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THE "End the Occupation Campaign", comprising
some 20 civil society organisations, has called for a
national boycott against Israeli products.
In a media release the SAZF and SAJBD have
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Foes of British boycott of
Israel make a last stand
OPPONENTS of a proposed boycott of Israeli academics are making their final pitch before members of a large British trade union
vote on boycott motions of Israeli academic institutions. Arab and Jewish Israeli students are hosting a stand at the conference detailing
co-operation projects between Israelis and Arabs and between Israel and the UK, which could be affected. SEE PAGE 8
Ups and downs of
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JNF’s tribute to
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Goodbye Hazel Blend with several of the Yiddish Folk Nursery School’s learners whom she will soon
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- Beha’alotecha - belies its fuller
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fill not just the person concerned,
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second Passover (the first to be
held in freedom since the first was
know, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk,
tells the story of the moment
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GENERAL MANAGER - Roni Lea still in Egypt) and all of this comes Temple Emanuel when the Nazis attacked his home
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as a precursor to the story of the town in Germany, ransacked the
Sub-Editor - Paul Maree spies and the resultant rebellion. synagogue, pulled the Torah scr-
But that opening, and that par- one invited to say the blessing olls from the Ark and proceeded to
Senior Reporter - Rita Lewis ticular word - Beha’alotecha - res- mounts the bimah at the Torah tear them, hurling the remnants
onates a spirit which is itself wor- reading. As one who over three into the town’s swiftly flowing
thy of comment. The word itself decades and more has had the priv- river.
Editorial Assistant - Shelley Elk relates to the mounting of the ilege of welcoming those called to The young Alfred recalled: “My
firstname.lastname@example.org lamps of the tabernacle, an act to give blessing, it has always struck grandfather waded into the water
be undertaken by Aaron, thus me how folk approach the task - and clutched at however many
Sports Editor - Jack Milner showing the importance thereof. often with a sense of humility to be segments of Torah he could and
And, as with so much that sure, but always with a sense of held them aloft out of the river: which gives title to this week’s
Youth Editor - Lara Greenberg relates to the Mishkan, literally pride: For is it not something for us ‘Alfred,’ he said, ‘look and remem- sedra: For “Beha’alotecha” really
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be found, the undertaking of such approach the key source of what and make them live!’” Each and everyone of us has it
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Robyn Sassen firstname.lastname@example.org honour and with dignity. And so, if and blessing? Alfred became Rabbi Alfred Gott- to increase the spirit, to give a
we allow ourselves to play with Many are the stories of those schalk and still later rose to sense of purpose and devotion, to
Cape Town correspondent who gave and give blessing despite
the word for a moment one sees become head of the Hebrew Union help others achieve something
Moira Schneider: 021-794-4206 the word OLEH or ALIYA very trauma and traumatic circum- College, the principal rabbinic col- they may not have thought possi-
clearly therein. stances. A couple of decades ago, lege in the United States. He had ble before.
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Diane Wolfson readily see a link with the call-up trickled out, some communities lorn grandfather. sage to take with us into this
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Manuela Bernstein: 082-951-3838 Jewish spiritual leader, Rabbi Isaac involved visiting Jewish soldiers in running services and Rabbi Richards retired
Richards, rabbi emeritus of Temple north Germany. dealing with members in 1986, but four years
David Durban, died on Friday May “In 1946, as my demobilisation over the four or five later, he was brought out
firstname.lastname@example.org was approaching, I faced the prob- years I was there.” of retirement to serve for a
25 at the age of 93.
Design and layout Rabbi Richards had a long and lem as to my future. As an officer in In 1951, Rabbi Rich- few more years. He retired
distinguished career within the the army, I had experienced a dif- ards accepted a post in Port again in 1994, but less than a year
Progressive Movement, and was ferent way of life. My work among Elizabeth, where he served as rev- later, the congregation pleaded
Nicole Matthysen instrumental in formulating the the survivors had completely erend of the newly-established with him to return. He eventually
South African Progressive minhag broadened my outlook.” community for a few years. His retired in 2002 when the communi-
(custom). He answered an advertisement wife, Lily passed away suddenly in ty finally found a new rabbi.
Johnnic Publishing in the London Jewish Chronicle for December 1951. Not long after On this retirement, he was
He was born in 1913 in Liverpool,
Tel: 0860-13-2652 England. After years of study in a a position as assistant to Rabbi M C that, he decided to make aliyah appointed rabbi emeritus of
yeshiva, he was accepted by the Weiler, founding rabbi of the with his daughter, but this didn’t Temple David.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
British Orthodox Beth Din in 1935 Progressive Jewish Movement in work out as planned, so he “Rabbi Richards served the
Honourable Abe Abrahamson (Chair- as a minister. He took up a post in South Africa. Rabbi Weiler visited returned to South Africa. Durban Jewish community and
man), Issie Kirsh, Dennis Maister, Bertie Bangor, North Wales and then in him in Germany and persuaded He joined the Cape Town the South African Progressive
Lubner, Herby Rosenberg, Russell Bolton, England, under the title of him to join the South African com- Progressive Congregation as Movement with love and dedica-
Gaddin, Marlene Bethlehem, reverend. munity. director of education of the tion for the best part of 60 years,”
When war broke out in 1939, he On being discharged from the Hebrew and religion classes, says Steve Lurie, chairman of the
Stan Kaplan, Gordon Utian,
volunteered to serve as a chaplain British army in November 1946, where he met and married his sec- South African Union for Pro-
Norman Lowenthal. in the British forces. When the Rabbi Richards left for Johan- ond wife, Faye. gressive Judaism (SAUPJ).
Judge Meyer Joffe (Chair, Bergen-Belsen concentration camp nesburg and his wife, Lily, and In 1966, Rabbi Richards decided “We will miss his insight, his
editorial comm) was liberated, he was posted to the daughter, Monica, followed some to take a Sabbatical year and went knowledge and his commitment to
camp to be of assistance to sur- months later. On his arrival, he to study at the Leo Baeck Rab- the movement.”
vivors. took charge of the cheder and day- binical College in London. He was Rabbi Richards is survived by
KASHRUT “It was a grim experience, but to-day matters affecting the mem-
bers of Temple Israel in Hillbrow.
ordained as a rabbi in mid-1967
and returned to South Africa. His
his daughter, Monica, Faye’s
daughter, Margot, her husband,
also uplifting, even if all I could do
The following symbols will appear on was to give a comforting word,” “Rabbi Weiler did a great deal first rabbinic position was for Vivian, and their grandchildren
advertisements and/or advertising fea- Rabbi Richards said in a 2003 article of travelling during those years Temple David in Durban, where and great-grandchildren.
tures to indicate whether or not they are
kosher. Where no Kashrut mark appears
Some angels reading to CT kids in need
on an advert, the Jewish Report
assumes no responsibility for the
Kashrut status of that establishment or
MOIRA SCHNEIDER work of ORT members who will premier, was reportedly “very department, who is chief cur-
NK Non-Kosher K Kosher CAPE TOWN visit inner city schools situated in excited” about the project, com- riculum adviser for the district
the Cape Town city bowl. plimented Nilly Baruch, chair- in which the schools are situat-
Where no symbols appear, consult the
“ANGELS OF ORT”, an initiative Teachers in these schools have man of ORT Western Cape, on the ed.
Beth Din Kosher Guide or contact the
of ORT Western Cape, was to cope with up to 40 learners of initiative and said that it would • For additional information on
launched in early May at Leeu- differing needs per class. The give children hope and would the project, or if you would like
wenhof, the official residence of “Angels of ORT” will assist tea- mean far more to them than just to be involved, contact Nilly
Advertisements and editorial copy from the premier of the province, chers in this task by reading to reading. Baruch on 083-298-6849 or ORT’s
outside sources do not neccessarily reflect Ebrahim Rasool. The project will small groups of learners. Also present was Saras Pillay Cape Town office at (021) 975-
the views of the editors and staff. involve setting up a volunteer net- Rosieda Shabodien, wife of the of the Western Cape education 7933.
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Panel discusses some thorny conversion issues
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH and “Yomtov”, one was exposed to “Divrei vation had been to “hold on to the Jewish that we were doing some things wrong,” he
BY MOIRA SCHNEIDER Torah” on television. In the Diaspora, the population because we lost so many in the added.
CAPE TOWN situation differed from country to country. Holocaust. But we’ve held on and now we Answering a member of the audience
Many rabbis did not wish to involve them- can put back the details. who asked why he as the partner of a con-
WHY DO converts to Judaism have to selves with conversions, as it was “not an “In the past, we changed the acceptance, vert had to become “frum” as well, he said:
adhere to higher standards than the rest of easy situation at all” and a “big responsibil- not the rule. Judaism hasn’t changed, our “You’re responsible for creating the (cor-
the community? Why has the conversion ity. We’re not making the rules, just follow- knowledge of it has and we have to accept rect) environment for this person.”
process become more difficult over the ing them,” he added.
years? Why do partners of converts have to On converts having to keep higher stan-
become “frum” as well? Should we in fact be dards than the rest of the community, Rabbi
encouraging conversions? Zekry said that when one came to Judaism
These were some of the questions dealt as an adult, “we expect you to be like the
with at a panel discussion held under the Jews at Mount Sinai, accepting the
auspices of the Union of Orthodox covenant with G-d.”
Synagogues (Cape Council). Answering the Rabbi Yitzchak Steele of the Claremont
last question, Rabbi Dr Pinchas Zekry of the Wynberg Hebrew Congregation who co-
Durban Hebrew Congregation, who is ordinates the conversion process in Cape
chairman of the conversion committee of Town, spoke of the two-year programme
the Rabbinical Association of South Africa, that ranged from “a deep philosophical
said opinion was divided on the matter, with understanding” to practical issues.
much depending on the individual circum- Moderator Rabbi Jonathan Altman of Beit
stances and the location. Midrash Morasha, commented that the
“Conversion doesn’t always work - we do course did not only involve “book learning”,
have great successes, though,” he said. but also “engagement with a Jewish envi-
“Some great rabbis have come from the ronment”.
lines of ‘gerim’ (converts).” Visiting Torah scholar Rabbi Jeff
He warned, however, that there was “a Wohlgelernter of La Jolla, San Diego, said
price and a commitment” necessary when that he learned with “every single convert -
converting to Judaism. One could not there are no conversion classes and I don’t
“close the doors”, he added, referring to the hire teachers. To change a mindset and a
“great nachas” experienced through con- thinking process takes more time and can
verts who had changed their lives for the only be done in an arduous way,” he
better, “so you can’t say it’s a dangerous explained.
route to take. “It’s not about your husband or
“If you live in Durban, it’s not simple to boyfriend, but a connection to G-d and it’s
find a Jewish ‘shidduch’, Cape Town too and difficult to do this in a mass sort of way.”
even Johannesburg,” he suggested in expla- A failure in a convert was a failure on the
nation. part of the community, he stated, saying
It was “impossible” to have universally that converts were like citizens of a new
accepted conversions as circumstances dif- country. “If they see others that are not so
fered from place to place. In Israel, for observant, it is difficult for them.
example, it was possible to be more lenient “We should uplift ourselves so that the
as one had to search to find non-kosher food standard is lifted up for them as well.”
and had to be “dafka” to work on “Shabbat”. Explaining the “looser standard” for con-
Even if one was not “Shomer Shabbat” verting in the past, he said the prime moti-
From left: Rabbis Yitzchak Steele, Jeff Wohlgelernter, Pinchas Zekry and Jonathan
Altman, who participated in the panel discussion on conversions.
4 SA JEWISH REPORT 01 June - 08 June 2007
A kosher roasting over chicken prices
ALISON GOLDBERG dayanim, a very large kashrut division,
PHOTOGRAPHS: SHELLEY ELK and a chief rabbi of whose cost it con-
tributes 75 per cent (25 per cent by the
AGAINST A drastic reduction in the num- Cape UOS).
ber of chickens slaughtered for the kosher “The UOS provides services which are
market over the last six years of some essential to the preservation of Jewish life
200 000 (an average 33 000 annually), prices in South Africa, and this needs to be fund-
per kilogram are currently almost double ed,” he says.
that for non-kosher chicken, though Lampert is quite correct that customers
butchers like Ami Bolnick of Tenderchick are feeling the strain. Nor do they have
and Bolbrand, vehemently disagree about much sympathy for what may appear to be
the price difference. an “unnecessary imbalance” in supply
Read the Jewish Report The Union of Orthodox Synagogues
(UOS) in Johannesburg which licenses Jewish Report, has called for a forensic As matters stand, customers would be
suppliers of kosher poultry countrywide, audit into the price of kosher meat. In a better off theoretically buying their meat
e-paper on our website: is hard-pressed to explain the reason for letter to the paper three weeks ago, he in Cape Town where prices of slaughtered
the fall, but it suspects a number of factors compared the Johannesburg price of a beef and lamb to butchers are consider-
www.sajewishreport.co.za may have contributed to it. whole kosher chicken at R37,50/kg to that ably cheaper.
