MEXEM: Changing the rules of the financial game

MEXEM: Changing the rules of the financial game

In less than two years Mexem has revolutionized market trading in South Africa. Mexem has introduced Interactive Brokers (the largest electronic brokerage firm in the USA) into South Africa. This has enabled investors to access and trade on over 120 global markets, in 26 currencies and all at fees much lower than most local institutions. From a start-up working from home, Mexem has emerged into a formidable competitor in the South African financial markets. Today, Mexem together with its sister company, RIMAR Capital, employs over 70 people globally, and currently…

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Making Kosher affordable

Making Kosher affordable

Some vegetarian dishes to make your mouth water and your family happy By: Richard Pearce, Chef Patron, Totally Kosher The team at Totally Kosher has brought you some vegetarian recipes that are easy to do at home and enjoy. If you’re not up to making the dishes, we will do the work for you. Have a look at our frozen meal selection and freshly prepared dinner box offerings feeding a family of four, email us at info@totallykosher.co.za or call us on 011 430-1940 (speak with Mandy). Red pepper pesto Ingredients 2 large red bell peppers,…

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Walking in David Labkovski’s Footsteps

Walking in David Labkovski’s Footsteps

Using art to recall a world that was By Alexa Price A few months ago, I was not very conscious of my family’s roots. I knew of a foreign country called Lithuania and was interested to discover my heritage. From the end of March until the beginning of April 2019, I was invited to Lithuania as an ambassador of the David Labkovski Project. I also represented my school, Yeshiva College, and South Africa on the tour – Walking in Labkovski’s Footsteps. David Labkovski was an artist from Vilna who bore…

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Overdue Recognition

Overdue Recognition

The little-known story of how the Bulgarian Tsar saved nearly 50 000 Jews during the Holocaust By Ilan Preskovsky Considering the tumultuous history of the country in the early (and indeed later) 20th Century, it is perhaps fitting that Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria was a complicated man and a, perhaps, even more complicated leader. He allied himself with Nazi Germany during World War II and even allowed a pair of his ministers to draft and enact laws in Bulgaria that would have much the same effect as Germany’s Nuremberg…

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An unsuspecting hero

An unsuspecting hero

Inside Operation Brothers, the covert, mass evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from of the Sudan By Chandrea Serebro Daniel Limor is the unsuspecting hero – not that he didn’t choose a position of leadership, having nurtured strong decision making skills since the age of 16 when he made Aliyah from Uruguay alone. His family couldn’t go at the time for various reasons, but they did soon follow three years later, when Daniel was entering the Israeli Defense Force for his national service. But in that time, Daniel had to fend for…

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The man who opened the Talmud to everyone

The man who opened the Talmud to everyone

Ira Zlotowitz reflects on the life of his father, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, the Founder of Artscroll By Ilan Preskovsky Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, z”l, was a Torah and business leader of singular impact. As the founder and head of Artscroll Mesorah publishing (along with Rabbi Nosson Scherman, who was his business partner, collaborator, and close friend since Artscroll’s inception in the mid ‘70s until Rabbi Zlotowitz’s death in June 2017), Rabbi Zlotowitz touched the lives of countless Jews across the world with an ever-growing series of books that include siddurim, chumashim,…

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It’s only rock ‘n roll

It’s only rock ‘n roll

They found fame and fortune, but realised they needed something more By Chandrea Serebro In her bright and airy flat in the heart of Jewish Glenhazel, Wanda Crouse is every bit as elegant as she was fifty years ago. She is a proud granny whose eyes glint with merely a hint of tension when she considers which of her grandchildren inherited her talents, something she is loath to pass on. Demure, few would guess that this articulate granny with a smack of the old English accent of her birth was…

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Leader to us, parent to them

Leader to us, parent to them

Doing what he was created for By Chandrea Serebro “My dear husband, Tuvia, who passed away just over a year ago, was rather reserved, introverted, and quiet. He had a beautiful sense of humour, a wit that came from his genius. He loved a good laugh when it was a good joke,” explains Chana (nee Pesskin), the wife of Rabbi Tuvia Sifris, ztz”l, as she speaks to me, lovingly remembering her husband and the quiet impact he made on the lives of each of their children, and herself. At the…

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