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Eli Rabinowitz


I was born in Cape Town, and have lived in Perth since 1986. I am involved in a wide range of Jewish community activities, including filming events, research, education and arranging exhibitions such as hosting the the Memories of Muizenberg Exhibition in three Australian cities. I give talks and presentations on my worldwide Jewish heritage travel and photography. I am a regular presenter at Limmud Oz. I like to educate about the importance of Jewish cultural heritage, family history and the shtetl. I write and manage 76 KehilaLinks (Jewish websites) for JewishGen, the world’s largest Jewish genealogical organisation. My KehilaLinks include sites in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Russia, China, South Africa and Australia. My blog is called “tangential travel and Jewish Life”. I also post on many social media sites. I arrange customised Litvak heritage tours for small family groups. My heritage story has been published on Virtual Shtetl, Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Avotaynu Online. My success story has been featured by Geni.com. Links to my many activities can be accessed via my website portal.  My website: elirab.digital invites you into my world of digital storytelling.

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KehilaLink writer and blogger
JewishGen.org and elirab.digital
Three years
Exploring our Roots: A Contemporary Journey Back to the Shtetl and How to Access and Share our Heritage!


Jantzen Swimwear
1986 to 1996
Brand and Marketing Manager

Lejaby, Warners, Le Bourget
1975 to 1986


Photographer and documenter

Accessing the past through photographs & blogs


B.Bus.Sc (Hons) Economics

Sea Point Boys’ High

My KehilaLinks

My Litvak Heritage

elirab Jewish Life and Travel blog

elirab digital


7 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Can you tell me how to conatct Abel Levitt or provide his email address. My father in law was from Birzai

    Also we were married in the Gardens Shul in 1958 do you still want to have wedding photos

  2. My grandmother’s sister emigrated from Belarus with her new husband, Moshe Rabinowitz, relocating in Rhodesia. Her name was Esther and their children included Jack, Hymie, and Sarah. Sarah married Bill Margolis. I also know that Hymie changed the last name to Robbins. Wondering if there is a connection.

  3. Hi, Eli,

    Your work and website are most impressive. I’m Shoshana Kobrin, a writer, retreat facilitator, and psychotherapist. I wonder if you can help me. I was born and grew up in Johannesburg, and lived in California for 32 years. I’m 74 years old. My grandfather emigrated from Lithuania to South Africa (Johannesburg) toward the end of the 19th century. He was only 18 years old, started selling saddles and bridles during the Boer war, developed it into a wealthy business.

    I have fascinating bits of stories from my father and uncles. Now I’m looking for details that I can weave into a story about him: (part of a collection of short stories based on incidents during my childhood and early twenties) daily life in Poland, why Jewish boys left Poland, were they transcripted into the army, how they left, what was the journey to South Africa like, boats they traveled on,who helped them leave and get started, daily life in Johannesburg, where and how Jews lived then etc. What I need are written or oral histories, memories or pieces of memory passed on from parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who lived during that time. Most information I’ve explored is very general. Any resources that can give me specific details will be most welcome.

    I’d appreciate your help or help from anyone who reads this post.
    My book should be published in a few months and I would be glad to send you a copy.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Shoshana

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, there are many sources of information and books on the subject. You should be able to get all the books on Amazon.

      “From the Baltic to the Cape” by IVAN KAPELUS. An excellent book.

      Our Litvak Inheritance compiled by David Solly Sandler
      David, who like me, lives in Perth, has a weekly newsletter and is a great source of info.

      “Heshel’s kingdom” by DAN JACOBSON

      “The Girl from Human street : Ghosts of memory in a Jewish Family” by ROGER COHEN

      “Exodus to Africa” by ADAM YAMEY (family was mainly German Jews)

      Look at my litvak-portal which you can access from my blog

      Hope that helps for starters!


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