Jewish Life

In the South African Country Communities 

compiled by David Solly Sandler

If your parents and grandparents lived in or nearby one of the towns mentioned below before 1980 you can read about the Jewish history of the town and there is a good chance they will be mentioned in the relevant volumes of Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities 

Volume 1 Northern Transvaal

Barberton, Belfast, Brits, Bronkhorstspruit, Cullinan, Duiwelskloof, Dullstroom, Graskop, Gravelotte,

Groblersdal, Hammanskraal, Hazyview, Hoedspruit, Komatipoort, Louis Trichardt, Lydenburg, Machadodorp, Marble Hall, Messina, Middelburg, Naboomspruit, Nelspruit, Nylstroom, Phalaborwa, Pietersburg, Pilgrim’s Rest, Potgietersrus, Roedtan, Sabie, Settlers, Soekmekaar, Thabazimbi, Tzaneen, Warmbaths, Waterval-Boven, White River and Witbank

Volume 2 Western Cape and Karoo

Barkly West, Beaufort West, Brandvlei, Britstown, Calvinia, Carnarvon, Ceres, Clanwilliam, Colesberg, Darling, De Aar, Douglas, Franschoek, Fraserburg, Garies, Gouda, Griquatown, Hanover, Hopefield, Hopetown, Jan Kempdorp, Kenhardt, Klawer, Kuruman, Laingsburg, Lambert’s Bay, Loeriesfontein, Mafikeng, Malmesbury, Middelburg, Modderrivier, Mooreesburg, Niewoudtville, Noupoort, Paarl, Petrusville, Philipstown, Piketberg, Port Nolloth, Porterville, Prieska, Prince Albert, Prince Alfred Hamlet, Richmond, Riebeek-Kasteel, Rietfontein, Somerset West, Springbok, Stellenbosch, Strand, Strydenburg, Sutherland, Taung, Touwsriver, Tulbach, Upington, Van Wyksvlei, Vanrhynsdorp, Victoria West, Vosburg, Vredenburg, Vredendal, Vryburg, Warrenton, Wellington, Williston, Wolseley and Worcester

Volume 3 Southern and Eastern Cape 

Aberdeen, Adelaide, Albertinia, Alexandria, Alice, Alicedale, Aliwal North, Barkly East, Bedford, Bonnievale, Bredasdorp, Burgersdorp, Butterworth, Caledon, Calitzdorp, Cathcart, Cookhouse, Cradock, Dordrecht, Elliot, Fort Beaufort, George, Graaff-Reinet, Grabouw, Grahamstown, Hankey, Heidelberg, Hermanus, Hofmeyr, Humansdorp, Indwe, Jamestown, Jansenville, Joubertina, Kareedouw, King William’s Town, Kirkwood, Knysna, Kokstad, Komga, Ladismith, Lady Grey, Maclear, Molteno, Montagu, Mossel Bay, Murraysburg, Napier, Nieu-Bethesda, Pearston, Peddie, Plettenberg Bay, Port Alfred. Queenstown, Riversdale, Robertson, Somerset East, Sterkstroom, Steynsburg, Steytlerville, Stutterheim, Swellendam, Tarkastad, Uitenhage, Umtata, Uniondale, Venterstad, Villiersdorp, Willowmore and Wolwefontein

Volume 4 Free State and Natal

Amanzimtoti, Dannhauser, Dundee, Empangeni, Ladysmith, Margate, Newcastle, Paulpietersburg, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Umhlanga Rocks, Utrecht and Vryheid

Volume 5  Southern Transvaal and Witwatersrand

Bethlehem, Bethulie, Boshof, Bothaville, Brandfort, Bultfontein, Clocolan, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Excelsior, Fauresmith, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg, Frankfort, Harrismith, Heilbron, Hennenman, Hoopstad, Jacobsdal, Jagersfontein, Kestell, Koffiefontein, Koppies, Kroonstad, Ladybrand, Lindley, Odendaalsrus, Parys, Paul Roux, Petrus Steyn, Petrusburg, Philippolis, Reddersburg, Reitz, Rouxville, Sasolburg-Coalbrook, Senekal, Smithfield, Springfontein, Steynsrus, Thaba Nchu, Theunissen, Tierpoort, Trompsburg, Tweespruit, Ventersburg and Viljoensdrif.

Five volumes have been published and I understand two more volumes are almost complete.

The names of many of the Jewish residents of each town is listed and if your parents or their parents came from a town in the areas published you can learn more about Jewish life and people in that dorp.  

This is an ideal gift or book/s for your coffee table 

The best person to contact for your book and for more information is Elona Steinfeld

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