Series - Johannesburg History Photograph Series

Johannesburg History, "Beth Din" Johannesburg History, "Booysens Shul" Johannesburg History, "Cantors and Choirmasters" Johannesburg History, "Doornfontein Synagogue" Johannesburg History, "Members of the Doornfontein Branch of the Jewish War Victims Fund" Johannesburg History, "Doornfontein, 1889" Johannesburg History, "Great Park Synagogue" Johannesburg History, "Great Park Synagogue interior" Johannesburg History, "Great Park Synagogue alter" Johannesburg History, "Great Park Synagogue domed ceiling"
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Johannesburg History Photograph Series

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The Johannesburg History Series includes images depicting various instances of Jewish life.

To begin with are the Courts, followed by the Cantors and Choirmasters. A large portion of the collection is focused on the Jewish Government School, which later changed its name to I. H. Harris School, as well as the Hebrew High School.

The Beth Din is the Jewish Court of Law. There is an image of the Johannesburg Beth Den in Grafton Road. There is also in image of the interior of the dilapidated Booysens Shul.

The Cantors and Choirmasters Association met on 8 August 1975. It was the opening of the Beit Hachazan. Beit means “house of the father” and hazan means “cantor”. The cantors present were Cantor Moshe Stern, Rabbi O Altshuler, Cantor Soberer and Rev J Chaitowitz.

The Hebrew High School was opened and consecrated in 1911. The old building is now a National Heritage Monument.

The Jewish Government School was a primary school which took in a high percentage of immigrant pupils and trained them for South African living. In 1966 the school changed its name to I. H. Harris School, named after one of their former headmasters. The function of the school remained the same. Many of the images in the collection feature school children in their sports teams, such as soccer, tennis and rugby, as well as standing with their awards.

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Unless otherwise stated the copyright of all material on the Jewish Digital Archive Project resides with the South African Jewish Museum.

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