SA ZIONIST FEDERATION
The SAZF and Judge Richard Goldstone
16 April 2010
The SAZF wishes to clarify that discussions were held with the Sandton Synagogue regarding the forthcoming barmitzvah of the grandson of Judge Richard Goldstone, and agreement was reached between the parties that no comments would be made until after the celebration.
Contrary to distorted media reports and false blog accusations, the SAZF states unequivocally that at no time was there any suggestion raised by any party that Judge Goldstone should be “barred” or “banned” from entering the synagogue.
Issued on behalf of:
Chairman: South African Zionist Federation
Just can't keep your mouths shut, eh?
15 April 2010
We would like to set the record straight and bring you in line with what has actually transpired regarding Judge Richard Goldstone.
The South African Zionist Federation met with the Beth Din and Chief Rabbi Goldstein to voice their concern of the community’s feelings of anger at Judge Goldstone and his presence in the Sandton Shul that would result in an almost certain barrage of protestors on the day of his grandson’s Barmitzvah.
The Beth Din spoke with the Sandton Shul who in turn called a Shul committee meeting. The Sandton Shul then met with the family of the Barmitzvah boy to explained their thoughts and feelings on this issue.
The media has reported erroneously that Judge Goldstone was banned from the Sandton Shul. This is absolutely not true. The Shul gave the family the option to either hold the Barmitzvah at the Shul and face the almost certain protests or to have the ceremony elsewhere. The family opted for the first choice and we assume they persuaded the Judge not to attend the Shul services as they did not want this important simcha to be tainted by protests of any sort.
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