South Africa

Why is Patrilineal Descent Not Catching On in Reform Worldwide?

02/13/2011
JTA

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- For three decades now, the American Jewish Reform movement has considered as Jewish the child of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who is raised as a Jew.

But most Reform Jews in the rest of the world still do not accept “patrilineal descent.”

That makes the debate about “Who is a Jew” not just between the Orthodox-dominated Israeli Rabbinate and American Jewish liberal movements, but also between American Reform Judaism and most of the Diaspora.

South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Defends Tutu

01/17/2011

(JTA) -- South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has slammed a petition seeking the removal of Desmond Tutu as patron of two Holocaust centers in South Africa.

"I believe it is wrong to call for the resignation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a patron of the Holocaust Centre," Goldstein said in a statement released late last week.

“In deference to Archbishop Tutu’s widely recognized leadership role in the struggle against apartheid and to his revered position in South Africa, it would be an act of disrespect to remove him as a patron.”

Violence Reduces Zimbabwe Jewish Community

Some Jews decide to stay, some make new homes in South Africa

12/02/2010
Staff Writer

Johannesburg — During his latest visit to a small Jewish community north of South Africa, Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft dealt with his usual duties as spiritual leader to half a continent: carrying medical supplies, arranging worship services, comforting elderly Jews.

But he didn’t have to help plan for an evacuation.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft

Quiet No Longer

What’s fueling Jewish community’s
new outreach to blacks?

11/30/2010
Staff Writer

Khayelitsha, South Africa — Standing in the shadows of a corrugated shack that serves as a day care center and elementary school for a dozen children in the middle of this black township near Cape Town, Xolelwa Bobo receives some good news from a visitor one recent morning. The visitor tells Bobo, a 20ish mother who runs the Sakhisizwe Education Center, that a philanthropist in England has agreed to provide funding that will upgrade the simple building.

As part of the Jewish engagement with South Africa, students from the Yeshiva College day school regularly volunteer.

A Tempest Over Tutu

11/02/2010
Staff Writer

(Cape Town, South Africa)The fat lady will sing in Israel next week, so to speak, but the battle to silence Israel isn’t over in South Africa.

That’s the opinion of leaders of South Africa’s Jewish community, who say the decision last week by the Cape Town Opera to stage its production of “Porgy and Bess” in Tel Aviv as originally scheduled — despite the urging of Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu — will not slow down the international effort to delegitimize Israel.

Jewish community “spitting blood” over Archbishop Tutu’s Israel boycott comments.

Jews On The Fringe (Festival)

From day school grads-turned-college freshmen to spiritual seekers in Jerusalem to South African emigrés, annual fest includes several Jewish-themed plays.

08/10/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Why are we commanded to wear fringes on our garments? They are a potent reminder of our Jewish identity but also indicate that who we are splays out into the rest of the world, and that the boundaries between us and other people can be fuzzy.

The plays "Abraham's Daughters," above and "Omarys Concepcion Lopez Perez Goes to Israel."
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