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Catch up with old friends and family – download the SA Jewish Association of Canada (SAJAC) Pesach publication – what a great read this is for local and other expat SA Jews worldwide. This 112 page Pesach edition of SAJAC NEWS is the first that Jewish Report will carry, but by no means the last. We have agreed to continue publishing the biannual publication on an ongoing basis. This is the first time in their 40-year history that SAJAC NEWS will be available online.
by ANT KATZ | Apr 12, 2016

2016 is a milestone year for the Southern African Jewish Association of Canada (SAJAC). It is their 40th anniversary – having been founded by Alan Sandler, Hilly Cohen and the late Ronnie Roth back in 1976.

“The newly-arrived immigrants to Toronto started the SAJAC NEWS,” says long-standing editor Heather Super, “and it continued for a few years.”

But then the publication was curtailed for a few years until, in 1987, SAJAC was “revived by a new crop of immigrants with Colin Baskind as president - and the SAJAC NEWS was revitalised,” says Heather.



Heather has been on board as assistant editor for the decade from 1987 to 1997, and as its editor for the past 19 years.

RIGHT – the cover of the Pesach 2016 edition of SAJAC NEWS


The publication comes out twice a year and all money raised from advertising in their Pesach and Rosh Hashanah magazines goes to a bursary fund for children of former South Africans who need funds for post-secondary education. 

“We give out almost CDN$20 000 (R228 400 at today’s exchange rates) each year and will help a student through until the end of the course,” says Heather.

SAJAC NEWS is a free publication and is posted to over 2 000 expat South African Jewish households - mainly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Some also go to Vancouver - on the Pacific coast of Canada - and places in between with Jewish SA migrants.

“We also have some going to the USA,” adds Heather, and “one goes to the Centre for Jewish Studies at Cape Town University; and one is kept in the Toronto Jewish Archives."

A great read

SAJAC NEWS is a great read. “Articles come from all places,” explains Heather. “People write for me; The Canadian Jewish News; The SA Jewish Report; Shul newsletters; poems and short stories – I gather the whole year round so when it comes to publishing time, I have a wealth of material.”

Other members of the team include:

  • TRACY SEIDER – who does the layout and design;
  • EDNA LIPWORTH – who follows up on the Announcements; and
  • ILANA GIMPLE – who keeps the database up-to-date and does the mailing.

They are all volunteers who put out the whopping SAJAC NEWS twice a year just for the naches they get from it.

Heather is thrilled that Jewish Report is taking the publication online. “I hope you enjoy our on-line edition of the SAJAC NEWS,” she says to SAJR readers.

The PDF file CLICK HERE to download SAJAC NEWS is around about the same size as a weekly digital edition of the Jewish Report and can be downloaded to read, print or sent to friends and family. Twice annually, now, JR Online will be publishing the SAJAC NEWS and linking previous editions - thus creating a digital library of the title. 

Of course, with over 35 per cent of Jewish Report Online users coming from overseas, predominantly the five countries that most SA Jews have emigrated to, this offers expats in, say, Australia or Israel, the opportunity to meet old friends too.

  • There are other SA expat Jewish groups around the world. Why not contact us: [email protected] about our doing the same for you; even if you have existing online editions, we can link them?


  1. 2 Heather Super 13 Apr
    Ant - this article is so well written - and it is so cool to have our SAJAC NEWS up on your cloud.  Thanks so much for hosing the SAJAC NEWS.  Hope many of you readers will enjoy our magazine.
    Chag Pesach Samach to all of you.
  2. 1 lynette douglas 13 Apr
    looking for SPRINGS people who are now all over the world.

    we have started a website for them

    That's great - please let us know the website address and we will let the expat Jewish world know about it.   -ED


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