One of these is a drastic decline in mar- of a non-kosher equivalent of R21,99/kg. Both UOSes are funded partially by the
riages points out UOS executive director For a chicken braai pack the relevant costs schechting of animals at abattoirs which
Darren Sevitz, resulting in a reduced num- were R48,80/kg as against R18,99/kg for a in turn pass on the cost to butchers. In the
ber of Jews in the community. non-kosher braai pack. case of oxen, Johannesburg charges
Cape Town’s UOS executive director, Bolnick, who does his own price com- R207/unit as against Cape Town’s
Mickey Glass adds emigration; a move parisons in Johannesburg’s northern sub- R99/unit, and R26/unit for lamb as against
away from meat by consumers; and partly urbs on a monthly basis, confirms that the Cape Town’s R16,20/unit.
prices themselves. only cost relief is in the purchase of Johannesburg’s UOS charges R2,07
Bolnick says over this period it is impor- frozen kosher whole chickens compared (Bolnick says R2,38) per chicken slaugh-
tant to note that while chicken slaughter to fresh. tered.
has dropped, a turkey market has been He juxtaposes the sale of whole fresh Putting the fees in context, Sevitz says
developed by Tenderchick and Pick ’n Pay chicken at the Norwood Hypermarket, cit- “on average the forequarter of an ox will
in response to consumer demand. ing R33,95/kg (kosher) against R26,95 (non- weigh about 100kg. After treibering it loses
Imports do not appear as a factor in the kosher). At Checkers in Balfour Park the about 10 per cent, so we are left with 90kg.
fall-off, nor profiteering by any particular price of frozen whole chickens is The amount of R207 into 90kg accounts for
party. R25,99/kg (kosher) compared to R21,99/kg R2,30 per kg. Of course the increase in
Running at a net loss in 2005-6, the (non-kosher). kosher over non-kosher meat costs more
Johannesburg UOS is still deliberating To these comparisons he adds the prices than R2,30/kg, but it’s important to see
over the granting of a licence to Cape of non-kosher whole fresh chicken at that the extra is not going to the Beth Din
Town-based Israeli Rammi Katz who Benmore Butchery at R33,99/kg and and the butchers and wholesalers must
imports Mehadrin chicken breasts from Oaklands Butchery at R28,99/kg. account for the difference.
Israel. Explaining the economics of the UOS’s “I’m sure they have good reasons, but it
Katz says filleted chicken breasts are operations, Sevitz says schechita is part of is for them to explain.”
selling in Johannesburg for R89,99/kg, the funding of the UOS. The UOS in In the meantime customers will contin-
while his in Cape Town sells for R79,99/kg. Johannesburg is far larger than the Cape ue to look for savings wherever they can
Glass points out that the latter figure is Town UOS which explains the latter’s and buy whole frozen chicken over fresh
even higher than some local suppliers. lower charges. for example, in a market which rarely
Aubrey Lampert, a letter writer to The Johannesburg UOS supports four advertises discounts.
SAUPJ gives nod to
IN A landmark decision, the South “This is a matter of justice and princi-
African Union for Progressive Judaism ple and we believe it is what Judaism
(SAUPJ) has approved marriages between requires of us in this day and age,” said
Jewish couples of the same gender. Lurie.
In a media release, Steve Lurie, chair- “As an inclusive movement, and one
man of the SAUPJ said: “This decision with a strong commitment to ensure that
was arrived at after long and thoughtful injustice is not done in our communities,
deliberation, and in the spirit of what we believe that this move goes a long way
Progressive Judaism is about - inclusion to repudiate prejudice.”
of all Jews regardless of gender, sexual In December 2006, South Africa became
orientation, race or ethnicity.” the fifth country in the world to grant
At the national assembly of the SAUPJ same-sex couples the same status and
held in Durban on May 6, it was agreed rights as heterosexual marriage partners.
that there should be no distinction in the “The SAUPJ honours the divine within
status of religious marriages of same-sex all human beings, and their right to live
partners and heterosexual couples. with dignity,” said Lurie.
01 June - 08 June 2007 SA JEWISH REPORT 5
Berksie’s well and living in Jerusalem
LIONEL SLIER studio in Jerusalem. I never fear any
degree of violence.
THERE ARE four essential things that “My apartment is on the top of a hill
every South African visiting Israel must and I have to go up 410 steps each day to
do - pray at the Kotel, mourn at Yad get home. It is my daily exercise.
Vashem, see the Shrine of The Dead Sea “As a South African it is fantastic to
Scrolls and listen to John Berks on Ram see Jews of different ethnic backgrounds
FM 93.6. mixing freely and equally in all spheres
Berks is the legendary South African with other Israelis. It is lovely to see
radio presenter who enthralled at least young people and realise how much they
two generations of South African listen- love music and laugh and enjoy life to
ers at LM radio, SABC and later 702. the full.
He is currently the morning anchor at “But there must be a balance. It is
the newly started South African-backed important to understand the Palestinian
Ram FM 93.6 that broadcasts from situation. They need their own sovereign
Jerusalem and Ramallah 24 hours a day. state, to be independent and self-suffi-
In an interview in Jerusalem, Berks said cient.
it was an absolute privilege to be living “In South Africa talk radio contributed
here at this stage of his life. a tremendous amount towards breaking
He said: “Personally things could not down barriers between different peoples;
have been better. We anticipated that we could all freely and openly express
starting a station from scratch would be our opinions, make criticisms, make con-
complex, difficult and challenging, but, tributions, and in the end get together,
then again, it makes the kind of contribu- solve our seemingly intractable prob-
tion I believe it can make in the format of lems and build a new country. I believe
talk radio. that Ram FM 93.6 can and will contribute
What is needed here is dialogue to get to a similar solution.”
people to know each other and at this
stage it is important for Israelis to get to
know Palestinians and for Palestinians to
get to know Israelis.
“The format is music but the idea is that
with time the format will change from
music to talk and we will have a balance
between the two. The music we presently
play is ‘adults contemporary’ from the
seventies and eighties and catering for a
large demographic age group. We main-
tain a good balance.”
Berks told how happy he was to be in
Israel, although “to learn Hebrew is like
going back to cheder again, and learning
sentences like kelev metachat le shulchun
(the dog is under the table.) It is like the
person learning Hebrew stopped someone
in the street, asked him in basic Hebrew
to tell him the time but to please answer
“I’ve been here for five months. I was
originally asked to come up for the launch
by Issie Kirsh (of Primedia) and I’m very
pleased with what has happened so far.
“In a way it is frustrating to be here;
there is so much to see and so little time.
Yet there are also fascinating aspects. To
see a Jewish garbage collector or a Jewish
cop is precious and it is wonderful to be in
Israel with its advanced information tech-
nology. The infrastructure in this country
“It’s amazing how well the South
African Jews have done and how much
they have contributed. I keep in touch
with South Africa, regularly surf the Net,
but my feeling is that they are not doing
enough there to combat crime. I have
never felt as safe personally as I do in
“You can feel the strength of the people.
The first month I broadcast from
Ramallah and I used to take a taxi from
my home in Malcha neighbourhood in
Jerusalem at four o’clock in the morning.
I still leave at four am but now walk to the
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SOCIAL SCENE Rita Lewis email@example.com
Lorraine and Arthur Chaskalson examine a congratulatory letter from Nelson Lorraine Chaskalson, Albie Sachs, Arthur Chaskalson, George Bizos, Nadine Gordimer, and
Mandela. Ahmed Kathrada.
JNF honours Mr Justice
STAFF REPORTER deserving than Chaskalson who made a big dif-
PHOTOGRAPHS: ILAN OSSENDRYVER ference in the legal world”.
Chaskalson’s wife Lorraine also paid tribute to
FORMER CHIEF Justice Arthur Chaskalson is her husband, reciting two poems she wrote.
a lawyer’s lawyer who took the time to listen to A panel discussion was held with Justice Albie
anyone in his court room. So said George Bizos Sachs, Ahmed Kathrada, (who was one of the
at a function held this week by the Jewish accused in the Rivonia trial and sentenced to life Helen
National Fund of South Africa, to pay tribute to imprisonment with Mandela) and George Bizos Suzman
Chaskalson at their third annual honoree event. who defended Mandela, Govan Mbeki and Walter
Chaskalson has had a long and illustrious Sisulu in the trial.
career in the legal world. In June 1994, he was Kathrada recalled how they, as prisoners,
appointed by former President Nelson Mandela watched with interest when they were introduced
as the first president of South Africa’s new to Chaskalson who was a young attorney.
Constitutional Court. He became chief justice of “He was being touted as the new Issie Maisels
South Africa in 2001, finally retiring in 2005. and we eventually were convinced and were at
Chaskalson’s career was shaped by his devo- peace with ourselves,” he said.
tion to the cause of democracy, for all his abhor- Bizos described Chaskalson as a “lawyer’s
rence of apartheid and his determination to lawyer” and the greatest cross-examiner of
fight the injustices which, for far too long, were policemen. He said Chaskalson made the world
the defining feature of the South African land- aware that they were defending patriots and not
Chaskalson was admitted to the “He gave up a lucrative practice to make justice
Johannesburg Bar in 1956 and appeared as available for all, especially through his involve- George Bizos
counsel for many members of the liberation ment in the Legal Resource Centre.” and Arthur
movements in several major political trials Chaskalson, in accepting the award, said he Chaskalson
including the Rivonia treason trial and the wanted to put things into context. “I am greatly
Delmas trial. He was the second South African moved by what has been said, but I am also
to be elected as an honorary member of the Bar embarrassed. I came from a comfortable home, I
Association of New York, the first South African had a good education, good food and a university
being Jan Smuts. education which gave me access to an elite profes-
Chaskalson has received many awards includ- sion.”
ing six doctorates. He was also given the human Things could have been very different, he said.
rights award by the Foundation for Freedom His earliest recollection was the Second World
and Human Rights in Switzerland. He was War when he was eight. Although very young, he
instrumental in starting the Legal Resources remembers the anxiety his parents felt as the
Centre in 1978. Nazis went through Europe.
His mother, Mary Adler was closely involved “I was young enough to know what was at stake
with the Jewish community. She was president and to understand that if my grandparents had
of the Women’s Zionist Council of SA and also not come to South Africa, we would have been vic- Lorraine
honorary life member of the World WIZO exec- tims of Nazi persecution. If the Nazis had won the Chaskalson
utive. war, we would have grown up as victims and not
Lord Joel Joffe paid tribute to Chaskalson members of the privileged white community and
from London through a video message. He all the benefits afforded to whites.
describes Chaskalson as unique, caring, coura- “My family prospered, not only through their
geous and generous and said he was privileged hard work, but because of the opportunities
to be a close friend. “He had a passion for justice afforded to them. We were not part of the margin-
even when it was risky and unpopular and made alised population, but of a privileged group which JNF treasurer
financial sacrifices for the cause of justice,” he did not suffer discrimination and humiliation and Alan
said. I was aware of the paradox. Menachemson
Mandela sent a congratulatory note to “Many others did more, took greater risks and and Director
Chaskalson saying there was “none more made bigger contributions than I have,” he said. Isla Feldman.
Let the bridal photos roll! Jewish Report.
7. All photographs submitted will be
judged with the original photograph, so
no digital images are permitted.
or hand-deliver to:
(WIZO at) Beyachad, 2 Elray Street,
THE WIZO/SA Jewish Report bridal competi- 3.The top 25 finalists must be in 8. Brides must specify whether they
tion to select our Jewish Bride of the Year for Johannesburg for the final interview judg- would like their photographs returned to Please send in your photograph with:
2006/2007, is gathering momentum. The cul- ing, at their own expense or they will be them following the competition. The pho-
minating function will be held in March 2008. disqualified. tographs will be available from the WIZO • Bride’s first and maiden names
Again, as in the past, there will be a host of 4.The winner must become an active office at Beyachad in Johannesburg after • Place of chupah
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had compulsory Hebrew classes for ostrich feathers. In 1913 it and it became known as the Jewish who later became principal, would
COMMUNITY and covered the first eight years
of schooling. There was also a
reached $500 for a pound of the
Government Primary School. In
August of that year A M Abrahams
literally eat his hat and give five
shillings to the opposite side if
BUZZ mikveh, which is still in use,
while the Oudtshoorn Jewish
Cemetery had been established in
That was the year that fashion
started changing, due in part to the
open motor cars whose speed was
became the headmaster and there
were five teachers and 150 pupils.
In 1905 I A Harris arrived from
they could score a try against us.
“We played under-11, under-12
and under-13 and I don’t think that
LIONEL SLIER the 1880s. not conducive to feathers attached England. He became a legend at we ever lost a game.
