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  • Amid political turmoil, emigration from South Africa is again on rise

    Faced with political uncertainty in the wake of the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki, South African Jewry is again grappling with an increase in emigration.

  • A new wave of South African emigration

    Faced with political uncertainty in the wake of the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki, South African Jewry is again grappling with an increase in emigration.

  • South African Jews aid refugees

    South African Jews are aiding refugees from Zimbabwe and other neighboring countries who have been attacked in a wave of anti-migrant violence.

  • Shulamit’s seder

    A family’s Passover traditions go on thanks to a wondrous sister-in-law whose sun set far too early.

  • Israel on the job for South Africa

    More South Africans may soon be going to work thanks to Israeli expertise in starting and developing small businesses.

  • Rabbi Cyril Harris, 69, of South Africa

    Cyril Harris, the longtime chief rabbi of South Africa who shepherded his community along the country’s tumultuous passage from apartheid to democracy, died at age 69 and was buried in Jerusalem.

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD

    JOHANNESBURG, March 12 (JTA) – The Jewish chief justice of Zimbabwe has agreed to step down, giving in to the government of President Robert Mugabe in a standoff over enforcing the nation’s laws. Anthony Gubbay, 68, agreed to go on immediate vacation until his retirement at the end of June, and will not preside over…

  • Ambassador tries to change perceptions in S. Africa

    JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 6 (JTA) – Israel’s new ambassador to South Africa faces a difficult task: convincing a government sympathetic to the Palestinian cause that the picture in the Middle East is complex. Ambassador Tova Herzl said last week at a lunch hosted by the South African Zionist Federation in Johannesburg, that she wants “to show…

  • Democratic platform excerpts

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (JTA) — Following are excerpts from the official Democratic Party platform, which was scheduled to be endorsed by the convention Tuesday. HATE CRIMES The very purpose of hate crimes is to dehumanize and stigmatize — not only to wound the victim, but also to distort the American conscience. Every crime is…

  • Holidays: Anti-apartheid rabbi retires

    JOHANNESBURG, July 27 (JTA) — The retirement of an American-born Lubavitch rabbi known for his anti-apartheid activism marks the end of an era for Johannesburg’s Jewish community. Norman Bernhard, who has led the Oxford Synagogue Center for 35 years since he arrived here in 1965, is retiring this Rosh Hashanah. The New York-born Bernhard, 66,…