CHOL – Community History On-Line

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

Community History On-Line Presentations

On this page we list the presentations made by the CHOL community, with links to where you can read about or see a video, etc.

See each session again by clicking the individual links below (the most recent is at the top)

Clicking on the title cell of any column sorts the table by that column (clicking again reverses the sort order).

No. Date Session Topics Speakers
24 2023: Dec 5
1:00 pm SA time
Music #8 From Kroonstad to Victor Hugo via Fleet Street: the musical journey of Herbert Kretzmer Danielle Lockwood (Chichester)
23 2023: Dec 5
12:00 pm SA time
Music #7 The story of the Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir Evelyn Green (Johannesburg)
22 2023: Nov 28
7:00 pm SA time
Music #6 King Kong – the all-black musical and its all-Jewish production team, 1959 Mark Wade and Alan Swerdlow (Johannesburg)
21 2023: Nov 28
6:00 pm SA time
Music #5 Collecting Jewish Music at (DOMUS) Stellenbosch University Dr Santie de Jongh, Special Collections Librarian (Stellenbosch)
20 2023: Nov 21 Music #4 The musical Rabinowitz family in South Africa – from cantors to the concert stage Eli Rabinowitz (Perth, Australia)
19 2023: Nov 21 Music #3 At my Wits end and other beginnings – a woman composer of international acclaim Professor Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph (Johannesburg)
18 2023: Nov 14 Music #2 How does a girl from Kimberley get to meet the Queen – a journey in Jewish music Geraldine Auerbach MBE (London)
17 2023: Nov 14 Music #1 The King of Violinists in the Land of Gold – Heifetz in South Africa, 1932 Dr Michael Brittan (Denver, Colorado)
16 2023: Sep 3 Stories #6 Dealing with deafness, discovering a family member, personal search for a grave, apartheid SA Beulah Gross / Gail Loon Lustig, Solly Kaplinski, David Bass, Raphael Shevelev / Karine Schomer
15 2023: Jul 11 Seminar #5 Parow and Durbanville communities, SA Jewish soldiers in WWII, bibliography of SA Jewry, Malmesbury website Richard Mendelsohn, Vicky Scher, Naomi Schamroth Rapeport, Veronica Belling, Steve Albert
14 2023: Apr 16 Stories #5 Psychiatric illness, political experiences in apartheid SA, unloved family member Sheila Swartzman, Karine Schomer, Harry Friedland
13 2023: Mar 14 Seminar #4/2 Creating a Community Website - Example: Stellenbosch Geraldine Auerbach (chair), Dave Bloom (Zimbabwe), Eli Rabinowitz (many sites), Gary Sussman (Vryburg), Bramie Lenhoff (Upington), Katie Garrun (Kaplan Centre), Gail Loon Lustig (Bellville), Gerald Potash (Stellenbosch)
12 2023: Mar 08 Seminar #4/1 The small Jewish communities of Brandfort, Ceres, Stellenbosch and Beaufort West Faisia Shaskolsky, Jos Kahn, Gerald Potash and Natie Finkelstein
11 2023: Feb 19 Stories #4 Miners’ strike, death, poetry, military, and bagels David Kaplan, Fonda Dubb, Sheila Swartzman, Harris Green, Raphael Shevelev / Gail Lustig
10 2023: Jan 22 Stories #3 A tribute to Anthony Fagin, who died suddenly in 2022, by friends and family who read his story Vredefort
9 2022: Oct 24 Stories #2 Personal essay, narration, memoir Stanley Loon, Glenda Levitt, Harry Friedland, Basil Porter, Anthony Fagin
8 2022: Sep 21 Seminar #3 New CHOL website, Share your Stories, Jewish-Afrikaner relations, SA Jewish cookbooks, German refugees newsletter, SA Kehilalinks Geraldine Auerbach, Gail Loon Lustig, Ivan Kapelus, Gavin Beinart-Smollan, David Lewin, Eli Rabinowitz
7 2022: Aug 22 Stories #1 Personal memoirs, true stories, fiction Solly Kaplinski, Sheila Swartzman, Lynette Karp, Glenda Levitt, Richelle Shem-Tov
6 2022: Apr 13 Seminar #2/3 Wits med grads, GPs in N Subs Cape Town, Old Jo'burg Geraldine Auerbach, Gail Loon Lustig, Marc Latilla
5 2022: Apr 6 Seminar #2/2 Upington, SA-SIG, Small communities, Film archives Bramie Lenhoff, Roy Ogus, Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, Sean O'Sullivan
4 2022: Mar 30 Seminar #2/1 Pros and cons, UJW, Starting a family archive Gwynne Schrire, Karen Kallman, Leila Bloch
3 2021: Aug 11 Seminar #1/3 Zimbabwe, Virtual cemeteries, Kaplan Centre archive Dave Bloom, Eric Berger, Katie Garrun
2 2021: Aug 4 Seminar #1/2 Vryburg, Muizenberg, Woodstock/Salt River Gary Sussman, Rabbi Ryan Newfield, J-P Burke
1 2021: Jul 28 Seminar #1/1 Kimberley, JewishGen, SA Jewish Museum archives Geraldine Auerbach, Eli Rabinowitz, Leila Bloch

CHOL International Conferences

Hosted by the South African Jewish Museum and the UCT Kaplan Centre, nearly 100 people from all over the world signed up to tune in to CHOL Zoom International Conferences. Each conference was presented in three, weekly sessions. Each session included three or four speakers. They are stored on the Jewish Museum YouTube channel.

Share Your Stories

See more about this project on the Stories page.