082-444-9832, fax: 011-786-5036, The Jews also settled in the sur- to clothes or hats. The start of the the school and in 1966 the school “I wasn’t very brilliant on the
rounding areas such as Calitzdorp, war was the final nail in the coffin. was named after him. academic side. In those days you
firstname.lastname@example.org Ladismith and Uniondale. The Both in South Africa and London In an article in the Johan- either passed or failed. When my
50km between Oudtshoorn and there were warehouses full of nesburg Sunday Times of Sep- mother heard that I had failed
OUDTSHOORN Calitzdorp was known as “Der feathers with no buyers. The feath- tember 1985, Doreen Levin wrote Afrikaans, she wouldn’t allow me
Yiddishe Gass” (the Jewish neigh- ers were worth next to nothing and that one of the earliest old boys to play rugby. When I told Mr
ONE OF the Afrikaners donated bourhood) as the hotel and all the the feather buyers were left with was Joseph “Jinks” Beinashowitz Arenson I could not play because
two plots for the synagogue, while 20 shops alongside the road were debts owed them by the dealers who recalls arriving with his twin he had given me only 37 per cent
another donated the stones and owned by Jews and they all closed and therefore could not pay the sister Annie Zulman when they for Afrikaans, he promptly or-
had them brought to the site. The on the Sabbath. farmers, who started growing to- were seven years old. dered me onto the playing field,
building, known as the Queen There was also a boarding house bacco and raising livestock to He only won one prize at school saying it wasn’t 37 per cent it was
Street Synagogue, was completed owned by Avraham Kaplan who counter the collapse of the feather and that was when he tied for 73 per cent and I had passed. This
in December 1888 and had, accord- kept a Torah and where daily serv- market. arithmetic in Standard 3. He is true, I got through school on my
ing to one account, been funded by ices were held. Ostriches were raised on a small recalled that for his birthday he rugby.”
Afrikaner donations. Meanwhile, the Jews started scale for their skins and, at a later had a party held in the nearby End Besides Okey Geffin, other “old
In 1892 the inevitable happened farming the ostriches and built stage for their meat. Street Park and he had a chocolate boys” were Hymie Kloner, the soc-
in a Jewish community. The Kelm huge sandstone houses, known as To be completed. cake. He lived in Pritchard Street cer Springbok and Transvaal cri-
Jews broke away and built their ostrich palaces, on their farms and in the centre of Johannesburg cketers Clarence Levy and Aaron
own synagogue, the “Griener in the town. In 1914 at the outbreak • This article by David Zetler first where his family also kept a cow, a Nickel.
Shul” on St John Street, which of the First World War, there were appeared in The Jerusalem Post sheep and a goat. One of the best known “old
was completed in 1896. The Queen 600 Jewish families in Oudtshoorn, and was sent in by Basil Zive. Well-known bottle store owner, girls” was the pianist Cherry
Street Synagogue, in fact, had about a third of the town’s white Solly Kramer’s three daughters Wainer, who became an interna-
become too small for the growing population. JOHANNESBURG Sadie, Beaty and Edie all went to tional star in Britain where she
community. Jews played an important part in the school in the late 1920s. Beaty went to live in 1948.
The Kelm Jews were a people of the development of Oudtshoorn IN 1895 the chief justice of the recalled that many of her friends Today the once famous Jewish
great tradition and knowledge and and the district. At one time, the Transvaal Republic laid the foun- were from Arcadia, the Jewish Government School, now the I H
wanted more study and daily serv- mayor and two of the councillors dation stone for a Jewish school in orphanage down the Oxford Road Harris Primary, finds itself in a
ices; the rabbi of the Queen Street were Jews, as was the district sur- De Villiers Street in the centre of hill in Parktown. neglected and rundown area of
Synagogue was too Western for geon, the medical officer of health the town, but it took 18 months The children used to be given Johannesburg, but the memories
them. The ark in the new syna- and a member of the municipal before the school was opened. money to take a tramcar to get to and the sentiment remain, not
gogue was modelled on that of the school board. Seven lawyers, three The school had become neces- and from Arcadia to the school. only of the school through which
principal synagogue in Kelm. doctors and the biggest landown- sary as Jewish children were not Levin quotes Okey Geffin, the so many of today’s older Jewish
A Jewish day school was estab- ers and businessmen were Jewish. allowed to attend state schools. rugby Springbok of the late forties citizens had passed, but indeed of
lished in Oudtshoorn in 1904 next The prosperity of Oudtshoorn In 1902 there was a change of and early fifties: “My four brothers the entire area of Doornfontein. As
to the Queen Street Synagogue. It was, of course, due to the high attitude towards Jewish people; the and sister were all at the school. the writer L P Harley wrote: “The
was a government school which prices of the fashion industry paid school was moved to Doornfontein My Afrikaans teacher, C Arenson, past is a different country.”
ME universality Hazel leaves a 40-year
LIONEL SLIER almost as if the one on top is
legacy at Yiddish Folk
“IT WAS an answer to my
prayers when I was recommend-
ed to the Israel Now Tour organ-
oppressing the one at the bottom.
That is a very graphic way in
which this conflict is shown.
“On this trip I haven’t really
isers by Marlene Bethlehem,” had a Palestinian explain that STORY AND PHOTOGRAPH BY the common purpose of doing rather the process of learning. On
said Rev Moss Ntlha, general sec- conflict. If you look at the LARA GREENBERG what’s best for the children. this note, Blend concurs with the
retary of the Evangelical Allia- Temple lying underneath the She is proud of the fact that the saying: “In years to come, a child
nce of South Africa. Ntlha was Temple Mount, it is almost as if FOR 40 YEARS Hazel Blend has school has moved from a staff of may forget what you taught him
one of two Christian clerics on the burden of proof is on the nurtured hundreds of children unqualified teachers to a full staff or her, but they will always
the May 2007 Israel Now Tour. oppressor above to explain why who have passed through the of fully qualified teachers, two remember how you made them
“I always wanted to under- he is there. doors of Yiddish Folk Nursery assistants, one fulltime secretary, feel.”
stand the Middle East, the story “The third layer of this story School. a part-time speech therapist and a In between her time at the
of Israel and the conflict with the for me is what seems to be G-d’s At the end of this school term, part-time social worker. school, Blend married David and
Palestinians. hand on Israel. This is the whole it will be Blend who walks out of Blend’s relationship with raised her children, Howard and
story of the struggle of Israel the school and ends an era as she Yiddish Folk goes back to 1967 Lindi. Howard attended Yiddish
and yet linked with that, I find and her husband move on to a when she worked at the school as Folk, while Lindi started out at
that the ruling elite are really new life in Australia. a student teacher. the school.
reticent about affirming their During an interview with Once she qualified, she was In August, Hazel and David will
spiritual heritage. And does one Jewish Report, Blend, who has offered a position on the staff and be moving to Sydney, Australia to
see the hand of G-d in terms of been headmaster at Yiddish Folk started as a fulltime teacher for join Howard, Lindi and their
the technological advances and for 38 years, was unable to name the five- to six-year-old group, in respective families.
the performance of the army in one specific moment which stood January 1968. “It really hasn’t hit me yet,”
the wars against impossible out for her as she said that she In April 1969, just over a year said Blend. “This school has been
odds? relived those moments whenever later and around the age of 22/23, part of my life and I can’t imagine
“You would’ve thought the she watched the children in the Blend was appointed as the not coming in here every day.”
grace of G-d among Israel would playground, or observed how school’s principal and although What she says she will miss the
have been readily found. I didn’t their “little personalities” devel- she has faced many challenges most is the interaction with the
find it. I find an incurable sense oped over a three year period - along the way, 38 years later, she children and parents - the noise of
of unbelief. ensuring confident, independent still holds that position. the children in the playground
“A rich religious experience children with high self-esteems. Over the years she has worked and listening in on their interac-
was also combined with the his- It was an emotional-filled hour with 17 chairmen and she notes tions and conversations. “You can
torical significance of Jerusalem as Blend spoke about her many that the parents association has learn so much from the children,”
and ever emphasised by the reli- years at the school, describing always been very active in organ- she said.
gious significance is a powerful how the school has always been ising cultural, social and Yiddish Folk Nursery School
“A big part of my stay was get- testament to 3 000 years of civili- such a huge part of her life and fundraising events. opened its doors in 1937 at 45
ting to grips with the story of sation in the Middle East. how, even on public holidays and Because of today’s lifestyle, Upper Meyer Street,
Israel. Obviously as a Christian I “I did not get the sense that during school holidays, she would Blend notes that the children are Doornfontein with the aim of pro-
have a very strong connection Palestinians have ever been to come in to the school grounds not as creative as those in years viding Jewish parents with a
with this story and in a sense it is museums such as Yad Vashem. It “just to potter around”. gone by. Jewish nursery school during the
my story. It is like an onion with is almost like a Jewish story that Blend has always prided herself “They have too many pressures morning, with an afternoon
several layers. only the Jews know and it is dif- on the homey environment, and not enough time to just play,” Yiddish school twice a week.
“The one layer is the core and ficult to have a communication which has been created within she says. “Children need to play With the growth of the Jewish
it is the history from Abraham when people do not know each the school’s walls and was happy and play and play and play and community in the Sydenham/
through to the First Temple other’s stories. to say that she has always known play...” Orange Grove area, an old house,
and the Second Temple, which “I draw a parallel with South every single child’s name and She added that on this note, par- built on a double stand was
is dramatised by the Temple Africa. When there was not a background - despite the fact ents put too much pressure on bought in 1954 and when the
Mount. Jerusalem is the story of bridge between each other and that, annually, the school boasts their children to do too many building took place in 1961, 107 9th
the Old Testament and the New we did not read each other’s sto- 120 children between its six class- extramural activities. Avenue Sydenham became the
Testament and that is a special ries, eg what Afrikaners suffered es. “It’s often the parents’ needs new home for Yiddish Folk. The
part. in the Anglo-Boer War remained The prosperity of the school is and not the children’s, because school continues to run from that
“The second layer is the very an Afrikaner story and then they a huge achievement for Blend the parents feel that their chil- same address.
picture of the Temple and the constructed apartheid on the who noted that even through dren will be losing out if they The school was taken over by
excavations beneath seem to basis of their own fears, nobody tough times - such as high emi- don’t do something.” the South African Board of
underline the conflict and the understood where they were gration levels - the school had Blend is also a huge advocate Jewish Education, in January
Palestine/Israel question. In a coming from. always been full and already for parents and educators setting 1995 and has never had any finan-
sense I feel that, to my regret, I do “So I think that understanding there was a waiting list until 2010. the right example for their chil- cial problems.
not know to what extent the each other’s story is an impor- The teachers all work as a team dren and teaching them the cor- Blend noted: “Yiddish Folk will
Palestinians have really seen the tant starting point for peaceful and Blend has always been care- rect values. always have a very special place
Temple under their shrine reconciliation.” ful to ensure that there is no com- She also believes it is not the in my heart - even if I’m living on
petition - they all work towards end result that is important, but the other side of the world.”
8 SA JEWISH REPORT 01 June - 08 June 2007
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Bracing for a long struggle with Hamas
Are the ANC also JERUSALEM
WITH NO end in sight to Qassam rocket
remains of a
like Nazis? attacks on Israeli civilians near the bor-
der with Gaza, the Israeli government is
preparing for a long struggle against rad-
seen on Kibbutz
Nir Am, on May
ical, Hamas-led Palestinian militants. 23. A Qassam
IN HIS latest “Letter from the President” on the offi-
cial ANC website, President Thabo Mbeki expresses In two weeks of persistent bombard- rocket fired from
outrage at Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima ment, some 200 rockets have been fired Gaza by Hamas,
Vavi’s recent public statement, that a reported eco- across the border, killing at least two made a direct
nomic boom in South Africa is government propa- Israelis and injuring dozens more in the hit, totally
ganda similar to that used by Adolf Hitler’s regime frontier town of Sderot. Now, it seems,
in Nazi Germany. that could be just the beginning.
Although dozens of Hamas and structure.
Says Mbeki: “The charge that our government
Islamic Jihad militiamen have been (PHOTO: BRIAN
and the ANC are behaving in a manner akin to the
Nazis is serious in the extreme... it is not possible to killed in retaliatory Israeli air strikes, HENDLER/JTA)
ignore the grossly repugnant statement... Nazism several Cabinet ministers are pressing
was the most reactionary, chauvinist, predatory and for an even tougher Israeli response to gating the violence, Hamas is also trying hands.
anti-human political system to emerge in Europe force Hamas to back down. to undermine any chances for an Israeli- At the same time, the United States has
and the world between the two world wars... Both sides have an interest in continu- Arab peace dialogue based on the 2002 put forward a plan for easing Israeli pres-
“As a concrete expression of its pernicious ing the fighting. Hamas wants to embar- Arab League peace initiative. That initia- sure on Palestinian civilian life in the
racism, it slaughtered millions of Jewish people in rass Israel and consolidate its position as tive has been accepted by Arab moderates West Bank. The idea is both to weaken
the infamous Holocaust. The war it launched led to the leading force in Palestinian politics. such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Hamas and to show the Palestinian peo-
the death of over 20 million citizens of the Soviet Israel wants to deal Hamas a crippling Fatah; it is rejected by Iran and its ple that only moderates like Fatah can get
Union... The suggestion that our movement and gov- blow and help elevate the status of the Hezbollah and Hamas allies. results.
ernment have resorted to ‘propaganda similar to more moderate Fatah movement on the “Everything is being organised by What happens next on the negotiating
that of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany’ seeks to dis- Palestinian street. Iran,” Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim front will depend on how the Hamas-
credit our movement and government...” For now the bigger problem for Israel Sneh told the Jerusalem Post. Fatah standoff works out.
