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Sunday, 8 December 2013

South African Jews recall close friendship with president

The Jerusalem Post

Synagogue memorials to be held in cities throughout the country over the coming days for S. Africa's first democratically elected president.

The South African Jewish community will commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela at a series of synagogue memorials to be held in cities throughout the country over the coming days, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies announced on Friday.

South Africa’s Jews remembered Mandela, the country’s first democratically elected president, as a close friend, one with deep ties to prominent community figures and a partner in the decades-long effort to end apartheid.

The Jewish community mourns the passing of Mandela, whom the SAJBD called the “father of our nation,” the group said in a statement. 
“Many heroic men and women played their part in bringing about the triumph of justice and democracy in South Africa, but the name of Nelson Mandela towers above them all.”
The South African Jewish community enjoyed a “long, close and meaningful relationship” with Mandela, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said in a statement.
“South African Jews were with Mandela as fellow liberation fighters and as lawyers defending him at the Rivonia trial, as visitors during his long and lonely years on Robben Island, and then in assisting in the exciting years of building the new South Africa. And so we mourn his loss together with our fellow South Africans and with all people across the world.”
Goldstein called on his co-religionists to “live like Mandela” in accordance with the values he taught: [The murder of White people]

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