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Centenary of Birth of Former Chief Rabbi of Johannesburg Observed

The centenary of the birth of Judah Leo Landau, early supporter of Theodor Herzl and for 40 years Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of Johannesburg, was observed at a crowded meeting here. Among the notables present was Judge Felix Landau of Jerusalem, son of the late Chief Rabbi, who made a special trip here for the occasion.

Isaac Maisels, honorary president of the South African Zionist Federation, recalled that Rabbi Landau, who was born in Galicia in 1866 and educated in Vienna, had been one of the first to support Dr. Herzl, and that he had a leading role in South African Zionism from the start of his chief rabbinate here. Prof. Solomon Rapaport, professor of Hebrew at Witwatersrand University, described Rabbi Landau’s work as first holder of the Chair of Hebrew at the University.