Cape Town Local Community

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Local Narratives & Histories

Why emigrate when you can semigrate?

Over the past few years we’ve been increasingly aware of news items and articles relating to semigration (moving from one part of a country to another, as opposed to migrating

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Combat Antisemitism

“You can’t carry an axe, you have to carry a scalpel.” Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, addressed an audience of over 200 people at the Gardens

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Entrepreneurs Network event

“The Board shares a dedication to and passion for developing sustainable growth and improving the quality of life for people in the Western Cape. The Entrepreneurs’ Network project resonates deeply

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Celebrating the power of the Youth

The Cape SAJBD engage, educate and empower young adults to ensure their voices are heard. In commemoration of this Youth Day, we held two initiatives to celebrate the youth and

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Yom HaShoah veHagvurah 2022

“To forget (the Holocaust) would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” – Elie Wiesel. Yom HaShoah veHagvurah

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The Blanket Project

During September and October, we partnered with Jewish Community Services, on The Blanket Project campaign. The objective of this campaign was to encourage our community to donate blankets to those

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Join us for a Kaleidoscope of Views

JOIN US via ZOOM on Sunday, 31 October at 16h00 for our annual AGM and Conference titled A KALEIDOSCOPE OF VIEWS. It includes a keynote address by renowned political economist, Simon Freemantle, who

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Political parties talk tachlis

On 10 October, the Cape SAJBD and eNCA hosted a debate regarding the upcoming Local Government Elections. Held at the Investec, with catering by Merle Rubin (her devilled eggs have

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Sub-Saharan Africa Channukah of Unity

The Cape SAJBD and its Country Communities Subcommittee invite you to the Sub-Saharan African Channukah of Unity event, co-hosted by the African Jewish Congress (AJC) and the Small Jewish Communities

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Rosh Hashanah 100 years ago

by Gwynne Robins   What do the High Holy Days mean to most of us? The 2019 Kaplan Centre Survey on the Jews in South Africa found that 72% attended

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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