The demagoguery inherent in the abuse of lan- is the West Bank. The Israeli army Buoyed by the perceived success of “Hamas’ violent clashes with Fatah in
guage in this way by Vavi is indeed repugnant. His remains active there, gathering intelli- Hezbollah’s Iranian-backed rocket the streets of Gaza, are nothing more than
use of the Nazi slur shows no understanding of what gence, arresting terror suspects and attacks on Israel during last year’s a dress rehearsal for the great confronta-
the Nazis were really like, either in their employ- intercepting would-be suicide bombers. Second Lebanon War, Hamas is trying to tion the group anticipates in June or
ment of propaganda orchestrated by Goebbels, or in Top army officers argue that a cease- further undermine Israeli morale. July,” political analyst Akiva Eldar wrote
the actions which were carried out under the fire suspending these activities would Hamas believes that time is on the in Ha’aretz.
umbrella of this propaganda. mean the return of suicide bombers to Palestinians’ side, that if it just keeps up If current efforts to prevent them fail,
South African Jews could be forgiven for feeling Israeli towns and cities. For Israel to even the pressure, Israel eventually will col- the outcome of those anticipated clash-
somewhat cynical, however, at Mbeki’s anger. In consider a ceasefire, the West Bank must lapse. That is why it rejects the two-state es could determine the contours of
recent months when his minister of intelligence was be taken out of the equation. solution; Hamas believes that if it waits Israeli-Palestinian ties for years to
routinely insulting and offending Jews by likening But there is a bigger picture. In insti- long enough, all of Israel will fall into its come. (JTA)
the actions of Israel to those of the Nazis - a compar-
ison equally outrageous - nary a word of public crit-
icism was heard from the president.
We have said often in this paper that it is quite
legitimate to criticise Israel: in the complex and
British boycott foes making last stand
interminable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wrongs JONNY PAUL dents” and “condemns the complicity of in the harassment and abuse of
have been committed by all sides. There is plenty of LONDON Israeli academia in the occupation, which Palestinian students and lecturers,” said
blame to go around. But resorting to the Nazi analo- has provoked a call from Palestinian Haim Bresheeth, a University of East
gy by government ministers is something else. It OPPONENTS of a proposed British boy- trade unions for a comprehensive and London lecturer who introduced the
suggests a more sinister motive than objective com- cott of Israeli academics are making consistent international boycott of all motion with Tom Hickey, a lecturer in phi-
ment. their final pitch before members of Israeli academic institutions”. losophy at Brighton University.
If the president does not distance himself from Britain’s largest trade union cast their If the motion passes, among the recom- “They are part of the system which
such statements, he becomes associated with them votes this week on two boycott motions. mendations are “for members to consider imposes closures, curfews and collective
by default. It would have been an important gesture The University and College Union the moral implications of existing and punishments, supports military invasions
towards Jewish South Africans to see him rejecting started meeting on Wednesday right proposed links with Israeli academic of campuses and arbitrary arrests.”
the Nazi slur, even if he remained critical of Israel. through to today (Friday) at the sea institutions” and for guidance to mem- “Taking a stand on these issues is the
Another article on the website reports on country- resort of Bournemouth, on the southern bers on “appropriate forms of action”. least that we can do. International action is
wide anti-Israel protests to be held next week “co- coast of England. In an effort to counter the boycott, a required to persuade Israeli academics
ordinated by the End the Occupation Campaign, The union will debate two motions group of Arab and Jewish Israeli stu- that they must examine the role of their
comprising almost 20 civil society organisations, calling for an outright boycott of Israeli dents are hosting a stand at the confer- own institutions in denying educational
social movements, solidarity organisations, political academic institutions and seeking a ence to detail academic co-operation proj- rights to Palestinians.”
parties and faith-based organisations”. The tone of “moratorium on research and cultural ects between Israelis and Arabs and The Israeli students aren’t the only ones
the article suggests that it should be supported. collaborations with Israel”. between Israel and the United Kingdom, making their case in advance of the union
There will be pickets in various centres around The move is the latest of several all of which they say could be affected if a vote.
the country, including outside selected stores selling British efforts to boycott Israel. Last boycott goes ahead. Last week a delegation of senior Israeli
Israeli goods, with a call for South Africans to boy- month the National Union of Journalists They also will talk to delegates about academics returned to Israel after a week
cott products from Israel. The article says the ANC passed a motion to boycott Israeli goods. the achievements of Israeli universities of meetings with British counterparts,
has called for a Parliamentary debate on the occupa- More recently, a group of British doctors and showcase the projects between parliamentarians and journalists in an
tion of Palestinian territory. The organisers propose and a group of architects called for a boy- Israeli and Palestinian universities, as effort to combat the boycott call.
mass marches and rallies on Saturday, June 9 in cott within their respective professions. well as the joint work benefiting Israel’s With the delegation was Miriam
Cape Town and Johannesburg. In the British academic world, four Arab minority that is threatened by the Shlesinger, a professor at Bar-Ilan
The irony here is that most Israelis and Jews attempts have been made to introduce a proposed boycott. University and a victim of a boycott in
today also believe the occupation by Israel of the boycott of Israeli academics since 2002. “The stall allows Israeli students to 2002. She was removed from the board of a
Palestinian territories should be ended. Israelis The University and College Union was show that a boycott is counterproductive journal at Manchester University on the
widely acknowledge that the occupation and the set- created last June by the merger of the and will hurt the very relationships that basis of her Israeli citizenship.
tlement enterprise has been a historical mistake, National Association of Teachers in will help bring peace in the Middle East,” “A boycott against Israel is discriminato-
and want to get out. Further and Higher Education, and the said Ofir Frankel, executive director of ry and will achieve no useful purpose,”
But there seems no secure way at present to do Association of University Teachers, the the International Advisory Board, which Shlesinger said. “Many academics like
this, given the chaos in the Palestinian world, con- AUT, both of which had initiated their is sponsoring the stand. myself are acting on behalf of the causes
tinued rejection by Hamas of Israel’s right to exist, own boycott proposals. “We also want to take this opportunity that the UCU and others espouse, except
and hundreds of Qassam rockets falling on the Motions were defeated by the AUT in to build links with British academics that that by deterring us from doing this they
Israeli town of Sderot since Israel withdrew from 2003, and although a motion passed in may advance these valuable projects.” are achieving the exact opposite.”
Gaza. Israelis are wary of withdrawing from further 2005, it was overwhelmingly overturned The board was established by Bar-Ilan Also last week, Steven Weinberg, a
Palestinian territories for fear of what would hap- at a special council of the union follow- University in 2005 with the Academic University of Texas professor and Nobel
pen. ing international outcry. Friends of Israel to respond to calls for laureate, cancelled a visit to a London uni-
Former South African law professor John A boycott motion narrowly passed at boycotts of Israeli academics, fight anti- versity citing the journalists’ boycott and
Dugard, who is the UN special rapporteur on human the National Association conference in Israel policies of the British education what he perceives to be “a widespread anti-
rights in the Palestinian territories and not consid- 2006, but the resolution expired with the unions and anti-Semitic incidents on uni- Israel and anti-Semitic current in British
ered a friend of Israel, says: “The indiscriminate fir- merger of the unions. versity campuses. opinion”.
ing of rockets into Sderot violates international According to the new boycott motion, The stall is supported by the Fair Play In a letter to Imperial College he wrote:
humanitarian law.” “Israel’s 40-year occupation has serious- Campaign Group, part of the Board of “I know that some will say that these boy-
If the protestors are concerned about ending the ly damaged the fabric of Palestinian soci- Deputies of British Jews’ campaign to cotts are directed only against Israel
occupation and about the Palestinians’ welfare, they ety through annexation, illegal settle- combat boycott initiatives, to promote co- rather than generally against Jews, but
should call on them to stop the Qassams and concen- ment, collective punishment and restric- operation and dialogue in the Middle given the history of the attacks on Israel
trate on rebuilding Palestinian society rather than tion of movement.” East, and by the British Friends of Israeli and the oppressiveness and aggressiveness
destroying Israel. And intellectual and moral consis- It goes on to say the union “deplores Universities. of other countries in the Middle East and
tency from our own government might also help the denial of educational rights for Proponents of the boycott measure elsewhere, boycotting Israel indicated a
point these protests in a more constructive direc- Palestinians by invasions, closures, defend their efforts. moral blindness for which it is hard to find
tion. checkpoints, curfews, and shootings and “Israeli universities are complicit in any explanation other than anti-
arrests of teachers, lecturers and stu- occupation of Palestinian territories and Semitism.” (JTA)
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Israeli situation saddled with the ‘A’ word
THERE SEEMS to be no way of avoiding Neither rejoinder, to say the least, is countless Jewish lives. If this is apartheid,
apartheid-era comparisons when analy-
sing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not
BARBARIC going to make Israel and its defenders any
more popular, but given the persistent
it is justifiable apartheid, and no matter
what unreflecting fury this answer is like-
because there is any real validity to them
but because they are being brought up YAWP refusal of their opponents to recognise the
extent of the security threat posed by
ly to elicit, it has to be stated firmly and
persistently to ignore. David Saks Palestinian terrorism, there may no Equating Israel’s policies in the West
The fall of apartheid South Africa large- longer be any choice. Bank to those of apartheid-era South
ly came about through its being turned One may as well take the above-men- Africa is misleading and cynically unfair,
into a pariah state, subjected to a host of tioned case of separate roads for Jews and not because parallels cannot be found but
damaging international sanctions, and evacuated). Here it is pointless denying Arabs in the West Bank as an example. because the respective reasons for why
Israel’s enemies are quite openly seeking that similarities with apartheid South Here, what is truly “obscene” are the rea- repressive measures were implemented
to ensure that history repeats itself. Africa exist, or even that in many ways sons why Israel was compelled to insti- differ vastly from one another.
Indeed, the “A” word is now being the restrictions on the Palestinians are tute such extreme measures in the first Unlike in apartheid South Africa, where
bandied about by those who consider even harsher than those operating under place. discriminatory legislation was aimed pri-
themselves Israel’s friends, or at least who the apartheid regime. From the Israeli capture of the West marily at concentrating power and privi-
are supportive of its continued existence. As a method of population control, for Bank and Gaza in June 1967 to July 1994, lege in the hands of the white minority,
Jimmy Carter’s inclusion of the term example, checkpoints are even more effec- Israelis used the same roads that the Israeli Jews face immediate threats to
“apartheid” in the title of his controver- tive than pass laws. And as the minister of Muslim and Christian Arabs of the terri- their very lives that simply did not exist in
sial book was particularly misleading as intelligence of a certain country close to tories used. No new roads were built in this country. Nearly 1 500 Israelis - the
Carter himself states that he admires home recently fulminated, certain West those territories, while the existing roads majority of them civilians - have lost their
Israel as the only genuine democracy in Bank roads are indeed barred to were extensively upgraded by Israel. Then lives over the past seven years, whereas
the Middle East and is critical only of its Palestinians and reserved for Jewish came September 2000 and the launch perhaps a few dozen South African whites
policies in the territories. settlers, something he regarded as of Yasser Arafat’s so-called “Second were killed in the 30-year-long “armed
Similarly irresponsible are Israeli “obscene”. Intifada”. struggle”.
human rights groups like B’tselem, who It could be that the only way to refute Constant attacks on public buses, school What John Dugard and his ilk would
presumably are not opposed to Israel’s these damaging accusations is by counter- buses and private cars and trucks fol- probably counter to this is that the settle-
existence but whose knee-jerk employ- ing that even if Israeli policies in the West lowed, the methods employed including ments are illegal under international law
ment of pseudo-apartheid-like analogies Bank in some ways resemble those of drive-by shootings, sniper attacks, fire and therefore the Jews living beyond the
serve to undermine the legitimacy of the apartheid South Africa, unlike in the lat- bombing, suicide bombings and truck and Green Line have no right to be there in the
entire Israeli state. ter situation, such measures are morally car bombs. (The cold-blooded murder of first place. It would seem, therefore, that
Debunking charges that Israel itself is justified. Tali Hatuel and her four daughters was the only way to satisfy this lobby is the
an apartheid state is relatively straightfor- Moreover, a powerful counter-thrust just one of the many atrocities carried out ethnic cleansing of nearly a quarter of a
ward (even if this is sometimes complicat- could be made that those demanding the by Palestinian “freedom fighters” during million West Bank Jews, or else withdraw-
ed by the undeniable fact that de facto dis- abolition of “human rights violations” this time). ing the Israeli security forces completely
crimination against the Arab minority such as checkpoints, security barriers and Israel’s response was to build separate and leaving them to the tender mercies of
does occur). separate road systems effectively believe roads leading from Israel to the main their Palestinian neighbours.
The real focus of the Israel/apartheid that the murder and mutilation of Jews is Israeli communities in the territories, a There is not much Israel can do in the
campaign is to home in on the situation in preferable to the inconveniencing of measure that our minister of intelligence face of such unjust and unreasonable
the West Bank (Gaza having now been Arabs. finds “obscene” but which has saved demands.
