South African Jewish Leader Appointed Member of JTA Board of Directors

Maurice Porter, president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and a leading Johannesburg attorney, has been appointed a member of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Board of Directors, it was announced today by William M. Landau, JTA president. This appointment, Landau said, is in line with the board’s policy of having international representation on that body to reflect the international scope of the JTA’s news activities.

Porter was born Oct. 26, 1905 in Lithuania and came to South Africa in 1914. He attended Grey College in Port Elizabeth and what was then Rhodes University College. He holds B.A. and LL.B degrees. Prominent in Jewish affairs for more than 30 years. Porter became a member of the Executive Council of the Board of Deputies in 1954, was appointed a vice-chairman in 1960 and chairman in 1965. In 1970 he was elected president.

He has represented the Board at a number of overseas conferences and has acted on behalf of the Board as a director at meetings of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. He also served on the Committee of the South African Board of Jewish Education when it was first founded.

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