The majority of the Jewish community was Israeli and worked in agriculture, business or industry. On the High Holidays, a rabbi was provided for the community by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. Because there is no established synagogue, services were either conducted in one of the congregants’ houses or in a communal center. Sometimes Friday night Shabbat services were held, with one of the congregants leading the prayers. Jews are buried in non-Jewish cemeteries.
Baruch Padeh Medical Center sent a delegation of doctors to Botswana to assist the country in its fight against COVID-19. “We are here to share with the medical staff the vast knowledge and experience that we have accumulated during the complex treatment of the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr. Hagar Mizrahi said.
The team is working with Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital, which was newly established at the start of the pandemic and serves Botswana’s COVID-19 patients.
Sources: World Jewish Congress.