South Africa

  • South African Province Makes Teaching of Holocaust Mandatory

    A South African province is preparing to make Holocaust studies a mandatory part of the school curriculum. The Cape Town Holocaust Centre recently conducted a four-day workshop for some 50 people in cooperation with Kwazulu-Natal province’s Department of Education, training senior teachers, subject advisers and education officials who will provide support for the course. Holocaust… More ▸

  • Obituary Cyril Harris, Former Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Passes Away at 69

    The longtime chief rabbi of South Africa, Cyril Harris, has died of cancer at age 69. Harris, who was chief rabbi emeritus when he died Tuesday, led the Jewish community during South Africa’s historic transition from apartheid to a democratic order. His body was flown to Jerusalem for burial following a memorial service at Johannesburg… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Ostrich-farming Jews Mark 120 Years in Rural South Africa

    The glimmer of gold once drew thousands of prospectors to the Western United States, and the promise of oil has attracted myriad entrepreneurs to the Middle East. But for Jews in the little town of Oudtshoorn, in the middle of the parched “Little Karoo” lands of South Africa, it’s another commodity that once fueled their… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World South African Rabbi Says Jews Must Do More for Black Outreach Program

    South Africa’s chief rabbi has accused the country’s Jews of not sufficiently supporting MaAfrika Tikkun, the community’s outreach initiative, implying that Jews must do more to uplift and empower the country’s blacks. “What we need from the Jewish community, which we still haven’t got, is something called acceptance,” Cyril Harris told JTA in a recent… More ▸

  • Sprint Puts South African Man in Masters’ World Record Book

    A Jewish centenarian has set a world record for his age group in the 100-meter sprint, even though his best time wasn’t accepted because of a clock malfunction. Philip Rabinowitz, 100, completed the distance in 30.86 seconds on July 10. A July 4 race in which he ran the distance in 28.8 seconds was not… More ▸

  • Israelis Hope South African Venture Will Provide Profit — and Help Blacks

    An Israeli initiative aims to help a black empowerment project in South Africa play a major role in supplying a rare fruit to the world market. The Sharon fruit, one of hundreds of varieties of persimmon, until recently was supplied almost exclusively by Israel. But Eran Rotem, an Israeli farmer who works for the biggest… More ▸

  • Passover Feature a Decade After Apartheid, Jews in South Africa Building New Identity

    For South African Jews, this Passover falls at a time when the symbols of oppression and liberation embedded in the Haggadah resonate particularly strongly with the atmosphere in the country. South Africa is celebrating a decade of democracy, with national elections due on April 14, the day after Passover ends. The country’s first free election… More ▸