Rabbi Nachman Meir Bernhard, a pillar and legacy of the South African Jewish community, passed away on Wednesday night.
He was 80 years old.
Rabbi Bernhard moved to South Africa in 1965 at the behest and persuasion of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, only to touch the lives of hundreds and thousands of Jews as he led the community and helped lay the foundations of Jewish life in Johannesburg.
He acted as the Rabbi and mentor of Oxford Synagogue for 35 years, one of the most prestigious shuls in Johannesburg, graced with world famous chazzanim and Rabbi Bernhard’s world famous sermons.
Rabbi Bernhard not only stood up for Jewish rights, but he was extremely influential in the tides of apartheid and standing up for the value of life in all respects.
Rabbi Bernhard obm is survived by his wife Joan, and his children, Lisi Milner, South Africa, Tovi Rubenstein, Israel, Dini Singer, South Africa, Nami Friedman, Pittsburgh, Kivi Bernhard, Atlanta, GA, Laia Uzvolk, South Africa and his many grandchildren dispersed around the globe.
The levaya will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday, at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg at 3:30 pm.
Emails of condolences and memories and messages can be sent to Rebetzin Joan Bernhard [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Haemes.