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South African Jewish Museum

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88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546
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The museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African history over a period of more than 150 years. We cover a number of areas of interest, including South African history, mining, commerce, Eastern European history, contemporary South African politics as well as an overview of the Jewish community’s contribution in all its aspects of South African history and conscience. An exclusive documentary film – "Nelson Mandela. A Righteous Man", is screened throughout the day, a documentary, which has won wide acclaim at the Brighton, Vancouver and Toronto Film Festivals.
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88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

Capetown had a large and vibrant Jewish population based on Eastern European immigration from the late 1800's onward. This museum does a lovely job of explaining and displaying this with terrific exhibits and artifacts. Very educational. Lovely gift shop and cafe. Visit the synagogue and...More

Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

W are Jewish so can’t comment on its interest to non Jews but we are so happy we came. 3 buildings in complex. The main active synagogue which is beautiful, where a member told us about the Cape Town congregation and community. So interesting. Then...More

Thank css1222
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

On 88 Hatfieldstreet gardens you have on the same property the gardens Synagoge, with an extremely nice lady to tour you through, the Judaica anf Gift Shop combined with a cafetype/ restaurant with kosher food, then a communal library on the top floor of this...More

Thank Karl-Heinz H
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The visit to the Jewish museum was very interesting and educating. We learned about the history of Jews in South Africa and Cape Town. Recommended.

Thank Yair K
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

It was great to learn about the Jewish people of South Africa including how the community developed. They have an old synagogue which was converted into part of the museum. There’s a section of famous South African Jewish people which was interesting. I thought the...More

Thank Lottelli
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

visit the beautifully restored synagogue, the wooden shtetl houses and above all the history of the Jewish community in South Africa, their role during the apartheid especially that of Ms Helen Suzan. Impressive.

Thank SarraAino
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

The highlight for me was a partially recreated European Shtetel. and a picture history of Jewish growth in Cape Town.

Thank Pages-Daddy
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Another place of real interest. Well worth the visit I think that everyone can enjoy this walk about Great outting

Thank mikeaJ3743LD
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Followed the history of immigration to Capetown by the Jews from Europe and learned so much. Staff is eager to help. Displays are user friendly and active learning opportunities for children.

Thank Bonnie H
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

A group of us visited the museum and were impressed by the location, quality of exhibits, information provided and the contribution of the volunteer staff. The informative videos were well done and the light bright and clean atmosphere indicated the pride that the community take...More

Thank Terrence S
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Response from MaryAnnSomerset_NJ | Reviewed this property |
The Sabbath would begin on Friday evening at sundown, so I would think that the tours end on Fri. in the late afternoon. The religious service which is orthodox would begin in the early evening. The museum, gift shop and... More
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