My Talks at the Great Park & Gardens Shuls

 Traces and Memories of Jewish Life 

Connecting to our Litvak shtetls
The Great Park Synagogue RCHCC, Johannesburg
5 February 2017 at 7:30pm


The Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the Gardens Shul, Cape Town


Chaim Bargman has been a beloved guide and genealogist for international Jewish-interest tourists in the Kaunas (Kovno) area for decades, and was immortalized in the late Dan Jacobson’s Heshel’s Kingdom (1998).

With a previous speaker, Dr Samuel Kassow in Seattle WA

With Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Program Director of Polin, Warsaw

Litvaks On The Move!

Let us know your shtetls’ names

Litvish Cropped

(Map – my thanks to Dovid Katz)

We can then update you on the activities in those towns.

For example, there are numerous Jewish projects currently taking place in Seduva, Zagare, Birzai, Plunge, Kedainiai, Joniskis, Kupiskis, Kaunas and Vilnius.

We are also interested in the towns that your Litvak forefathers settled in, after leaving.

Please email your list together with your family names associated with the particular towns and shtetls to:

You can also visit our Facebook pages:

Litvak Portal on Facebook and

South African Shtetl on Facebook

If you wish, we can put you in touch with others with the same connections.

I look forward to hearing from you.

PS – If you are in Jo’burg tonight, I am giving a talk at the SA Jewish Genealogical Society at the HOD.

It would be great to see you there!

Best regards