A great Shabbos/Pesach read: SAJAC News

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Catch up with old friends and family in Canada – download the 2017 SA Jewish Association of Canada (SAJAC) Pesach publication – what a great read this is for local and all other expat SA Jewry worldwide. For those who missed them, we also have the two 2016 editions for you. The extremely informative mags are a virtual “Call back the past” for all Jewry of SA origin – even Canadian expat SA Jewry download it to save fighting over who gets to read it first in the home.
by ANT KATZ | Apr 05, 2017

2016 was a milestone year for SAJAC as it was 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,” she says.

Click to download the 2017 PESACH edition of SAJAC News

Heather has been on board as assistant editor for the decade from 1987 to 1997, and as its editor for the past 20 years.

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 (R210,000 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.”

The biggest problem they have had, is that only one is delivered to each household and there is always an argument about who gets to read it first.

In 2016 Jewish Report partnered with SAJAC to put their bi-annual magazine online – and so they are now even available for Canadians to download.

The SAJAC News team are all volunteers who put out the whopping magazine 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 files of SAJAC NEWS are around about the same size as a weekly digital edition of the Jewish Report. They can be downloaded to read on screen, printed to read on Shabbos and Chagim, or sent to friends and family. 


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