israel and Netanyahu pressing hard for toughest ever, targeting third parties that
summit: Time to bone up on geology. positive outcome.” direct talks with the Palestinians. By the end deal with Iran’s energy and financial sec-
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the As opposed to the last two - or almost two of May, things looked good for a June 1 meet- tors. They have been welcomed by US
United States, told reporters this week he - times. Prime Minister Benjamin ing at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sig-
was misheard when he was quoted as telling Netanyahu’s last visit to Washington, in late But then came Israel’s deadly May 31 raid nalling the likelihood that Obama will adopt
Israeli diplomats that a “tectonic rift” was March, was marred by the aftermath of the on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Netanyahu, at least some of them. Already the Treasury
emerging between Israel and the US. The tensions that followed Israel’s announce- already in North America, cancelled his Department has expanded sanctions target-
Israelis didn’t get it, said the US-born Oren: ment about two weeks earlier of new build- White House meeting and rushed back to ing Iran’s shipping and banking sectors,
He meant there was a “tectonic shift”. ing in eastern Jerusalem just as Vice Israel. based on existing law.
Whether there is a difference, and President Joe Biden was in Israel for a visit. The Obama administration ostensibly The problem is, Israel’s establishment no
whether it’s meaningful, no one was going to Top US officials called the announcement supported Israel during the widespread out- longer believes sanctions will be effective
say. The point was to get it right this time an insult, and when Netanyahu and rage that followed, but the administration and is eager to hear what, if anything, the
when the US president and Israeli prime President Barack Obama met, they kept also pressed Netanyahu to set up an investi- Obama administration has planned for the
minister meet at the White House on July 6 their deliberations behind closed doors, fail- gatory commission and flip its Gaza sanc- military front. Obama thus far has laid back
tions policy: Instead of a “white list” of per- on such plans, or even on whether he would
missible products to be allowed into Gaza, consider drawing up such plans for such a
Israel created a blacklist of products it contingency.
would bar from import to Gaza. That Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak
allowed a much broader array of goods into toured the United States last week, and in
Gaza and marked a diplomatic loss for the his meetings with Clinton, national security
Israeli government. adviser James Jones and Defence Secretary
The sides are likely to come to the July 6 Robert Gates, Barak outlined what is shap-
meeting with two items unresolved: What ing up as his proposal to synthesise the two
Israel plans to do once its 10-month partial emerging crises: Barak wants Netanyahu to
freeze on West Bank settlement building announce a bold peace initiative with the
lapses in September, and how the sides plan Palestinians as a means of freeing Israel
to confront Iran. diplomatically to operate in the military
The first issue is likely to be the most con- sphere should the need arise with Iran.
tentious: The Obama administration wants It’s not clear what his American interlocu-
to keep the Palestinian Authority in the tors thought of the plan or whether it has
process, having finally lured it into proximi- resonance in Israel. A key element involves
ty talks. But if Netanyahu doesn’t have bringing into the government the centrist
direct talks to show for his efforts, it will be opposition party, Kadima, whose leader,
a hard sell to keep his right-leaning Cabinet Tzipi Livni, in recent weeks has indicated
on board. receptiveness to such overtures.
As an extra burr, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir An Israeli initiative is necessary “to pre-
Barkat - who has national ambitions - is vent our descent into isolation”, Barak told
pressing ahead with plans to build in Arab reporters after his meetings. “It is the only
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, met on neighbourhoods of eastern Jerusalem. way to achieve real freedom to act when
September 22, last year, in New York. (AVI OHAYON / GPO / FLASH 90 / JTA) On Iran, the difference may be more fun- there are security events.” (JTA)
New Zealand Jews plan to
fight for shechitah
DAN GOLDBERG America, Carter decided last month to annul
AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND all exemptions.
Under the new code, which was made
BARRING A last-minute policy reversal, effective immediately, all commercially
Jewish leaders in New Zealand appear cer- killed animals must be stunned before
tain to launch legal action against the gov- slaughter to “ensure that the animals are
ernment over its controversial new law ban- treated humanely”.
ning kosher slaughter. The move shocked the New Zealand
Six Jewish leaders were granted a 30- Jewish community, which numbers fewer
minute meeting a week ago with Prime than 7 000. Although kosher meat can be
Minister John Key, son of a Jewish refugee, imported from Australia, no chicken is
to discuss the fallout from the May 27 deci- allowed in. Fewer than 100 cattle and lambs
sion to outlaw kosher slaughter, or shechi- and several thousand chickens were slaugh-
tah. The meeting in Auckland concluded tered by shechitah annually.
with the delegation informing Key, who does Sydney-based Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, who
not practise Judaism, that the small Jewish supervises kosher certification of products
community would be left with “no option” in New Zealand, described the ban as “outra-
but to take legal action “if there was no solu- geous”.
tion forthcoming”. His comments came as the European
The prime minister “acknowledged that Parliament voted to mandate that all kosher
this may be the only course open to us”, New meat on the continent be labelled “meat
Zealand Jewish Council Chairman Geoff from slaughter without stunning” - a move
Levy said in a statement. It now appears blasted by Jewish officials as discriminatory.
likely that Key will face a potentially embar- Meanwhile, the dustup in New Zealand
rassing legal showdown that has been over shechitah has sparked a rift with
described as a test case for shechitah. Australian Jewish leaders.
The controversy erupted in late May when “I’m terrified they’ve mismanaged it,” a
Agriculture Minister David Carter over- senior Australian Jewish organisational
ruled advice from the National Animal leader said of New Zealand Jewry on condi-
Welfare Advisory Committee to exempt she- tion of anonymity. “They just don’t have the
chitah from a new animal welfare commer- expertise.”
cial slaughter code. Whereas shechitah pre- Other countries that have banned shechi-
viously had been listed as exempt, just as it tah include Iceland, Norway, Sweden and
is under the Humane Slaughter Act in Switzerland. (JTA)
South Island in
2009. A new
lenged by the
4 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
Selwyn Segal spend a
glorious day at Loftus
LIONEL STEIN bus was allowed to park right at the
PHOTOGRAPH: IVOR GINSBERG entrance to the stadium.
Fifa officials accompanied everyone to
THE GREAT Park Shul opened their heart their seats. It was no easy task keeping a
and arranged for the Selwyn Segal to Selwyn Segal party of 30 excited specta-
watch one of the World Cup games, tors together without anyone getting lost
Algeria versus the USA at Loftus Versfeld inside a packed Loftus stadium. But every-
in Pretoria. one got to their seats safely without any-
The day came - Wednesday June 23 - an one going missing.
exciting day in the life of those residents All the Selwyn Segal residents enjoyed
from the Selwyn Segal who were going to the match very much. The last-minute
the soccer. goal by the USA for victory, made the day
The excitement was electric. Everyone for the Selwyn Segal contingent as they
was provided with a Fifa shirt, a cap, a were supporting the USA.
beanie, a scarf, a back pack with refresh- After the match everyone stayed behind,
ments and of course a vuvezela. Brenda where Ginsberg photographed the group.
Rabbi David Masinter and his team handing out soccer balls to tourists outside the Fifa Solarsh, Mike Baum, residents and staff, Walking back to the bus was quite haz-
ticketing centre in Sandton. were there to say goodbye to those resi- ardous as the group passed thousands of
dents going to the soccer by bus. It was a USA fans celebrating in the grounds.
Chabad on the ball with sendoff equal to the Bafana Bafana send-
off to their match against Mexico.
First stop was for lunch sponsored by
Kosher Nando’s in Bramley. There the
These celebrations added to a wonderful
atmosphere that overwhelmed everyone.
Back on the bus we had a prepared sup-
per together with refreshments.
its outreach action Selwyn Segal residents met up with their
hosts from the Great Park Shul; Rabbi
Dovid Hazdan, the organisers - Ivor
Ginsberg and Benjy de Groen - and Ronel
During the ride home, the bubbling
excitement permeated throughout the
Among the comments from the resi-
ALISON GOLDBERG unique role to play in a team, everyone is Duchen. dents was those of Norman Cohen, stating
PHOTOGRAPHS: ILAN OSSENDRYVER important in life. The bus ride to Pretoria was a pleasure. emphatically that it was a “great day” and
4. Respect the field. Do not damage or The new highway made the months of Josepha Kahn expressed the wish that “it
IN LIGHT of what is currently happening steal property. It is not yours. A true win- inconvenience very worthwhile. was so nice, I would like to go again”.
throughout the country - and all the ner succeeds by his own individual skills - Between a bit of chutzpah on Ivor It was a great day in the life of the
excitement - there is much to be said not taking anything away from others. Ginsberg’s part, coupled with co-opera- Selwyn Segal and in unison they said:
about the cynics who slated South Africa 5. Remember the goals. Do not stray tion from the Tshwane traffic department “Thank you Rabbi Hazdan, thank you the
and the country’s ability to pull off such a from the game. Keep within the lines of and the Fifa officials, the Selwyn Segal Great Park Shul.”
large-scale event as the 2010 Fifa World the field. Cheating is cheating and it is
In a media release, Chabad says: “There 6. Prepare well. Players need to be fit
is such a vibrant energy in the air as well and watch what they eat. Care for your
as an enormous sense of camaraderie - a body, your health and your soul. Life is
feeling that is truly astonishing! precious. Do not eat any creature while it
“There is an old teaching which states: is still alive.
‘From everything a person sees and 7. The ref’s decision is final. Fairness
hears, something should be learned and justice are essential in the game.
which ultimately enables them to better Always respect the decisions of the refer-
their own life.’” ee - we need a just and fair society in
Adds Rabbi David Masinter of Chabad which to live and to win.
House in Johannesburg: “One of the cam- World Cup Chabad “assistant”, Aharon
paigns of the Rebbe was to educate the Adelist, who like the rest of the bocherim
public in a non-intrusive way.” Thus in has been wearing a Chabad jersey, says
line with this campaign, Chabad’s World for the past three weeks Chabad at Village
Cup bocherim are currently in the process Walk in Sandton has been serving
of distributing 50 000 inflatable soccer balls Shabbat meals to tourists, usually 30 at a
throughout the country. Each ball carries time.
with it a flyer encrypted with seven univer- Its outreach includes a stand at Melrose
sal laws for all kinds of people. Arch where people have come to put on
“We are on a natural high at the tefillin, some for the very first time. Soccer fever swept into the Selwyn Segal.
moment, so why not use this energy to Says Adelist: “We’ve met over 100
better our own lives as well as the lives of Israelis, a lot of South Americans as well
others, particularly the youth, in terms of
setting goals and living a meaningful
as Americans, asking us where they can
get kosher food and we’ve been handing
out our business cards to them.”
Fooling some of the
The flyer states: Football’s 7 Lessons for
Life are: 1. Believe in G-d and in yourself.
To be successful, be aware that G-d is in
control of everything, but He empowers
The bocherim, he says, have been dis-
tributing the soccer balls to fan parks at
Mandela Square, Innisfree
Sandton Convention Centre and Melrose
Park, people some of the time...
you to succeed and to win. Make a success Arch. Separate arrangements haven ROBYN SASSEN some point by a housing company.”
of your life. been made for those tourists visiting A private investigator in Johannesburg
2. Respect. Respect authority. Respect Cape Town. A STORY carried in SA Jewish Report last who has been aware of this man’s activities
your parents. Respect your friends, your Jewish tourists are staying all over week, about a con artist operating in for the last couple of months, confirmed
team and your opponents. Respect G-d. Johannesburg he says: some with friends, Balfour Park Shopping Centre, in this. “He has also conned companies in
3. Value life. Value your own life and the others at hotels and some even backpack- Highlands North, Johannesburg, who Melrose Arch, including Applebee
lives of others. Just as everyone has a ing in Soweto. conned a resident of Sandringham Gardens Stationery, Postnet and Studio Nine hair
home for the aged, out of R200, was corrob- salon,” he said.
orated by Gwen Levenstein, a science “I cannot say if it is the same man, but
teacher at King David Linksfield High some months ago, a dark-haired clean-
School, as well as other members of the shaven, presentable man in Balfour Park
community. was claiming that his wife was in labour
“I taught him in the early ‘80s - he matric- and that he urgently needed money for
ulated in 1983 or 1984” she remembers. “I petrol.”
was teaching extra lessons one afternoon Another service provider in Johan-
last year, and he came into the classroom. I nesburg’s predominantly Jewish-owned
didn’t recognise him at first; he approached business hub, who asked not to be named,
me with a story about putting flyers in said: “one of our assistants was conned of
Sally’s Alley. I agreed to help him, and he R100 by him. The man said: ‘Thank you,
asked for money. I offered him R100, but he Mamela’ and promised to return with the
said he needed more, and I doubled it. money, but I know he won’t be back. We
“He then said he needed money for food. I know who he is. He was a very bright estate
landed up giving him R300. Which Jew agent, but he got involved with drugs.
wouldn’t give another Jew money for “What he is doing to the Jewish commu-
food?” she asked rhetorically, adding that nity is a disgrace,” she added. “He should
he had been “very convincing” in describ- be institutionalised until he is clean and
ing his plight. can understand the harm and hurt he has
“He is believed to be a known drug inflicted on himself, his family and the com-
addict,” she added. “I phoned the Chevrah munity at large.”
Kadisha about him, and they confirmed “I was so good to him,” Levenstein adds.
that he is in the process of rehabilitation, “I can’t believe that he did this to me, but
and that if you are approached by him, you am even more shocked that he targeted a
should give him clothes and food, rather poor woman from Sandringham Gardens.
than money. His mother lives there. In my opinion, he
Chabad World Cup headquarters in Village Walk, Sandton. “As far as I know, he was employed at should be arrested.”
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 5
Nigel Unwin standing in front of Hospice’s main premises in Houghton,
Giving loving care to the
infirm and terminally ill
LIONEL SLIER Each patient is equally important, There are lounges for patients who
PHOTOGRAPH: ILAN OSSENDRYVER irrespective of nationality, ethnici- are well enough to get out of bed to
ty, creed or ability to pay. be with visitors. The unit has a beau-
A COMMUNITY is judged on how “The support and contribution tifully laid out garden which is main-
it cares for its aged, its infirm and that Hospice gets from the local tained by volunteers and accessible
especially its terminally ill mem- Jewish community is legendary. It to patients and visitors.
bers. The Hospice at 2nd Avenue, would be impossible to mention all Unwin said the present premises,
Houghton as well as at Diepkloof of it. A third of the current board of which is a rather grand old
Hospice in Soweto, bears testimo- governors is Jewish, namely Houghton mansion, was bought in
ny to this care, dispensed with Norman Wildman, a founder of the the mid-1980s for R350 000. The JCI
love. Netcare group, Michael Judin, an Group stepped in at the time with a
Nigel Unwin, CEO of Hospice attorney and Barry Crystal, the act- donation of R250 000. The house is
Witwatersrand, has had an excep- ing chairman. Other Jewish named after JCI’s (then) chairman,
tional business career before taking trustees include eminent profes- Gordon Waddell, the British Lions
on the daunting job at Hospice after sionals like Dr Martin Chazzan and rugby player.
retiring age, having been in an exec- Prof Selma Browde, to name a few. Subsequently the properties
utive position with Anglo-Ameri- Many Jews are involved on a vol- behind Hospice in First Avenue were
can, and Edgars for seven years and untary basis. Jack Berman, who taken over and the facility expanded.
executive vice-president of Anglo- joined the board in the early days at The renovations and extensions
Gold Ashanti. HospiceWits, volunteered his acc- were donated freely by the architect
Rather than wind down and relax ounting skills and served as a Hymie Maross.
after retirement age, he took up the trustee right up to the time of his HospiceWits needs R35 million a
challenge of chairman at Hospice passing some years ago. Today one year to care for the 10 000 or so peo-
Witwatersrand where he served for of the facilities is named after him. ple who need its services daily, which
15 years. He is now the CEO and has Then there is Sicki Abrahamson makes one realise the immense task
spent the last 17 years with Hospice. who gave an enormous amount of that exists on an ongoing basis.
