CHOL – Community History On-Line

A forum for those involved in preserving the footprint of Southern African Jewish community life in digital form

Links to some Southern African Jewish communities, where somebody is making a web presence

On this page you can click on a community to see what material has been assembled for each one listed, and see how you can navigate around the sites. Some are well structured so that there is a logical way to navigate them and find the information you are looking for. Others have posted interesting material in a fairly random fashion. If you have information to contribute about any of the listed communities please send it to and we will pass it on to the 'driver' of each community site.

The most complete coverage available of country towns is that of the SA Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth. Over the last thirty years they have researched more than 1550 places, including towns, villages, railway sidings and farms. Six regional books have been published and the seventh and final one is in preparation. A vast and valuable resource, the six volumes of 'Jewish Life in the South African Country Communities' can be purchased from their office: Click this link to access the list of country towns covered in the books.

Location Driver Platform Date established
Beaufort West Natie Finkelstein CHOL 2023
Benoni Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2016
Bloemfontein Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2015
Brandfort Faisia Shaskolsky PDF book 2015
Caledon Steve Albert CHOL 2023
Cape Town: Jewish Cemeteries Board Sam Galansky 2012
Cape Town: Synagogue: Chassidishe Shul to Arthurs Road Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Cape Town: Synagogue: Marais Road, Sea Point Gwynne Schrire Kaplan Centre, UCT c2012
Cape Town: Synagogue: Ponevez Shul Eli Rabinowitz 2015
Cape Town: Synagogues in the Gardens: The Great; Vredehoek; Schoonder Street Geraldine Auerbach CHOL 2023
Cape Town: Miscellany Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Cape Town: Muizenberg Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2013
Cape Town: Woodstock and Salt River Juan-Paul Burke SAJM Archives 2021
Cape Town: Northern Suburbs - Partners in primary care Gail Loon Lustig Kaplan Centre, UCT 2022
Cape: Western Cape synagogues Steven Albert Blog 2013
Ceres Jos Kahn CHOL 2023
Clocolan Lynette Karp PDF 2023
Darling Steve Albert CHOL 2023
De Aar Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2015
Germiston Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Graaff Reinet Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2016
Grahamstown Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2016
Johannesburg: Miscellany Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2015
Johannesburg: Wits Medical Graduates of 1960 Geraldine Auerbach / Wits Alumni Association Mailchimp 2020
Kimberley Geraldine Auerbach / Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Kimberley: Baronial Street Synagogue Geraldine Auerbach MBE CHOL 2023
Kimberley: Memorial Road Synagogue Geraldine Auerbach MBE CHOL 2023
Kimberley: Virtual Cemetery Geraldine Auerbach MBE CHOL 2024
Laingsburg Steve Albert CHOL 2023
Malmesbury Steve Albert CHOL 2023
Oudtshoorn Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Paarl Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2017
Pietersburg Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Port Elizabeth Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Potchefstroom Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2018
Pretoria Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2014
Roodepoort Geoff Boner CHOL 2024
Springs Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2017
Stellenbosch Eli Rabinowitz / Gerald Potash CHOL / KehilaLinks 2023
Uniondale Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2016
Upington Bramie Lenhoff KehilaLinks 2014
Vryburg: Community, family albums Gary Sussman Wix 2020
Vryburg: Miscellany Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2020
Witbank Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2013
Maputo, Mozambique Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2017
Mauritius Eli Rabinowitz KehilaLinks 2017
Zimbabwe Dave Bloom 2004, updated 2022

If you are thinking of making a web presence for your community

Consensus seems to say that you might like to assemble your text and pictures under the following headings. For assistance, please contact us at We will be happy to get you started.

  1. Homepage – welcome / who you are / where the community is, etc.
  2. Timeline – from when Jews started to populate the area
  3. People – an A-Z directory of families or individuals linking to their own page if you have a family story
  4. Activities - here you can write about anniversaries, picnics weddings, bar- and bat-mitzvahs, theatricals, etc.
  5. Synagogue – the story of where and when Jews gathered for prayer
  6. Cemeteries – the grounds where they are buried
  7. Articles – printed and written articles about your town
  8. Updates – your communication with residents and ex-pats, if any
  9. Images – galleries of pictures if you have
  10. Contact – how people can get in touch with you

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