Wednesday, June 7th | 18 Sivan 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Gaby Farber


One young South African Jewish woman broke the mold of anti-Israel activism on that country’s university campuses in 2020. In October, 22-year-old Gaby Farber was elected to the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A graduate of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, Farber was elected on the ticket of the left-wing Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA,) despite a campaign of vilification from anti-Israel activists furious that a white Jewish woman who called herself a Zionist had been accepted as a candidate on a progressive slate. In an extensive interview with The Algemeiner, Farber said she felt an “obligation” to defend the rights of poor students from black townships. “You can’t enjoy freedoms when there are so many people around you not enjoying those same freedoms,” she said. (Photo: courtesy)


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