MEXEM COMMUNITY SUPPORT: From a strong 2018 to an even greater future

MEXEM COMMUNITY SUPPORT: From a strong 2018 to an even greater future

In just over a year, Mexem has transformed financial market trading in South Africa. Mexem is an introductory broker for Interactive Brokers, the United States’ largest electronic brokerage firm. Mexem has become the new standard, offering extremely low rates and an unprecedented range of markets to choose from. Whilst building its footprint in South Africa, Mexem has ensured that it forges strong ties and contributes to the South African Jewish community. One of the company’s greatest sources of pride is that in its incredibly brief period of existence, it has…

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Less really is more

Less really is more

In an effort to be more health-conscious, here are some recipes that have more natural, less-processed ingredients. They may require more time and effort in the kitchen, but you won’t be disappointed with having your fridge, freezer, or pantry well-stocked with delicious, healthier options on hand By: Avigail Goldberg Breakfast Pancakes Makes 6 2 cups rolled oats 2 overripe bananas 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla essence 2 tsp baking powder ¼ cup chocolate chips – optional Fresh fruit and honey to serve – optional In a blender, blend the oats…

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Kosher heaven

Kosher heaven

Kosherfest introduces us to what lies ahead for all things kosher By Chandrea Serebro Those of us keeping kosher in South Africa realise how lucky we are, with so much available and so many options out there for so small a community, relatively speaking. We might think that Glenhazel or Sea Point is a kosher fest. That is until you discover Kosherfest – the annual event held in New Jersey for kosher businesses (it is not open to the public). “Kosherfest is the world’s largest and most attended kosher-certified products…

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Just like bobba used to make

Just like bobba used to make

Expressing love through food By: Nikita Singh On Purim, we look forward to delicate hamantaschen triangles filled with sweet mohn and fruity jams. On Rosh Hashanah, we weave big round challahs with a sweet golden glaze. Jewish holidays are always accompanied by the most flavourful and delicious dishes, like slow-cooked tsimmes, big bowls of chicken soup, and platters of smoked salmon. Food is like a cultural calendar in Jewish life. If you’ve got latkes on your plate, you know that it’s Chanukah. If you’re eating hamantaschen, you know that it’s…

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Supersize it

Supersize it

The pros share the planning and organisation that go into catering functions for thousands of guests By Chandrea Serebro If you think that having ten people over for a Friday night is a challenge – getting the soup hot and the meat out in time before it’s burned, and let’s not forget taking the ice cream out of the freezer in advance so it’s thawed enough to serve – imagine catering for a thousand or even more! Now imagine that the said thousand are Jewish and it takes it to…

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A taste of Italy

A taste of Italy

A business built to provide employment for family, but the real winner is the entire Jewish community By Chandrea Serebro Chani Lavine is Italian, and, like all good Italians, she loves a good ice cream. Not just any ice cream, mind you, but authentic gelato straight out of Italy. So when Chani went in the search of a business that she could build for her sons, Dovi and Reuven, to take over one day, it was natural that her first port of call was Italy, where Chani went in pursuit…

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What happens in the kitchen…

What happens in the kitchen…

A commercial kitchen can be a scary, hairy, weary place. We asked a few kosher pros to tell share some of their stories from the trenches By Chandrea Serebro “It was my first Tisha B’Av breaking of the fast working at Michelos. We came in as per usual at around lunchtime to prepare for a busy breaking of the fast. Throughout the afternoon, orders were coming in, but, an hour before the fast ended, our oven decided that it had had enough. A transformer blew and it was no longer…

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Shavuos: Receiving the Torah

Shavuos: Receiving the Torah

More than in our heart and in our soul, it’s in our DNA By: Aron Ziegler When the Jewish people stood at Har Sinai 3 331 years ago, we were asked if we would accept the Torah, and we famously responded “na’aseh v’nishma” – “we will do and we will understand”. In the Talmud, it is recorded that at this juncture Hashem held the mountain of Sinai over us and declared that we had better accept the Torah, or else. The Torah says[1], “And Moshe brought the people forth out…

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