We’re saddened to report that Nelson Mandela has died at 95. The legendary leader, who was imprisoned for 27 years, was South Africa’s first black president and a tireless voice against racial oppression.
When Mandela was hospitalized this summer, Dana Evan Kaplan, a reform rabbi who used to live in Cape Town, described his experience meeting then-President Mandela at interfaith events. Earlier this month Richard Kreitner wrote about the Jews in South Africa who allied with and supported Mandela in his revolutionary struggles.
The New York Times has a moving video tribute to Mandela, who leaves behind a rich and enduring legacy.
Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.