Unwin told of the early begin- time when he worked in the phar- Gallagher’s Corner, on Louis
nings of Hospice. “A need was iden- macy. Botha Avenue and 9th Street,
tified to assist the terminally ill in Some years ago, Tony Katzew, son Orange Grove, is now Hospice
Johannesburg. In fact in South of the legendary Henry Katzew, was Corner where there are shops in
Africa there was no form of treat- diagnosed with motor-neuron dis- which volunteers help. Thirty five
ment and so the notion of palliative ease and as he got progressively per cent of Hospice’s income is
medicine was launched. worse, he decided to spend the time raised in the shops.
“In 1984 Stan Henen and his wife he had left, at the in-patient unit in Unwin stressed the crucial impor-
started the Hospice Association of Houghton. Tony passed on last year, tance of donor funding. Various
the Witwatersrand... Being Jewish, but not before writing his memoirs fundraising events are regularly
there was a natural affinity between which included the very positive held. There was, for instance, the
the Henen family and the Jewish last years that he spent at Hospice. incredibly popular “Box and Dine”
community at large. There was a The “Boerejood” as he was fondly evenings in which Cyril Green,
personal issue for Stan as he him- known, became an inspiration not Louella Levine and Sam Feldman
self suffered from cancer. Sadly he only to the doctors and staff, but and his wife contributed their tal-
succumbed a few years ago in also to the terminally ill there and to ents. This draw card event has mor-
England. Cancer is a fate awaiting their families that came to visit phed into a “Laugh and Dine”
one in four of us eventually. them. evening.
“Therefore there is the essential Unwin told of some of the work Then there is the Turffontein
need of our services to all in our done at Hospice. “The IPU has 14 Sunday Race Day organised by attor-
community, irrespective of their beds and the Diepkloof Soweto unit ney Ivan Zartz. Each race is spon-
disease or their ability to pay for has 15. Our primary service is sored, with prizes given away, such
care.” homecare. Sisters visit patients in as a 5-day, all expenses paid trip to
Unwin said that in Johannesburg their homes to give succour. Dubai at the “One & Only” resort of
there existed a socio-economic dif- However, when patients are in Sol Kerzner.
ference. The residents living in the severe and unmanageable pain as Then there is the Bidvest Annual
huge area in the south, stretching well as in mental distress, they are Extravaganza at which top interna-
from Orange Farm in need of treat- admitted into IPU, where we help tional and South African stars per-
ment, were often also victims of them and calm them. This also gives form and a five-course gourmet meal
malnutrition. their families a break. We are able to with wines to match is served.
This is seldom a problem found in send a psycho-social team to inter- Recently when the proceeds of an
those patients living north of the act with the family at their home.” evening raised R750 000, Brian Joffe,
city centre. However, exactly the In the IPU itself, nurses go about CEO of Bidvest, brought the takings
same level of treatment is given. their duties quietly, and efficiently. up to R1 million.
6 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
Rita Lewis email@example.com
with the self
Some of the WIZO hierarchi, Lee Joffe; Crystal Kaplan; Gertie
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY preferred one - with the winner WIZO will be celebrating 60 years Feinstein; and Yvonne Jawitz.
RITA LEWIS being the tomato and red pepper. since the launch of their cookery
Guests were also given some book, The International Goodwill
WITH SO much pressure on peo- freshly made fruit tarts to taste - Cookery Book.
ple to keep fit, healthy, slim and a making for an enjoyable end to the They will be launching their fol-
myriad other things, there is often "lunch". Recipes for everything low-up book which will be filled
a shortage of practical knowledge were available. with different recipes as well as a
and instruction on how to go • On July 21 at 09:30 at the HOD, new look at old favourites.
Last week, WIZO's Fortnightly
Forum addressed this with a
demonstration at Beyachad enti-
tled, "Take Responsibility for Your
Own Health", with two experts on
the subject, Devorah Kur and
Kur knows about healing the
mind: How filling it full of positive
thoughts can impact on the body,
keeping it fit, healthy and alert,
while Geffen knows about keeping
the body strong and well-nourished
by feeding it on the correct types of WIZO’s Andrea Wainer chats to master caterer, Shelley Geffen as she
food. demonstrates some of her culinary secrets.
The speakers were introduced by
Andrea Wainer, who gave short
backgrounds of the two, who from
different points of the spectrum are
teaching people how to improve Myrna Hodes with Freda Klass.
Kur said it didn't matter what age
a person was, it was possible to
improve their feelings of well-being
- especially if they were interested
in helping themselves.
She emphasised the importance
of grown people (and children) tak-
ing responsibility for their own
Giving two examples of how to
make a person feel more alive, she
spoke of laughing - making a per-
son relax and dancing, which
makes a person feel alive. She sug-
gested: "Try it even if there is noth-
ing to laugh at or no-one to dance
with." Our emotions affect us so Peggy Friedman and Gloria Isaacson - enjoying their tea.
much "that as we feel, so we
become". What "we become, so we Lorraine Rosmarin, Andrea Wainer and guest speaker, Devorah Kur,
have been thinking." with Doreen Ben Saul.
She quoted Dr Bernie Segal who
noticed that when a person with a
terminal illness was told he/she
had a short time to live, they
packed everything possible into
that time, becoming motivated,
energised and determined to make
the best of the time available.
He noticed that often their symp-
toms started disappearing.
She advised everyone to work on
themselves. "Forget problems and
faribels. Where do they get you?"
Work on yourself to be happy.
"Either the rain will ruin your day
or you can take an umbrella so that
"Don't carry your stresses and
feelings of anger and resentment Elaine Smith and Helen Wolfson, with Aviva Ozen.
around with you; "they send out Laura Sher and Lorna Sonnenberg.
She said life wasn't easy - "but
don't make it more difficult".
Change the things that make you
unhappy, such as your job, difficult
friends, rude children, etc. "But
make time for yourself."
Culinary expert Geffen gave a
demonstration of different soups,
using healthy ingredients. She gave
useful tips on the use of different
spices and how to vary the ingredi-
She also showed her audience
how to make some unusual accom-
paniments to soup - as a change
from the usual perogen.
Guests were offered a bowl of the
three different soups (she made) to
taste and there was much discus-
sion as to which soup was the Sheila Benjamin, Sylvia Zaidel and Fay Miller. Tanya Sachs and Marcia Favish.
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 7
COMMUNITY BUZZ lent Community Buzz column! As a Orange Free state Coal and Mineral
082-444-9832, fax: 011-440-0448,
regular reader of the SA Jewish
Report, your reporting on South
African country Jewish communities
“The town that spouted on the
banks of the Vaal River as a result
is of interest to me, as I began doing
socio-historic research on this topic
nearly 30 years ago.
was named ‘Vereeniging’ after this
company in 1892. The company later
changed its name to Vereeniging
INDWE AND DORDRECHT “An accredited consultant to Estates.
From Ivan Nurick:
‘Jewish Life in the Country
Communities, Vol 2’, and having con-
“Vereeniging became the centre of
Marks’ dream of an industrial city
NEWS IN BRIEF
tributed much material also towards like Sheffield in England on the banks
“The description of the Jewish ceme- Vol 3, I should have been acknowl- of the Vaal River. As time passed, LAVROV DEFENDS RUSSIA'S TALKS WITH
tery by Marc Kopman is rather mis- edged in this book, too, were it not for Marks started quite a few other HAMAS
leading as it is an integral but separate the researcher from SA Friends of undertakings here.”
part of the general cemetery. There Beth Hatefutsoth, omitting to supply By Andre Malan, published by the JERUSALEM - Russia's foreign minister defended
are four adults and three children my name to the editors. National Cultural Museum, Pretoria, his country's holding direct talks with Hamas in
(buried there) but the identities of the “Your reporting on Molteno (SAJR, 1996. Gaza, while his Israeli counterpart said achieving
children are not known. June 18) refers. My friend, Marc peace would take time.
“My father, who died on February Kopman of Krugersdorp, writes that KRUGERSDORP "Yes, we are holding talks with Hamas - because
26, 1947, is the latest and the others are the foundation-stone of the Molteno it was elected by a large Palestinian majority in
(buried) between 1922 and 1929; firstly Synagogue was railed to Cape Town. Marc Kopman writes: free elections, according to all elements," Russian
Sarah Lief, sister of Abraham Shrock, The fact is that a Christian couple Vice chairman, United Hebrew Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday
Harry Cohen and someone called who were long-standing residents of Institutions of Krugersdorp in Jerusalem following a meeting with his Israeli
Sherman. The town of Dordrecht, I Molteno, very kindly put it in their counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman.
think, had 48 when I counted them in boot when ‘driving’ to visit their chil- “The article recently submitted by Lavrov added that he believed that the talks
2001. dren in Cape Town in 1984. “Together Colin Plen of Cape Town has refer- were yielding results and that "we are witnessing
“Indwe may appear very small and with many other foundation stones, it ence and I agree 100 per cent that positive movements".
insignificant, but it is steeped in histo- was put into a memorial garden at the West and East Rand communities He said Russia was encouraging Hamas to
ry. Firstly it is definitely named after entrance of the then Cape Town should be included and not solely accept the Arab Peace Initiative, which offers
the blue crane, but for a number of Jewish Museum, on whose committee Johannesburg. A great pity to exclude Israel regional peace in exchange for land.
years it had been called Spriggtown, I served at the time. them! For example and to correct the During the joint news conference, Lieberman
after Sir Gordon Sprigg, in the 1890s. “The leaders of its successor, the record, Krugersdorp’s first shul said there would not be an independent
“The Indwe coal mining company South African Jewish Museum, con- opened in 1894 in West Krugersdorp Palestinian state in the next two years.
had mines at Indwe and Molteno and sidering these stones superfluous to (currently the site of Atlas Bakery). "I'm an optimistic person, but there is absolute-
was probably the biggest producer in needs, put them all into storage. “At the time the kehilla was known ly no chance of reaching a Palestinian state by
the country in the 1890s. It was a whol- “Meeting this Molteno resident was as the West Rand Hebrew Congre- 2012," Lieberman said. "One can dream and imag-
ly owned subsidiary of De Beers and personally poignant for me. The most gation, incorporating both Roode- ine, but we are far from reaching understandings
was chaired by (Jewish) Colonel Sir recent rabbi of Molteno, the Rev poort and Randfontein, which respec- and an agreement."
David Harris. They built and privately Hirschel Jacobson, passed away there tively opened their own congrega- The Quartet, of which Russia is a member
owned the Sterkstroom-Indwe line, in 1941. This man remembered the tions in the early 1900s. along with the United States, the European Union
and sold it to Cape Government Rev Jacobson from his youth as “The first burial in Krugersdorp’s and the United Nations, have called for peace
Railways in 1906, which extended it to always distributing sweets to children Jewish cemetery was that of Samuel between Israel and the Palestinians by 2012 (JTA)
Maclear. from a seemingly endless supply he Liski, 24 Adar 1894. It was only nine
“Indwe and Dordrecht were very had in his waistcoat pocket. years later in 1903 (as reported by
interesting in the early Union (of “Rev Jacobson’s son and daughter- Colin Plen) that the West CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON EAST
South Africa) days (which came about in-law were my late great-uncle and Krugersdorp site was replaced by a JERUSALEM JEWISH HOMES
in 1910). Indwe was the third town in great-aunt, Alec and Evelyn Jacobson new shul (currently the site of a
South Africa to have electricity; Cape of Rondebosch, then Claremont, Cape motor dealer) more centrally situated JERUSALEM - Construction has begun on a
Town was the first and Kimberley the Town. Their daughter and son-in-law in Krugersdorp’s town, eventually to Jewish housing project in an eastern Jerusalem
second. live in Cape Town. be replaced by a third complex in 1968 neighbourhood.
“The farm, Buffelsfontein, about 80 “The late Rebbetzen Jacobson told and a fourth (current) one in 2007. A construction crew arrived last Sunday at the
kilometers from Indwe and halfway the story that among the duties of the Both these are situated in Monument, Shepherd Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah to begin drilling
between Elliot and Molteno, is official- rabbinical couple of Molteno was to a suburb of Krugersdorp. as part of engineering testing on the site, accord-
ly the coldest place in the country, offer hospitality to visiting meshul- “One hundred and sixteen years ing to reports.
Sutherland’s claims notwithstanding. lochim. On one occasion, Rebbetzen down the line and the United Hebrew Twenty new Jewish homes are set to be built on
“Prominent ‘Indweites’, besides Jacobson served delicious traditional Institutions of Krugersdorp are the site by American Jewish millionaire Irving
Abraham Shrock, include Margaret dishes of borsht, gefilte fish and lok- thankfully still around to tell the Moskowitz, who purchased the property in 1985.
MacKenzie, a doctor’s daughter of the shen pudding for dinner. At the end, story, albeit in smaller numbers, but In 2007, Moskowitz proposed a plan to build 122
early thirties, who went to Rhodes, the chutzpadike hungry meshullach every bit as active as a functioning apartments on the site; he modified the plan to 20
married Prof J L B Smith and they asked: ‘Is this all?!’ congregation! apartments in 2009.
were involved with great advances in “Without a blink, the rebbetzen “There are others, since defunct The construction plan originally was approved
ichthyology (the study of fish).” tactfully replied: ‘As Molteno is a (Randfontein, Roodepoort and Car- in July 2009, contingent on the payment of certain
To be continued. small town, the meals served in it are letonville on the West Rand and fees. Final approval and a permit for the con-
commensurate with its size. In the Springs, Germiston, Boksburg and struction project was granted after the payment
• Prof. Smith was famously involved next town you come to, being bigger, Kempton Park among others on the of the fees in March, just hours before Prime
in the study of the coelacanth, a fish you are likely to be served bigger por- East Rand). Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with
which was believed to be an ancient tions’.” “The South African Friends of Beth President Barack Obama at the White House, dur-
ancestor of land vertebrates. In the To be continued. Hatefutsoth are doing a sterling job ing which observers have said Obama snubbed
early 1950s one was caught near the with their current research and ongo- Netanyahu.
Comores and amid great excitement it PRETORIA ing publications which include the The construction this week comes just days
was identified by Prof Smith and his abovementioned, but that these con- before Netanyahu is scheduled to again meet with
wife Margaret. Sammy Marks continued: gregations shouldn’t be included in Obama at the White House.
the museums is very sad!” Peace Now said in a statement last Sunday:
MOLTENO “From the diamond fields, Marks and "The mayor of Jerusalem and his partners in the
his cousin, Isaac Lewis, moved to coal JOHANNESBURG right wing continue to decide the facts on the
From Rabbi Stuart Serwator: exploitation and in 1880 founded ‘De ground and harm Israel's political status.
Zuid-Afrikaansche en Oranje Vrij- What profiteth ye bottom-liners, ye Netanyahu must order [Nir] Barkat to stop the
“Shalom uvracha from Cape Town! A staatste Kolen en Mineralen Mijn bean counters, that ye close Beyachad construction in Sheikh Jarrah immediately."
hearty yashar-ko’ach on your excel- Vereeniging’. (The South African and Library and lose the world? (JTA)
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8 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
AROUND Debt - take account of all options first
THE JASON MORRIS You live in fear of a knock on
the door and a sheriff wanting to
save, as every available cent is
used to pay off creditors.
WORLD SINCE THE huge stock market
crash of 2008 there has been an
unprecedented increase in the
attach your belongings.
People are embarrassed, they
bottle up their feelings, they get
You cannot get out of it as the
rearrangement is made an order
of court. All this when in most
NEWS IN BRIEF number of people in financial sick, they are not sure of the cases all you need is an exten-
distress and this has placed a future. sion in time to get your affairs in
huge burden on aid organisa- The latest figures show that order.
