Cape Town Local Community

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Local Narratives & Histories

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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COVID-19, Conspiracy Theories and Us

By Gwynne Robins   Which of these statements do you believe to be true? • COVID-19 spreads when Israeli soldiers wipe the virus on car door handles (suggested by Palestinian

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Camps Bay and Hatikvah

by Gwynne Robins When the British took over the Cape in 1806, it took possession of Dutch properties including the shabby Camps Bay farmhouse bought from Von Kamptz, after whom

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No Place for Hate

With our elections coming up under the Cape SAJBD’s new democratic constitution, it seems appropriate to take this opportunity to explain the Cape SAJBD’s stance on forms of hatred. At

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Be kind, but be fierce

“Be kind, but be fierce. You are needed more than ever before. Take up the mantle of change. For this is your time.” —Winston Churchill Thursday 12 March feels like

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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 will celebrate 58 years of

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How Did Zionism Start in Cape Town?

By Gwynne Robins The first Zionist society in Cape Town was the short-lived Bnei Zion Society which had been established on 27 November 1897 by Reb Yehuda Leib Schrire, the

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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 1936 when its chairman, Dr

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How the Jewish Community Services Started

By Gwynne Robins The hazards of the sea were directly responsible for the establishment of the first Jewish organisation in the Cape, the Jewish Philanthropic Society of the Jewish Community

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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 community structure, that could intercede

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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 www.sajewishmuseum.org.za

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