Troyeville & Jeppestown

With Ishvara

On my recent visit to Jo’burg, my friend Ishvara Dhyan showed me the once thriving Jewish world of Troyeville and Jeppestown – a sampling of his wonderful tours of old Johannesburg.

Thanks also goes out to Marc Latilla for sharing his well researched blogs of these old Jo’burg suburbs.

And to the others whose blogs were included.

Troyeville Hotel

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Kimberly Street Shul

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Thanks to Marc Latilla for his well sourced blog:

Bertrams and Lorentzville

Bertrams and Lorentzville

Bertrams Synagogue – Marc Latilla

Like Doornfontein, Bertams had a sizeable Jewish community due to the influx of immigrants as explained in the piece below:

Despite such official anti-Semitic immigration sentiments, between 1924 and 1930 there was a noticeable rise in the immigration of Jewish refugees from Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to Johannesburg (Adler 1979:71). That a high percentage of these immigrants settled in the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg is clear from a 1936 survey which listed Doornfontein, Bertrams and Jeppe as home to the single largest Jewish community on the Witwatersrand . What makes this significant is that almost twenty percent of workers in the area were manual labourers. This was predominantly then a community of workers, not owners.

“Thus it can be established that between 1920 and 1940 there was a concentration of Jewish immigrant workers living in the Johannesburg suburbs of Doornfontein, Bertrams and Jeppe. Their greatest significance however lies in the fact that they were immigrants and that a large proportion of them were manual labourers of the artisan class”.

As the second generation of better educated and entrepreneurial Jews moved away from Bertrams to the northern suburbs, the usage of the Shuls and Synagogues  in the areas dropped. The Bertrams Synagogue (also known as the  Kimberly Road Shul) at 54 Kimberly Road closed in 1982 and is now a private residence. It was originally the Valley Bioscope.

Source: johannesburg1912.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/bertrams-and-lorentzville/

Street signs

Original 

Replacement

Jeppestown

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Original Jeppestown (Lithuanian) Shul

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Jeppestown Shul

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From the archives at Beyachad – thanks to Naomi Musiker

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Jeppe Memorial

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Thanks to Marc Latilla:

Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.5 (Osborn Pharmacy, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Jeppestown Synagogue and Joooste & Bryant’s building)

Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.5 (Osborn Pharmacy, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Jeppestown Synagogue and Joooste & Bryant’s building)

Osborn Pharmacy The plans for this building date back to 24 August 1898 and it was evidently built before the Anglo-Boer War by J.R. Koller. A good description is ‘…more leisurely pace …

Source: johannesburg1912.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/jeppestown-belgravia-pt-5-osborn-pharmacy-cosmopolitan-hotel-jeppestown-synagogue-and-joooste-bryants-building/

and

Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.4 (Grand Station Hotel & Jeppe Post Office)

Jeppestown & Belgravia Pt.4 (Grand Station Hotel & Jeppe Post Office)

Grand Station Hotel 1896 Built to serve miners from the nearby Wolhunter mine, the building which still stands today, is one of the oldest and grandest. It had a close association with boxing and s…

Source: johannesburg1912.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/jeppestown-belgravia-pt-4-grand-station-hotel-jeppe-post-office/

The Neighbourhood

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the OLD Chaddishe Shul in Harrow Road, Berea

Ishvara’s Tours 
Jeppestown Walking Tour

Journey through JEPPESTOWN

Sat., 10 Feb. 2018, 10:00 am: • What we’ll do the Jeppestown Walk ~starts at 10am Saturday 10th February 2018 at ORIGIN Artisan Coffee Roasters corner Berea & Fox Sts MABONENG PRECINCT( near Arts on Mai

Source: www.meetup.com/en-AU/African-Secrets-Walks-in-the-Inner-City-of-Johannesburg/events/247271200/

Jeppestown Walking Tour

The History of the Jeppe Family | The Heritage Portal

The History of the Jeppe Family | The Heritage Portal

Five Jeppe men were prominent in the early history of the Transvaal and the Witwatersrand Gold fields. Three were brothers, two were the sons of the youngest brother.  Two played significant roles in state administration, two were entrepreneur-businessmen and one was a jurist. But by enunciating these men’s foundation careers, is to tell only part of the story, for they all pursued a myriad of interests, involvements and occupations. All appeared assuredly capable of operating in a broad professional and public arenas.

