‘It’s Time to Get Out’: Why Jews Are Fleeing South Africa for Israel

500 Jews are set to make aliyah from South Africa in 2021, the most in a single year since the fall of the apartheid regime. Immigrants and experts explain the reasons for the exodus

Judy Maltz
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Until very recently, Eidan Ederi had never given serious thought to moving to Israel. Besides having a sister in the country, who immigrated seven years ago and had been urging him to join her ever since, he saw no reason to leave his comfortable life in Johannesburg.

Explaining his change of heart, the 23-year-old says: “For a white Jewish man like me, finding a job is not an easy task these days. All around me, I see young accomplished people struggling, and I finally came to the conclusion that there’s not much of a future for me in South Africa.”

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