National anthem of CANTORIAL EXTRAVAGANZA
SA Nkosi Sikelel’ The Jewish National Fund of SA in association with
the Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir will be
MARLENE BETHLEHEM Africa by the oppressed and it was always
sung as an act of defiance against the
ONE OF our greatest successes in the tran- apartheid regime.
staging a concert titled
sition to democracy in South Africa has A proclamation issued by the State
been our attempts to promote the feeling of President on April 20 1994, stipulated that A GENERATION IN SONG
pride in being South African. both Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem
The national anthem, for instance, is a (the Call of South Africa) would be the
brilliant way that not only protects certain national anthems of South Africa. In 1996 a Featuring Cantors Naphtali
rights, but makes South Africans recognise, shortened, combined version of the two
embrace and embody alternative ways of anthems was released as the new anthem. and Natanel Hershtik
being South African. There are no standard versions or transla-
The current version of the national tions of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika so the words VENUE: Linder Auditorium Johannesburg
anthem has been in existence since 1996. vary from place to place and from occasion
It pains me to be at functions where mem- to occasion. Generally the first stanza is
DATE: Tuesday August 7, 2007, at 19.45
bers of various communities fail to sing the sung in Xhosa or Zulu, followed by the
indigenous words at the beginning of the Sesotho version. Booking now open through the offices of the SA Jewish National Fund
anthem, but sing vociferously when the
Afrikaans and English texts are sung. Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika at Beyachad. 2, Elray Street, Raedene, Johannesburg
It has been more than a decade and many Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
still have not learnt the words. It may be of Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
some interest for people to have some back- Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Arrangements for payment and collection of tickets can be
ground on the combined anthem. made through Sharon, telephone 011 645 2541
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was composed in The above-version covers all Nguni-speak-
1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a teacher at a ing South Africans, but is understood by
Methodist mission school in Johannesburg. many, as South Africa is a multilingual Naphtali Hershtik, Chazzan of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel has travelled the
It was one of many songs he composed, and state. world capturing the hearts of audiences with his cultured and refined singing both on the
he was apparently a keen singer who com-
posed the songs for his pupils. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, concert stage and in synagogues during the rendition of prayer. He is the complete Cantor
The words of the first stanza were origi- O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho, with the greatest class in interpreting the liturgy and songs of the Jewish people.
nally written in Xhosa as a hymn. In 1927 O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
seven additional Xhosa stanzas were later Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika. Natanel Hershtik, the younger son of Naphtali is the new genre of chazzonnim. He is
added by Samuel Mqhayi, a poet.
Most of Sontonga’s songs were sad, wit- The above version covers all Sesotho- blessed with a natural music talent, nurtured and influenced by his father. He is also able to
nessing the suffering of African people in speaking South Africans but is understood synthesise the art form of jazz and other musical styles. He is currently studying Law and is
Johannesburg, but they were popular and by many, as South Africa is a multilingual
the Cantor of the prestigious Hamptons Synagogue in New York.
after his death in 1905, choirs used to borrow state in a diverse country.
them from his wife.
Solomon Plaatje, one of South Africa’s Uit die blou van onse hemel, Proceeds of the concert will go to the JNF Walter Sisulu
greatest writers and a founding member of Uit die diepte van ons see,
the ANC, was the first to have the song Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Environmental Centre in Mamelodi and the William Shatner /
recorded. This was in London in 1923. A Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Sesotho version was published in 1942 by JNF Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment in Israel which
Moses Mphahlele. Sounds the call to come together,
The Rev J L Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir And united we shall stand, supports some 30 riding centres in Israel for mentally
popularised Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika at con- Let us live and strive for freedom,
certs in Johannesburg, and it became a pop- In South Africa our land. and physically disabled children.
ular church hymn that was also adopted as
the anthem at political meetings. South Africans need to make an effort to
For decades Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was learn the words and fulfil the ideals of SUPPORT THE ORGANISATIONS THAT SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY
regarded as the national anthem of South “Unity in Diversity”.
10 SA JEWISH REPORT 01 June - 08 June 2007
ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
Architect Jeremy Rose - icon of heritage design
ROBYN SASSEN Monument in Pretoria, to name the uprising. Words describing explained their work on the
but a few. the events of June 16 1976 are Mokopane Interpretive Centre,
DURING MARCH, architect Rose focused his lecture on painted on the museum’s win- the Spier Art Gallery in
Jeremy Rose presented the first of place in terms of its functional dows, using the living landscape Stellenbosch, which enables a
a series of public lectures, hosted success, billing it “Landscape and like a map to document its history. structure which folds into the
by the University of Johan- Context”. He offered insight into Freedom Park in Pretoria, on landscape, so as not to inflict its
nesburg Arts Academy in the making of an architecture and top of Proclamation Hill, is cur- visual presence aggressively, and
Auckland Park. The centre’s what pull it has on the space in an rently underway in collaboration the Dino Park Interpretive Centre
timetable allows for lectures to urban framework, from the inside with artist Marco Cianfanelli. Its in the Drakensberg, with a similar
piggy-back on large-scale theatre looking out, and from the outside manifestation is light and open, methodology.
productions. looking in. governed by calibrated organisa- MRA’s work ethic is about sim-
Associated with his architect In explaining recent design tion of landmasses and metal plicity and boldness without bom-
practice since 1995, Rose was edu- achievements of MRA, Rose poles in diminishing sizes, evoca- bast. It is about truth to materials,
cated at Wits University. For the offered insight into shifting trends tive of reeds. and can involve the reuse of his-
past 10 years, his practice (MRA) in global and local architecture in “In traditional African practice, torically imbued materials that
has worked largely in the related terms of environmental sensitivi- the reed was a conduit for life,” have to be archaeologically sal-
fields of heritage design, offering ty and historical precedents. Rose commented. The space is like vaged.
architectural presence and voice In designing the Apartheid an amphitheatre, a sanctuary. Rose delights in the organic
to projects that in the past have Museum, MRA acknowledged With a pond in the middle, it coun- nature of concrete as a design
had no voice at all. Johannesburg’s gold-mining his- terpoises quietly yet provocatively medium, an element which has
MRA has been responsible for tory. “Making new architecture with the Voortrekker Monument, earned several of MRA’s works
several post-apartheid architec- about Johannesburg was about which stands on a neighbouring their distinct sense of often con-
tural icons on the local urban the events and industry, mine hill. tradictory starkness.
landscape, ranging from the dumps and mining headgear. The Rose spoke of MRA’s competi- He also sings the merits of
Architect Jeremy Rose outside
Apartheid Museum, to the recon- view from the Apartheid Museum tion entries for the Freedom unconventional cladding like the imposing facade of the
struction of Liliesleaf Farm in is central to its design.” Statue at Mandela Bay, Wits’s Art mesh and living grass to enable a University of Johannesburg Arts
Rivonia, the UJ Arts Academy The Hector Pieterson Museum Gallery and the Carlow Art building to integrate smoothly Academy. (PHOTOGRAPH:
itself, and the Freedom Park in Soweto was built on the site of Factory in Ireland. He also into its environment. EHLLEN… BEKKER)
Writers debate what’s a Jewish writer
DINA KRAFT Israel from Kiev and writes exclu- rabbi as its main character.
JERUSALEM sively in Russian, said that despite Rosen said that stood in con-
many years in Israel it was still trast to the older generation of
AMONG THOSE jostling for room the Russian language and its great Jewish writers, who wrote of
in crowded conference halls in authors with whom she connected moving away from their religious
downtown Jerusalem were a most deeply. and immigrant origins to embrace
Serbian novelist, a Russian short Such debate was among the American culture, even viewing
story writer, an Israeli poet and a aims of the conference, organis- Ellis Island as the new Mount
German playwright. ers said. The idea was not that Sinai.
They were among some 100 participants should agree on Now, he said, there was a “jour-
writers who gathered from across every topic but rather - because ney back toward Jewish identity
the world to begin a conversation this was a unique encounter and consciousness rather than
on what it means to be a Jewish between Diaspora and Israeli self-consciousness. It is a journey
writer. Jewish writers - they would start that is equally heroic, fruitful and
Polish-born writer Eva Hoff- debating the same themes and exhilarating and is even quintes-
man spoke of how Jewish identity topics. sentially American, because with-
intertwines with her writing “There is sometimes a sense out an individual identity one can-
life. that there is a Diaspora-Israel not have an American identity.”
“I started writing out of the break, that some Israelis have a Rosen traces the trend to the
Diaspora (experience) - the great very strong sense that Israel is the 1960s, when Jewish studies began
rupture of emigration, the loss of centre of the Jewish world and to make inroads at American uni-
my first language and finding a some people in the Diaspora feel versities, the Six-Day War boosted
second language,” she said during very uncomfortable with that, as Jewish self-confidence and gen-
a panel discussion. “Being inside if it is some sort of denigration of teel American anti-Semitism went
and outside... this is the classic their own lives,” said Michael into eclipse.
Jewish and writer’s position.” Kramer, a conference organiser Nessa Rapoport, a Canadian-
Kissufim, the Jerusalem Con- and director of the graduate cre- born memoirist and writer who
ference of Jewish Writers, was the ative writing programme in Bar- now lives in New York City and
first gathering of its kind in Ilan University’s English depart- long has dealt with Jewish Writers Eva Hoffman, left, Jonathan Rosen, right, and Ruth Fainstein
Israel. The four-day event, which ment. themes, also sees Jewish writing speak at Kissufim, the Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers, in
ended on April 19, featured read- “One of the things we were try- taking a turn toward its religious Jerusalem, on April 18. (CREDIT: BRIAN HENDLER/JTA)
ings and roundtable discussions ing to do was get beyond that roots.
on topics ranging from memory sense of a break,” Kramer said. “Once I felt considerable soli-
and the Holocaust to Nobel win- “We invited people to speak and tude as a writer in my passion for
ner S Y Agnon to the variety of read in their own languages, try- the Jewish literary tradition,” she
languages in Jewish literature. It ing to get things translated not said. “Now I see an increasing
was hosted by Beit Morasha of just in the linguistic sense, but number of Jewish American writ-
Jerusalem, The Academic Centre also the larger sense to get a sense ers as engaged as I am by the elo-
for Jewish Studies and Lead- of their world translated.” quence of our shared literary
ership. Jonathan Rosen, a New York inheritance.”
Central to the gathering’s goals author and editor, said the confer- Rapoport said she sometimes
was to expose Israeli Jewish writ- ence provided important insights. was overwhelmed by how much
ers and Diaspora Jewish writers “It’s unusual to have a conference writing there was on Jewish
to each other. like this in Israel, where Jewish themes.
At a panel discussion on what identity plays a different role in “I used to be able to read most of
defines a Jewish writer, Israeli the cultural imagination than it what was published in American
author Aharon Megged said using does in the United States,” he told Jewish writing,” she said. “Now I
Hebrew was central to his writing JTA. cannot possibly keep up.”
experience. Rosen said the conference dealt The conference was an opportu-
“In Hebrew, every letter has with those differences but also nity for the writers to network
meaning,” he said. “It is the lan- underscored the emerging under- and begin to create a kind of com-
guage of the Bible, a language standing among Israeli writers munity. Plans are under way for
with layers of history... there is that there’s a vibrant Diaspora, another gathering in two years.
something Jewish deep inside it just as it allows Diaspora writers a Carolyn Hessel, head of the
that you cannot distance yourself chance to contemplate the vital Jewish Book Council, was among
from.” role Israel plays in Jewish life. those attending the conference.
Melvin Jules Bukiet, a New “We all need each other,” Rosen Considered among the most pow-
York novelist and literary critic, said. erful voices in North American
asked if the glorification of Another theme that emerged Jewish literature, she has been
Hebrew was not in some ways an was a return by some American delighted by the recent surge of
attempt to disenfranchise other Jewish writers to the role of reli- high-quality literary fiction pro-
languages. gion in their lives. Rosen himself duced by the younger generation.
Prize-winning writer Maya wrote a novel, “Joy Comes in the “It’s like a Renaissance of People crowd a room during a session at Kissufim (CREDIT: BRIAN
Kaganskaya, who immigrated to Morning”, that features a woman Jewish literature,” she said. (JTA) HENDLER/JTA)
01 June - 08 June 2007 SA JEWISH REPORT 11
ART, BOOKS, DANCE, FILM, THEATRE
COMPILED BY ROBYN
This Fugard implodes into
Call 084-319-7844 or
a shallow heap of words
Play: Victory by Athol Fugard ured volumes, are hardly tough- which simply fails to achieve Cobus Rossouw (Benson) and
least one week prior to Director: Lara Foot Newton ened criminals. Giggling, gauche either height or depth. Instead, it Wayne van Rooyen (Freddie).
publication Cast: Cobus Rossouw, Ameera and incompetent, they are high implodes into a small, shallow
Patel, Wayne van Rooyen both on liquor and on the gleeful heap of words, lacking cohesion grotesquely inappropriate levity.
Civic Theatre, Braamfon- Venue: The Laager at the Market anticipation of finding “the and conceptual clarity. Ameera Patel, as Victoria, is the
tein: In the Nelson Mandela, Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg money”, a store of cash which The fault certainly does not lie least powerful of the cast -
Australia’s “Ten Tenors”, Victoria insists is stashed some- with Newton, whose direction has although her character demands
June 6-17. In the Tesson, Ben REVIEWED BY GWEN PODBREY where in this house - which, after added every possible dimension to far more energy and force. Too
Elton’s “Popcorn”, until July all, is one she knows well. a play with these fault lines. Nor sweet and compliant to portray
1. In the People’s Theatre, THERE IS a special tension that No such avidity as was the case can it fairly be laid at the door of the coarseness of an embittered
“Babe, the Sheep-Pig” June 4 pervades audiences at the opening in “Hello and Goodbye” exists. the cast, although on press night young woman, she fails to move
- August 11. (011) 877-6800. of any new Fugard work. The Instead, the couple resort to juve- their interactions were slow, stilt- us.
memory of his earlier plays - nile bickering about how they will ed and always a beat too late to The same is true of the other
Goodman Gallery, Rose- which yielded some of the great- spend the cash (should they go to ring true. two characters. In short: we sim-
bank: “Diary Pages”, by est moments in contemporary Cape Town, to join up with profes- Rossouw, as Benson, delivers a ply don’t believe them.
