Pulling off the Plaster

The year 1994 was a euphoric time for all South Africans. We celebrated the values of democracy and human rights and we spoke of Madiba magic, the rainbow nation, and of course Ubuntu. Life was good. We had avoided civil war and bloodshed and, in the main, crossed the bridge unscathed into the New South Africa.

Stop the Hate

While 2016 was still in its infancy and we were surfacing from the holiday euphoria, we got the news that has shaken our precious democracy; that racism was well and thriving in our country. Penny Sparrow broke the bubble with her ‘monkey’ comments, followed closely by Steven Hart, Velaphi Khumalo, and Nicole de Klerk. Sadly, I suspect that by the time this is published there will be many more.

A Night To Remember

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies' phones have not stopped ringing, and glowing messages have been sent on email, social media and, of course, while queuing at the shops, over Shabbat tables and in our internal and external meetings.

Jewish Affairs - Chanukah 2016

The Chanukah 2016 issue of Jewish Affairs has now been posted on the SAJBD’s Website and Facebook. The printed version will be mailed to subscribers shortly.


Jewish Affairs - Chanukah 2016

The Chanukah 2016 issue of Jewish Affairs has now been posted on the SAJBD’s Website and Facebook. The printed version will be mailed to subscribers shortly.


The SAJBD in the Media

The Board featured prominently in the media last week, with our statement condemning the racially-motivated ‘coffin’ assault in Mpumalanga receiving wide coverage.

Global Jewish Partnerships

As stressed in previous columns, the Board maintains close links with international Jewish communities and organisations. This week, our National Director Wendy Kahn took part in a conference and workshop for Jewish professional communal executives in Dublin.