Ohr Somayach has been a powerful presence in South Africa for almost two decades. Since 1980, when it conducted a seminar by invitation of the Zionist Federation, Ohr Somayach has maintained a strong presence in South Africa. Since then, it has won recognition as the most dynamic Jewish student organization. Initially, "task forces" of Ohr Somayach-Jerusalem staff and students traveled to Johannesburg to organize seminars and lecture tours for the Jewish day schools and university students.
In 1987, Ohr Somayach purchased property and established a center in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Since then, the Ohr Somayach Community has expanded into four synagogues and a major learning center serving thousands of people in Johannesburg, in Cape Town, and other communities.
Ohr Somayach of South Africa offers lectures, seminars, Shabbat weekends, a full time learning program, publications and tours to Israel. The establishment of a new Beit Medrash - study hall in 1990, was to facilitate the increased attendance at programs and to better accommodate the growing Ohr Somayach community. The establishment of a Beit Medrash in 1990, and a Kolel in 1996, added new dimensions to the study programs, preparing students for learning in Israel and providing for the needs of those returning from Israel.
Rabbi Shmuel Moffson
Ohr Somayach of South Africa