South African Jews

South Africa's Jews, Once Apathetic, Reflect

The leader's interactions with his country's tiny Jewish minority ranged from supportive to hostile.

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Nelson Mandela’s amazing attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally —  that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.

South Africa's citizens are intensely focused on Nelson Mandela's health. Getty Images

South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Defends Tutu


(JTA) -- South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has slammed a petition seeking the removal of Desmond Tutu as patron of two Holocaust centers in South Africa.

"I believe it is wrong to call for the resignation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a patron of the Holocaust Centre," Goldstein said in a statement released late last week.

“In deference to Archbishop Tutu’s widely recognized leadership role in the struggle against apartheid and to his revered position in South Africa, it would be an act of disrespect to remove him as a patron.”

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