A number of other positive community events have taken place over the past week, amongst them the annual SA Jewish Achievers Awards, Cycalive and various functions involving Rabbi David Rosen, who as explained last week was brought to South Africa to participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Catholic Church's ground-breaking Nostra Aetate declaration.
This coming Monday at Beyachad, the Gauteng Council will have the honour of hosting Rabbi David Rosen, one of the foremost Jewish leaders in the field of interfaith dialogue. He will be speaking to the Gauteng Jewish community on the topic “From Foe to Friend-Catholic Jewish relations”.
175 years of Jewish life in South Africa, from the first-ever prayer service in Cape Town in 1841 through to the vibrant, diverse community we have today, was celebrated at Monday’s SAJBD Gauteng Council conference.
After so many months of negativity, bad-news stories and general disillusionment over the direction our country appeared to be taking, last week's local government elections were a welcome demonstration of the essential robustness of democracy in South Africa.
This Thursday evening at Beyachad, representatives of the various Jewish communal organisations will be coming together for a security briefing, taking place under the auspices of the Board and the CSO. Both the chairman of the CSO and I will be speaking, followed by a question and answer session.