Situated in the midst of arguably the most interesting and historic urban square miles in the country, and on a campus that includes SA’s first, oldest and surely grandest synagogue, the South African Jewish Museum is nevertheless a marvel of modern architecture, and one whose contents mirror this fusion of the old world and the new.


The Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, housed in Rachel Bloch House was established in 1980 under the terms of a gift to the University of Cape Town by the Kaplan Kushlick Foundation and is named in honour of the parents of Mendel and Robert Kaplan. An autonomous centre, with its own governing body, the centre is the only one of its kind in South Africa. – See more at:


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The Kolel Yad Shaul, simply known in Johannesburg as ‘’The Kollel”, has been in the forefront of strengthening and reintroducing Torah true Yiddishkeit in South Africa for over 40 years… One key aspect of any Kollel is its Otzar – the Otzar started from humble beginnings and grew gradually over the years. In 2008, a new effort was made to upgrade the Otzar to a new level of breadth and depth of coverage… A single digital integrated kiosk of Otzar Hachochma, Otzros Haposkim, Hebrewbooks and Kol Haloshen was designed and implemented.

Based in Marc Latilla’s blog Johannesburg 1912 – Suburb by suburb research, this piece on the lost churches of Johannesburg contains images and some history concerning some of the Jewish community’s older synagogues.