Harold Rubin, until June 16, world theatre - entitles one to sional gangsters, like the Hard performance at once poignant and In her programme notes,
features an autobiographi- expect something very special. Livings?). dignified, but there is only so Newton mentions - almost as an
cal documentary film: “A “Victory” opens with a vintage Freddie - still too callow to be a much even an accomplished actor apologia - that Fugard has himself
Magnificent Failure”. (011) Fugard setting: Freddie and real hoodlum - alternates between can draw out of a hollow charac- been a crime victim, and based
788-1113. Victoria, two coloured township bravado and bullying his insecure ter. “Victory” on that experience. It
youngsters, have broken into the girlfriend. She, for her part, is Caught between moralising and explains, to some degree, his need
Johannesburg Art Gal- house of Lionel Benson, a local racked with guilt by the act of rob- maundering, Benson’s attempt to to explore a situation in which all
lery, Joubert Park: “Dunga white, elderly widower and for- bing an old man who is her bene- locate the spark of human decen- loyalties and assumptions (in both
Manzi: Stirring Waters” mer schoolteacher. factor, as well as having deviated cy in his assailants - using, of all the predator and the prey) are
Tsonga and Shangaan art Victoria’s mother - now also so badly from her mother’s stan- things, Tolstoy as a divining rod - ambushed, cauterised and cor-
from southern Africa, curat- dead - was the domestic servant dards of integrity. is brave, and even beautiful, but rupted by fear. But it does not
ed by Nessa Leibhammer, for Benson and his wife, and So when Benson surprises his utterly ineffectual. explain why, even from a non-
Natalie Knight and Billy became a close friend and confi- bungling housebreakers in mid- Wayne van Rooyen, as Freddie, political, wholly humanistic
Makhubele, until August 18. dante of the couple. As a result, robbery, the ensuing confronta- seems unsure of whether to play approach, the play falls flat.
(011) 725-3130. Benson has always remained very tion involves many complex, his character for laughs, or for Any reviewer would cringe at
protective towards Victoria, for multi-layered responses. something more menacing. When having to slate a work by Athol
Liberty Theatre on the whom he retains almost avuncu- It sounds like an ideal spring- the confrontation ends in tragedy, Fugard - but the sad fact is that,
Square, Sandton: At lunch- lar affection. board for a life-altering flight into his hasty decamping from the this time, the emperor is naked.
time on June 1, Malane The two youngsters, ransacking the truths which few other play- scene - which might have offered a • “Victory” runs until July 1.
Hofmeyr (flute), Susan Mou- the old man’s library by candle- wrights can traverse as deftly as dramatic insight into his innate Bookings at Computicket or at the
ton (cello) and Annika Burke light and laying waste to his treas- Fugard. But, alas - this is a vehicle cowardice - is botched by Market Theatre, tel: (011) 832-1641.
(piano) play works by Men-
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June 8, Sempre Viva: Ca-
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melia Onea (violin), Kerryn
Wiesniewsky (piano) and
Polina Burdokova (cello)
Cast: Keke Palmer, Curtis FELDMAN
play works by Beethoven and
Shostakovich. From June 8,
Armstrong, Laurence Fishburne,
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Alan Swerdlow directs
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Linder Auditorium, Park-
Los Angeles student with a attractive Liz (Jessica Biel), Cris
town: The Johannesburg
knack for spelling. But she is can see more than two minutes
Philharmonic’s fourth week
afraid to stand out as a “braini- ahead into her life. He has never
of season two features works
ac”. met her, but knows their fate is
by Malcolm Forsyth and
Her principal (Curtis entwined. It’s never explained
Grieg on June 6 and 7. The
Armstrong), however, encour- why he can peer so far into Liz’s
soloist is Ingrid Jacoby (pia-
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van Alphen. (011) 789-2733.
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On June 9, the Johan-
Joshua Larabee (Laurence Meanwhile, FBI agent Callie
nesburg Musical Society
Fishburne), who also teaches her Ferris (Julianne Moore) is track-
presents the Kerimov Trio.
some valuable lessons about life. ing Cris. She needs his help to
Humour and drama, and an stop a terrorist about to detonate
excellent cast, makes this an a nuclear bomb.
Market, Newtown: In the
enchanting little film. Next starts off with intriguing
Barney Simon, Yael Farber’s
possibilities but fails to deliver as
“Molora”, an adaptation of
Next the story hits murky territory
Aeschylus’s Oresteia trilogy,
from which it never emerges.
until June 3. In the Laager,
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Julianne
Athol Fugard’s “Victory”,
Moore, Jessica Biel Driving lessons
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Director: Lee Tamahori
Wayne van Rooyen, until
Cast: Rupert Grint, Julie
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Nicolas Cage is not having a good
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Walters, Laura Linney
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the Main Theatre until July
But there are other problems, fame has certainly grown up. In
22. In the Studio, “Defending we are looking for antiques,
too. His character, Cris Johnson, this wacky comedy he plays Ben,
the Caveman” with Alan collectables, furniture, jewellery,
is a man with a freaky gift. He a painfully shy teenager who is
Committie until July 1. (011)
can see into the future (but only brought out of his shell by an artwork, appliances, household items,
for a maximum of two minutes at eccentric, retired actress Evie computers, chandoliers, light fittings,
a time) and knows exactly what (Julie Walters).
State Theatre, Pretoria: In persians, office equipment, silverware,
is going to happen within that He drinks alcohol, beds a Otto Klar oil sold for R22 000
the Opera, Black Tie En-
time frame. young woman and drives a car watches, clocks, vintage
semble celebrates Mario
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Inspired by a Philip K Dick crass and often comic incidents
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story, Next starts out with seri- that help extend Ben’s narrow
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ous intent, but soon degenerates boundaries.
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Beth Din doesn’t set kosher prices Don’t ‘personalise’ defence of Israel
ALBERT GLASS, in his letter (Jewish in small part to the final cost to the con- ON MAY 29 Ronnie Kasrils was a guest to ignore him, however galling it might
Report May 25 on kosher prices) writes that sumer, can in no way be said to be the only on Radio 702/567 Cape Talk late night be, rather than give him more ammuni-
“it would not be out of place for those who factors which account for the excess price show. To the credit of the presenter he tion to continue his vendetta.
decide on prices, both at the Beth Din and over similar non-kosher products. was more challenging than we are used The SAJBD is able to judge whether
the suppliers, to ‘come clean’ with the pric- And there is no secrecy either. I was to from other talk show hosts. his actions are anathema vis-à-vis local
ing structures”. recently contacted by a reporter from the Three Jewish callers who were either Jewish interests and the political arena,
There is a great misperception that the Jewish Report and I gave her full disclo- members or pro-Not in My Name, were and to act accordingly, as it does.
Beth Din is involved in the setting of sure, not only of what we charge, but also suitably articulate. However, the pro- However, over the next few months we
prices. This is simply not the case. details of what these funds are applied to, Israel response was discouraging to say all need to be prepared for an overheat-
The Beth Din, which is administered by as well as other trends and statistics. It is the least. ing of anti-Israel noise over the media
the UOS, is not a business, it is a regulato- not necessary to repeat them here, as I am I would urge advocates for Israel and elsewhere, in line with a worldwide
ry body. What the Beth Din does set, how- sure they will be disclosed in her article. not to personalise their remarks as it initiative called the 60/40 Campaign
ever, are the standards of kashrut which, The kashrut division of the UOS is a gives guests such as Kasrils the perfect which encompasses the Palestinian
when adhered to, understandably will add world class service provider; our mission opportunity to accuse all of his Jewish Nakba (catastrophe), 60 years since the
to the cost of the final product. is simple: to ensure that our community critics of this, and for him always to be founding of the state of Israel and 40
While the UOS is a non-profit organisa- have the greatest possible selection of branded as a traitorous self-hating Jew, years since the Six Day War.
tion, it is also a non-loss organisation, and kosher products and services, at the high- and non-Jews of always being anti- Zionism will be even more under siege.
charges for the services which it provides est standards of kashrut. We are not the Semitic. This is a propaganda war.
to our community, whether a shechita fee enemy. Attacking Kasrils personally is not an Palestinians are suffering and Israelis
for the slaughter of oxen and chickens, or a intelligent response to the demonising of are painted in black and white terms to
licence fee for the certification of kosher Darren Sevitz Israel. Both sides have their own “truth” be the oppressors and occupiers and sole
establishments. Executive Director and this is to be expected. So many igno- agents for Palestinian suffering.
These fees, while no doubt contributing Union of Orthodox Synagogues rant accusations grossly misrepresent- Our personal responses over the radio
ing the conflict are made that anyone and in the electronic and print media, to
with a modicum of knowledge is able to be effective, should reflect, as do the pro-
On the subject of George Soros refute and focus on facts, to properly
challenge the hypocrisy and double
ponents for Palestinians, not only our
passion and rightness we hold for our
standards, and should not produce emo- cause, but also informed, well-reasoned
I WASN’T convinced by Mr Justice Dennis tenor of his argument, and as a result, was a
tional outbursts over the radio. and logical exposure of the fallacies and
Davis’s reply to my letter about George blatant manipulation of a quotation.
This is self-defeating as it allows the myths perpetrated against Israel.
guest to avoid the real issues. The influ-
Davis chose to leave out Soros’s words, “I Anthony Posner
ence of Kasrils is minuscule in terms of Stephen Paul
am not a Zionist”, because it did not suit the Johannesburg
the Israeli government and people, so, Three Anchor Bay
unless you are well-equipped it is better Cape Town
A library membership drive needed More ‘intelligence’ is needed
SHELLEY ELK’S fine article “Fate of the advise us to whom a cheque for R120 should
Beyachad Library in the balance” in the be made, and to which address it should be I FEEL obliged to reply to the recent state- force retaliated with strikes targeted at
latest Jewish Report, refers. sent. ment of our Minister of Intelligence Qassam launching sites and Hamas terror
We don’t need a consultant to advise us: Let us act positively and decisively to keep Ronnie Kasrils. operatives.
we need a membership drive! this important and wonderful national As minister of intelligence, he should be 5) Instead of saying: “It is a disgrace for a
We suggest Jewish Report spearheads Jewish treasure and heritage open, and aware of basic information about Israel - government calling itself democratic to
just that, under the stewardship/patronage available to all. this he either sadly lacks or alternatively, behave in this way,” Kasrils should apprise
of Mr Gerald Leissner, chairman of towards which he is turning a wilful blind himself of the facts.
Beyachad. Rose and Leslie Herring eye. 6) Kasrils ignores the internecine fighting
We wish to become members. Kindly Port Elizabeth Let me apprise him of the following between Hamas and Fatah; more Palestinians
facts: have been killed by Palestinians this month,
1) In a search for peace Israel voluntari- than Palestinian terror operatives killed by
ly, and using force, evacuated ALL the Israelis.
Once again, the ubiquitous Ronnie... Israeli settlers from the Gaza area. This
split the nation - but the settlements no
7) Last Tuesday alone 24 rockets hit Israel;
the killed and wounded exceeded 30.
WE SHOULD move beyond the debate as to Semitism while promoting a view of the longer exist. 8) If Kasrils is really interested in peace
whether (Intelligence Minister) Ronnie conflict at odds with officially espoused I must admit that I was in favour of this between Israel and Palestine, he should help,
Kasrils is an anti-Semite, to observe merely government policy but closer to the real evacuation at the time. not hinder current negotiations between
that his actions and words are indistinguish- views of those in power. Instead of making use of thriving agri- Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister and
able from that of a clever anti-Semite. No other community is subject to such a cultural areas, which could have both Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.
He always attributes the very worst constant torrent of abuse from a Cabinet helped feed, and provide employment to 9) If Kasrils, instead of lounging comfort-
motives to Jews, and exculpates or denies the minister who is given total leeway to Palestinians, the farms were allowed to rot ably at home, and being a large armchair crit-
most outrageous acts of the enemies of the speak outside his portfolio and evade the away. ic, really wanted to inform himself of the true
Jews. principle of collective Cabinet responsi- The Hamas-led Palestinian government situation, I would suggest that he spends two
The torrent of explicit genocidal threats bility. commenced firing Qassam rockets into months of real intelligence gathering - one
from Hamas and Iran, leave him totally Why does Kasrils feel stirred to contra- Israel. week with his friends in the Palestinian areas
unmoved, but he is quick to taint Israel with dict government policy on the Middle East 2) Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in and one month visiting Israel.
