When I interviewed South African Jewish youths, no one could definitively distinguish Reform Judaism from its Progressive counterpart. There are more than 1000 families who are members of the Progressive Shuls in Cape Town – yet not one person knew the answer. This begs the question - is Cape Town’s dominant orthodox Jewry actively excluding [...]
It must be noted that every time a Jewish child gets sick, it is immediately taken to a medical professional, given antibiotics and put on a severe dose of chicken soup. In fact, the only good thing about getting sick is the parcel of chicken soup delivered by my grandmother who insists on giving me [...]
“Even if I had to go back and bring my head down to earth – I would still say yes again and again and again” I sat down with Shifra Ross, a religious Jewish woman, a newly-wed and an aspiring teacher to chat with her about young marriage, religious Jewish culture and what it means [...]
Alright, I can guess that you are already slightly bamboozled by the idea of (a) A youth movement - I'm sure you're imagining a weird Christian worship group where we sing Jesus rock numbers and stuff. If this is the first thing that came to mind. I'm sorry, but you are completely incorrect. If (b) [...]
If you haven't realised by now, my family is pretty damn crazy. Most people ask me how I live in my own house, I simply don't know how to reply. I think that I have just been conditioned to extremely loud noise and a lot of drama. I don't quite think you understand what a [...]
After much debate, I had the privilege of watching my gran make Chopped Liver – it is a very seldom occurrence because “Giovanni’s make the best liver in Cape Town” and it seems to be a lot less of a mission to simply call and collect. This year for Pesach, I begged her make it [...]
On 15 March 2017 Jewish community members of Cape Town received a bulk email from the United Jewish Campaign (UJC) in the form of a witty YouTube video to promote donating to the Jewish community organisations for 2017. The UJC released a humorous video in March to fundraise for the year 2017. In a very [...]
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