Erev Rosh Hashanah this Sunday evening is the start of the Jewish festival season. It is a time of spiritual and moral stock-taking, when we reflect on how we have conducted ourselves during the year that has passed and through that process find the wisdom and inspiration to go forward into the year that has just begun.
The Rosh Hashanah issue of the Board’s journal Jewish Affairs has just been printed and will shortly be accessible on our website. It is a special bumper issue devoted to looking back on 175 years of Jewish life in South Africa, and provides a valuable addition to the growing literature on our remarkable community.
Last week, SAJBD National President Mary Kluk attended the annual meeting of the World Jewish Congress executive committee, on which she sits as the representative for SA Jewry. A key focus of the discussions was on ensuring the security of Jewish communities throughout the world.
On Tuesday, the long-awaited launch of the book The Jews of South West Africa Namibia – A History took place in Cape Town under the auspices of the African Jewish Congress (AJC).
The theme of this year’s well-attended SAJBD Cape Council conference was ‘Thrive or Survive’, with keynote speaker Rabbi David Rosen focusing on global forces shaping the Jewish future while community members Lisa Klein, Alana Baranov and Yaron Wiesenbacher provided a local perspective on the future for Jewish life in South Africa.