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  • South African Jews expand help to poor

    JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 13 (JTA) — Tikkun, the South African Jewish community’s social service agency, is planning to expand. Tikkun’s chief executive officer, Herby Rosenberg, told Jewish leaders Saturday night that as part of the expansion, he would soon accompany the group’s chief patron, former President Nelson Mandela, to Sydney, Australia, to help raise money. Locally,…

  • 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,…

  • South African Jews form new group

    JOHANNESBURG, July 2 (JTA) — The three leading Jewish organizations in South Africa are reacting to declining demographics and financial strains by creating a joint umbrella group. The decision signed last week by the leaders of the three major South African Jewish organizations — the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the South African Zionist…

  • Israel, African Jews help flood victims

    MAPUTO, Mozambique, June 19 (JTA) — Israel and the African Jewish community have pledged their support to Mozambique after recent flooding in the southern African nation. The chairman of the African Jewish Congress and Israel’s ambassador to six African states assured Mozambique’s president, Joaquim Chissano, that aid to his country will continue. “Thank you for…

  • Mandela warns against condemning Iran

    JOHANNESBURG, June 8 (JTA) — Former President Nelson Mandela is defending his recent statements that 13 Iranian Jews are getting a fair hearing in their espionage trial. Speaking Wednesday at a party for a new book written by the nation’s chief rabbi, Mandela said, “I am doing everything to save the lives of those people.”…

  • S. African Jews aid disaster-stricken black township

    JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 16 (JTA) — A Jewish group has spearheaded efforts to deliver aid to a black township near here that was devastated by torrential rains and floods. For more than two weeks, rains described as the heaviest in some 50 years lashed the Johannesburg area, leaving hundreds homeless as a result of flooding in…

  • Mandela bears message of peace in his first visit to the Jewish state

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 20 (JTA) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela wants to play a mediating role between Israel and its neighbors. That became clear during Mandela’s trip this week to the Middle East, which included his first visit to the Jewish state Monday and Tuesday, after stops in Syria, Iran and Jordan. While in…

  • Mandela wants to help peace process Mandela bears message of peace in his first visit to the Jew

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 19 (JTA) –Former South African President Nelson Mandela has agreed to be a political intermediary between Israel and its neighbors. Mandela made the announcement in Israel during his first visit to the Jewish state Monday and Tuesday, after visiting Syria, Iran and Jordan. While in Tehran, spoke to Iranian President Mohammad Khatami regarding…

  • Israeli university honors Mandela

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sept. 23 (JTA) – South African President Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University this week. But the ceremony was held here rather than in Israel because Mandela has indicated he will not visit the Middle East until he is able to make a meaningful contribution to the…