About Me

Eli Rabinowitz

Eli Rabinowitz was born in Cape Town and has lived in Perth Australia since 1986.

Eli, a filmmaker, researches family and Jewish cultural history. He travels extensively and writes about Jewish life and travel on his website, Tangential Travel and Jewish Life, http://elirab.me

Eli writes and manages 88 Jewish KehilaLink websites for JewishGen.org, the world’s largest Jewish genealogical organisation , with a database of 500000 followers.

His KehilaLinks include sites in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Russia, China, Mauritius, Mocambique, South Africa and Australia.  http://elirab.me/kehila

Eli’s articles have been published in numerous international Jewish and genealogical websites and publications. Eli has lectured in numerous countries, at Limmud, and at International Jewish Genealogical Societies’ conferences in the USA, Israel and Poland.

A Tragic Romance: From One Photograph to a Journey of Discovery – Success! Stories of Connection

Personal Journeys: From One Photograph to Journeys of Research and Discovery

Personal Journeys: From One Photograph to Journeys of Research and Discovery

Source: avotaynuonline.com/2016/08/from-one-photograph-to-journeys-of-research-and-discovery/

Personal Journeys: Finding Mr. Katz

Personal Journeys: Finding Mr. Katz

Source: avotaynuonline.com/2016/12/personal-journeys-finding-mr-katz/

Source: www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/a-tragic-romance/

80 Years After Her Fiance Died in a Car Crash, Their Descendants Found Each Other – MyHeritage Blog

80 Years After Her Fiance Died in a Car Crash, Their Descendants Found Each Other – MyHeritage Blog

Source: blog.myheritage.com/2021/03/80-years-after-her-fiance-died-in-a-car-crash-their-descendants-found-each-other/

Finding My Cousin Zara Smushkovich

Finding My Cousin Zara Smushkovich

Source: elirab.me/finding-my-cousin-zara-smushkovich/

Watch Eli on MyHeritage’s Facebook Live – April 2021:

Eli’s passion for working with schools in the Former Soviet Union and South Africa has led him to establish the Partisan Song Project, a global initiative.

The Meaning And Significance Of The Partisans’ Song

The Meaning And Significance Of The Partisans’ Song

Source: youtu.be/NRcGcNGrYWo

The WE ARE HERE! Foundation


Human Rights project For Upstanders  was founded by Eli Rabinowitz in 2018, and received a funding grant from the US government. Funding has also been received from the Federal German Government, and from Gandel Philanthropy.

Source: wah.foundation

Virtual Shtetl  – Polin Museum

Eli is the only international member of the IAJGS Board https://iajgs.org/about/current-board/

Board of Directors – IAJGS

elirab digital storytelling

Board of Directors – IAJGSwww.iajgs.org/about/current-board/

Photographer and documenter
Accessing the past through photographs & blogs

B.Bus.Sc (Hons) Economics
University of Cape Town 1971-1974
Sea Point Boys’ High 1969

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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