Source: www.theheritageportal.co.za/article/history-jeppe-family

Old Lorentzville synagogue

Old Lorentzville synagogue

“I am an Afrikaans kugel living in a Jewish synagogue in a predominantly Muslim area, with a buddha.” This is how Jungian therapist Marianna…

Source: melodyemmettsbezvalley.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/old-bertrams-synagogue.html

A Visit to the SABC Sound Archives

Solly Aronowsky & The Jewish Guild Orchestra

Marc Latilla and I visited the SABC earlier this year. We were given a tour by Florence Moshatana, the music archivist.

I was looking for recordings of my dad, Harry Rabinowitz, a cantor and singer, and his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist. Both were both featured on the radio and concerts on the SABC over many years.

Here are some of the items in my dad’s  scrapbook:

Peter Lotis on the cover

Vos Is Gevoren Fun Mein Shtetele

Harry’s 15th Yahrzeit

Source: elirab.me/harrys-15th-yahrzeit/

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Source: elirab.me/rachel/

We were not successful in finding any recordings of Harry or Rachel. The closest I came to Harry was Harry Rabinowitz, the conductor and arranger who passed away  in the UK in 2016 at the age of 100.

Harry Rabinowitz v Harry Rabinowitz

Harry Rabinowitz – Wikipedia

Harry Rabinowitz MBE (26 March 1916 – 22 June 2016) was a British conductor and composer of film and television music. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was the son of Israel and Eva Rabinowitz. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Rabinowitz

It was a most interesting tour and my thanks goes out to Florence for showing Marc and me around. Here are some of the photos and information from the visit.

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is the state broadcaster in South Africa, and provides 19 radio stations (AM/FM) as well as 5 television broadcasts to the general public.[2]

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Broadcasting_Corporation

DETAILS – RBF

RADIO BROADCAST FACILITIES exists primarily to provide the technology infrastructure on which radio programmes are created – from studio broadcast/recording and outside broadcasts all the way through Radio Main Control (RMC) to broadcasting via Sentech.

Source: web.sabc.co.za/sabc/home/bf/medialibraries/details?id=e1d3bcaa-c1a9-416c-bed8-d7e574112721

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Unsorted media
Still around?

Harry Rabinowitz interviewed by Paddy O’Byrne

Labels on audio media in archives

        

Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

A bird’s eye view of Springbok Radio of yesteryear, and of Springbok Radio Revisited, today.

Source: youtu.be/7k4U661TZIQ

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syd Nomis onderskep ‘n aangee van Brian Lochore en hardloop deur vir die finale punte in die 1e toets op 25 Julie1970 teen die All Blacks. Die Springbokke he…

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Arthur Frederick Fortune (1906 – 22 November 1994) was a South African sport broadcaster and writer, especially noted for his cricket commentaries on radio.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fortune

Charles Fortune

LM Radio – Wikipedia

Not part of the SABC, but after closing became Radio 5 in South Africa.

It relaunched as LM Radio in 2010.

LM Radio – Wikipedia

LM Radio is a radio station based in Maputo, Mozambique. Historically it was a shortwave station broadcasting to South Africa and Rhodesia from Lourenço Marques, the colonial era name of Maputo, hence the name “Lourenço Marques Radio” from 1936 to 1975 when it was shut down by the government of the then newly independent country.[1] In 2010, following political reforms and economic development in Mozambique the station was relaunched with the brand “Lifetime Music Radio”.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LM_Radio

LM Radio

LM Radio Museum

LM Radio Museum

Source: www.lmradio.org