ENGEL SLAMS CHAVEZ ON tions within not only the Jewish over 2 000 families are at present The answer perhaps lies in
'GENOCIDAL' SLUR community, but the country receiving financial assistance negotiating with your creditors.
itself. from the various charitable Credit providers are more than
WASHINGTON - The chairman Courts are handling more organisations within the Jewish open to negotiation, rather than
of the US House of sequestration applications than community. This is an alarming- having clients placed under debt
Representatives Latin American ever before. The numbers of debt ly high number, considering it is review, as debt review, while it
subcommittee, has slammed review applications being han- a well-known fact that the largest protects the consumer to some
Venezuelan President Hugo dled by magistrates courts have Jewish population in South extent, provided that the con-
Chavez for calling Israel a "geno- reached pandemic proportions, Africa happens to be in our ceme- sumer never defaults on any
cidal" state. while credit providers have set teries; our living number only agreement under review, it also
Chavez, who is hosting Syrian up entire divisions with the sole about 70 000. closes the door to the credit
President Bashar Assad this purpose of handling debt But what can we do about it? provider on doing business with
week, described their countries rearrangement proposals from We have to do something. Our the consumer any time in the
as having "common enemies": debt counsellors. community and charitable near future.
"The Yankee empire, the genoci- Call centres have been set up to organisations can not carry on the first place. But what do we And in most cases this drags
dal state of Israel." call people in default at all hours indefinitely supporting an ever- do? out a payment, that the con-
US Representative Eliot Engel of the day and night, text mes- increasing number of financially As a qualified debt counsellor sumer, if left to get on his feet
(Democrat New York) said sages are sent out with vague distressed families. and law scholar, I see many peo- again, could pay back much
Chavez needed to distract atten- threats of attachment of proper- People say it’s the banks’ fault ple in financial distress, with quicker than if he went through
tion from his own problems. ty and court orders. or the credit providers’ fault and their main aim being to be placed the long laborious task of debt
"If my country had one of the Attorneys have set up offices that prior to the implementation under debt review, as they have review and court orders.
highest murder rates in the full of clerks to handle the of the National Credit Act - the been told that this is the only way I see more and more clients
world, the highest inflation rate unprecedented number of in- Act that currently governs the they can protect themselves, and who are benefiting in an ever-
in Latin America, and an econo- structions to collect and the sub- granting of credit - the various their family. increasing manner from debt
my which is expected to shrink sequent summonses that must be credit providers handed out cred- This is not the case, as debt counsellors examining their
by more than six per cent this issued. In essence, they are run- it in a reckless manner, as they review is in essence an act of credit agreements, checking the
year, I, too, would be talking ning a sausage factory, and yes knew that the new Act would insolvency, a noose around your validity of the clauses and nego-
about anything but what's going this sausage factory very often govern them in a far stricter neck that effectively stops you tiating with credit providers on
on at home," Engel said. makes mistakes - mistakes that manner than the previous Usury from ever attaining credit or sav- their behalf, for new payment
"I guess that's why Mr Chavez can be fought. What has all this Act did. ing until your current commit- terms, or an extension of time.
is attacking the Israelis and why led to? This may be so, but the credit ments are paid and a clearance By doing that they may be able
Foreign Policy Magazine just People are having sleepless providers never forced us to use certificate has been issued. to avoid in most cases the need to
ranked him the 17th worst dicta- nights, married couples are the credit provided and many of This can take years, especially carry out the senseless act of
tor in the world. And I guess fighting, placing unnecessary us just accepted the credit and if you have a bond over a proper- insolvency that debt review is.
that's why he's hanging around stress on their relationships and used it - and now we cannot meet ty - years where you cannot Don’t let your debt problems get
Bashar Assad Ö No. 12." making their children feel the financial commitments, invest in property or even buy a out of hand. Talk about them,
B'nai B'rith International has uneasy which we had no right to have in new car, as you have no ability to negotiate; we are all affected.
also condemned the remarks.
"This meeting was a political
move by Venezuela to form an
additional partnership with
another Middle East state spon-
Celebrating Yiddishkeit in the Rainbow League leader, Julius) Malema is
openly ridiculed by the South
African media. Conversely, North
sor of terrorism," B'nai Bírith
executive vice president Daniel
Mariaschin said, referring to
Nation - an expat’s perspective Koreanesque Zimbabwean TV still
lauds Comrade Mugabe as a divine
presence. Also, the Zuma govern-
Chavez's closeness to the Iranian ANTHONY ORKIN on Raleigh Street. Africa is not a major problem. ment immediately condemned the
regime. "We call on the civilised SYDNEY Likewise in Doornfontein, Strolling past Jewish parents, murder of AWB leader Eugene
world to unite and oppose this around iconic Ellis Park many Baal Teshuva, pushing Terre’Blanche. Hopefully, this will
language in the strongest of SOME SOUTH African and in Braamfontein by prams and walking with their kids be a catalyst to curtail the horrific
terms." (JTA) Jews, particularly fellow the Civic Centre. to shuls and shtieblach, was inspir- number of farm attacks.
expatriates, seem preoc- Poverty is often in your ing and augurs well for the future There’s ample opportunity to be
ROBERT BYRD, LONGEST- cupied with the nega- face with beggars at traf- of the community. This will partly entrepreneurial in South Africa,
SERVING SENATOR, DIES AT tives in South Africa - fic lights, one notably in offset the disproportionate number notwithstanding sky-high unem-
92 violent crime, hijacking, fancy dress in Illovo. A of elderly, the result of decades of ployment. Many Jewish contempo-
electrified walls, corrup- sign that many of the emigration. raries are using their initiative and
WASHINGTON - Robert Byrd, tion, cronyism, Aids most vulnerable are not There’s a superb Chevrah succeeding in ways difficult to
the longest-serving US senator denialism, power cuts, yet uplifted. Jewish Kadisha to give a helping hand to match in Australia with its more
who criticised Israel but service delivery, scapegoating, groups, like MaAfrika Tikkun, are those most in need. The energetic red tape and bureaucracy.
refrained from using his consid- affirmative action, political leader- responding to this with wonderful young communal leadership, from The global financial crisis has
erable power to cut its funding, ship etc. outreach programmes in the town- the Chief Rabbi down, is a model also caused some who were think-
has died. Perhaps it’s a mechanism to jus- ships. for other Diaspora communities. ing of leaving, to stay. Many young
Obituaries for Byrd, 92, a West tify why they emigrated or intend The building boom in the sub- There’s an active local media, Jews, it seems, are content to
Virginia Democrat, focused on to. Having just returned from an urbs is extraordinary. The Sandton this newspaper and ChaiFM, to remain in South Africa with a wait
the bookends to his 51-year eye-opening visit to South Africa, I skyline is a work-in-progress, dot- keep the community well inform- and see attitude.
career: His membership for sev- want to touch on the many positive ted with cranes. Stylish new build- ed. The numerous minyanim, Some yearn for the freedom and
eral years before his election in aspects I saw, for Jews and in gen- ings, some tacky, are a tangible many new, show a vibrant commu- beauty of Sydney, “walking down
the racist Ku Klux Klan and his eral. mark of confidence in South nity passionate about Yiddishkeit the street and the sea” as one put it,
unsuccessful effort to filibuster Seeing South Africans of all Africa’s economy. My childhood and Ahavas Yisrael. while others are interested but
the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and his colours and backgrounds wearing hangouts - Norwood Mall and Kosher establishments aplenty, mindful of exorbitant property
opposition in the last decade to Bafana Bafana shirts gave a power- Morningside Shopping Centre, are including at the impressive Genesis prices there.
the Iraq war. ful and infectious sense of patriot- unrecognisable and enhanced. Centre, makes being and becoming I returned to Australia feeling
The trajectory was one of a ism. Cars draped in national flags Violent crime is clearly a her- frum in Johannesburg very acces- cautiously upbeat about the proud
conservative southern Democrat made the dangerous roads feel culean problem but inroads have sible and easy. I hear Cape Town is South African Jewish community.
to a fiery liberal, and he safer and happier. been made with the Community buzzing too, especially Gardens The massive social experiment
embraced it, never denying his Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo Active Patrols, foremost in the shul. that is the New South Africa, is still
roots, but expressing his regrets Airport is world class and will give Glenhazel area, where I was told The overwhelming Litvak her- being written. South Africa is no
over his adherence to the south- Soccer World Cup visitors a lasting contact crime has gone down by a itage and that many of the city’s lost cause! I believe that post-Zuma,
ern cultural mores of his youth. first impression of the country. staggering 85 per cent. founders were Jewish, has given with selfless, pro-Western, capital-
One thing that was consistent, While some of the highways are This is characteristic Jewish self- the 50 000 or so yidden in the City istic leadership, focused on educa-
however, was his willingness to belatedly and frantically being reliance at its best. I was advised of Gold special cohesion and con- tion and law and order, the future
express skepticism of US assis- upgraded, when they are complet- that South Africa will reap long- fidence. The community is thriv- for the Jews in South Africa is
tance to Israel, rooted in part in ed along with the Gautrain, the term benefits from the training ing by the key measurements: potentially bright.
his traditions as a pork-barrel infrastructure will be much police received for the World Cup. Jewish school enrolment, kash- In the meantime, as the World
lawmaker who believed that US improved. Being pulled up in my car, however, rut, shul attendance, a low inter- Cup beckons, there is still much to
money was best spent on con- Driving through parts of the by a policeman outside the very marriage rate and Zionism. celebrate about being Jewish
stituents. He was a consistent, at Johannesburg CBD, synonymous public Oliver Tambo Airport and Johannesburg is not a great under the Rainbow Nation’s sunny
times lonely, man out on pro- as a no-go zone with urban decay, asked for a bribe after allegedly not Diaspora community, it is the skies.
Israel letters and nonbinding was encouraging. Large sections stopping at a stop sign, shows that greatest! I look forward to your feedback.
resolutions. have been gentrified with cafes blatant police corruption is a con- I visited Zimbabwe briefly,
Nonetheless, he never used his and shops. These streets looked tinuing challenge. where the once strong Jewish Anthony Orkin ( pictured) lives in
influential leadership positions - clean, welcoming and worthy of Thanks to GAP and the CSO, community of 8 000 has dwindled Sydney. He left South Africa as an
including a long stint as chair- the city’s status as the New York walking around Glenhazel on to about 250. Ad nauseam, South 11 year old in 1989, but is a regular
man of the Appropriations of Africa. Shabbos felt secure and peaceful. African Jewish pessimists talk visitor. For seven years he worked as
Committee - to block funds to In notorious Yeoville, much of it Despite the ANC’s Palestinian sym- about South Africa heading an adviser to senior politicians in
Israel. (JTA) terribly rundown, there are reno- pathies and the large, vocal Muslim Zimbabwe’s way. the Howard Federal Government.
vated flats and there’s regeneration population, anti-Semitism in South The immature (ANC Youth email@example.com
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 9
Gay pride parade used ruse to include attending our parade,” she said.
“Groups that bring messages of
hate cannot be given licence to
hijack the parade and turn it into a
anti-Israel group, critics charge propaganda tool for such anti-
Bernie Farber, chief executive
officer of the Canadian Jewish
RON CSILLAG designed to secure some $120 000 in Israeli Apartheid group could con- participating groups simply “read, Congress, said he would march in
TORONTO city funding. travene the city’s anti-discrimina- sign and agree to abide by” the city the event and would be sending an
Parade officials, responding to tion rules. of Toronto’s policies on non-dis- e-mail blast to thousands of com-
CANADIAN JEWISH organisa- pressure from Jewish groups and After parade organisers said the crimination. munity members urging them to
tions are saying they will not back several municipal politicians, group would be barred from Queers Against Israeli Apartheid stand by Israel, the only country in
down after an unexpected policy including candidates for mayor, marching under its name, the city declared victory against what the the Middle East that supported gay
reversal that will allow an anti- said in May they were “disallow- was satisfied that its rules would group said was censorship. Jews and lesbian rights.
Israel group to participate in this ing” the controversial group from not be violated and handed over the and their allies said parade organis- He called parade organisers
year’s Toronto gay pride parade. using the phrase “Israeli funding to parade organisers. ers had duped the city to acquire the “weak-kneed and sad”.
Organisers of the annual parade, apartheid” in the July 4 parade. But Queers Against Israeli money. Queers Against Israeli Apart-
one of the largest events on Officials said the anti-Israel group Apartheid refused to comply, vow- “I think it’s safe to say that all of heid spokeswoman Elle Flanders
Canada’s cultural calendar, back- could march under another ban- ing to participate under its name City Hall feels duped,” said City told JTA that her group “of course”
tracked this month from an earlier ner, such as “Queers in Favour of a and setting up a potential con- Councilman Giorgio Mammoliti, would abide by the parade’s condi-
decision that had banned a group Free Palestine”. frontation on the day of the event. according to a report in the Toronto tion, “as at no point do the words
called Queers Against Israeli The city of Toronto initially had Last week, the parade board Sun. ‘Israel Apartheid’ constitute hate
Apartheid from marching in the threatened to pull about $120 000 in announced an about-face: The ban Mammoliti, a mayoral candidate, speech.
parade under that name. Critics funding to the parade, saying par- on anti-Israel language was told the newspaper that he would “[They are] nothing more than a
said the reversal was part of a ruse ticipation by the Queers Against replaced by a requirement that all introduce a motion asking the descriptor used by the Israeli press,
money to be returned and to discon- politicians and intellectuals time
tinue future funding of the parade. and again.” Flanders is Jewish and
Speaking at a news conference was raised partly in Israel.
organised last week Friday, fellow Martin Gladstone, a gay Jewish
councilman and mayoral hopeful, lawyer who led the campaign
Rob Ford said he was “disgusted” by against Flanders’ group, slammed
the reversal by parade organisers. parade officials for their actions.
“There is no room for hate speech “They received their funding
in the City of Toronto, and I’m going provided they kept the anti-Israel
to do everything I can to stop this,” groups out,” he said. “That was the
he vowed. condition from the city. And they
Jewish advocates used the news took the cheque and they reversed
conference to relay their disap- [their decision] and rebuked the
pointment and pledge to forge city.”
ahead. Inclusion of Queers Against
“We are more determined than Israeli Apartheid, Gladstone told
ever to galvanise a large number of JTA, “has nothing to do with gay
marchers for the parade,” said pride. It hurts our gay community.
Justine Apple, executive director of And sponsors and stakeholders at
An official with Kulanu, shown here marching in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade in June last year, says the a local gay and lesbian Jewish some point [will say] they signed
Jewish LBGT group wants to galvanise a large number of marchers for this year’s parade. (PHOTOGRAPH: group, Kulanu. up for a gay rights celebration, not
CREATIVE COMMONS/SWEET ONE) “We will not be bullied from a hate fest against Israel.” (JTA)
10 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
OPINION AND ANALYSIS
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chairman of the
Jewish Agency for
Israel, addresses a
On miracles Jerusalem of the
and realism board of gover-
nors, on June 20.
AS IT has always been, Israel remains a place of para-
dox. Walk down a Tel Aviv street and you experience a
thriving, bustling city full of joie de vivre - cafes on
every corner, streets busy with new cars and bicycles,
tourists filling fancy hotels, surfers revelling at the
beachfront and high-rise office blocks bursting with
industry and finance.
Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv is known as a “city that never
sleeps”. For a visitor, this most peaceful spot might have
only its own soul and pleasure to worry about.
It mirrors Israel as a whole: the economy is booming,
property prices are rising, the hi-tech industry rivals the
best in the world, and everywhere construction is going
on. In 2009 the number of Israeli millionaires grew
faster than in all but two countries, according to Merrill
Lynch Israel. It had 8 419 at year’s end, a rise of nearly
43 per cent over 2008, the third-highest rate of increase
behind Hong Kong at 104 per cent and India at 51 per
But flip the coin and what you find is an Israel that in
the last few years has seen its diplomatic situation and
image in the world deteriorating to one of dire straits,
and threats from Arab and Muslim enemies increasing
Jewish Agency makes it official:
dramatically. Dreams of overall peace and a “normal”
life for Israelis seem, for the foreseeable future, to be
just that - dreams.
