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  • Report: Mandela received Mossad training

    December 20, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Nelson Mandela received training from Israel’s Mossad in the 1960s, an Israeli government document has revealed.

    Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died earlier this month, was trained by Mossad agents in weaponry and sabotage in 1962,...

  • World pays homage to Mandela in mass memorial service

    December 9, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    World leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, will pay homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial in South Africa on Tuesday that will recall his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides.

    Obama and Castro, whose countries...

  • Netanyahu to skip Mandela memorial due to high travel, security costs

    December 9, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

    The decision was announced late Sunday, hours before Netanyahu’s scheduled departure the following day for the...

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  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • Kerry urges Israel, Palestinians to make peace like Mandela

    December 6, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry closed another Middle East troubleshooting mission on Friday by urging Israel and the Palestinians to follow Nelson Mandela's lead and make peace.

    The death on Thursday of Mandela, who fought apartheid in South Africa and became its first black...

  • When Mandela and Sharansky met in LA

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2013 | 12:35 am


    My only encounter with Nelson Mandela was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel, and the initial impression was more comical than awe-inspiring.

    The reserved, soft-spoken Mandela, released only four months earlier after 27 years in South African prisons, stood next to the...

  • Nelson Mandela, 95, first democratic president of South Africa, was close to country’s Jews

    December 5, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    In the early 1940s, at a time when it was virtually impossible for a South African of color to secure a professional apprenticeship, the Jewish law firm Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman gave a young black man a job as a clerk.

    It was among the first encounters in what would become a...

  • Jewish organizations mourn loss of Mandela

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Jewish organizations have expressed condolences over the passing of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid activist, saying that the world will miss a leader whose dedication to human rights resonated with Jewish values.

    “Today, the entire world...

  • Jews in Mandela’s South Africa

    December 5, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    The year was 1994; South Africa was hanging on a thread. The first free general election was about to take place on April 27.

    The world was waiting with baited breath to see whether civil war would erupt and blood would be shed.

     I had just moved from Cape Town to live in the...

  • Nelson Mandela remembered by L.A.‘s South African Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela — a hero to many Los Angeles Jews, including a large number with ties to that country — died Dec. 5. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was 95.

     “I think the important thing is Mandela’s great gift to the...

  • Nelson Mandela, apartheid fighter and former South African president, dies at 95

    December 5, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

    Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • If not the blacks, the Jews

    July 9, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Fresh off President Obama’s South Africa, and as the world still holds its breath for Nelson Mandela, Roger Cohen offers this take on the attitudes of South Africa’s Jews during apartheid:

    South Africa was as good a place as any for a Jew to live in the 20th century. A...

  • S. Africa’s Jewish community offers prayers for Mandela

    July 1, 2013 | 9:59 am

    South Africa’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, conveyed the Jewish community’s prayers and support to the daughter of ailing former President Nelson Mandela.

    Mandela, 94, remains critically ill in a Pretoria hospital.

    Dr. Makaziwe Mandela thanked the Jewish community on behalf...

  • Mandela family’s message to Jews

    July 1, 2013 | 9:19 am

    This letter was conveyed last week by South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein:

    Dear Friends

    I hope you are well.

    This morning I spoke to Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, President Nelson Mandela’s daughter, to convey our community’s prayers and support. She asked me to thank...

  • A South African-born rabbi reflects on Nelson Mandela and the Jewish community

    June 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Members of South Africa’s Jewish community have joined the rest of the country in praying for Nelson Mandela following his admission to hospital for the third time this year.

    As prayers were said for the anti-apartheid hero in churches across the country, South Africa’s Chief...

  • Mandela/Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The one fact that continues to astonish me about Nelson Mandela is this: He studied Afrikaans in prison.

    It was the language of the wardens. It was the language of the people who ruled South Africa as a minority and instituted apartheid to deprive the majority black population of...

  • Nat Bregman, Mandela’s ‘first white friend,’ dies at 88

    August 3, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Nat Bregman, whom anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela described as his “first white friend,” died in Johannesburg.

    Bregman, who shared an office with Mandela for three years at a Johannesburg law firm, died July 20. He was 88.

    He and Mandela were law clerks in the 1940s at the...

  • ‘Catch A Fire’ ignites filmmaker’s memories of anti-apartheid dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Slovo remembers how her Jewish parents, African National Congress activists, left home in the middle of the night to attend secret meetings. She recalls police regularly raiding their Johannesburg house and arresting her mother and father. All the while, she said, she resented...
  • Following the Leader

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not long after he took over as national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Abraham Foxman was asked to fly to Geneva and head off an international crisis. It set the tone for what's come since.

    It was June 1990. Nelson Mandela, newly released after 27 years in a South...

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