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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.

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.

Cutting Through The Mountain Collection

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  • 1998

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.

Wendy Ackerman Collection

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  • 2014-

The Wendy Ackerman collection comprises of seven photos from Temple Israel, in Wynberg, Cape Town. Two of these images depict a young boy in shul, presumably on the occasion of his bar mitzvah. The other images show Rabbi David Hoffman and other members of the 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.