Nazi analogies. but not speak out against human rights 2005, over 1 500 rockets have been fired into I feel sure that his sister would be happy for
His many historical errors all follow the abuses in Zimbabwe, Darfur, Syria or Israel, causing death, injury and damage. him to live in her home there (even if he
same trend: He dismisses the Nazi collaborat- Iran? 3) For some time Israel resisted the call wears his keffiya).
ing Mufti of Jerusalem as an “obscure The Jewish communal leadership for a military incursion to put an end to
Palestinian”, which is like writing out DF response to Kasrils has been abysmal. these deadly rockets. Sydney Chaskalson
Malan from the history of apartheid. Government needs to be told very firmly 4) Only very recently, has the Israeli air Johannesburg
He paints Jews as the aggressors in 1948 that we object to his deployment as a bat-
when Jamal Husseini of the Arab Higher tering ram against us.
Committee told the UN Security Council in
April that year that: “We have never con-
He should be made to stick to his portfo-
lio, or else we must draw the conclusion
SA Jewish Report was welcomed
cealed the fact that we began the fighting.” that we do not have equal status with other THE HEADLINE to the article in last welcoming.
As Jews in South Africa we should be very communities in South Africa because week’s issue (“Not warmest welcome for However, Schneider feels that this did not
concerned that Kasrils has said that his entry everything he does has official approval. SAJR”) on page 16 by Moira Schneider, in reflect her experience in which, aside from
into the Israel debate was “on the instruc- which she reported on the Palestinian con- one individual, the general attitude
tions” of his party. He clearly serves the pur- Jack Bloom ference in Cape Town, may have given the towards her on the part of the organisers
pose of deflecting accusations of anti- Johannesburg impression that the organisers were not and others was welcoming.
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COMMUNITY COLUMNS CROSSWORD No 27
ABOVE Planning on business ACROSS:
1. Dismiss the bright spark! (4)
18. Pen is correct, we hear (5)
19. —— Redding, 1960s American soul
BOARD lines for survival
3. Garment for a period when horses are
trained in poise (8)
Michael Bagraim, 8. The place is something to behold, we hear (4) SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD NO 26
National Chairman tion is the Distributions committee. Com- 9. Not quite muttering, but still saying some- ACROSS: 1. Wipe; 3. Remanded; 8. Ling;
prising leading accountants, this body exam- thing (8) 9. Epidural; 11. Writer’s block; 13. Shears;
A column of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies ines the budgets submitted by all beneficiary 11. Make a twit of oneself on a date! (5, 2, 5) 14. Esther; 17. The mad hatter; 20.
bodies of the United Jewish Campaign 13. Arranges for instructions (6) Thickest; 21. Site; 22. Mistreat; 23. Felt.
A WELCOME development in Jewish com- (including the SAJBD) to assess how they 14. Give thanks to Italians (6) DOWN: 1. Wild West; 2. Pensive; 4.
munal life over the past decade has been the have been running, whether fiscal discipline 17. Shall we call it a day? (6, 1, 5) Expose; 5. Andalusian; 6. Doric; 7. Dull;
recognition that in order to function proper- has been maintained, what their future 20. Craved water in third set (8) 10. Merrymaker; 12. Prurient; 15. Hittite;
ly and, as importantly, ensure their continu- prospects are and how they might cut costs. 21. Behold - set out for company symbol! (4) 16. Odessa; 18. Hails; 19. Stem.
ity, Jewish organisations need to be run By and large, Jewish organisations in Cape 22. One young leader lasted, somehow - and
according to strict business principles. Town have co-operated whole-heartedly with consistently (8) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Indeed, anyone working for a non-profit the above bodies, thereby helping ensure their 23. Yearn to lose a point - and find
organisation should be careful not to adopt a own smooth running and providing the neces- him (4)
laissez faire attitude towards their financial sary assurance to donors that their contribu- 8 9
management on the grounds that their budg- tions are being put to optimum use. DOWN:
ets come from donations and because they Given the greater size and diversity of the 1. Runny eggs? (4, 4) 10
are not required to show a positive balance Jewish community in Johannesburg, estab- 2. Slept it off after stopping work
sheet at the end of the financial year. The lishing a Priorities Board or Distributions (7) 11
fact that an organisation’s funds are donated committee along Cape Town lines might not 4. Confirm, if a try is ordered (6)
rather than self-generated, should be an be feasible. Nevertheless, the principle of fis- 5. What one pays at a mountain
added spur for those entrusted with them to cal discipline is also being taken very serious- lodge? (5, 5) 13 14 15
ensure that they are properly utilised. ly by the city’s leading Jewish organisations. 6. I get bail, having an excuse (5)
The Priorities Board in Cape Town pro- Most of the main welfare organisations now 7. Thus ogre is confused in Rome 16
vides an excellent vehicle through which fall under the Chevrah Kadisha’s umbrella, (4)
this principle can be put into practice. This and the latter’s fine reputation when it comes 10. I tried less, somehow, being
body oversees all major financial transac- to the responsible discharge of its multifac- germ-free (10) 19
tions by Jewish organisations, with the latter eted obligations, is well deserved. We also see 12. Lower one’s spine - and stop
being expected to approach it with a motiva- how our day schools, after so many years of arguing (8) 20 21
tion for any proposed sale or purchase in existing on the brink, are now at last running 15. Study for those feeling a bit
excess of R10 000. Obviously, no organisation on a firm financial basis, as are the various cagey? (7)
can be legally compelled to approach the organisations within the Beyachad structure. 16. Will confused Al ever expose it? 22 23
Priorities Board, but those that do not will be The smaller Jewish communities around (6)
regarded as having breached communal dis- the country - Durban, Pretoria, Port Eliza-
cipline and this will seriously impact on beth, East London and Bloemfontein - have all
their ability to fundraise.
It is in any case in the organisations’ inter-
adapted sensibly to their respective situations,
rationalising where necessary and increasing
THE BRIDGE LOUNGE by Jeff Sapire
ests to consult with the Priorities Board co-operation with one another.
before proceeding with their respective pro- It is encouraging so see that many religious
Column 23 East dealer, NS vul
jects. The board’s members comprise some congregations in numerical decline have had
of the city’s leading businessmen who in the foresight to relocate to smaller premises
THE SOUTH African Championships are QJ1092
addition have extensive experience in Jewish rather than remaining in their original build-
taking place this week at the Links in A94
communal affairs. They are well placed to ings to the bitter end. The Benoni, Kru-
assess the long-term viability of the propos- gersdorp, Port Elizabeth, Klerksdorp and
Here's a most unusual hand from the J64
als put before them as well as to identify Emmarentia congregations are among those
ways in which they can be better and/or who have given themselves an extended lease Teams event.
Nine card suits are not easy to deal with. WEST EAST
more cost-effective ways to implement them. of life through making additional funds avail-
Firstly, most of us have not had much expe- K7 5
Another important Cape Town organisa- able to ensure their future continuity.
rience with them, and one is never quite K876532 -
sure how to even start the bidding. 10 AKQ965432
One option that comes to mind is 5D of A83 K109
The UN African course. A 9 card suit can always do that, but
the question is whether the hand is a bit too SOUTH
Meeting on Palestine strong. Partner will never know that the
hand is quite this good. QJ10
FED FOCUS All the delegates who spoke - and it was
mainly the African and Arab/Islamic ones -
One top player opened 6D! Some bid! She
reckoned that on a good day it might make, Q752
Avrom Krengel called only on Israel to work towards peace
and if not, perhaps the opponents had a big
contract on, so perhaps it would shut them West North East South
Chairman through the medium of land for peace. 2D Pass
It was Israel who was exhorted to return 2H Pass 4D Pass
A column of the South African Zionist Federation Another expert opened 4NT, which is a
to the 1967 borders and to adhere to the con- 4H Pass 4S Pass
variation of Blackwood which asks for SPE-
ditions set by the 2002 Saudi Arabia peace 5C Pass 6D All pass
THE THREE-DAY UN African Meeting on CIFIC aces. The replies are 5C = no ace, and
plan. It was demanded of Israel that she Opening lead: SA
the Question of Palestine held recently in bidding 5D/5H/5S shows that ace. 6C shows
allow the Palestinians self-determination,
Pretoria (and held in Cape Town in 2004 as the ace of clubs, and 5NT shows 2 aces.
independence and sovereignty and that she
“The UN Committee on the Exercise of the The problem with this choice is that a This partnership was playing that they
stop attacking civilians in the Palestinian
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian response of 5H, showing the HA, puts you in cue bid 1st or 2nd round controls, so West
People”) once again focused exclusively and slam off 2 cashing aces by the opponents. showed something in hearts, and East a
And it was Israel who was accused of hav-
only on the “inalienable rights” of the I like the sequence above. 2D was strong, control in spades. West continued by show-
ing destroyed the Palestinian areas and of
Palestinian people. Israelis, it seems, have no and 2H was a natural positive. East now ing a club control, and East decided that it
instituting state terrorism.
rights. made the key bid of jumping to 4D, to show was time to just blast 6D.
This was an astonishing and incredibly
If we had any illusions about there being a a solid suit and asking partner to cue bid. When you have voids and singletons it's
one-sided litany of accusations against
softening of attitude towards Israel from the The idea is that when there is a forcing auc- impossible to know exactly who has what,
Israel in a conflict in which the Palestinians
African Union and the Arab and Islamic tion, after 2D-2H, jumps must show solid so East gave up on a possible grand slam
and the terrorist Hamas government had
countries, this conference certainly dis- suits. and settled for the practical small slam.
seemingly no role to play other than to be
pelled them in no uncertain manner. unwitting victims beaten into submission by
Ambassadors and/or high commissioners the IDF.
from 60 countries, primarily African and Although only a few media representa-
Islamic, were represented, together with a tives were there, some of them evinced sur-
smattering of Western nations - the UK, prise at the fact that a UN conference could
France, Belgium, Poland and Austria. The be as blatantly and openly biased as this one
US, Australia, Italy, Spain, Canada Germany was.
and New Zealand, were not represented, and The Palestinians were lauded for being
neither, surprisingly, were Russia or Iran. “peace-loving”, “willing to negotiate”, “vic-
Locally Cosatu sent representation, as did tims” with no recourse to their rights. The
the Media Review Network and the Palestine rocket attacks launched from Gaza and the
Solidarity Committee. Hezbollah enclaves were ignored or referred
I have not yet heard of a UN African to as legitimate self-defence and while the
Meeting on the Question of Darfur, or the suffering of the ordinary Palestinians was
Congo, or Rwanda, or Zimbabwe, but with stridently proclaimed, that of the hundreds
great enthusiasm and in the strongest terms, of thousands of Israelis living in daily fear
one after another of the African delegates for their lives was alluded to only once, and
condemned Israel’s “human rights abuses”, in passing, by the speaker who delivered the
her erection of the “apartheid wall”, and her message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-
obligation to allow the right of return to the moon.
four million or so Palestinian refugees who The conference was chilling, an eye-open-
live in the West Bank and Gaza (now its own er (although only one) among many such,
self-governing state) and in refugee camps in combining the very worst elements of anti-
Jordan and Lebanon where, by the way, they Semitism and anti-Zionism in a tirade of
live in appalling, even disgusting conditions unconcealed hatred towards Israel and her
imposed by the Arab governments. people. There’s a long road ahead to travel.
14 SA JEWISH REPORT 01 June - 08 June 2007
YOUTH TALK WHAT’S ON
Lara Greenberg email@example.com Lara Greenberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Bikkurim for the Jewish needy NOTE: Deadline for all entries is 12:00 on the Friday
prior to publication.
speaking on “The dirty work of democracy -
policing in South Africa: stories from the sto-
ries” at 09:30.
Key to organisations, venues, contact details
and cost: • Caje is hosting: 19:45 TO 20:30 - Kabbalah of
the Alef Bet by Rabbi Yossy Goldman; or, The
• The Jewish National Fund (JNF) Choir, Living Torah by Rabbi Sholem Bacher. 20:30 -
Beyachad, 2 Elray St, Raedene. Contact Crystal The Great Debate: Chabad-Lubavitch:
Kaplan. 083-376-5999. Chassidism by Rabbi Levy Wineberg and Rabbi
• The Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society Michael Katz. At Sydenham-Highlands North
(JWBS) - Sandringham Gardens, 85 George Shul. Contact (011) 640-5021.
Avenue Sandringham 2192. Contact Carolyn
Sabbagh. (011) 485-5232. Tuesday (June 5)
• The Jewish Outlook Team. Contact Ryan Cane,
Support line: 27 76 215 8600; e-mail info@jew- • WIZO Women Inspired are hosting Gayle
ishoutlook.org.za; website http://www.jew- Landau, dietician at the Donald Gordon Hospital,
ishoutlook.org.za to speak on “Healthy eating” at 09:30. For
• Nechama Bereavement Counselling Centre - details phone Joceline 082-441-4375 or Isarae
Room A304, 3rd Floor, hospital wing, 083-375-1212.
Sandringham Gardens, 85 George Avenue,
Sandringham, 2192. Contact (011) 640-1322. • RCHCC in association with The Viktor
• New Friendship Ladies Group - A group for sin- Frankl Institute of SA presents a series of
gle women - contact Lucille (011) 719 5226 talks by a variety of experts in the field of
(H) or 082-927-5786. logotherapy and existential analysis: “What is
• ORT South Africa - 44 Central Street, Cnr 10th life expecting of us?” They will be hosting Dr
Ave, Houghton. Contact (011) 728-7154. Teria Shantall speaking on “Logotherapy: a case
• Partners for Life - Discreet Jewish introduc- for personal, national and global healing” and Dr
tions. Contact (011) 887-2073. Kanda speaking on “Personal journey to finding
• Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre (RCHCC) meaning and the role of Logotherapy in work” at
and Great Park Shul, Johannesburg. Contact 07:30. Cost R130 and R95 for students and pen-
Hazel, (011) 728-8088 or Rene Sidley (011) sioners.
