Cape Town Local Community

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We hope to present you the latest on the Cape Town Jewish community on this page - histories, places to visit, pictures etc.

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Local Narratives & Histories

Personal Reflections on May Day

This special personal narrative was shared with the Cape SAJBD ahead of Workers’ Day 2020, when trade unionists and political activists Leon and Lorna Levy

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How Did Astra Begin?

By Gwynne Robins Global education network ORT, which started in St Petersburg, Russia in 1880 to teach Jews employable skills, came to South Africa in

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How the Cape SAJBD Started

By Gwynne Robins Since the fourth century BCE, the Jews in the Diaspora have found it necessary to have a kehillah, a semi-autonomous organised Jewish

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South African Jewish Museum
Outside the South African Jewish Museum.

Discover local Jewish history

Boasting high-tech exhibits, interactive multimedia installations and walk-through historical faithful recreations, the custom-built South African Jewish Museum has a lot to offer those visiting Cape Town. For more information, visit

A short history of Jewish Cape Town

“In one of the world’s most beautiful cities, we find a small but vibrant Jewish community who have made notable contributions in South Africa and abroad.”

Video produced by Jewish Discoveries and published in 2014. 

In Pictures