Seeking Nelson Mandela

November 19, 2010 Agencies
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The South African Jewish Board of Deputies plans to publish a coffee table book highlighting Nelson Mandela’s Jewish associations…and wants to hear from South African Jews living in Australia and New Zealand with personal Mandela tales to tell.

Nelson Mandela with SA Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

In the course of his long and illustrious career, the iconic statesman and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela was closely associated with many Jewish people, whether professionally, politically or at the personal level. To mark Mandela’s 90th birthday in July 2008, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies brought out a special commemorative magazine, comprising the personal reminiscences of these individuals who had been associated with him.

The SAJBD is now expanding the publication into a prestigious ‘coffee table’ book that will bring this compelling new information to a wider audience. This will take the form of a central narrative outlining Mandela’s life and career interweaved with and illustrated by relevant extracts from the personal memoirs of him. A further purpose of the book is to broaden it to include contributions from many others who, for whatever reason, were not included in the original magazine.   Do you have any Mandela stories to share? If so, do get in touch with the editor, David Saks, at the SAJBD on  +27 (11)  645  2536 or email

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