New focus is on identity building
This was highlighted on Monday by none other than JACOB BERKMAN that for the better part of the 20th centu- than $100 million annually in unre-
former Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Alon Liel, NEW YORK ry, the world Jewish community was stricted funds from the North
who in past years was intimately involved in Israel’s consumed with founding, establishing American Jewish federation system, is
peace negotiations with Syria, relations with Turkey AS EXPECTED, the board of gover- and settling the State of Israel. expected to approve its budget at meet-
and other diplomatic arenas. Liel, a passionate soccer nors of the Jewish Agency for Israel “We were once a people without a ings in October. The budget will reflect
fan who came to South Africa for the World Cup, spoke has approved a plan to overhaul the homeland; we can’t become a homeland the new strategy; a number of pro-
at Beyachad in Johannesburg as a guest of SAZF. agency’s focus. without a people,” said Misha Galperin, grammes that are not within the new
The constellation of threats include growing hatred of The new strategic vision, which is who last week Thursday was to become focus will be cut or drastically
Israel from “worldwide civil society” (as opposed to gov- outlined in an 11-page document, calls the agency’s head of global external reduced.
ernments), particularly among the left. “World opinion” for turning the agency’s attention affairs - a position created with the “In co-ordination with the
is today more of a factor in international affairs than it more squarely toward building global overhaul. Government of Israel and other part-
has ever been, and Israel is losing the image war badly. Jewish identity, and away from its tra- In its bid to play matchmaker ners, we will phase out of those pro-
Governments are increasingly sensitive to pressures ditional mission of bringing in and set- between Israel and the Diaspora in grammes that do not align with the
from their electorates and could be forced to downgrade tling new immigrants to Israel. the name of pushing Jewish identity, mission,” reads a passage in the newly
relations with Israel. There is also the “Obama” factor - The plan, according to a statement the agency has four goals, according approved strategic visioning docu-
US President Barack Obama’s noticeably cooler attitude released by the agency last week, to the document (which is available ment.
towards Israel compared with his predecessors, which passed 119-1 in a June 25 vote at the on JTA’s philanthropy blog, Programmes that are aligned with
has encouraged the rising tide of popular disillusion- board’s meetings in Jerusalem. Fundermentalist.com): the revised mission will be examined
ment towards Israel. Obama has none of the instinctive “The main danger facing the Jewish • Expand the multifaceted significance for their ability to make a difference to
warmth for Israel of previous presidents like Bill world today is a weakening of the con- of Israel in the identity of young Jews our strategic goals, their unique added
Clinton and George W Bush. nection of young Jews to their people around the world. value and the degree to which they are
Relations with Muslim countries like Turkey - until a and to the State of Israel,” said the • Strengthen solidarity and the commit- compelling to donors.”
few years ago one of Israel’s best friends - have deterio- agency’s chairman, Natan Sharansky, ment among Jews to build up the The move did have one vocal detrac-
rated dramatically. Other threats include Iran; Israelis who led the new strategic planning Jewish collective (Klal Israel). tor from within its lay leadership: The
see its nuclear ambitions as a real existential threat to process along with the organisation’s • Increase the number of Jews who new chairman of the World Zionist
their own existence. top lay leader, Richard Pearlstone. make aliyah, with a particular focus Organisation and a longtime Jewish
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is “mad and very dangerous”, “Our new plan deals directly with this on those who do so as the fulfilment of Agency board member, Avraham
says Liel, but there is no consensus on what to do. Those issue.” their Jewish identity. Duvdevani, called the plan “unaccept-
who simplistically advocate an Israeli military strike as Sharansky has been pushing the • Increase the number and impact of able and very painful to me”, accord-
a “quick fix” live in a fool’s paradise. The Middle East plan since he was appointed chairman young Israelis and Jews worldwide, ing to the Israeli daily Haaretz.
cannot be “bombed” right. It could spark an unpre- of the agency last year. He has motivated by Jewish values, who aid “Israel’s demographics mean we
dictable regional upheaval, beginning with Iranian reshaped the top professional staff and vulnerable populations and address cannot afford to wait for Zionism to
proxy Hezbollah launching onto Israel the estimated is moving the agency’s key operations - the major challenges of Israeli civil come about as a byproduct. Aliyah is
40 000 rockets it is believed to hold in southern Lebanon, such as global fundraising and market- society. this country’s oxygen,” Duvdevani
and drawing Syria, Turkey and others into the fray. ing - to New York from Jerusalem. The Jewish Agency will focus on rein- told Haaretz, adding that the agency’s
A nuclear confrontation is not out of the question - Sharansky also has decided to essen- forcing its partnership with Birthright budget of approximately $300 million
although according to Cold War philosophy, the horren- tially scrap much of the fundraising Israel and further developing its own was too small to “carry out a real rev-
dous consequences for all sides of nuclear war may strategy of the past. MASA programme, which provides sig- olution in Jewish education, which
actually prevent it happening. On the other side, those It’s not a radical redoing of the nificant scholarships to college gradu- would only come if Diaspora Jewry
who dismiss or downplay the Iranian threat are equally agency but a shift that flip-flops its ates from the Diaspora to participate in receives free Jewish education at a
delusional. focus. The plan drastically de-empha- Israel programmes lasting three cost of several billions of dollars”.
The two-state solution seems increasingly unreach- sises aliyah and some of the agency’s months or longer. The agency also is But in the end, according to agency
able, with 300 000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank and modalities of the past. launching several new initiatives, officials, the only vote against the
the hatred between Palestinian rival movements Hamas The agency seems to have concluded including an effort to empower youth new plan came from a non-board
and Fatah posing a huge problem. that to remain relevant, it must do activists to perform Israel outreach. member who was erroneously count-
The Israeli public, says Liel, will not countenance a away with old sensibilities - namely The agency, which receives more ed. (JTA)
withdrawal from the West Bank unless it will genuinely
bring an end to the conflict with the Palestinians - yet
Hamas, which commands the loyalty of possibly half the
Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, remains bent
on Israel’s destruction.
Liel’s pessimism reflects that of many Israelis, who
AROUND THE WORLD
live in a kind of schizophrenic interregnum - the NEWS IN BRIEF
bustling streets of Tel Aviv bursting with positivity, con-
trasted with a state of virtual siege from the world ARSON SUSPECTED IN SEVERAL ISRAELI FIRES
beyond the country’s borders a short distance away. JERUSALEM - A fire that broke out fighters suffered smoke inhalation Also in the North, seven crews and
Yet, as Israel’s founding Prime Minister David Ben- near the Jerusalem suburb of Beit and required medical attention. an aircraft were needed to put out a
Gurion once said: “Anyone who doesn’t believe in mira- Shemesh and consumed nearly 304 A large fire also broke out in cen- fire near Karmiel that consumed
cles, is not a realist.” hectares, was among several major tral Israel near Ben-Gurion Airport more than five hectares.
The gravity of the present situation may ultimately be blazes to hit Israel. that needed eight fire crews to extin- Several other large fires were
the very thing that will cause the Middle East role-play- Police reportedly said that arson- guish. reported across the country, includ-
ers to realise that if the situation is allowed to go “over ists could be to blame for Tuesday's Arson is suspected as well in large ing in Modi'in Illit, Rishon Lezion
the brink”, there can be no winners, so a solution simply blaze, which required 21 fire crews fires in Carmel Park in the North. and Safed.
has to be found. There is just no alternative. and three aircraft to suppress. Five Six Haifa crews brought the fires An extended summer heat wave
homes were damaged, and four fire- under control. has helped fuel the blazes. (JTA)
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 11
OPINION AND ANALYSIS
FORUM FOR DIVERSE VIEWS
Bork turns Kagan process perhaps on legal systems through-
out the world.”
According to the report, Scalia
went on “to celebrate his fruitful
days, and its Supreme Court contin-
ues to spark debates too,” the OU
blog declared. “Can’t Judge Bork
and the rest of Kagan’s opponents
into fight over Israeli justice and long-standing relationship
with the Israeli judge, and to affirm
a profound respect for the man -
one that trumped their fundamen-
find something else - and less
bizarre - to attack her with?”
Both the OU and the Reform
movement waded into the confir-
AMI EDEN explained her praise of Barak, say- to national security considerations tal philosophical, legal and consti- mation process, though they
NEW YORK ing it was rooted in her Jewishness in a number of cases involving tutional disagreements”. stopped short of taking an actual
and admiration for Israel. Palestinians. Told of Scalia’s remarks, Bork position on the nominee.
IT WAS an unexpected headline in “I am troubled by the fact that you “It’s typical of young lawyers dismissed them as sounding “like In a letter to US Senate Judiciary
an otherwise relatively mundane hold up Barak as a judicial role going into constitutional law that politeness offered on a formal occa- Committee Chairman Senator Pat-
US Supreme Court confirmation model,” Grassley said. “He’s been they have inflated dreams of what sion”. rick Leahy (Democrat Vermont),
process: Bork tries to Bork Barak’s described as creating a degree of constitutional law can do, what At the National Review Online, the OU said it found Kagan’s record
Elena Kagan with Barak card. judicial power undreamed of by courts can do,” Bork said during a Ed Whelan argued that Scalia’s “encouraging”. It noted her repudi-
Like a ghost from confirmations most US justices.” June 23 conference call organised comments about Barak could not ation in confirmation hearings of
past, failed Reagan nominee Robert Grassley quoted Barak as saying by the anti-abortion group Ameri- be compared to Kagan’s use of the her 1987 memo, when she clerked
Bork grabbed headlines last week that “a judge has a role” in the law- cans United for Life in an effort to phrase “my judicial hero”. for the late Supreme Court Justice
when he spoke out against making process, and asked Kagan if rally opposition to Kagan in the US In an e-mail to JTA, David Thurgood Marshall, rejecting any
President Barack Obama’s nomina- she agreed. Kagan responded that Senate. Twersky, a veteran journalist and government funding for faith-based
tion of Elena Kagan to the high she did not, but also noted that “That usually wears off as time analyst for Jewish organisations, charities providing social services.
court. Barak operated in a fundamentally passes and they get experience. But recalled that at a New York Sun edi- The OU also noted memos she
At the top of his complaint list: As different system - one without a Ms Kagan has not had time to torial dinner at the Harvard Club, wrote as a domestic adviser to
dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan written constitution. develop a mature philosophy of he asked Scalia about Barak. President Bill Clinton, backing reli-
once referred to former Israeli “Justice Barak’s philosophy is so judging. I would say her admira- “To my great surprise, he had gious freedoms in the workplace.
Chief Justice Aharon Barak as her different from anything that we tion for Barak, the Israeli justice, is nothing but good things to say and The Reform movement, mean-
“judicial hero”. would use or would want to use in a prime example. As I’ve said said he would never second-guess time, forwarded to the Judiciary
Conservative bloggers quickly the United States,” she said. before, Barak might be the least Barak,” Twersky said. “So I can tell Committee members what it con-
ran with Bork’s complaint, painting Instead, Kagan added, she competent judge on the planet.” you from personal experience that sidered to be the most compelling
Barak as the prototypical liberal admired Barak for creating an inde- Following Bork’s comments, lib- Bork is wrong.” questions it solicited from its
Twersky recalled Scalia as say- membership on the website
ing: “I mean they don’t even have a AskElanaKagan.com.
constitution over there.” “What limits does the Establish-
The Israel-lacks-a-constitution ment Clause place on government
theme has been echoed in recent funding that flows to faith-based
days by Barak’s defenders, who organisations?” was one question.
argue that the different legal tradi- “Do states have a right to define
tions in Israel and the United marriage as solely between a man
States make it difficult to read too and a woman? What should be the
much into Kagan’s praise of Barak. Federal role concerning mar-
“Kagan wasn’t saying that she riage?” was another.
would decide every US issue the Nancy Ratzan, president of the
same way Barak would decide the National Council of Jewish Women,
same matter in Israel,” Aaron issued a statement rejecting Bork’s
President Barack Obama meets with Solicitor Aharon Barak, formerly Israel’s top justice, recently Zelinsky wrote in a column for the criticism of Kagan and promised
General Elena Kagan in the Oval Office last month. became an issue in Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court con- Huffington Post. that the NCJW would continue to
(OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA) firmation process. (PHOTOGRAPH: YOSSI ZAMIR/FLASH 90) Instead, added Zelinsky, an push its members to take action in
American who once clerked for support of her nomination.
activist judge and insisting that pendent judiciary in a young state erals in the United States rushed to Barak, Kagan “respected what he Kagan’s Jewishness also took
Kagan’s praise of the Israeli justice surrounded by enemies. defend Barak and Kagan by noting stood for and had accomplished, in centre stage later in the day.
was grounds for rejecting her nomi- “As you know, I don’t think it’s a that the Israeli justice has received particular the furtherance of Graham, probing Kagan on threats
nation. secret I am Jewish,” Kagan said. praise as well from judicial conser- ‘democracy, human rights, the rule to the United States, asked her if
By the weekend, a few Republican “The State of Israel has meant a lot vatives, most notably US Supreme of law, and justice’.” she was unnerved by the Christmas
lawmakers were giving voice to the to me and my family. And - and I Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Orthodox Union has taken Day bomber.
concerns, albeit in less absolute admire Justice Barak for what he’s A darling of conservatives, issue with Barak’s record, accus- “Where were you on Christmas
terms. Next, at least two GOP mem- done for the State of Israel and Scalia glowingly introduced Barak ing him of improperly attempting Day?” Graham asked.
bers of the Senate Judiciary Com- ensuring an independent judiciary.” in March 2007 when he was hon- to “impose his ideological vision” “Like all Jews,” she responded, “I
mittee, Senators Lindsay Graham Senator Patrick Leahy (Democrat oured by the American Association on matters when Israel’s Jewish was probably at a Chinese restau-
(Republican South Carolina) and Vermont), the committee chairman, of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and democratic values are seem- rant.”
Jeffrey Sessions (Republican exercised the rarely used preroga- (with the Supreme Court’s two ingly in conflict. “I could almost see this one com-
Alaska), floated the issue in their tive of rebutting Grassley, quoting Jewish members, Stephen Breyer But even as it reiterated those ing,” Leahy quipped.
opening statements on the first day conservative judges who have and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the criticisms, the OU’s Washington Then Senator Chuck Schumer
of Kagan’s confirmation hearings. praised Barak. audience). blog - like several other US Jewish (Democrat New York) jumped in:
And on Tuesday the issue took In Israel, Barak has been subject In its report on the introduction, groups - dismissed Bork’s attack on “Those are the only restaurants
centre stage, as US Senator Chuck to criticism from the left and the the Forward paraphrased Scalia as Kagan, suggesting her praise was that are open!” (JTA)
Grassley (Republican Iowa) put the right, both for his expansive notion saying that “no other living jurist merely “social convention”. (JTA’s Washington Bureau Chief
question directly to Kagan - who of judicial powers in upholding has had a greater impact on his “Israel gets pulled into enough Ron Kampeas contributed to this
then unapologetically affirmed and democratic values and for deferring own country’s legal system - and disputes around the world these report.)
12 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
It’s a case of happy non-birthday, it seems
PAUL BOEKKOOI Bernhard Gueller, the focus is Parktown, Johannesburg:
ROBYN SASSEN on two American composers, • July 28 and 29 - Conductor: Zhong.
Call 084-319-7844 or ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM- Charles Ives and Samuel Soloist: Nay. Le Tombeau de
firstname.lastname@example.org at MING is a delicate art. Barber. Ever fascinating and Couperin (Ravel); Pendulum for
Constant repetition can in no even philosophical in a way is piano and orchestra (Zaidel-
least one week prior to way be part of its delicacy or “The Unanswered Question” Rudolph); Symphony no 1
publication charm. A long time ago one by the former, while Barber’s (Beethoven).
could have waxed lyrical most popular piece, the • August 4 and 5 - Conductor: Zhong.
