Welcome to the Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy
Special Interest Group (SA-SIG) home-page
Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 1999-2023 Saul Issroff, Roy Ogus,
SAfrica SIG and Jewishgen Inc.
Updated: 20 October 2023
Our purposes and goals are to bring together Jewish genealogy researchers with a common interest in Southern Africa. This page is a portal to our basic information about Southern African research and our research aspirations.
In the Contents panel below you will find links to two lists:
1.. Articles and Commentaries which contains a miscellany of essays and research papers, and ...
2.. Lists and Directories which contains pages of lists, e.g. communities and synagogues, and pages of contact addresses arranged in various classifications.
Please read our Mission Statement and our Purposes and Goals. Learn how to join your fellow Southern African researchers who subscribe to our daily Discussion Group/Digest, and become a member of our SIG.
Our journal, the SA-SIG Newsletter, provides information of interest to those who are researching Jewish family history in the communities of South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), Swaziland, MoÁambique, Kenya, and the former Belgian Congo.
Two extensive InfoFiles on the subject of Southern Africa Jewry are accessible from JewishGen InfoFiles in the listing of Countries and will provide a wealth of information on the history and background of the Jewish communities in Southern Africa. If you need help to get started with genealogical research then read Bernard Kouchel's Jewish Genealogy -- Twelve Steps to Getting Started
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|Latest web-site additions|
- Oct 2023: Community History On-Line (CHOL) page added
- Mar 2023: Stellenbosch cemetery list updated
- Sep 2022: Johannesburg page added to Communities
- Aug 2022: IAJGS Conference added
- Jan 2022: Board updated
- Nov 2021: Rabbis & Cantors: Rev. Isaac Zlotnick
- Jan 2021: Rabbis & Cantors: Rev. Jakub Lichterman (addition) and Cantor Ivor Lichterman
- Jul 2020: Rabbis & Cantors: Rev. Jakub Lichterman (addition)
- Jul 2020: Cape Town Orthodox (Vredehoek) Synagogue (photos)
- Sep 2019: Rabbis & Cantors: Cantor Solly Goldberg
- Jun 2019: Rabbis & Cantors: Cantor Abe Immerman (correction)
- Oct 2018: Rabbis & Cantors: Rev. A. P. Bender (correction); Rev. Abraham Levy
- Sep 2018: Rabbis & Cantors: Rabbi Dr Gerald (Zerach) Mazabow
- Sep 2018: SA-SIG Newsletter, Jul 2018
- Jul 2017: 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
Saturday 23 July - Friday 28 July 2017, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
- Jun 2017: Rabbis & Cantors: Cantor Shmuel Lerer
- Apr 2017: SA-SIG Newsletter, Apr 2017
- Feb 2017: Book Launch and Discussion, 23 February, Johannesburg.
- Feb 2017: Lecture by Eli Rabinowitz, 8 Feb, Gardens Shul campus, Cape Town
- Jan 2017: Picture: Roeland Street Synagogue, Cape Town
- Dec 2016: Kaplan Centre at UCT: new contact details
- Jul 2016: IAJGS Conference 7-12 August, Seattle, U.S.A.
- Apr 2016: Rabbis & Cantors: Cantor Meir Dvir
- Sep 2015: Websites page updated: RootsBank
- Aug 2015: South African Jewish Women, revised page
- Aug 2015: Bertrams Hebrew Congregation, new page
- Aug 2015: Rabbis and Cantors, additions
- Aug 2015: Poor Jews Temporary Shelter, link update
- Mar 2015: Malmesbury Hebrew Congregation, new page
- Mar 2015: Wynberg Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, data update
- Feb 2015: Pretoria Hebrew Congregation, new web-site URL
- Jan 2015: Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, new link to
- Dec 2014: Jewish Marriages, additions
- Sep 2014: Cory Library at Rhodes University
- Jul 2014: IAJGS Conference, Salt Lake City
- Jun 2014: Berea St. Shul, 1933
- Jun 2014: Pretoria, group, 1905
- Jun 2014: Addition to Synagogues page
- May 2014: New Military Records page
- May 2014: South African Jewish Affairs Journal [PDF]
- May 2014: Upington
South African Jewish Rootsbank
Centre for Jewish Migration & Genealogy Studies
The primary aim of the project is to research the estimated 15,000 core families who migrated to Southern Africa between 1850-1950 from England, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus:
• to map the entire history of Jewish migration to South Africa with the aim of providing authoritative and definitive data for the Discovery Centre at the South African Jewish Museum (SAJM),
• to integrate the genealogical data in multi-disciplinary research initiatives under the auspices of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town.
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