Last week I visited the Arthur’s Road Shul in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa.
My previous visit was in November 2012.
Both also included research at the Kaplan Centre, UCT and the Gitlin Library at the Gardens Shul complex.
I have a personal interest in the shul as both my grandfathers, Rev. N M Rabinowitz and Socher Zeldin were present on 28 March 1953 at the signing of the documents establishing the shul in Sea Point.
Furthermore, my late cousin, Phyllis Jowell and her husband Cecil were linked with the restoration of the shul in more recent times.
The Shul Today
Photos from 2012
The original shul was in Buitenkant Street. Documents from Kaplan Centre at UCT. Thanks to Veronica Belling.
Framed photos found in the shul under the ladies’ section. Thanks Wendy Berger.
The names of the men in this photo were found in a newspaper article on the same day at the Kaplan Centre, UCT.
Second framed photo found at the shul.
The shul then moved to Virginia Ave, Vredehoek
The official signing on 28 March 1953 – Arthur’s Road, Sea Point.
On the left is my paternal grandfather, Rev. Nachum Mendel Rabinowitz and on the right my maternal grandfather, Socher Zeldin.
Framed photo in the shul
100th Anniversary Brochure – article by Philip Goldman
My interview with Philip Goldman on 22 December 2013
The plaque in memory of Lily Segall, mother of Bubbles and daughter of Israel Kellner.
Bubbles Segall’s grandfather was Israel Kellner.
Her story is “A Must Read”!
Bubbles’ parents wedding movie at the Vredehoek Shul in 1946
Photos from Dec 2013
Just received from my cousin Hannah Bloch in Israel:
I shared your picture with grandpa (Zeldin) and close friends of ours, Geoffrey & Abira Breskal posted the following:Hi Hannah, the Isaac Frank signing the papers is my maternal grandfather. Once they bought the property my grandfather brought all the pews,etc from the shul in Van Rhynsdorp where he owned the shul. He and Kelner were the first Pres and vice pres of the Chabad and Rabbi Gur-ari was the rabbi.Abira & GeoffreyThe world is so small. I have been friendly with them since I was 14.