Baxter Theatre, Cape Town: about a Johannesburg Phil- “Adagio for Strings”, will also Soloist: Korsakova. William Tell
“The Girl in the Yellow Dress”, harmonic Orchestra sym- be heard in its choral arrange- Overture (Rossini); Symphonie
by Craig Higginson, directed phony season. In their forth- ment, named “Adagio a capel- espagnole (Lalo); Nutcracker Suite
by Malcolm Purkey, until July coming third one of 2010 la”, in which the universal no 1 (Tchaikovsky).
22, (021) 685-7880. there is much that will be “Agnus dei” is used as its text. • August 11 and 12 - Conductor:
adored by the public. There Last season’s first appear- Gueller. Soloist: Du Toit. Serenade
Cape Town Holocaust
are also stimulating compo- ance of the Gauteng Choristers in D minor (Dvoràk); Piano
Centre: “The Right to Refuge”,
sitions which will satisfy the with the JPO in Beethoven’s Concerto no 20 (Mozart); Sym-
a photographic exhibition by The duo of conductors for this season:
connoisseurs. Choral Symphony was a great phony nox104 - London (Haydn).
David Lurie, until July 9
To perform two ballet Bernard Gueller (photograph courtesy success. This time they’ll bring • August 18 and 19 - Conductor:
suites by Tchaikovsky within www.colbertartists.com) and Xu Zhong us one of Mozart’s most sub- Gueller. Soloists: Gauteng Chori-
Circa on Jellicoe, a single season, could for (http://news.xinhuanet.com) lime religious works, the Mass sters. The unanswered question
Rosebank: “Is it our goal...? some listeners be an over- in C minor, K427, edited and (Ives); Adagio for strings & Adagio
And other issues”, pastel dose of sweetness. At least posed earlier this year as well as prepared by H C Robbins a capella (Barber); Mass in C
drawings and photographs by the suites are conducted by two three others by early 20th century Landon. minor (Mozart).
Zwelethu Mthethwa until different maestros. Might be inter- composers. The new piece is Apart from Nay, there will be • August 25 and 26 - Conductor:
July 8, (011) 788-4805. esting. There’s also an obsession Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s “Pendu- two more piano soloists: the Gueller. Soloist: Pereira. The Wood
with Dvoràk and he’s not even one lum for piano and orchestra” Russian virtuoso Vassily Primakov Dove (Dvoràk); Horn Concerto no
Fugard Theatre, District of this year’s birthday boys. The which will be performed by and our own François du Toit. 1 (Richard Strauss); Symphony no
Six: “Aesop’s Fables” per- most revered ones that are, don’t Malcolm Nay, with the Chinese Natasha Korsakova, the spellbind- 2 (Brahms).
formed by Isango Portobello, feature in this, the penultimate conductor/pianist Xu Zhong on the ing violinist from Russian-Greek • September 1 and 2 - Conductor:
directed by Mark Dornford- season of 2010. However, Samuel podium. This concert will be pre- descent, is the only string soloist. Gueller. Soloist: Primakov. Lyric
May, until July 10, Barber’s centenary of his birth is ceded by Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Portugal-based French horn player Suite (Grieg); Piano Concerto
(021) 461-4554. remembered. Couperin”, a work sounding like a Abel Pereira represents a break (Dvoràk); Swan Lake Suite
What is nearly earth shattering- homage to the noblest French from the ordinary. (Tchaikovsky).
Gerstein Art, Percelia: By ly surprising is that there’ll be a music ever written. Details of the full third season, Call Neville Pritchard for new sub-
popular demand, the Football world premiere of a new work com- In a later concert, conducted by at the Linder Auditorium in scriptions: (011) 789-2733.
and Africa exhibition curated
for Art-icle Showcase by
Natalie Knight has been
extended through July, (011)
Lurie still has Africa pulsing through his veins
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY
Joburg Theatre, MOIRA SCHNEIDER
Braamfontein: In the CAPE TOWN
Mandela, Andrew Lloyd-
Webber’s “Boys in the IT IS said that we are the sum of
Photograph”, until July 11, our experiences. Photographer
(011) 877-6800. In the People’s David Lurie is certainly the
Theatre, “Cinderella”, until embodiment of that phrase.
August 1, (011) 403-1563. Born and bred in Cape Town,
Lurie studied economics, politics
Johannesburg Art Gallery,
and philosophy at the University
Joubert Park: William
of Cape Town, teaching in the lat-
Kentridge’s “I am not me; The
ter department before heading
Horse is not Mine”, a film
for the London School of
installation based on
Economics in 1980. He worked in
Shostakovich’s opera “The
London as a consultant econo-
Nose”, until August 1;
mist before switching to photog-
“Without Masks”, an exhibi-
raphy, first on a part-time basis,
tion of contemporary Afro-
and then full-time from 1995
Cuban art, until August 29;
when his first book, Life in the
and “Borders”, an excerpt
Liberated Zone, was published.
from the Bamako
But the call of Africa was
Photographic Biennale until
strong and through the years the
September 23, (011) 725-3130.
self-taught photographer has
Market, Newtown: In the travelled back here several times
Main Theatre, Brett Bailey in order to indulge his passion.
and Third World Bunfight And that is why he has now
present “House of the decided, after 30 years abroad, to
Holy Afro”, until July 11, return home.
(011) 832-1641. Much of Lurie’s work has cen-
Photographer David Lurie with a work from his exhibition.
tred on the country of his birth,
National Children’s including a series of photo essays ing Cape Town’s District Six refurbishments and infrastruc- “The idea of showing it at the
Theatre, Parktown: for London’s Independent maga- Museum on its itinerary. Offside: ture that have been produced, Centre followed Lurie’s viewing
“Seussical Jnr”, directed by zine. “It is my country,” he Cape Town 2010, on at the AVA which is amazing. there of Seeking Refuge, an exhi-
Joyce Levinsohn, and Francois explains. “I’ve never taken over- Gallery in this city until July 23, “However, it’s worth consider- bition that dealt with the
Theron as resident director, seas citizenship - I’m still a South imparts a strong political mes- ing why this expertise isn’t used German Jewish experience of
until July 10, (011) 484-1563. African. sage, a recurring theme in his to produce housing, infrastruc- arriving in this country in the
“I simply don’t feel a great work. ture, sanitation, water supply and 1930s.
Old Mutual Theatre on the urge to go out and photograph “Sociopolitical issues are my access to public services for He says he “knew that the
Square, Sandton: “The the centre of London. And yes, interest,” he says. “I try and cre- South Africans who are in need. Centre was keen to look outside
Magic Drum and Other South Africa, Africa, issues ate visual works around them - The exhibition is intended to tem- the topic of Jewish refugees and
Tales”, by Litzy Katz during around urbanisation in the that’s what my background is.” per the positive side with some narrowly Jewish issues and to
the day for kids, until July 10, developing world, interest me When Lurie was offered a show form of self-appraisal: about what look at those where other com-
(011) 883-8606. right now.” here at the time of the World Cup, we’re able to achieve. And in a munities had something in com-
RCHCC, Oaklands: An exhi- Lurie has published three he says he felt “a bit skeptical” at sense it’s almost a challenge to mon with Jewish history. There
bition of paintings by Anton books and has two more in the first. “Then I realised there was the authorities: if you are able to are clearly issues that they have
Uys and André Naudé until pipeline, one on urbanisation - scope to bring my work to bear on do this for outsiders, why can’t we in common,” referring to the two
July 18, (011) 728-8088. Fragments from the Edge - and the event and around related do this for people in need inside groups, there are huge differ-
the other about Cape Town’s issues in South Africa at that South Africa?” ences as well.
Standard Bank Gallery, iconic Long Street. In addition to time. The Right to Refuge, at the Cape “There were legal restrictions
Johannesburg: “Halakasha”, getting them published, his “I wanted to avoid producing Town Holocaust Centre, focuses on Jewish refugees in the 1930s.
a soccer exhibition, curated by short-term ambition is to work in something that merely serviced on refugees from around Africa There are no similar legal
Fiona Rankin-Smith, until the major African cities like the propaganda behind the World who have migrated to city centres restrictions today on asylum
July 17, (011) 631-1889. Lagos, Dakar, Abidjan and Cup,” he says, “to do something in this country. It was pho- seekers coming to South Africa -
Luanda. that was less to be viewed by for- tographed at Sites B and C, Blue in fact, they now have rights
UJ Arts Academy, Auckland Struggling to Share the Pro- eigners and how they should see Waters - refugee camps estab- enshrined in our Constitution
Park: “James and the Giant’s mised Land, an exhibition show- South Africa in the year 2010, lished following the xenophobic which they didn’t have then.”
Aerial”, co-created by Liz casing his take on the rather than how we should view attacks on foreigners in May 2008 • “The Right to Refuge” is at
Meiring and Alby Michaels, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, tour- our country. For instance, there - and will be shown in London in the Cape Town Holocaust Centre
until July 9, (011) 559-3058. ed internationally in 2002, includ- are all these wonderful stadiums, the near future. until July 9, (021) 462-5553.
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 13
ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
Through ‘sleight of FELDMAN
and the death of Darwin’s daughter,
Annie. As he struggles to accept her
passing, he finds himself torn between
ON FILM his love for his G-d-fearing wife (Jennifer
hand’ Medalie constructs Peter Feldman
Connelly) and his growing belief in a
world that is its own perpetual creation.
Through flashbacks we visit three dis-
PICK OF THE WEEK tinct periods in his life, and this we mon-
and deconstructs Creation
itor by the amount of hair left on
Darwin’s head. In the early scenes he is
happy and has plenty of hair. The middle
The Mistress’s Dog by David Medalie Cast: Paul Bettany; Jennifer Connelly; sequences, when his favourite daughter,
(Picador Africa, R185) Jeremy Northam; Toby Jones; Benedict Annie, falls ill, his hairline is receding.
Cumberbatch And in the later scenes, in which he is
REVIEWED BY GWEN PODBREY Director: Jon Amiel reduced to a physical and mental wreck,
he has what one may call a 19th century
BESIDES BEING a masterful writer, Creation is a thoughtful, moving and comb-over.
David Medalie is also an acuminous handsomely mounted film about What transpires in the film not only
observer - and he uses both skills to full Charles Darwin the man, as opposed to deals with the conflicts underlying the
effect in this collection of short stories. the scientist who shook mankind’s development of the theory of evolution,
The characters he presents to us are thinking on faith and creation. but also Darwin’s deeply troubled mar-
ordinary people, living seemingly It is not about science versus faith so riage. The love of his child is what, at the
uneventful lives. Yet each of those lives much; it’s more about that much over- end, saves this tortured genius from los-
balances precariously on an expectation worked dramatic hook, the loss of a ing his bearings completely.
or investment which backfires. child. A tad ponderous in places, the story is
These individuals are - like most of us - But one also appreciates attempts to nevertheless captivating in its imagery
emotionally disempowered, in one way or depict challenging and thoughtful mate- and in the way it injects freshness and
another. They neither expected nor pre- rial into the production, but the results artistic spirit into the Charles Darwin
pared for victimhood, but it has claimed are mixed. The relationships between character. It succeeds in putting a
them, leaving them bewildered: when and man and wife and daughter are the human face on the man behind the theo-
why were their lives knocked out of kil- crux. ries.
ter? With argute insight, and subtlety so Taking the role firmly in his grasp, The scenes with Darwin’s beloved
deft that it feels like sleight of hand, English actor Paul Bettany carves daughter, Annie, are moving and at times
Medalie constructs and deconstructs the Darwin with rare skill and gives the seem almost unbearable to watch. The
steps they have followed. character a depth of understanding man goes to great lengths to find a cure
Consider Nola, in the title story: a that puts his plight across with intelli- for her affliction and these aspects are
woman sharing her old age with the dog gence and wit. sensitively crafted.
which once belonged to her husband’s Stylishly directed by Jon Amiel, and Overall, interest is maintained on this
mistress. Having lived for years with the written by John Colley, Creation is specialised subject mainly through the
humiliating knowledge of their affair, always more vicious and painful than based upon the book by Darwin’s great- quality of the screenplay and Jon
unable to compete with her younger, bold- anything one feared from one’s enemies. great-grandson, Randal Keynes Amiel’s direction. However, it may not be
er rival, she has retreated into the arid, But, then, Medalie reserves his keenest The story is about the Darwin family to everyone’s taste.
inner world of those who have conceded blade for severing our illusions about loy-
defeat. alty. He propels his characters, again and
Widowhood, as well as the death of the again, to a bleak crossroads where choic-
mistress, may have removed the offenders es must be made: to forgive or to feud? To
from her sight, but their ghosts continue denounce - for the sake of honour, pride
to taunt her. The pitiful little weapons in and other lonely things - or deny, and
Nola’s armoury - her superior refinement bear an even lonelier burden?
and breeding - only ever mildly discomfit- In each of the stories, a moral point
ed her husband’s mistress. demands admission, but it is quickly sub-
Now, however, having been saddled sumed by something more urgent than
with her dead rival’s dog - an animal as principle.
old, repellent and vulnerable as herself - This is illustrated most clearly in
Nola enjoys what she has never before arguably the finest of the stories, The
experienced: the licence to command Tracks of Hidden Things, where Gary, an
another being and, through it a brief, tan- academic, attempts to bring to light the
talising whiff of power. Too little, too late. unpublished works of Etta Cook, a recent-
Medalie also explores other forms of ly deceased writer.
rivalry: that between Gwen and Stella, for While contending with Cook’s recalci-
instance, two residents in a retirement trant husband, who is now the custodian
village whose relationship is more a of her literary estate, Gary discovers
bizarre tango than a friendship. Gwen - among her private papers a series of cryp-
intimidated by the other woman’s wealth tic phrases.
- revels in the obvious preference shown In deciphering them, he is directed to
to her by Stella’s son. an Old Testament apocryphon - a book
But the triumph is hollow and transito- which, despite its truths, is not accepted
ry: ultimately, both women are simply into the Bible because of heresies that
elderly, forgotten adults, now reduced to might undermine the foundations of the
the point-scoring of children in order to canon.
recapture a sense of worth. And when Exploring this and other apocrypha, he
tragedy strikes, both get their comeup- comes upon a poem: “For the Most High
pance from a far darker force than they knows all that may be known, and He
bargained for. looks into the signs of the age. He
In Toothless Tiger, Paula and her declares what has been and what is to be,
authoritarian father perform a similar and He reveals the tracks of hidden
dance - the uneasy choreography of an things.”
ongoing battle of wills. But during their So much, then, for biography, muses
visit to a game reserve, accompanied by Gary. “Was the life the apocryphon to the
her young son, something far weightier work, or vice versa?” Where is the bound-
than bickering preoccupies her: the ary between sacred and profane in our
knowledge that she has a dread disease. histories?
Teaching her son to spot animals, Paula For, ultimately - as these stories teach
explains: “You don’t really know what us - the sum of any human being’s parts is
you’re looking for; that’s why you don’t indeterminate. Their motives and secret
see it until it’s in front of you.” Indeed, recesses defy understanding even by
the predatory forces that attack us usual- themselves, let alone anyone else.
ly appear without warning. Likewise, Medalie’s writing is decep-
And, in Friendly Fire, we meet Linda tively simple. Drawing on geography and
and her elder sister, Pam. Like siblings culture familiar to South Africans, it is
everywhere, their bond is formed of both readily accessible, but quickly reveals
love and hatred. striations which plummet the reader into
The one unforgettable day when Pam less penetrable territory.
risks peer rejection to champion her little The situations he explores may arise
sister, is the fiercest affirmation Linda from everyday contemporary issues - infi-
has ever experienced; indeed, it inspires delity, crime, emigration, illness, ageing,
her belief in herself until well into adult- alienation - but they dredge up a silt
hood - and to another, equally unforget- which hides innumerable jagged, ugly
table day, when Pam commits an act of shards.
treachery so devastating that it destroys Walk cautiously, for they tear through
Linda’s faith, and a lot more besides. flesh and embed themselves, making
This is betrayal from within the ranks - escape impossible; and they do not heal.
