South African Jewish Women


Publication Date: November 1999

Publisher: Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women

Author(s): Sally Frankental

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics; Social conditions

Keywords: Women; Feminism; History; Culture

Type: Brief

Coverage: South Africa


In South Africa, the segregationist policies of the colonial authorities, the Boer republics, and the Union, followed by the apartheid system of the past fifty years, form the inescapable frame for all who live in South Africa. The complex processes involved in the post-1990 unraveling of the apartheid regime constitute the countryÂ’s current socio-political reality. This paper is a preliminary attempt to situate the little that is known about South African Jewish women, in relation to the Jewish community and the wider society.