Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities

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Hi All
These are the main towns that Elona Steinfeld of SA Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth is currently researching:

SA FRIENDS OF BETH HATEFUTSOTH

MAIN TOWNS FOR VOLUME SIX AND SEVEN

ALBERTON
AMERSFOORT
BALFOUR
BEDFORDVIEW
BENONI
BETHAL
BLOEMHOF
BOKSBURG
BRAKPAN
BREYTEN
CARLETONVILLE
CAROLINA
CHRISTIANA
COLIGNY
DELAREYVILLE
DELMAS
DEVON
EDENVALE
ERMELO
FLORIDA
FOCHVILLE
GERMISTON
GREYLINGSTAD
GROOT MARICO
HARTEBEESFONTEIN
HEIDELBERG
HENDRINA
IRENE
KEMPTON PARK
KINROSS
KLERKSDORP
KOSTER
KRUGERSDORP
LEANDRA (LESLIE)
LEEUDORINGSTAD
LICHTENBURG
MAGALIESBURG
MAKWASSIE
MARAISBURG
MEYERTON
MIDRAND
MORGENZON
NIGEL
OGIES
OLIFANTSFONTEIN
OTTOSDAL
PIET RETIEF
POTCHEFSTROOM
RANDFONTEIN
ROODEPOORT
RUSTENBURG
SANNIESHOF
SCHWEIZER-RENEKE
SPRINGS
STANDERTON
SWARTRUGGENS
TRICHARDT
VANDERBIJLPARK
VENTERSDORP
VEREENIGING
VERWOERDBURG
VOLKSRUST
VOORTREKKERHOOGTE
WAKKERSTROOM
WESTONARIA
WOLMARANSSTAD
ZEERUST

Rose Norwich and Adrienne Kollenberg are the co-chairmen and project convenors of the organisation.

If you have a connection to any of these towns, please comment below or contact me at eli@elirab.com and I’ll send you more details and a questionnaire.

You can also write to Elona at:
museum@beyachad.co.za

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My dad, Cantor Harry Rabinowitz, was born in Volksrust in 1914.  I found this 1911 advert in the Gitlin Library three weeks ago. This job was applied for by my zaida N M Rabinowitz. Hence my dad was born in Volksrust!

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Finally, we have had great fun in the past few days  on Facebook identifying these people from Woodstock Cape Town in 1949.

Thanks to Abe Gulis for providing the photo.

We wish  Abe and his family a “Long Life” on the passing of his beloved sister, Channa Gulis Eidelman.

If you have an interesting photo to “share”, please email me. There is no point in hoarding them in a shoe box! Let us enjoy our wonderful memories of our Jewish Life!
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10 Replies to “Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities”

  1. Lived in Edenvale from 1949 (aged 4) until 1975, where my parents played a prominent role in the community.

    My father, George, was a businessman there, and ,for many years, a productive town councillor who served two terms as the town’s mayor. Both he and my mother, Margot, did a tremendous amount of charitable work there. The Edenvale old aged home was a project my mother set out to create, and to this day I marvel at the fortitude she had, soldiering on with the project to care for those whom she felt needed the facility, while she suffered from Cancer during the last ten years of her life.

  2. Both my Mother’s and Father’s families are from Germiston.
    Kindly send me more information snd a questionnaire.

  3. Grew up in Vanderbijlpark. At its peak we had less than thirty Jewish families, but a well attended shul and and cheder, communal institutions and all the typical inter- family associations and trivial bickerings that exist in any close-knit small-town community.

  4. My great grandfather Nathan Rakow was a bootmaker in the vacinity of the New Unified goldmine and later a general merchant in Roodepoort between 1900 and 1939 so I would be very interested in the volume dealing with that area.

  5. What a wonderful idea and good work putting together the Jews Of South Africa.
    I feel we were the finest lot of Jews, something very special about us all.
    We were very caring and a great Jewish community in ever little small and big town
    My family came from the Southern Suburbs of Johannesburg. Regents Park, Rosettenville. We had a wonderful Shul South Eastern JewishShul and Jewish life style
    I am doing a book on my late husband Hymie Beinart.
    Anyone from Vrede in the O.F.S who would like to tell us some stories
    Humorous . and anything they would like to tell the world and ex Vredeiets

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