14 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
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PROBLEM IS THE WEALTHY AND OFTEN SNOBBISH JEWS PENDULUM SWINGS OVER LONG PERIODS BETWEEN
I MUST agree with your letter writer, Jack were over and secondly, that we found no need LIBERALISM AND CONSERVATISM
Miller [Matric ‘extravagance’ is not the to spend thousands on clothing, to get “tanked
Jewish way], in Jewish Report of June 25. up” before the dance, nor carry on boozing till DEREK RALPH (in the SAJR of June 25) Britannica: “The scheme was carried
As he rightly points out, those who are not dawn afterwards at “after-parties”. Nor were calls for the sacking of (Mr Justice) out with unparalleled barbarity: men,
wealthy get into debt so that their children do there any drunk driving fatalities, which seem Dennis Davis. I wonder if this is the women and children were robbed and
not feel “out of it” among those who have to be an annual byproduct these days. Ralph family of the knock-out specialist murdered indiscriminately and the
money to splurge. One thing I think he has We did not have money for limos [I don’t of the 1950s, Johnny Ralph. remainder were deposited in the desert
wrong is when he asks: “Do we have to emu- think they even existed then - certainly not As much as I disagree with Dennis to fend for themselves.”
late the wealthy gentiles?” In my opinion the here] nor were helicopters available. We went Davis, (except on one notable occasion) I Please note that this is the Turkey that
problem is the wealthy - and often snobbish - by bus or tram and, if we were lucky, our par- read his articles for two reasons: (a) to concerns itself with a blockade against
Jews. ents had cars and took and fetched us. see what the opposition is thinking; (b) Gaza, an entity whose government is
As one of a very small group who organised Just thought I would “call back the past” to be sufficiently irritated to motivate recognised as a terrorist organisation.
two Damelin matric dances [at Mr Bloch’s and point out the major differences. me to respond, to contradict him. In Israel, significant portions of the
Stork Club in De Villiers Street, off Harrison] The world will always be divided into a population are survivors, children of
in the late 1940s, I can tell you that in the first Justin Bachmann liberal camp and a conservative camp. survivors of Nazism, the Russian
place, the event took place AFTER the exams Johannesburg The pendulum in favour of liberalism or pogroms and the Arab expulsion and the
alternatively conservatism, swings over pendulum is in the conservative seg-
relatively long periods. At this moment ment.
DENNIS DAVIS SHOULD FIRST HAVE READ OUR 2005 REPORT in the West, the pendulum is in favour of Moreover, many Israelis have lost
I WOULD like to respond to Mr Justice Dennis ured opinions on South African Jewish atti- the liberals, probably influenced by the family members or friends in the wars
Davis in his “The Jury is out” column in the SA tudes towards Israel. Nazi, Cambodian and Rwandan atroci- against the Arabs, such as the War of
Jewish Report of June 11. The information has been dealt with in depth ties and to a lesser extent Sri Lanka, Liberation (1948), the Six Day War (1967),
Davis refers to the “hopelessly inadequate in various reports, documents and presenta- Chechnya and Bosnia. the Yom Kippur War (1973), not to men-
Kaplan Centre study” which does not provide tions and is always available for further scrutiny The atrocities beyond a certain time tion skirmishes in Lebanon and Gaza.
the nuanced information regarding attitudes and additional analysis. limit seem not to enter the conscious- Also, they have suffered the effects of
towards Israel, as compared to that which is Rather than having to rely on his “intuition” ness of the liberal camp, such as the two intifadas and rockets from Gaza.
available in the United States. about prevailing attitudes in South Africa, Davis atrocities committed by Turkey against
Certainly Peter Beinart (the subject of Davis’ may have found some interesting results to fac- the Armenians in the 1910s. Regarding John Brenner
column), may have been able to pick on several tor in when drawing his conclusions. this, I quote from Encyclopaedia Johannesburg
studies, some of which may have been specifical- The study comprises, for example, age-related
ly geared to the topic he writes about. attitudes towards Israel and towards holding on
Considering the relatively small size of the to or giving up territory, as well as analysis of
DAVID SAKS IS ACCUSED OF NOT BEING FACTUAL
South African community, we in South Africa - these results by religious affiliation. DAVID SAKS writes regularly in your aggressors in the 20th century and that
understandably - do not invest in the equivalent This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Of columns and is passionately pro-Israel, Zionism was a colonising and expansion-
number of survey studies. However, had Davis course, this is not to suggest that the survey but his beliefs regarding Zionism and ist ideology and movement. I am not
taken the trouble to read the full report on our answers all questions or is without fault. Palestinian/Israeli history in your latest debating the rights and wrongs of
2005 survey and the follow-up highlights drawn However, Davis’ snide comment is hopelessly off issue aren’t factual. He has in fact Zionism, but the movement started after
from the survey (“Jews in a Changing South the mark. deployed an intellectual sleight of hand 1881 by the purchasing, not conquering, of
Africa. Highlights of the 2005 National Survey, that he deplores when used by those he Palestinian land and the establishment of
with comparisons to the 1998 and earlier sur- Shirley Bruk perceives as Israel’s enemies. colonies.
veys”), he would have found that the wealth of Research Associate, Kaplan Centre for He writes that Jerusalem had a Jewish Saks tries to draw parallels between the
information available, includes a range of meas- Jewish Studies, UCT majority over 100 years before 1948. In colonisation of the United States and
reality, the Jewish population by 1881 was Israel, but there is a huge difference
at most 20 000 out of a total Palestinian between the two. Both are rightfully sov-
population of over 450 000. ereign states, but the correct parallel
DISPARAGEMENT IS NOT THE WAY TO CONDUCT AN ARGUMENT The Jews were mainly town dwellers today would be Canada and Mexico hav-
I WAS amused by the unsurprising respons- who themselves are hardly objective. and were concentrated in Jerusalem, ing half a billion “native Americans”
es to my letter in Jewish Report) from I object strongly to Howard Yuter’s fatu- Hebron, Tiberias and Safad. At that time wanting to return to what they believe is
Howard Yuter and also Victor Gordon. The ous comments implying that like others who the Jews may have approached 50 per cent their country.
former writes about “pseudo-intellectual share my views, I am an anti-Semite and a of Jerusalem’s population, but there was The native Palestinians can’t be dis-
posturing” and the latter about “so-called self-hating Jew, this based on his fallacious no majority in the mid-19th century. carded by distorted history or by David
intellectuals” who disagree with their approach that anyone who disagrees with In his best-selling book, Righteous Saks’ insulting use of inverted commas.
views. him must fall into this category. His now Victims, the eminent Israeli historian
This is part of the problem of the con- boring attack on Shapiro and Goldstone Benny Morris records that David Ben- Dr Ashton Emery
stituency the two of them evidently repre- indicates a lack of understanding of their Gurion had no doubts that Jews were the Illovo
sent, in that they cannot engage in meaning- respective international statures as satirist
ful discourse. but seek to disparage those and jurist. Their attackers, like Yuter, are GROMYKO PROVIDES ‘TRUTH SERUM’ TO MARXISTS-LENINISTS
who disagree with them by calling in ques- blinkered in seeing only one aspect of the
tion their integrity, ability and insight. bigger picture. I WOULD like to compliment David Saks Nations, hoping to dislodge Britain from
Like me, Victor Gordon, a man whom I And, yes, they are both intellectuals and, on a thoughtful column tackling the evil the Middle East.
respect despite our opposing political views, therefore, suspect in Yuter’s eyes. and perfidious lie that Israel is a “colonial The Soviets cynically changed sides after
has written and spoken a great deal on the Furthermore, they can hardly be regarded state” and that Zionism is a form of “colo- Israel refused to become their satellite.
Holocaust. However, we differ in that I can- as anybody’s “lackeys”. nialism” (SAJR June 25). Egypt and Syria offered the Soviets the
not accept that we must be perpetually I also object to Yuter’s view that anyone In 1948 Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet Middle East foothold Israel denied them,
defined by this evil event. who is on the political left is non-religious representative at the United Nations, and the Soviets gratefully armed the
Jews must go beyond that and determine and secular. It is bigotry, self-righteousness referring to the Arab attack on the fledg- Egyptians and Syrians with the technology
our own future, not merely be defined by and vitriol such as his that does the cause of ling Israel, expressed surprise that the of death.
others from the past. As far as the left the Jewish people the most harm. Arabs states “have resorted to such It was in the Soviet centres of agitprop
believing “that they have a monopoly on action as sending their troops into that the evil network of lies that Zionism is
what they believe to be correct and moral”, Professor Stephen Finn Palestine and carrying out military “racism”, “apartheid”, “colonialism”,
this is even more true of their antagonists Pretoria actions aimed at the suppression of the “imperialism” and “fascism” were incubat-
national liberation movement”, namely ed and exported.
Israel. Zionism is the national liberation Eventually, after the Six Day War, they
movement of the Jewish people. have become the staple diet of the interna-
HEREDITARY DISORDERS OF BLOOD COAGULATIOIN Gromyko said: “The partition decision tional left. Kasrils learned his anti-Israel
I REFER to hereditary disorders of blood coag- In terms of treatment or therapy, the factor satisfied the legitimate decision of the agitprop and hate against Israel and its
ulation factors among Jews. XI level must be kept at greater than 30 per cent Jewish people to establish a state of its people, in the Soviet Union. But let’s not
Factor XI (plasma thromboplastin with fresh frozen plasma 5-20 ml/kg/ day. own in Palestine... It would be a dreadful forget the original admission of the
antecedent ) deficiency is frequently found Unfortunately the exact incidence I cannot injustice if we did not take into account Communists before Israel refused to
among Ashkenazi Jews. give as it varies in different countries. these Jewish aspirations, especially after become their satellite.
This is picked up on routine bloods such as The inheritance is autosomal recessive. the suffering that was the lot of the Jews In 1967, Black nationalist Es’kia
partial thromboplastin times. The prothrombin in Europe under Nazi rule.” Mphahlele, wrote the foreword to Enzo
time is usually normal. There is no excess Dr H D Solomons Gromyko also attacked mediator Count Sereni, a Hero of Our Times, by Clara
bleeding after trauma; yet (they) still bleed Highlands North Bernadette’s equivocation about who the Urquart and Peter Ludwig Brent. It was not
excessively after next surgery. Johannesburg aggressor was. Gromyko declared in no considered then a contradiction in any way
uncertain terms that everyone knew that for a black liberationist to endorse a Zionist
the Arabs had started the hostilities. book and praise a Zionist history. The fact
WHERE ARE THE RESULTS OF KOSHER FOOD ENQUIRY? This is a truth serum to the venomous is that in 1967 the world made a lot more
IN A statement from the UOS in early March It certainly has not been seen to have been rantings of Marxist-Leninists (including sense then.
this year it is stated that, and I quote “...the done. the likes of South Africa’s Ronnie Kasrils A good deal of the world knew then that
independent commission of enquiry into the This is just unacceptable! We, the communi- and Britain’s George Galloway), who try Zionism is the national liberation move-
price of kosher chicken is well underway”. ty, have been patient but now demand to know to demonise and delegitimise Israel and ment of the Jewish people and Israel is a
All very nice sounding words... but where what is going on. her people (in order to prepare the world force for good. They knew that Israel’s
are the results? More than three months have In other instances we are urged, as a com- for the genocide of Israel’s people), com- cause is a just one, and that those who want
elapsed and the community is none the wiser munity, to stand as one. but in something as ing from their own ideological mentors to destroy Israel are the true Nazis and fas-
about the outcome of the review by Messrs basic as the provision of food, darkness pre- and former masters. cists.
Kingston & Peper. It is disrespectful to the vails! The fact that the Soviet Union would Today, the truth has been twisted around
community which expressed concern over the We, the Jewish community, cannot, and will later be the incubation house for all the and we are living in the dark and sombre
price of keeping kosher that the deliberations not, be taken for granted. vile anti-Israel propaganda now times, not unlike the late 1930s.
have not been made public. espoused by the international left, cannot
The silence on the issue creates a climate of Albert Glass erase this admission. The Soviets had Gary Selikow
disbelief that anything has in fact been done. Cape Town voted for the State of Israel in the United Johannesburg
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 15
COMMUNITY COLUMNS AROUND THE WORLD
ABOVE A good time to be S African NEWS IN BRIEF
TURKEL WANTS WIDER SCOPE FOR FLOTILLA PROBE
BOARD challenges posed, have been con-
of Mr Justice Richard Goldstone
and events leading up to the Jewish
JERUSALEM - The judge who
is leading an Israeli inquiry
nesses or evidence needed by
the panel, to look into the inci-
National Chairman This World Cup is well on its way communal leadership’s meeting into its interception of a Gaza- dent that left nine passengers
to being ranked among the best with him. bound flotilla has requested a dead, Haaretz reported.
events of its kind ever held. In no That expats, despite having forged wider scope for the investiga- The committee met on
A column of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies small part, it is due to the sheer a new life for themselves in the tion. Monday for the first time.
open-heartedness of the South Jewish State, retain an abiding Jacob Turkel, a retired Turkel's request came fol-
WHEN OUR National Director African people’s welcome. interest in their Jewish community Israeli Supreme Court justice, lowing a petition filed with
Wendy Kahn and I left for Israel last Our visitors have been made to of origin, was shown both by the has threatened to resign Israel's Supreme Court by the
week, we were sorry that we would feel that for the duration of their capacity turnout (the event was in unless his independent com- leftist Gush Shalom organisa-
be away, even for a few days, from stay, they, too, are South Africans. fact booked out soon after it was mittee is given the right to tion to disband the committee.
the Fifa World Cup excitement. Having arrived as strangers, they advertised) and the audience’s conduct a full judicial inquiry, Prime Minister Benjamin
As things proved, we needn’t have will leave as friends and, indeed, as enthusiastic involvement. according to Israeli reports on Netanyahu reportedly decid-
had any regrets on that score. ambassadors for everything this Wendy and I further took advan- Tuesday. He also has request- ed on Tuesday that he would
Wherever we went, we met with country is achieving. The SAJBD, tage of the visit to meet with a wide ed to add two members to the discuss the possibility of
enthusiastic interest in the unfold- whose Jewish 2010 project has regu- range of Cabinet ministers, mem- committee. expanding the committee's
ing tournament, together with the larly been discussed in previous bers of Knesset and government Turkel is citing legal scope; the committee will not
warmest good wishes towards our- columns, is proud to have played its officials, particularly within the grounds to support the wider meet for the next two weeks
selves as South Africans whose own small part in contributing to all Foreign Affairs Ministry. powers, which would include while the matter is examined.
country was hosting it. of this. Various issues of concern to the right to subpoena any wit- (JTA)
If it is an especially good time to be While in Israel, I shared a plat- South African Jewry, among them
a South African in South Africa, the form with my brother Avrom, chair- the temporary recall of the South A HUG A DAY
same is true about being a South man of the SAZF, at an event for African ambassador, were dis- A group of young Israelis The event will be posted on
African abroad. South African olim in Ra’anana, cussed. As always, the common has begun a hugging cam- YouTube. The Foreign Mini-
Once an international pariah, our hosted by Telfed. My address thread running through all our paign. stry has promised the group
country is once again making head- focused on the current situation of meetings was our community’s The learneres, mostly new that it will help prepare and
lines all over the world, and this time South African Jewry and the kind of deep-rooted ties with Israel and how immigrants from the United distribute the clip.
for all the right reasons. Those who issues and challenges it is dealing we can continue building on and States, plan to gather next Similar events have taken
doubted that we would succeed in with. strengthening them. week on the Tel Aviv place in New York, Paris,
bringing it all off, given the daunting Avrom spoke about the Israel con- Promenade and offer unso- Rome and other major cities
logistical and infrastructure-related nection and specifically on the visit This column is paid for by the SAJBD licited hugs to passersby. worldwide. (JTA)
Woman’s voice - bottled in a can
NAOMI DINUR gested that she reached the high status of a
man This view does not go hand in hand
IT COULD be debated that every genera- with (Zephaniah 3, 14): “Sing oh daughter
tion has its own set of customs. The ques- of Zion, shout oh Israel, be glad and rejoice
tion that comes to mind is why there has with all thy heart oh daughter of
been a change in attitude towards women Jerusalem!”
singing at Jewish community functions in When members of this community justi-
South Africa? Twenty five years ago I fy the change of custom, they quote Rabbi
remember seeing the King David High Shmuel of the Talmud Brachot 24 page 1 -
School choir perform at community events “Kol Beisha Erva”.
like Yom Hashoah and shul events, etc. This literally means: “Voice in a woman
Elderly members of the community still - nakedness”. It is not just singing! It is her
recall, for example, a woman singing in the VOICE! However, very few people are
Yeoville Shul Choir. aware that Rabbi Shmuel answered the
It reminds me of a joke: Ruchale, who question of what one is allowed to do at the
was a newly-wed pious Jewish girl, time of reading the Shma!
attempted to roast some meat for Passover. There was a deliberation around this
She recalled that her mother always dis- issue and many rabbis advised that it was
carded a piece of meat before cooking the preferable to prevent women from singing
roast; she had never known the reason for at all; an approach followed by the
this, and called her mother. Her mother Rambam, Ra”sh, and most current rabbis.
replied that it had been a tradition at home However, many rabbis conclude that this
that she had simply followed year after edict was only for the hearing of the Shma.
year. Singing was allowed if it was not intended
They decided to ask Bobba. Bobba to tempt, and while not reading the Shma.
replied: “My Passover pot just wasn’t big Among them, Rabbi Hananel, Rashb”a.
enough!” and Shulchan Aruch, link it with the read-
This parable illustrates why it is impor- ing of the Shma. Ri”f does not mention it!
tant to understand the origin of customs in It is important to note here that partici-
order to celebrate Judaism as a way of life. pating in a choir is a completely different
In reading the Torah one finds evidence issue (and it is noteworthy that most rab-
that women sang during the preceding bis permit it). It is connected to the issue of
2 500 years: the shofar.
