South African Shuls in Australia - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cecil Bass
    • 21.01.13 | 01:36 (IST)

    The Kehillat Masada Synagogue in St Ives was established some 25 years ago by expat South Africans. It is part of the Masada College complex and was rebuilt and enlarged in 2003 and has recently been rebuilt again after a devastating fire. The congregation has traditionally comprised of South African migrants but that is changing with families from Israel, the United States, UK etc joining. In addition there is a new generation fo Australian born Jews joining the shul. The refusal of the Eruv in St Ives was cloaked in the aesthetic argument but there's no doubt that the real reason was one of prejudice based on a fear of a change in the demographic of the area and an effective campaign waged by some rednecks in the community. In daily life there are few problems and South African Jews are welcomed by all Australians, Jews and Gentiles alike

    from the article: South African Jewish immigrants still struggling to be accepted in Australia
    First published 03:43 18.01.13 | Last updated 03:43 18.01.13
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