List of Jews from Sub-Saharan Africa

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This is a list of Jews from Sub-Saharan Africa. It is arranged by country of origin. The vast majority of African Jews inhabiting areas below the Sahara live in South Africa, and are mainly of Ashkenazi (largely Lithuanian) origin. A number of Beta Israel also reside in Ethiopia. Additionally, small post-colonial communities exist elsewhere.


DR Congo[edit]




  • Albie Sachs, ANC activist (lived in Mozambique during exile from South Africa)
  • Ruth First, ANC activist (lived in Mozambique during exile from South Africa)

South Africa[edit]

Politicians and activists[edit]

Other Jewish ANC activists included Ruth First, Albie Sachs and five of the six whites arrested in the Rivonia Trial: Denis Goldberg, Lionel Bernstein, Arthur Goldreich, James Kantor, Harold Wolpe and Gaby Shapiro.


Cultural figures[edit]

Business and professional figures[edit]

Sports figures[edit]

Rugby union[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ American Jewish Year Book, 1983, p.271 Accessed 16 Nov 2006
  3. ^ "Frank H. Herbstein (1926-2011)". Acta Crystallogr B. 67: 266–267. 2011. doi:10.1107/S0108768111017599. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek - Pg 145
  5. ^ "Driving force of city university's growth": Western Daily Press 19 July 2006: "the family is Jewish".
  6. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the only son and elder child of Samuel and Anna Jacobson, a Jewish couple"
  7. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "a devout Jew"
  8. ^ "Percy Yutar". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 23 July 2002. Archived from the original on December 10, 2006. 
  9. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p68
  11. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition, volume 19, p146