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Potchefstroom Collection

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Consisting of a large number of photographs, the Potchefstroom Collection depicts various aspects of Jewish life, divided into seven sub-series named as General; Business; Marriages; Pioneers Day; Community Involvement; Sports and hobbies and The Arts.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Benoni Park Street Synagogue Collection

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The Benoni Park Street Synagogue Collection, donated by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies Archives includes a small number of photographs covering a large period of time of the Park Street Synagogue in Benoni, South Africa.

These photographs are well preserved and document the prominent names of those involved in the Synagogue. Those people include statesmen, executive committees, rabbis, the Synagogue choir and nursery school children.

On 15 October 1932, Dr Chaim Weizmann, President of the World Zionist Organisation and first President of the State of Israel, visited Benoni and the new Synagogue in Park Street. A photograph documenting his visit is included in the collection.

Dr Isaac Halevi Hertzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel, is also seen about to turn the first Sod for the Talmud Torah and Hall in 1952.
The Synagogue’s first Bar Mitzvah service, first Bat Mitzvah service and first wedding service are all included in the collection.
The Council photographs range in timeframe from between 1924 and 2009.

The Rose Kirschner nursery school images show children playing, dancing and singing. There are also names of the nursery school children included in the collection.

The collection also includes a photograph of the exterior of the Synagogue building.
This collection is historically fascinating as it deals with a prestigious South African Synagogue. Those involved on the Council are well recorded. The nursery is shown to have been a successful institution. The number of first services recorded shows how proud the Synagogue is of its history. The prestigious statesmen and rabbis who have been involved with the Benoni Synagogue is also testament to Park Street’s status as a premier synagogue in South Africa.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections. If you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Johannesburg History Collection

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The Johannesburg History Collection gathers together a small number of photographs pertaining to various aspects of Jewish life in Johannesburg in the 20th century.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections. If you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Walt and Jawitz Family Collection

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The Walt and Jawitz Family Photograph Collection comprises a number of photographs of family ocassions, school and sports, and the various family members travels around South Africa.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Phyllis Friedlander Collection

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The Phyllis Friedlander Collection includes photographs depicting various aspects of her own and her family's life, such as her and husband Richard Friedlander's work as Mayor and Mayoress of Cape Town (1971-1973), social occasions and general family life.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Miriam Bloom Collection

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The Miriam Bloom Collection comprises a number of photographs of Miriam Bloom as a young women with friends in Cape Town, a small number of images take at Habonim camp and a small selection of family photographs.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you have any additional information please contact us.

Anthony Morris Family Collection

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The Anthony Morris Video Collection contains digitised footage. It was donated by Anthony Morris and contains videos of the Morris family's travels around South Africa and overseas.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

The Finkelstein Letters Collection

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The Finkelstein Collection of letters includes correspondence between fashion designer Arnold Finkelstein when he was a student and his parents from the early 1950s. Arnold Finkelstein received a bursary to study fashion design in London, England in 1952. This collection is of particular interest to SAJM as it was discovered in a box at Milnerton Flea Market. A treasure such as this is valued greatly by SAJM. The Finkelstein Collection of letters includes correspondence between fashion designer Arnold Finkelstein when he was a student and his parents from the early 1950s. Arnold Finkelstein received a bursary to study fashion design in London, England in 1952. This collection is of particular interest to SAJM as it was discovered in a box at Milnerton Flea Market. A treasure such as this is valued greatly by SAJM. Reading through these letters uncovers insight into the fashion design industry of the 1950s, as well as historic evidence of culture and communication between London and Cape Town.

Arnold Finkelstein is known for being a prolific fashion designer in the 1950s and 1960s. During his bursary in London he wrote many letters to his parents. There are also letters to and from close family friends. Mr Finkelstein begins his letters to his parents by sharing “wonderful news”. He met with Mr Brian Hart of the London fashion industry and was to be staying with Mr Hart and his wife. This news was received very positively by folks back home, and Arnold’s mother immediately thought to ask, “Is Brian Hart Jewish?” Arnold did not yet know the answer but was thrilled nonetheless to be boarding with such an esteemed member of the industry.

