A pedestrian crosses a footbridge in Johannesburg's Newtown cultural precinct. Newtown is at the heart of life in the city and a visit there reveals just why this is one of Africa's great metropolitan centers. (photo credit: AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Johannesburg

Johannesburg: The city of gold

South Africa’s gold rush led to the founding of Johannesburg and its impressive Jewish community

Johannesburg, South Africa has been home to a thriving Jewish community since the late 1800s. The city itself was founded in 1886 after the discovery of gold in South Africa, a time when many immigrants, attracted by the promise of wealth, flocked to Johannesburg.