728-8378. Cost usually R50, including refresh-
ments. Wednesday (June 6)
• Second Innings, Johannesburg - Jewish
Community Services - Donald Gordon Centre, • SFCC is hosting a visit to Ngwenya Glass
85 George Avenue Sandringham. Contact Village. Transport cost R35.
Grecia Gabriel, (011) 532-9616.
• The Simcha Friendship and Cultural Circle • RCHCC in association with The Viktor Frankl
(SFCC), Johannesburg - Sandton Shul. Contact Institute of SA presents a series of talks by a
Sylvia Shull, (011) 783-5600. variety of experts in the field of logotherapy and
• The United Sisterhood, 38 Oxford Road existential analysis, “What is life expecting of
Parktown. Contact Helen (011) 646-2409. us?” From 19:30. Cost R130 and R95 for stu-
• South African Zionist Federation (SAZF), dents and pensioners.
The Grade R children at Yeshiva Pre-School, in Johannesburg on May 22, during
Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray Street,
Shavuot celebrations, bring their Bikkurim in a procession to Yerushalayim, with an ox Raedene. Contact Froma, (011) 645-2505. • UJW Johannesburg is hosting Digby Ricci
leading the way. They give their Bikkurim to the Kohanim. The food the children • South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Jhb) - speaking on “Stardom - past and present”.
brought, will be given to Yad Aharon, an organisation that helps the needy in the com- Beyachad, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. Contact
munity. In the picture: Back row: Benhamin Eidelman, Teegan Gottlieb, Avadya Moritz. (011) 645-2500. Friday (June 8)
Front: Ben Marks, Alon Benbenishti (Photo: llan Ossendryver) • United Zionist Luncheon Club (UZLC),
Johannesburg - Our Parents Home. Contact • UZLC is hosting Wendy Kahn, national director,
Gloria, (011) 485-4851 or 072-127-9421. SAJBD, speaking on “Boardwalk”.
• Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Johannesburg
SAUJS very active on - 1 Oak Street Houghton. Contact (011) 648-
1053. Cost R10 for the Friendship Luncheon
• WIZO Johannesburg - Beyachad, 2 Elray Street
Sunday (June 10)
• Second Innings is hosting Rabbi Gidon Fox at
the Gerald Horwitz Lounge Golden Acres speak-
Wits campus Raedene. Contact Joyce Chodos (011) 645-
2548 or Sandy Kramer (011) 645-2515.
• Bikkur Cholim - Jewish Society for Visiting the
Sick, 7A Chester Road, Greenside East,
ing on “Live and let die - euthanasia active and
passive” from 10:00.
• Chief Rabbi’s weekly address to the community
BENJI SHULMAN being used to teach hatred to children as Johannesburg. Joy Gafin (011) 447-6689. at 20:00 on Radio 2000 (99.7 - 100.2 FM).
POLITICAL OFFICER SAUJS WITS well as highlighting some of the other
hate mongering behaviour of Palestinian Please note that all contact and venue details • Bikkur Cholim is hosting its Biennial General
IT HAS been a busy start to the year for leaders. can be found in the key. Meeting at the Bikkur Cholim offices - Greenside
SAUJS, this has been especially so for the In other events SAUJS in conjunction Hebrew Congregation, 7A Chester Road,
political committee. The most pressing with the Darfur Awareness Committee Today, Friday (June 1) Greenside from 11:00. Contact Joy on (011)
concern has been the continuing vocifer- hosted an exhibition about the genocide in 447-6689.
ousness of the Palestine Solidarity that country. • UZLC is hosting Michael Sieff, national direc-
Committee (PSC). It also engaged with the PSC at a live tor, ORT SA, speaking on “Jewish Life in Latin • Big Band Music Appreciation Society will meet
They continue to make use of the Wits debate held at St Johns, where most America (eg. Cuba and Venezuela). to enjoy audio and visual material at St Johns
campus as a platform for comparisons agreed the speakers were well prepared College in the Jeffrey Auditorium, St David’s Rd,
between Israel and apartheid and as a and gave an honest and effective, factually • Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society is host- Lower Houghton, 14:15. Contact Dave (011)
means to spread inflammatory, racist pub- based view of the Middle East situation. ing a book sale at Click’s Rosebank from 09:00 885-3525 or Barney (011) 615-3412 for further
lications. They were ably backed up by a good show- until 15:00. Contact (011) 485-5232. information.
In response to this SAUJS has success- ing of SAUJS members who were in atten-
fully engaged the Wits Management and dance at the event. Sunday (June 3) Monday (June 11)
managed to ensure that the inflammatory The current political committee has put
Palestinian Times newspaper was together a number of new initiatives and • Second Innings is hosting Larry Benjamin at • UJW Johannesburg is hosting Yossi Torfstein,
removed and banned from campus. In will start to implement them as the year the Gerald Horwitz Lounge, Golden Acres, deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Israel,
addition to this SAUJS ran a campaign progresses. These include an extensive speaking on “Where is the Middle East going - speaking on “Current affairs in Israel” at 09:30.
especially for human rights day, high- media campaign to encourage South Quo Vadis?” from 10:00.
lighting Israel’s impressive record with Africans to view Israel in a more positive • Caje is hosting: 19:45 TO 20:30 - Kabbalah of
regards to media freedom and religious light. • Chief Rabbi’s weekly address to the commu- the Alef Bet by Rabbi Yossy Goldman; or, The
tolerance. A thank you goes to the Jewish Board of nity at 20:00 on Radio 2000 (99.7 - 100.2 FM). Living Torah by Rabbi Sholem Bacher. 20:30 -
It also made a publication of its own Deputies which has been enormously The Great Debate: Ohr Somayach: Litvish by
called Truth in the Middle East showing helpful, we look forward to working with • Curiosity Collectors market presents Cotlands Rabbi Larry Shein and Rabbi Shmuel Moffson.
how characters such as Mickey Mouse are you in the future. Petticoat Lane fleamarket at Rosebank Mews At Sydenham-Highlands North Shul. Contact
from 09:00 until 15:00. Contact Edna or Hylton (011) 640-5021.
Segal on 082-572-9701.
Tuesday (June 12)
Grandparents’ Shavuot morning at KDVPP • Jaffa is hosting a morning market from 09:00
to 12:00 at Jaffa Old Age home, 42 Mackie • WIZO Fortnightly Forum is hosting Aidel
Street, Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Contact Kazilsky on “Kabbala and sexuality” at 09:30.
DENISE SUTTNER with beautiful Shavuot songs (012) 346-2006.
and dances. • Second Innings Men’s Group, “The not-out
A WONDERFUL morning was They all agreed that this was Monday (June 4) club” is hosting Dr Bernard Fanaroff speaking on
enjoyed by grandparents at the best morning they had had “Heaven’s above - astronomy in South Africa”
King David Pre-Primary School in a long time. • Israel Philately Society is meeting in the from 14:30 at Our Parents Home. Ladies wel-
Victory Park when their grand- Seen here is granny Irene boardroom of Waverley Shul from 19:30 to dis- come. Contact Lionel on (011) 728-5225.
children gave them a lot of Salomon with her grandson play the last 12 months’ new issues and a quiz.
naches performing for them Daniel Fluxman. Contact Selwyn Uria (011) 786-7692. • RCHCC is hosting a book launch and lecture at
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• UJW Johannesburg is hosting Antony Altbeker latest book, “The Fox and the Flies”. Cost R50.
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Sack does well in SA Iron Man
JACK MILNER tively, Sack has proved that by limiting cycle on the rolling hills of the area, fin-
racing and focusing on specific events, ishing with a 16km run on sandy and
MACCABI GAMES 2005 gold medallist one can achieve one’s goals. stony terrain in the cane fields around
Mark Sack, performed superbly in the His elder brother, Clive, the Maccabiah the Sibaya Casino north of Umhlanga.
recent South African Iron Man Triathlon silver medallist, has been selected for the In the heat of the day, Marc Price fin-
in Port Elizabeth by finishing 41st overall first time to represent South Africa at the ished 18th overall in a time of three
in a field of 1 600 participants. World Championships in Hamburg, hours, four minutes and 26 seconds.
The event took place in very challeng- Germany. He earned his place after an Following his disappointing SA Iron
ing conditions. The 3,8km sea swim off excellent race at the SA Championships Man Triathlon where he pulled out of the
Hobie Beach in strong winds, meant the at Langebaan. At the Ultra Prestige race after 65km of the cycle event due to a
water was rough with a strong current, Triathlon - 1,9km swim, 90km cycle and second puncture in five kilometres, this
followed by a 180km bicycle ride and a 21km run - Clive finished eighth in his age was some encouragement for Price as he
42,2km run. Sack completed the distance group. prepares for the World Championships in
in 10 hours 11 min. Mark and 37-year-old Clive are compet- August.
Since the Maccabiah, 35-year-old Sack ing in the same age group this year (35 to In the same race Schwabsky completed
ran his first Comrades last year in seven 39) with excellent results. the course in 3:42,40, finishing 57th over-
hours and four minutes, finishing 225 A newcomer to triathlons, 25-year-old all. Basil Kletz finished third in the over-
overall out of 12 000 and walking off with Ian Schwabsky from Pretoria, completed 50 category, completing the course in
a silver medal. He also achieved a per- his first triathlon, the Prestige Ultra, in a 3:54,53.
sonal best marathon time of two hours, respectable 23rd position in the 25-to-29 Jonathan and David Boyer, sons of
49 minutes at the Jackie Gibson age group. He followed that up with a Comrades veteran and Wits first rugby
Marathon last year, finishing 10th over- wonderful Iron Man in Port Elizabeth, team centre of years gone by, Steven, had
all. completing the course in 12 hours, 52 min- hopes this season of some triathlon par-
Sack also raced the Prestige Ultra- utes. Schwabsky looks like a fine prospect ticipation. However, an incident early one
Marathon at the Vaal in February, finish- for the future. morning while cycling when they were hit
ing sixth overall with the third fastest In the inaugural Sibaya Durban Ultra by a car, resulting in shoulder surgery for
time on the day. With results of 12th and Triathlon which took place in Umdloti David, highlighted the dangers of cycling. Mark Sack on the cycle ride at the recent
10th overall in the first and third this weekend, the one-mile swim in rough They will be out enjoying their first full South African Iron Man Triathlon in Port
Johannesburg Triathlon Series respec- seas was off the Umdloti beach, the 60km triathlon season later this year. Elizabeth.
Shaun claims bronze at
World Cup event
SOUTH AFRICAN canoeist Shaun
Rubenstein’s Olympic prospects took a
giant leap when he won a bronze medal in a
World Cup event in Szged, Hungary.
The country’s leading canoeist and cur-
rent World Marathon champion finished
third in the 500m K1 race to Canadian
Adam van Koeverden with Marek
Twadorski of Poland, last year’s world
champion, well beaten in fifth position.
Shaun Rubenstein continued his build-
“This is the first medal I have had in an
Olympic discipline sprint event,” said up to next year’s Olympic Games by win-
Shaun, whose major focus is to qualify for ning a bronze medal at the World Cup
next year’s Beijing Games. canoeing event in Szeged, Hungary.
“Achieving a podium finish is really
exciting and motivating, but I am delighted the fastest time ever achieved by a South
with the way that I have been racing and the African paddler
consistency of my performances. “That was a really good race. Not only
“Rami Zur of the US, 500m K1 bronze was it my fastest time, but I missed out on
medallist two weeks ago in Croatia, was in winning a bronze medal by 0,1 seconds from
the lane next to me and I knew that if I Tim Brabants, 2006 European champion
stayed in contact with him and put in a real- and World Championship silver medallist,”
ly strong challenge in the last 100m, I would said the South African.
be in with a medal chance.” Earlier in the month, Shaun participated
Van Koeverden won easily, in a time of in another World Cup event at Zagreb in
one minute, 41,158 seconds with Swede Croatia. In the 1000m K1 he finished fourth,
Anders Gustafsson 1,248 seconds further narrowly missing out on a medal by just
back. Rubenstein was right on his haunch- less than half a second from Brabants who
es, though, completing the course in finished third. In the 500m K1 Shaun fin-
1:42,616. ished fifth overall in a very close race.
The World Cup in Hungary was the Shaun will next be in action this weekend
biggest of the European events with 52 at another World Cup tournament in
countries participating. While Shaun could France. The World Championships takes
only manage fourth place in the 1000m K1, place in Duisberg, Germany, from August 8
his time of three minutes, 28 seconds was to 12.
Young Jaryd strikes gold
MICHAEL BAGRAIM Thornlea Dam in KwaZulu-
A YOUNG learner, Jaryd Cohen Since starting skiing competi-
at Herzlia Middle School, Cape tively in January this year, he
Town, came first in the Dolphin has also won the Western
Boys Section (under-14) at the Province Championships, the
2007 South African Cham- Mpumalanga Championships,
pionships in slalom waterskiing and the KwaZulu-Natal Cham-
(gold medal), which were held at pionships.