Sea Point March 2020

Sea Point, Cape Town

29 February 20
Tea at the Winchester Mansions Hotel
Beachfront Walk

6 March 20

With Ian Stein and Dimitri Coutras

Cheryl Edwards

Foggy morning on the SEA POINT beachfront

7 March 20

Marais Road, Sea Point

Bordeaux – cnr Beach Road &  Marais Road

Ruemer Court  – I lived here from 1967 to 1975. Rent – R48 per month!

Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation

Queens Road – house once owned by my Zeldin grandparents

Ian & Irene Stein

Leaving Cape Town


Socher and Chassia moved to Queens Road Sea Point in 1953.

Socher Zeldin outside his Queens Road house.
Socher and Chassia Zeldin – outside their house in Sea Point
Socher and Chassia, their 5 married daughters and their husbands.


11 of the 15 his Cape Town grandchildren.

The founding of the Arthurs Road Shul, Sea Point in 1953
Socher passed away on Guy Fawkes Day – 5 Nov 1958 aged 77.
Pinelands #1

Huge Fire At Arthur’s Road Shul

My cousin Sonia Bloch in  Cape Town sent me these photos a short time ago – feeling sad!




Some history

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.

Chabad signing 1953

Chabaad Arthur's Road 1953

Framed photo in the shul


Article in Maccabean Weekly newspaper, Perth, Australia 2013

Arthurs Road

Rabbi Sam Thurgood giving a lesson.


My interview with Philip Goldman on 22 December 2013


The shul website:

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From my post in 2013:

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


From my previous posts:

The original shul was in Buitenkant Street. Documents from Kaplan Centre at UCT. Thanks to Veronica Belling.

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Buitenkants St Shul News

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

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100th Anniversary Brochure – article by Philip Goldman

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The plaque in memory of Lily Segall, mother of Bubbles and daughter of Israel Kellner.





Sea Point & Muizenberg

A look at two of my favourite spots in Cape Town

Sea Point
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Visitors related to Kapeluto family
Sea Point

Sea Point – Wikipedia

Sea Point (Afrikaans: Seepunt) is one of Cape Town’s most affluent and densely populated suburbs, situated between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean, a few kilometres to the west of Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD). Moving from Sea Point to the CBD, one passes through first the small suburb of Three Anchor Bay, then Green Point. Seaward from Green Point is the area known as Mouille Point (pronounced MOO-lee), where the local lighthouse is situated. It is neighboured to the southwest by the suburb of Bantry Bay.


Bantry Bay
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3 Pools? Yours, mine & ours
Bantry Bay, Cape Town – Wikipedia

Bantry Bay, Cape Town – Wikipedia

Bantry Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head and overlooking a rocky coastline, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Its neighboring suburbs are Sea Point and Clifton. It was originally called Botany Bay after a botanical garden that was planted here for the cultivation of medicinal herbs. The name was changed during World War I.


Jewish Community of  Cape Town


Arthur’s Road Shul, Sea Point

Arthur’s Road Shul – Digging Up The History- from 2013

Arthur’s Road Shul – Digging Up The History

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 …


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With Gerald & Celia Musikanth


Muizenberg – Wikipedia

Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa[citation needed] and is currently home to a surfing community, centered on the popular ‘Surfer’s Corner’. Agatha Christie, famous author and playwright, wrote that after nursing duty she would daily take the train to Muizenberg to go surfing.


The Muizenberg Kehilalink


Muizenberg to St James Walk
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St James
St James, Cape Town – Wikipedia

St James is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, situated on the False Bay coast between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.[2] The suburb is situated between the rocky shore and a steep mountain, and measures about 200m by 2 km. Its name derives from the early St James Catholic Church, built circa 1880. Most of the suburb was built between 1910 and 1950, after the railway line was built connecting Cape Town to False Bay.


Muizenberg High School

Muizenberg High School

My Partisan Song Project presentation at Muizenberg High School Muizenberg High School principal Leonie Jacobsen and I first met on Thursday night, 8 February, at a delightful Yiddish music concert…