175th Anniversary of Cape Town Jewry – Videos


Emdon Video Productions filmed the evening’s celebrations which included:

the hilarious MC, Nik Rabinowitz, no relation;

the Gardens’ chairman Solly Berger, who is my cousin;

Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis;

Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein;

Rabbi Yossi Goldman of Sydenham Highlands North Shul;

Rabbi Pinchus Feldman of Sydney;

Rabbi Osher & Sarah Feldman of the Gardens Shul;

and South African music icon, Johnny Clegg.

Thanks to Emdon Video Productions for allowing me to extract some footage from their video.


That’s Jill and me on the top right of the display. We were married at the Gardens Shul on 31 July 1977

Rabbi Osher & Sarah Feldman of the Gardens Shul


Here are selected clips from the video. This video clip is for South African Jews, especially Boerejode. It is hilarious.


The Cape Town KehilaLink:


My Other KehilaLinks




My friend, Owen Ogince, was born in Johannesburg, but lived in Theunissen in the Orange Free State in South Africa. He went to boarding school in a larger city, such as Bloemfontein, typical of the many first generation of South African born Jews who lived in the country areas. Their parents often spoke only Yiddish and Afrikaans, creating an interesting sub culture which in many ways reflected their previous lives in the shtetls of Lithuania. They were often referred to as boerejode. For more information on boerejode, see the end of this post.

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I took the opportunity to visit the shtetl of Vabalninkis in Lithuania, where Owen’s family came from.

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The Jewish Cemetery and the memorial to the Resistance.

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The Former Synagogue

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The Boerejode of the Boland