“Can I hear any more the voice of The motives for the different rulings
singing men and singing women?” seem to be ultimately connected to mod-
(Shmuel B 19, 36) esty: The singing of modest songs and
“Sharim” in Hebrew includes the Zmirot by properly attired women was part
“Sharot” as well, but the bible specifically of everyday life in this community, and in
wrote Sharot, for a reason. Orthodox Western European Jewish com-
Surely we know the story of Devorah the munities for centuries, it was our tradi-
prophetess, who after her great victory, tion.
sang: “Then sang Devora and Barak son of We acknowledge that newly strict reli-
Avinoam on that day, saying (12) awake gious adherence is prompted by the best
awake Devora, awake awake utter a song.” intentions, but it can result in severe com-
At the time of Devorah’s rule, there was promise and neglectful oversight.
peace in the Holy Land for 40 years! This Inflicting a prohibition regarding hear-
was good enough reason to be joyous and ing the talent G-d bestowed on a 12-year-
sing; today we count the peaceful periods, old girl, a day after her batmitzvah to the
in days! rest of her life, might exact a very high
We remember Miriam: “Sing to the L-rd, price by creating damage in the perception
for he has triumphed gloriously.” (Exodus of the Jewish law by women, particularly
15, 20) regarding their self-respect and self-reali-
Rabbi Ephraim of Lunshitz, (1619) sug- sation.
16 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
Son follows in father’s
KEVIN AMOILS followed in his father’s illus-
trious footsteps recently when he was placed
in the top ten (ninth) and obtained honours in
the Accountancy Board examination set by
The South African Institute of Chartered
Approximately 3 000 students wrote the
Devorah Kur; Thelma Altschuler; Dr Aviva Ruch Karp; Lee Bender; Michelle exam countrywide and the pass rate was 51
Ginsberg; Dr Kiki Marx; and Rabbi Anthony Gerson. per cent.
Kevin’s father, Clifford, also obtained hon-
ours and came second in the same examina-
Thelma’s story - a tion in 1984, 26 years ago.
It is highly unusual for a father and son to
both achieve this feat.
journey of healing Kevin matriculated from King David
Linksfield High School with six distinctions in
2005. He studied B AccScience followed by a
higher diploma in accountancy at the
and of survival University of the Witwatersrand, where he
graduated with distinction in both the degree
He is currently serving his traineeship at a
JULIA COOK tude for the strides that have been major company. Father and son - Clifford and Kevin Amoils.
PHOTOGRAPH: RICHARD ALTSCHULER made in medicine since she has been
diagnosed, as well as the way that the
UNEXPECTED EVENTS such as life illness had pulled people towards her,
threatening illnesses can be severely and most of all there was gratitude to
damaging to a person’s self-percep- Hashem and her unwavering faith in
tion and can cause strain on their Him.
interpersonal relationships. One way She and her husband combined
to counter this is to make people their love of Hashem, and by setting
aware of others who are living attainable goals for herself, so that
through such illnesses, as they can she could fight and survive. While
provide comfort to individuals by undergoing treatment, she kept her
showing them that they are not alone goals within her sight, such as cele-
in facing such experiences. brating simchas with her family in
Such awareness events can also Israel and Australia. When each one
help an individual with options for was achieved, she made sure to set
working through their emotions new attainable goals, so that each
about these occurrences that they day could become a journey of sur-
had previously not known about, vival.
thereby enabling them to access new There were also interesting and
avenues of dealing with the stress informative presentations by various One of the groups that visited the Lions Shul
and concerns to which they are cur- community members, as their work is World Cup tour for the Brazil Korea game.
rently exposed. complementary to Altschuler’s jour-
This is why the talk that was held ney. Dr Aviva Ruch Karp, a medical
at the Pine Street Shul Hall recently,
entitled “Thelma’s story - a holistic
journey to wellness” is so important.
Even though 90 people had booked
doctor who is currently involved in
clinical trials relating to osteoporosis
and Alzheimer’s, and Michelle
Ginsburg, a social worker, together
Lions Shul World Cup
seats to the event, overall 130 arrived
on Sunday morning.
The talk centred on the experi-
devised “Lilac 9”, which is a tool for
self-empowerment for healthy living
by means of initiating a journey of
tours a big hit allround
ences of Thelma Altschuler, who self-discovery and awareness. OWN CORRESPONDENT Park - an exhibition mini-museum, a multi-
shared her journey with the audience They accomplish this by using each JOHANNESBURG media documentary of Jewish Johannesburg,
since being diagnosed in 2007 with session to provide the participant a delicious nash and le’chaim as well as
lymphoma. with tools to help bring balance and Minchah and Maariv.
Dr Kiki Marx beforehand explain- manageability to their life. While some returned home directly after the
THE JEWISH Johannesburg Lions Shul
ed to the audience that lymphoma Lee Bender, a maths teacher, who, tour, most of the group hopped across the road
tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all who
was a cancer of the lymphatic sys- together with her husband, Steven, to watch the Brazil Korea clash at Ellis Park
attended. Ex pats, locals and foreigners of all
tem, “a network of channels in your developed an interest in alternative before the tour bus took everyone home, joy-
ages, came together to see and experience the
body, connecting all the organs. It healing and “Quantum Touch” inter- fully satisfied. The tours - which will continue
legacy of Johannesburg’s oldest standing
contains fluid called lymph, which national courses. She gave a demon- until the virtual end of the World Cup - offer
carries immune cells called lympho- stration of EFT (Emotional Freedom park and ride facilities to Ellis Park.
Included in the evening’s proceedings was a
cytes and other factors throughout Technique) or tapping, so that all the • For information or to book for a tour, con-
talk on Old Doornfontein - where the historic
the body. energy systems become aligned. tact 083-441-7075.
shul is situated close to football venue Ellis
“The function of this system is two She explained that EFT “is almost
fold, as firstly, it keeps bodily fluid like emotional acupuncture, but
levels in balance, and secondly the instead of inserting needles, various
immune cells protect the body
against antigens, such as bacteria
parts of the body are tapped on with
one’s finger tips. These points are
meridians that are connected to the
AROUND THE WORLD
“The lymph organs consist of the brain and can alter any negative
NEWS IN BRIEF
bone marrow (RBC made), lymph emotion the client is experiencing”
nodes, spleen, thymus and tonsils, and furthermore, that this process is RADIO HOST SUSPENDED OVER ANTI-SEMITIC JOKES
but the heart, lungs, intestines, liver, useful as “tapping works for crav- SYDNEY - A New Zealand comedian who They were dumb words said by a dumb man."
and skin all have lymphatic tissue.” ings, fears, addictions, panic, physi- apologised for making anti-Semitic jokes has He also admitted to being intoxicated. "I
Altschuler, a lymphoma survivor, cal ailments”. been suspended from his radio show. wasn't in control at the time the statements
told the heartfelt story of her ongo- She gave a practical demonstration David Fane will return as host of a break- were made," Fane told the New Zealand
ing journey in dealing with this form of how this process works. fast show on The Radio Network in mid-July; Herald.
of cancer - how she, together with a Devorah Kur, a practitioner in dif- he was suspended Monday. Network execu- "Upon reflection I was probably, at the time,
support group of family and friends, ferent areas of alternative health, tives are supportive of the radio host and tel- thinking of what in comedic circles is
embarked on her road to healing. gave an insight into how we can live evision personality. referred to as 'offensive humour' as opposed
For Altschuler, the main motiva- more fulfilled and enriched lives by "David has met with us today and he pro- to anything serious."
tion for overcoming lymphoma, lay in understanding and taking responsi- foundly regrets his remarks and unreserved- New Zealand Jewish Council President
the support and love that she received bility for our own symptoms, illnesses ly apologises for the offence they will have Stephen Goodman condemned the remarks as
from her husband, Richard, and their and diseases in order to understand caused," said John McElhinney, the network's "a very anti-Semitic statement", but said he
three children and various grandchil- the deeper meaning behind them. chief executive. did not believe that Fane was anti-Semitic.
dren, as well as the support provided Kur showed the way to a more Fane was delivering his stand-up comedy "It just supports our intention that it was a
by her extended family and friends. understanding connection between routine to advertising bosses at an event in stupid act, there is no anti-Semitic intent, just
She explained to the audience that the mind and the body, by explaining Auckland on June 23 when he asked the audi- someone getting carried away with the situa-
the greatest challenges that she had how wellness workshops could ence: "Would you roast an HIV person? You'd tion and saying silly things," Goodman told 3
to overcome were when the diagnosis empower them to use their symptoms, roast them because they're expendable, like News.
was made. “One needs to accept the ailments or diseases as stepping tools the Jews. Hitler had a right, you know." Reports that Fane resigned from his TV and
challenges that Hashem has in store to help them to achieve more meaning Fane, 43, later told 3 News: "I really am so radio roles were not correct, 3 News said.
for each of us.” in their lives by exploring meaning on very sorry for any offence I have caused. (JTA)
She further expressed her grati- different levels.
02 - 09 July 2010 SA JEWISH REPORT 17
Alison Goldberg firstname.lastname@example.org
MC Weiler kids
WHAT A treat it was for a handful of children from the MC
Weiler School in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg,
to meet soccer legend, Pele!
The United Sisterhood arranged for this group to be present
at an exclusive media conference, resulting in them meeting the
star and being given soccer clothing from his new range.
The children were given lunch and enjoyed playing a game of
soccer on a dirt pitch which had been prepared for the event.
Thank you to all those involved for making a group of under-
privileged children feel very special.
Special men in Grade Rs in the spirit
their kids’ lives of the World Cup
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY HAYLEY BREST
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY grade R, ended the term with a real “kick-
EVERY YEAR at Sydenham Pre-Primary, we pay MELANIE DICK off’” to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. They
tribute to all our dads and the special men in the worked very hard, with lots of “gees” (spir-
children’s lives. Dads and their children are invit- THE LEARNERS of King David Linksfield it) to each create their own soccer project.
ed to school in the evening to spend some fun time
While children are warmly dressed in pyjamas,
stories are read, constructions are built, puzzles
are completed and games are played. Delicious
Danny Kunitz and his dad homemade soup and rolls are served and a won-
Michael, enjoying soup. derful time is had by all.
A morning of Netzer-style fun,
prayer and entertainment
JACKIE MARIS gogue services and wider Jewish commu-
PHOTOGRAPH: RUSSEL COHEN nity events. Recently, we led a Shabbat
morning service at Temple Israel in
ONE OF Netzer’s strengths is its involve- Hillbrow.
ment in the larger Progressive Jewish com- After having discovered that the shul was
munity. We attend chaggim events, syna- on “Kleim”, not “Klein” Street, Netzer
madrichim arrived at the
synagogue ready for action.
What followed was a morn-
ing of Netzer-style singing,
guitar-playing, prayer and
learning. It was wonderful to
be part of the community
there, which, despite its size,
was filled to the brim with
Shabbat ruach (spirit).
We look forward to future
services run at Temple
Israel and at our other con-
gregations. Thank you to
Netzer madrichim and Temple Israel community mem- the community for hosting
bers lead Shabbat Kiddush. us!
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY
SAUJS MEMBERS handed out cards and
chocolates to the residents of Sandringham
Gardens aged home in Johannesburg on
Father’s Day, to add a bit of cheer to their
The young people from SAUJS were espe-
cially well received by those residents whose
SAUJS community officers Megan Barlin
children live overseas and are not able to reg-
ularly visit their parents. and Sarit Swisa talk to Mookie Mayeis
The Father’s Day initiative is “brand new”, and Joe Singer during their Father’s Day
following on from SAUJS’s well-known visit to Sandringham Gardens in
“Roses event” for Mother’s Day. Johannesburg.
18 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
WHAT’S ON Barry Bilewitz email@example.com
NOTE: Deadline for all entries is 12:00 on the Friday • SA Friends of Beit Halochem: Beyachad, 2 Elray St,Rae- • UJW Cape Town presents Lorna Levy on “Radical Glass, Caron Melamed and Sybil Smerkovitz as they
prior to publication. dene,2192. Contact Leanne (011) 645 2553 or e-mail: Engagements - Then and Now”. cook up some lovely memories. Time: 09:00 for 09:30,
firstname.lastname@example.org breakfast/brunch. Contact Sandy on (011) 645-2515.
Key to organisations, venues, contact • South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Johannesburg)
Sunday (July 11)
details and cost: Sunday (July 25)
- Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. Contact (011) 645- • Big Band Music Appreciation Society’s next meet-
2500 or (011) 645-2523. ing is at 14:15 in the Jeffrey Auditorium at St John’s • Join Team Chev on the 8km “Walk the Talk”. Minimum
• Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue, 38 Oxford donation R180. Contact Cindi Bobroff on (011) 532-
• South African Zionist Federation (SAZF), Johannesburg College, Lower Houghton. Cost R30, including tea.
Road, Parktown. 9698.
- Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. Contact Froma, Contact Dave on (011) 885-3525 or Barney on (011)
• Beyachad Resource Centre/Library, 2 Elray St, Rae-
(011) 645-2505. 615-3412. Monday (July 26)
dene, 2192. Norma Shulman (011) 645-2567. e-
• The Israel Centre. Contact Debbie (011) 645-2560.
mail:email@example.com • FFHC presents Irene Klass, Holocaust survivor and • UJW Johannesburg presents Rose Norwich on “Life in
• The Jewish National Fund (JNF) Choir, Beyachad, 2 Elray
• Bikkur Cholim - Jewish Society for Visiting the Sick, Yaakov Finkelstein, deputy to the Israeli Ambassador, the South African Country Communities”, at 09:30.
St, Raedene. Contact Crystal Kaplan. 083-376-5999.