Arnold was told by his college principal the course he had taken was very difficult and he would have to work like a bomb. Arnold Finkelstein made a prolific success of his career in Cape Town, and one can only deduce he must have worked hard and successfully during his time in London.
Speaking of bombs, Arnold shared with his parents the Great Synagogue Orthodox of London was bombed during World War Two in the Blitz, and the community would not rebuild it. Arnold also travelled briefly to Paris, France, as well as Copenhagen, Denmark and Goteborg, Sweden. During his time in Copenhagen he experienced anti-Semitism and felt miserable, and so quickly made his way back to London. As a result he almost cancelled his trip to Sweden, but ended up going, due to the demands of his father, and in fact had a wonderful time there.

Many of the letters of correspondence with Arnold’s parents share news of Arnold’s ailing health in London. He repeatedly writes of visits to the doctor, or taking new medication. Other letters relate to money being sent by his parents, or dealings with the bank. Arnold’s parents sent parcels of food as gifts to the Hart family for hosting Arnold, and they were thanked tremendously in more letters from Brian Hart’s wife to the Finkelstein family.

Some of the letters are written between Arnold and his friends in Cape Town. These friends were also in the fashion industry, or they were close acquaintances of the Finkelstein family. These letters also speak of poor health both in London and in Cape Town. Some of the letters share news of relationships and weddings happening in Cape Town, but Arnold does not reveal any news about his relationships in London, other than he had a terrible time one night at a lowdown night club. There is also mention of a girl who Arnold had dinner with one night, and who insisted on paying for herself, although it seems Arnold saw more of her on Television Ballet than a continued relationship. Arnold’s acquaintance Ronnie introduced Arnold to several high profile English actors such as Richard Attenborough, George Formby and Walter Fitzgerald.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich these collections. If you have anything to add please contact us.

Cutting Through The Mountain Collection

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The Cutting Through The Mountain Collection, includes a small number of powerful photographs which pertain to interviews conducted for the book by Immanuel Suttner titled Cutting Through The Mountain (1997). This collection depicts Jewish stalwarts who fought in the Struggle against the South African apartheid regime. It is important to note that many of these activits had ties to the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress.

Pauline Potbrey was a trade unionist in search of communism.

Gill Marcus has had several political and Struggle milestones in her life.

Ronnie Kasrils was a central figure in the South African Communist Party. He functioned as head of military intelligence for the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Rowley Arenstein was an attorney and a Marxist. He was served the longest banning order in the history of apartheid.

Shawn Slovo is a screenwriter who lives in London. Her parents Joe Slovo and Ruth First were involved with the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress in the Struggle against apartheid. Shawn Slovo wrote the award-winning feature film A World Apart, based on her childhood perceptions of the detention without trial of her mother Ruth First in the early 1960s.

Maxine Hart was active in a range of extra-parliamentary groups that opposed apartheid, including being a founding member of Jews for Justice.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

Astra Centre for Jewish Sheltered Employment Collection

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The Astra Centre for Jewish Sheltered Employment Collection comprises a small number of images donated by the Astra Centre of Cape Town covering the period of the early 2000's and depicting varius events and persons.

Astra Jewish Sheltered Employment comprises of three Group Homes; Rosecourt House, Rosecourt Terrace and Vriende House; as well as a Workshop on the Astra premises, where workers are taught skills in a protective and sheltered environment. They are involved in contract work, such as packaging goods for companies, packing flyers and brochures, as well as the manufacture of a large range of unique and high-quality craft goods, which are in great demand in the market place. There are various departments: painting, woodwork, needlework, weaving, catering and philately. The Workers enjoy the dignity of being occupied daily which enhances their self-esteem, while at the same time giving them the opportunity for social interaction.

Included in the photographs are Selwyn and Merle Furman, two of Astra’s longest standing executive committee members. They are seen delivering speeches, installing mezuzahs and celebrating renovations with a Table Mountain backdrop.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections. If you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

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