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  • 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 ▸

  • New Law Could Force South Africa’s Jewish Institutions to Serve Non-jews

    In a country with a long history of discrimination, South African Jews know how important it is to practice inclusion — and even sometimes force others to do so. But when it comes to their own community, South African Jewish leaders are worried that new legislation aimed at preventing racial and other discrimination is threatening… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Jews, Greeks in South Africa Working to Build Stronger Ties

    Even as observers warn of a growing trend of anti-Semitism in Greece, a South African Jew is trying to build stronger ties between the Jewish and Greek communities in South Africa. Ronnie Mink, chairman of Yad Vashem in South Africa, believes there is potential for a better relationship between the roughly 50,000 Jews in Johannesburg… More ▸

  • Juicy Trial in South Africa As Israeli Mobster Goes to Court

    An alleged Israeli mobster is facing charges in South Africa that include murder, kidnapping, robbery and intimidation. The trial of Lior Saat, which will go forward after Johannesburg’s High Court ruled last week that it has the jurisdiction to try him, is one of the highest-profile South African criminal trials in years and represents a… More ▸