7A Chester Road, Greenside East, Johannesburg. on their respective experiences in Poland, at 14:30.
Joy Gafin (011) 447-6689.
• The Jewish Outlook Team. Contact Ryan Cane; e-mail Friday (July 30)
firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.jewishout • RCHCC invites you to see the Soccer World Cup final
• CAJE - College of Adult Jewish Education, Syden- • JWBS is having a book sale at Norwood Hypermarket
look.org.za. Support line: 27 76 215 8600. on their big screen. Supper will be served from
ham Highlands North Shul (011)640-5021. starting at 09:30.
• The Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society (JWBS) - San- 19:00. Kickoff at 20:30. Cost R150.
• CSO - Emergency phone number 086 18 000 18. Sunday (August 1)
dringham Gardens, 85 George Avenue Sandringham
• ELBM - Emunah Ladies Beit Midrash. 60 Mejon St
2192. Contact Carolyn Sabbagh. (011) 485-5232.
Monday (July 12)
Glenhazel. (011) 887-2910. “Lessons of our Lives” • WoW Annual Women’s Day Breakfast, 09:30 to 12:30
• The Simcha Friendship and Cultural Circle (SFCC), • UJW Johannesburg presents Wendy Kahn on “Play- at the Sandton Sun Hotel, including a motivational talk
course on Wednesdays at 10:00. R350 for the
Johannesburg - Sandton Shul. Contact Sylvia Shull, ing the Ball - SA Jewry’s interaction with Govern- by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on “Why I believe
course or R50 per shiur.
(011) 783-5600. Meetings on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wed- ment” at 09:30. in South Africa” and a women’s talent show. Cost:
• FFHS - Friendship Forum for Holocaust Survivors,
nesday of every month at Sandton Shul at 10:00 unless R500 pp. To book call 083-380-5268.
Second Generation and Members of the Community
Tuesday (July 13)
Affected by the Holocaust. Presentations held at the Monday (August 2)
• The United Sisterhood, 38 Oxford Road Parktown. Web- • WIZO Tzabar presents the live show “The Time
Gerald Horwitz Lounge, Golden Acres, 85 George
site: www.unitedsisterhood.co.za. Contact Marian (011) Keepers” at the Theatre on the Square. Cost per per- • UJW Johannesburg presents Hamilton Wende on “A
646-2409. son R160. Contact Sandy (011) 645-2515. Voyage back to the World Cup” at 09:30.
• HOD - Hebrew Order of David International. HOD
• Tiyulim (Jewish Outdoor Club) - Contact Martin 082-
Centre Oaklands Road, Orchards. Office (011) 640 • Second Innings Men’s Group is hosting David • Morris Rutstein Ulpan Course - registration. Venue:
965-7419 or Greg 082-959-9026
3017 - email@example.com Shapiro at Our Parents Home, on “Financial Fitness Yeshiva College at 18:30. The course will run every
• Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Johannesburg - 1 Oak
• JAFFA - Jewish Accomodation for Fellow Aged. in 2010”. Time: 14:15 for 14:30. Tuesday from August 3 to November 16 at Yeshiva Col-
Street Houghton. Contact (011) 648-1053. Cost R15 for
(012) 346-2007/8. 42 Mackie Street, Bailey’s Muck- lege. Time: 19:00 to 21:15. Enquiries: (011) 645-2531
the Friendship Luncheon Club and a R20 donation for Wednesday (July 14) (office hours).
lectures unless otherwise stated.
• KDSF - King David Schools’ Foundation. King David • UJW Johannesburg presents Dr Lorraine Wednesday (August 4)
• Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Cape Town - (021)
Alumni firstname.lastname@example.org (011) 480-4723. Chaskalson on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s
434-9555, e-mail: email@example.com.
• Nechama Bereavement Counselling Centre - Room Dream” at 09:30. Please read play before attending. • UJW Johannesburg presents Daniel Kagan and Fay
• UJW Cape Town AED Programme - Venue: Stonehaven, Picker discussing current novels at 09:30.
A304, 3rd Floor, Hospital Wing, Sandringham Gar-
Albany Road, Sea Point. Time: 10:00 for 10:30. • UJW Cape Town presents Joel Stern on “South
dens, 85 George Avenue, Sandringham, 2192. Con-
Entrance: R15.00 (incl refreshments). Africa in a Turbulent World: Where are We Head- • SFCC invites you to join them on an outing to Consti-
tact (011) 640-1322. tutional Hill. Entrance R15. Transport R25. Meet at
• United Zionist Luncheon Club (UZLC), Johannesburg - ing?”.
• New Friendship Ladies’ Group - A group for single Sandton Shul at 10:00. Booking essential.
Our Parents Home. Contact Gloria, (011) 485-4851 or
women - contact Lucille (011) 791-5226 or 082- • JWBS is having a book sale at Benmore Shopping
Centre starting at 09:30.
Monday August 16)
• UOS- Union of Orthodox Synagogues (011) 485-4865.
• ORT and ORTJET South Africa - 44 Central Street, • UJW Johannesburg presents Peter Bayer on “The
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax 086-610-3442. • RCHCC presents Charles van Onselen on his book,
Cnr 10th Ave, Houghton. Contact (011) 728-7154. Changing Face of Primary School Education” at
• WIZO Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray Street Rae- “Masked Raiders - Irish Banditry in Southern Africa
• Preview Theatre - 9 Valerie Crescent, Bagleyston, 09:30.
dene. email@example.com. Contact 1880 - 1899” at 19:30. Cost: R60.
(011) 640-1061. Tuesday (August 17)
Joyce Chodos (011) 645-2548 or Sandy Kramer (011)
• Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre (RCHCC) and
Sunday (July 18)
Great Park Shul, Johannesburg. Contact Hazel, (011) • WIZO Women Inspired branch hosting “Italian
• WIZO Cyrildene is having a bingo afternoon at the Intrigue” function.
728-8088 or Rene Sidley (011) 728-8378. Cost usu- Today Friday (July 2)
Oxford Shul. Cost R40 includes two free cards and
ally R50, including refreshments. • UJW Johannesburg presents Estelle Sher on “The
• Cape Town Holocaust Centre hosts David Lurie’s tea, additional cards R5 each.
• SAIJE - Sandton Adult Institute of Jewish Education, Jewish Soul in Concert Music” from 09:45 to 12:00, at
photographic exhibition “The Right to Refuge” until
Sandton Shul. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday (July 19) 301 Eton Place, Kernick Avenue, Melrose North. Cost:
(011) 883-4210. R30.
• UJW Johannesburg presents Bobby Godsell on
• Second Innings, Johannesburg - Jewish Community • UZLC presents Ronnie Mink on “Polish Jewish Rela-
“Renewing the South African Dream” at 10:00. Wednesday (August 18)
Services - Donald Gordon Centre, 85 George Avenue tions”.
Sandringham. Their group meets at the Gerald Hor- Wednesday (July 21) • SFCC presents Dr Claudius van Wyk on “The Power of
Sunday (July 4) Your Words in the Language of Healing - Activating
witz Lounge, Golden Acres, 85 George Avenue San-
• SFCC presents Martine Schaffer on “Another View of Your Mind for Wellness”.
dringham every Sunday morning for tea at 10:00 fol- • RCHCC is screening “Ajami” at 19:30.
lowed by the meeting at 10:30. Contact Grecia • UJW Johannesburg hosts a guided tour of the Louis
Wednesday (July 7)
Gabriel (011) 532-9718 for information. • WIZO Johannesburg presents the 60th Anniversary Maqhubela retrospective exhibition at the Standard
• Society of Israel Philately (SIP) - email@example.com. • SFCC presents Professor Barry Schoub on “Pandemics of the Goodwill International Recipe Book. Join Bank Gallery. Meet at 1 Oak Street, Houghton, at 09:15.
Contact Maurice (011) 485-2293. and Viruses - What is in Store for Us”. celebrity chefs, Delores Fouche, Miri Doron, Sharon Bus will depart at 09:30.
Sudoku Puzzle 13 CROSSWORD NO 170
BY LEAH SIMON
(Easy, difficulty rating 0.40)
ACROSS 19. A thousand at the edge - that’s foreboding! (4)
1. Los Angeles comes back this way too (4)
6 4 3. Recoil? That’s a disadvantage (4, 4) SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD NO 169
8. Tells fibs and damages isle (4)
9. Nan sees right and traps it (8) ACROSS: 1. Wrap; 3. Displays; 8. Liar; 9. Stealthy; 11.
8 3 2 11. Is he a drunk? Not necessarily, but he’s very Dog in the manger; 13. Nymphs; 14. Sierra; 17. Hair of
familiar with bars (6, 6) the dog; 20. Attacked; 21. Very; 22. Parasite; 23. Esme.
13. A hundred have aged and lost warmth (6) DOWN: 1. Well done; 2. Amalgam; 4. In time; 5. Plain
1 6 2 3 14. Involve in recent ailment (6) sight; 6. Autre; 7. Says; 10. On the rocks; 12. Lang
17. Two score in the cricket match (6, 6) syne; 15. Redeems 16. Affect; 18. Actor; 19. Lamp.
20. Used liar somehow for what
3 1 5 9 remains (8)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
21. Quiet navy, but conceals a
potential explosion (4)
2 3 9 6 22. Did they keep Robin Hood
laughing? (5, 3) 8 9
23. Only myself, about this (4)
8 5 6 1 10
1. Just one seasoning - but it’s uni-
5 1 6 7 versal, we hear (3, 5) 11
2. Places I am in are extraordinary
1 4 2 4. Takes out another lease on east-
ern wrens (6) 13 14 15
5. Northern swine worn out, but
7 8 becomes famous (4, 6) 16
6. Consent to rage around the east
* Answer to follow 17 18
Answer - Puzzle 12
7 2 5 8 6 3 1 9 4 7. Chest was embraced, we hear (4)
with next puzzle 8 6 3 4 9 1 7 5 2 10. Teetotaller in safety? (4, 3, 3)
1 9 4 5 2 7 6 8 3 12. Companion for a child actor? (4, 19
5 8 2 6 7 4 3 1 9
15. She’s hidden in mean net terms 20 21
6 4 9 1 3 8 2 7 5 (7)
3 1 7 9 5 2 4 6 8 16. Upset at grey, move around vig-
Note to readers: Our bridge 2 3 6 7 8 5 9 4 1
18. Breaks wires, and is more sage
column and our Sudoku 9 5 1 2 4 6 8 3 7 22 23
puzzle alternate week by week.
4 7 8 3 1 9 5 2 6
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20 SA JEWISH REPORT 02 - 09 July 2010
Marcus scores first win in Singapore
JACK MILNER by far the best chance of a win I’ve had thus Marcus said he hoped that his Singapore
far. For a moment, I thought: ‘Oh no, the maiden win would be the spark that would
SOUTH AFRICAN Basil Marcus trained his other horse will get mine’, but luckily we got lead to more wins on the scoreboard. “As
last winner in South Africa on the day of the there on time. you know, I’m very patient with my horses.
J&B Met in Cape Town at the end of “It’s been amazing to come here and be I haven’t been hard on them and they will
January, before packing up to train in given the chance to train in this wonderful slowly come into their own. This is the job I
Singapore. set-up. love to do and I can’t wait for more win-
However, he had to wait until June before “It’s also been a long wait for my horses. ners.”
getting his first winner in his new home; it They have waited for around seven months Marcus was perhaps remembering how
came when Flying West kept going to beat a before they could finally get ready.” fickle and dangerous the horseracing indus-
fast-finishing Newfoundluck at Kranji. Marcus said Flying West, a tried horse try can be at times, as he himself was a vic-
Not surprisingly, the South African who came with a handy South African tim of its whims and he came out a lucky
uttered the word “relief” at his first post- record of three wins from 12 starts, will ben- survivor when he was kicked in the face by
race interview at Kranji. efit from that first local run under the belt. Desert Links about three weeks ago.
“The first win is always a huge relief for “I bought him at the Magic Millions sale. I Marcus was reported to have lost most of
any trainer,” the former champion jockey was lucky to get him for the price I paid for his front teeth when the Grade 1 Gold Cup
told media at the Singapore Turf Club. “I’ve him. He’s a fairly decent horse, but has a bit winner got loose. He was cornered by Basil
had about eight runners before Flying West. of an attitude. He will surely improve from but then proceeded to kick the trainer in the
I wouldn’t say he was a certainty, but he was that run.” face with his hind legs. That landed Marcus
Is this Soccer World “He was kicked in the face, he is in hospi-
tal for the next couple of days, nothing is
broken, thankfully, but he is in pain at the
moment,” his son, Adam, told
Cup a health hazard?
Trainer Basil Marcus, seen leading in Gold
SAHorseracing. “His top front teeth have
Cup winner Desert Links in 2008, had his
been knocked out but they were knocked
out before while riding. He was knocked first winner in Singapore. Marcus had a
unconscious for the first 10 minutes or so lucky break two weeks earlier when
and he suffered a cut on the chin and a Desert Links got loose and kicked him in
BEWARE! Watching the Soccer World swollen cheek.” the face.
Cup can be dangerous to your health.
Soccer fans - both male and female -
have been warned not to take the tense
competition too seriously, as a study
based on the previous tournament
found that the heart attack rate more
than doubles during the games.
That’s according to Dr Gal Dubnov,
chief of sports medicine at Sheba
Medical Centre in Israel. He said that
anxiety and emotional stress while
watching, as well as being stationary
and snacking for a month, can harm
The survey, which appeared in the
New England Journal of Medicine two Anxiety and emotional stress while watching-
years ago, was based on the number of football, may lead to heart attacks.
heart attacks in Germany while watch-
ing the World Cup of 2006. 60 per cent during the 2002 World Cup in
On those days when the German team Japan and South Korea, even though the
competed against other national teams, the Swiss team was not competing.
researchers found, the number of heart The findings prompted calls for emer-
attacks jumped by 3,3 times among men gency heart attack equipment to be
and 1,8 times among women. Most of the installed in stadiums during Euro 2004.
ischemic events took place within two “If it really is the case that higher stress
hours after the game started. levels increase the chance of a heart
About half of those who had a history of attack, then attending soccer games may
heart problems and were watching the have to carry a health warning,” David
games, had a history of heart disease. The Leistner of Munich’s Ludwig Maximilians
types of coronary events they counted University, told Reuters.
included acute coronary syndromes, symp- Doctors have advised fans who may
tomatic arrhythmias, cardiac arrests or already be at greater risk of heart attack
therapeutic discharge of implantable due to obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes,
defibrillators. Acute cardiovascular events to refrain from drinking excessively during
were found in 4 279 patients. the World Cup.
The authors of the article said people - But now, soccer enthusiasts who might
especially men with a history of heart have been concerned about “The Final
problems - should take preventive meas- Whistle” have, it seems, been granted some
ures such as relaxing and exercising, while extra time.
some doctors advised their heart patients A new study on the same subject - but
not to watch this time conducted in Italy - found no such
“Our results show a strong and signifi- effects. The research team’s paper, entitled:
cant increase in the incidence of cardiovas- “It is just a game: lack of association
cular events (including the acute coronary between watching football matches and the
syndrome and symptomatic cardiac risk of acute cardiovascular events”, is due
arrhythmia), in a defined sample of the for publication in the International
German population, in association with Journal of Epidemiology.
matches involving the German team dur- The investigators studied 25 159 hospital
ing the Fifa World Cup in Germany in admissions for acute myocardial infarction
2006.” (AMI) among the Italian population during
They are not the only group who make three international football competitions:
the claim. A study in 1998 found the num- the World Cup 2002, the European
ber of heart attacks increased by 25 per Championship 2004 and the World Cup
cent on the day and in the two days after 2006.
England lost to Argentina in a World Cup They found no significant links. They
penalty shoot-out. therefore conclude: “The cardiovascular
Researchers in Switzerland also found effects of watching football matches are
heart attacks in the country increased by likely to be, if anything, very small.”