Happening In The Community

Tutu USA.small-thumbnailThis week’s parsha is a double portion – Parshat Vayikra.

Read a transcript of the Chief Rabbi’s commentary or listen to the audio podcast.

2 new titles for Beth Hatefutsoth

The latest 2 titles on the history of “Jewish Life in the SACountry Communities” – KZN & FREE STATE will be launched in Joburg this weekend. Read all about this incredible project that’s been ongoing for almost 20 years…

All-Star line-up for TOL 2012

Limmud SA kicks off with a bang with Joburg hosting “Taste of Limmud” this Sunday. A host of top speakers (including Chuck Volpe & Dennis Davis) are lined up & Limmudniks will be spoiled for choice. Check the full line-up!

Budgeting Group from Chev

BD - LiquifruitJoburg Chev hold 6-week Group on user-friendly budgeting, money management skills & saving plans, co-facilitated by a social worker & a financial consultant & offering essential skills to survive tough times.


Cheeky wise-guy Shtetler Darren launched a new org this morning (tongue-in-cheek, of course) under the above *initialism. What’s he chirping about? A story that’s already drawn a few comments today…

Beth Din Kashrut Alerts

The kashrut dept of the Joburg Beth Din have issued a clarification about Liquifruit and an alert regarding 2 incorrectly labelled products that, despite having the Beth Din Hechsher are NOT KOSHER.

The highest recognition to date

MyShtetl’s been quoted world- wide, in many languages, & is subscribed to by most of the world’s large Jewish orgs. But being featured on the WJC.com home page must go down as our proudest moment to date.
Tutu’s landed in the poopoo again – this time while on a US trip!

SA dailies report on call to ban ‘Arch’ from US campus as “he’s made statements offensive to Jews” and “his disrespect for Jewish people” while JPOST reports Tutu had “urged the Methodist Church to divest from Israel” this week.

Mary issues statement to Shtetlers

UPDATED:SAJBD chair updates Shtetlers on the “Stephen Goodson Affair” after users express unhappiness on what they saw as the Board’s sluggish response. The statement very nearly didn’t see the light of day.

10% of Zuma’s Honours go to Jews

31 SA heroes received National Orders of Merit from the President last Friday. 3 of them were Jewish! Prof Barry David Schoub was awarded SA’s highest honour, The Order of Mapungubwe. Others went to Johnny Clegg & Scully Levin.

45th Yom Yerushalayim

SAZF & Mizrachi host a celebration of music in honour of the reunification of Jerusalem. Under the musical direction of Bryan Schimmel, it will star international soloist Dovid Gabay & popular local musicians.

Women angered at exclusion

Progressive & Orthodox women publish a video which made headlines in Israel today after their near-exclusion at Yom Ha’atzmaut. A simmering debate seems set to explode among SA Jewry.

The 7 habits of effective anti-Israelites

MyShtetl is in the headlines again. This time popular Zionist author and blogger Steve Apfel (pic) takes up our Discussion Forum on NAMING & SHAMING anti-Israeli SA Jews & the difficulty in defining them in a new blog on The Times of Israel.

A truly devoted Joburg Jew

ChaiFM’s previous CEO & station manager Ivor Blumenthal pays tribute to the station’s outgoing & long-time chairman Stanley Seeff (pic). On Monday the directors of ChaiFM ratified the changes in management.