Office of the Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi celebrates 175 years of South African Jewry

The Chief Rabbi and Valerie Mirvis were delighted to join celebrations in South Africa to mark the 175th anniversary of the Jewish community.

On Monday night, they were received as Guests of Honour at an event organised by the local Board of Deputies in Johannesberg and later traveled to Cape Town, where they joined one of the largest gatherings of the local community in recent times, again as Guests of Honour.

They also enjoyed a special, celebratory Shabbat with Rabbi Feldman and his congregation at Gardens Synagogue, which is known as the Mother Synagogue of South Africa.

The Chief Rabbi told the audience in Johannesberg: “Here in South Africa I grew up to be proud of my Judaism and to be passionate about caring for all of humanity.”

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From left to right: Rabbi Feldman of Gardens Synagogue, South African Chief Rabbi Goldstein, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Valerie Mirvis, Rebbetzen Feldman and Rebbetzen Goldstein