The Jews of South Africa: a special community at the tip of the continent  

Thursday, December 28

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

The history of the Jews in South Africa officially began in 1841, when a congregation of British Jews, known as the Gardens Shul, was founded in Cape Town. We will experience the history of the community's roots in Cape Town's city center, and we will learn about the role of the Lithuanian Jewish immigrants in the development of Johannesburg during the years of the "Gold Rush". We will discuss the situation of Jews in South Africa before, during and after the Apartheid regime, and we will witness the growth from a small service of 17 men in 1841 to the healthy and vibrant community of today.

About Craig

Craig Nudelman was born in Johannesburg, but moved to Cape Town in 2013, where he obtained his Master's degree in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town. He quickly grew to love not only the beauty of this city, but also its incredible history.

The Jewish story within it is fascinating, a history with twists and turns, which made him found "Mother City Jewish Tours", a company offering guided tours around Cape Town's Jewish heritage sites.

He recently moved to Sydney, Australia, with his family, but continues to conduct virtual tours of the beautiful city of Cape Town

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