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Jews You Should Know

Oct 16, 2017


Rabbi Warren Goldstein was both the youngest and first native-born ever elected as Chief Rabbi of South Africa. In the thirteen years since assuming that post, he has engaged at every level of South African Jewish and civic society. His crowning achievement perhaps has been the Shabbos (or Shabbat) Project; what began as an initiative to encourage South Africans to observe one Shabbat all together on a single Friday-Saturday, has mushroomed into a global grassroots movement spanning over 1,300 in 95 countries and 10 languages.

In this interview, Rabbi Goldstein discusses the Shabbat Project, of course, but also describes his ascension to the Chief Rabbinate, meeting Nelson Mandela, thoughts about Apartheid and other insights into the state of the Jewish world.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.