Discovering the story of one of the great communities of the Jewish diaspora is one of Cape Town’s not-to-be missed heritage experiences.
Situated on perhaps the most historic urban square mile in the country and built as an extension of South Africa’s oldest synagogue, the South African Jewish Museum is a marvel of modern architecture whose contents mirror this fusion of the old world and the new. Its gleaming interiors house a range of interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and fascinating artefacts, taking visitors on a journey back to South African Jewry’s early roots in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Featuring a life-sized recreation of a shtetl, the museum traces the cultural history of Jews, Jewish life and Judaism in general.
COMMUNITY HISTORY ONLINE
NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2023
Community History Online (CHOL) is an online gathering of people interested in chronicling the personal and communal Jewish history of South Africa.
Set up under the auspices of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT and the South African Jewish Museum, the CHOL forum is managed by volunteers with a deep interest in South African Jewish history.
The SAJM offers programmes to students of all ages from pre-school to university level. We can arrange a general tour lasting about an hour, or a programme tailored to specific ages, interests and requests. Theme-specific programmes are also developed around our temporary exhibitions.
"Beautiful exhibitions, beautiful building and beautiful setting. Thank you for the experience"