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Abe Mirvish Collection

  • Collection
  • 2011-

The Abe Mirvish Collection consists of a large number of family photographs, documents and films depicting various aspects of Jewish 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.

Abe Mirvish Photograph and Document Series

Consisting of a large number of family photographs, documents and various correspondence, the Abe Mirvish Photograph and Document Series depicts various aspects of Jewish life, such as religious ceremonies (bat mitzvahs) and weddings, as well as every-day life of the Mirvish family. Also included are images of Rabbi Moses Chaim Mirvish while studying, as well as attending the opening ceremony of the Beit Hamedrash in Vredehoek around the 1930s. A small bonus included is a hand-drawn map of a shtetl in Plungian, Russia.

Abe Mirvish Video Series

The Abe Mirvish Video Series contains digitised footage. It was donated by Gillian Cress and contains videos of the Mirvish family around Cape Town.

Alderman Sol Kreiner Collection

  • Collection
  • 2022

The Alderman Sol Kreiner Collection Collection includes a number of materials donated by Sol Kreiner, Cape Town’ Mayor (1983 – 1985) Mr Kreiner was loved and appreciated by the people of Cape Town during his term in office. This collection contains images and newspaper articles from Mr Kreiner’s influential time as Mayor, as well as several letters addressed to him which express admiration for the work he did for the City.

Alderman Sol Kreiner represented Ward 8 – Woodstock, Salt River, Walmer Estate and District Six in Cape Town for 20 years from 1976, where he was responsible for launching a campaign to “stop urban decay”. Before going into politics, he was the sole owner and director of a textile company. He was a self-made man.

Sol Kreiner followed in his brother Louis Kreiner’s footsteps when he became Deputy Mayor and subsequently Mayor of Cape Town. Sol Kreiner’s Mayoralty has been commended for the energetic and unceasing work put in by Sol, who directed the refurbishment of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in order to market Cape Town as a tourist destination.

An avid sports fanatic, Sol Kreiner continued to make big contributions to Cape Town after his Mayoralty, when he brought the IAAF Cross Country Championships to Stellenbosch. He also participated in the campaign to bring the Olympics to Cape Town.
Alderman Sol Kreiner has described Cape Town as a city of compassion. “In the recipe of success, the key ingredients are people,” he has said. “I believe that every problem can be solved and I also believe that once you start something, you finish it.”

Alderman Sol Kreiner has met with dozens of high profile people, and shaken hundreds of municipal workers’ hands. South African Jewish Museum is grateful to the donors of this beautiful collection, Mr Sol Kreiner and Mrs Brenda Kreiner. The material is historically insightful for Capetonians and truly inspiring for the Jewish community.

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.

Anthony Morris Family Collection

  • Collection
  • YYYY

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.

Armed Forces Collection

  • Collection
  • 2013-

The Armed Forces Collection contains a number of photographs of both men and women who served in the First and Second World Wars. This Collection includes a handful of documentation pertaining to some of these servicemen and women.

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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  • YYYY

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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