Most of the South African Jewish community is religiously traditional, with some 85% of the community affiliated with Orthodox synagogues. Other streams are active as well, with about 8% of South African Jews affiliating with the Progressive movement and a smaller number with the Masorati (Conservative) movement. The Union of Orthodox Synagogues and the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) are the main umbrella movements.
There are multiple rabbinical institutions serving the various streams. The chief rabbi of South Africa is chosen by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues and the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis is linked to the SAUPJ. In 2005 Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein was appointed Chief Rabbi of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa, thereby becoming the first South African-born and trained rabbi to hold the position, while multiple rabbis represent the Progressive community
Kosher food is widely available throughout South Africa, namely in the major cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban, and there are several kosher restaurants and hotels. Smaller communities may have less options, but kosher food can be found in most parts of the country.