Catering for the Country’s Needs

By Richard Shavei-Tzion Immediately after the war began, two veteran South African Olim, Debbie Sandler and Herbie Jackson, sprang into action. Living on Kibbutz Ein Tsurim and knowing that just 15 minutes away a large-scale roadblock had been established at the entrance to Sderot, they delivered pots of soup to the policemen manning the station. […]

Jacky Romano: A Formidable Spirit

Stepping Up: Stories of Hope from Israel’s Civilian Frontlines part III Jacky Romano met the love of her life fresh out of school. Straight after matriculating, she joined her Habonim chevra on a gap-year program in Israel, living and working on a Kibbutz. Here she met Avram, an Egyptian Jew who, smuggled out of his […]

Gila Nussbaum: A Force of Nature

Stepping Up: Stories of Hope from Israel’s Civilian Frontlines part II For many South African Olim this war marks the first time they have been called to civilian duty. But for one South African Olah, life at the civilian frontline is all too familiar. In fact, it is quite like home.  Gila Nussbaum is a […]

Eli and Kayla: Thunder and Lightning

Stepping Up: Stories of Hope from Israel’s Civilian Frontlines – part I It was 6:30 a.m. on October 7th when the wail of sirens pierced the early morning calm of the Simchat Torah morning. Israel was caught completely unaware as Hamas terrorists, committing atrocities unimagined by anyone, dragged us into a war we were not […]

Embracing and Unifying Israel’s Blue and White

By Debbie Mankowitz – written under the auspices of the Israel Forever Foundation* Blue and white are historically associated with Jewish traditions, and the traditional Jewish prayer shawl, known as the tallit, is typically white with blue stripes or fringes (tzitzit). These fringes were G-d’s way of giving the people of Israel a tangible reminder […]

A leader among us

By Guy Lieberman Cherie Albucher is one of those rare politicians who stepped into the political arena less out of a need for power, and more from a deep drive to help her local community.  Born in Jo’burg and schooled at King David Victory Park, Cherie’s family made the move to leave South Africa for […]

Welcome Ruth!

On 19 April 2023, 97 year old Ruth Tarlo made Aliyah from Australia. Ruth was greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by representatives of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, together with Avraham Remini from Telfed. Ruth, a lifelong Zionist, joined her two daughters in Israel shortly before Israel’s 75th Yom Haatzmaut celebrations. We wish Ruth […]

Remembering Israel’s fallen heroes who died defending Kfar Etzion

Two young men from South Africa couldn’t be more different. But they both died together in Kfar Etzion fighting for Israel. By RICHARD SHAVEI-TZION This is a story of two young men who could not have been more different. Yechezkel (“Chatsi”) Berelowitz, born in 1918, was the eldest of six sons and two daughters. Tzvi Lipschitz, […]

We’re all cheering for the same team

By David Wiseman The crazy thing about growing up in Australia is that they play everything. From cricket to baseball and karate to kayaking. They even have four different kinds of football! So, from a young age, I developed an appreciation for all sports. After making Aliyah from Sydney in 2004, I noticed that in […]

Freemasonry Demystified

By Guy Lieberman The Masonic Order has always carried with it a sense of mystique, a quality of the clandestine. The fact that it is believed to be a secret society, and has been for hundreds of years, certainly adds to its reputation. On top of that, because so much is simply unknown about Freemasons, […]