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Fight or flight dilemma for South Africa’s Jews

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Published: 30 July 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

In troubled post-Mandela South Africa, a fight or flight dilemma for the 70,000 Jews – Geoff Sifrin – The Times of Israel 27.07.16
Nelson Mandela epitomized an optimism that South Africa’s non-racial project would succeed after apartheid’s defeat; under Jacob Zuma, that hope is dimming. With joblessness, inequality and violence all on the rise, many in the Jewish community are considering their future.
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And see: South African Jews drop ban on women singing at Holocaust ceremony – Julie Wiener – The Forward 27.07.16
Women will no longer be banned from singing at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in Cape Town. The South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED) dropped a complaint it had filed in the Equality Court of the Western Cape High Court against the Cape Town chapter of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. In exchange, the Board promised to restructure future ceremonies to include women singing. [The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has just reinstated a similar non-exclusionary policy after some of its Deputies gave notice of a motion challenging a practice that had recently crept in of excluding women from singing at Holocaust commemorations.]


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