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Hashalom is published monthly under the auspices of the Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry, the KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council and the Durban Jewish Club for the benefit of the Jewish community of KwaZulu-Natal. The first issue was published in September 1923.

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EDITORIAL

SOME ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORIES

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels last month, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that “a number of rabbis in Israel... made a clear announcement ..Read more>>


OUT OF PERSPECTIVE

The Responsible Investor

Background for this article: names of companies are not mentioned purposefully. I remain objective, relying on those old-fashioned literary objects called facts. ..Read more>>


MISHNA IMPOSSIBLE

Is timing everything?

The Talmud comprises the Oral Torah (the Mishna) that was passed down orally from generation to generation and the various commentaries on the Mishna, the Gemara. These are the debates that define the Talmud – our greatest Rabbonim coming to grips w ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

PM speaks at ceremony marking 40 years since Entebbe rescue operation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony marking the fortieth anniversary of Operation Jonathan in Entebbe, Uganda on Monday. Here is a summarised transcript of his remarks: ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

A Visit to the Old and New Hells of Europe Provides a Reminder of Israel’s Importance

I just returned from a week-long journey through Hell! It began with a visit to the site of the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps in Poland (built by Nazi Germany during its occupation of the country), as a participant of the March of the Living, foll ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Olympics-Kenyan-born runner Chemtai going the distance for Israel

When Kenyan-born Lonah Chemtai came to Tel Aviv in 2009 to care for the children of her country’s ambassador to the Jewish state, she never dreamed that one day she would run for Israel at the Olympics. ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Postcard from Israel

Like unification on the Korean Peninsula, it may be more realistic to see two states as a long-term solution. ..Read more>>


ISRAEL

Israel’s Counterterrorism Lessons for Europe Long experience with constantly evolving threats offers insight into resp

After the horror of Nice, Israelis stand in solidarity with the people of France. When we see children and loved ones mowed down during an evening of celebration, our hearts break. We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and mourn with the famil ..Read more>>


JEWISH WORLD

6Millenniaoldbut ‘almostfresh,’ Masadaseedsunravelbarley’sorigins

A new study has allowed scientists to peer thousands of years back in time via a grain of barley found in the Judean Desert. ..Read more>>


JEWISH WORLD

Never be silent: Memorial tribute to life of Elie Wiesel

The world lost a great humanitarian Elie Wiesel last weekend. Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor, but his main contribution was more than just surviving a genocide, one that took his parents and a sibling. His story is remarkable in that he saw sufferin ..Read more>>


BUBKES

Good Morning

This may sound a little morbid, but I love listening to eulogies. They pay homage to a person’s higher self, focusing on his or her best qualities and achievements. I find them comforting and inspirational. ..Read more>>


PAST TENSE

HASHOLOM August 1941 - Extracts

EDITORIAL - bemoaned “the antagonism, fostered for political ends” that had been created by a section of the Afrikaans-speaking population of South Africa against Jewry. It recorded that “the two sections had much in ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Project TEN comes to Durban, thanks to the Victor Daitz foundation!

The South African Zionist Federation and especially its provincial arm the KwaZulu- Natal Zionist Council has worked for many years on projects that uplift our surrounding ..Read more>>


BETH SHALOM

BETH SHALOM IS PRESENTLY UNDER RENOVATIONS AND THE HOME IS LOOKING RATHER SPECTACULAR.

The floors on the Hotel sections have been carpeted and beautiful wooden flooring has been fitted in our Activities Centre and Frail Care Section. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

THE VICTOR DAITZ HOUSE

OPENED AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE VULA PROGRAMME ..Read more>>


Umhlanga Jewish Centre

WATER CONFERENCE

The Israel Embassy in South Africa held a conference on water for South African government officials, ministers and municipal heads of services at the Umhlanga Jewish Centre. ..Read more>>


KOSHER COOKING CLASSES

UJC. Kosher cooking classes which happen each month and are presented by a different guestAd

Tracey Friedman introduced a new program at the UJC. Kosher cooking classes which happen each month and are presented by a different ..Read more>>


UNION OF JEWISH WOMEN

UJW – DURBAN BRANCH 78TH AGM

How time flies! It is already over 2 months since the Union’s AGM and at the age of 78 still going strong. ..Read more>>


DURBAN PROGRESSIVE JEWISH CONGREGATION

SAUPJ Biennial Conference 2016

The 2016 Biennial Conference of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism was held over the weekend ..Read more>>


SISTERHOOD OF TEMPLE DAVID

The Sisterhood of Temple David held its AGM on 5th July

The Sisterhood of Temple David held its AGM on 5th July at the Durban Jewish Centre. The outgoing chairman, Elizabeth Groot, presented her comprehensive report on the year’s activities, and treasure Fran Myers gave an equally accurate and concise repor ..Read more>>


DEVOTE

DIVOTE partners bar and batmitzvoth around South Africa with young adults in Israel who become bar and bat mitzvoth. Thi

DIVOTE partners bar and batmitzvoth around South Africa with young adults in Israel who become bar and bat mitzvoth. This is a very touching and special project. ..Read more>>


DURBAN HOLOCAUST CENTRE

‘Devil’s Wood’

performance – 100 Years of Memory: South Africa and WW1 ..Read more>>


TALMUD TORAH

The second term has been filled with fun and excitement as we experienced the Exodus from Egypt and began counting the d

The second term has been filled with fun and excitement as we experienced the Exodus from Egypt and began counting the days of the Omer until we received our most precious gift, the Torah. Those children from Talmud Torah who attended the Eden Seder par ..Read more>>


YOUNG ISRAEL CENTRE

The Young Israel Centre hosted the most phenomenal Shabbaton over the Shabbat of the 24th and 25th of June. Bnei Akiva J

The Young Israel Centre hosted the most phenomenal Shabbaton over the Shabbat of the 24th and 25th of June. Bnei Akiva Johannesburg sent down 2 fantastic madrichot, Ariella and Gabi, to spend the weekend with the Durban community. ..Read more>>


AKIVA COLLEGE

On Friday the 27th of May the girls of Akiva College and their mothers joined a Challah bake hosted by the Union of JewiAd

On Friday the 27th of May the girls of Akiva College and their mothers joined a Challah bake hosted by the Union of Jewish Women together with the Umhlanga Jewish Centre. ..Read more>>


DURBAN UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION

Shavuot: Tikkun L’eil Evening

Shavuot celebrations began with the first night Tikkun L’eil dinner in the Perling Hall after Shabbat in the Great Synagogue ..Read more>>


EDEN COLLEGE

The tantalizing smell of boerewors wafted through the air; it was time for our annual Lag Ba’omer braai.

The tantalizing smell of boerewors wafted through the air; it was time for our annual Lag Ba’omer braai. ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Ex-Durbanite: Dr. Gary Abrahams - Practitioner Research Fellow

Before joining the Accounting Department of the University of Exeter Business school, where he is currently based, Durban born Gary Abrahams ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

ABOVE BOARD

Terrorism a threat to us all ..Read more>>


COMMUNITY NEWS

Cooking with Judy & Linda

AWESOME ALMONDS! ..Read more>>