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Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG

A r t i c l e s   a n d   C o m m e n t a r i e s

Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 2003-2023 Saul Issroff, Mike Getz, SAfrica SIG
and Jewishgen Inc.
Updated: 20 October 2023

Morris Alexander's "Immigration" Notebook, 1911
Extracts from the Morris Alexander Papers. By Ann Rabinowitz

Cape Colony Jewish Naturalization Registers (1903-1907)
A paper by Ann Rabinowitz.

CHOL – Community History On-Line
by Geraldine Auerbach MBE

Clearing House
an off-line database of items relating to Southern Africa Jewish genealogy

Concession Stores
by Cecilia Muller

The Contemporary Community

Entertainment, music and theatre

Family Histories


Gardens Shul Death Registers
An analysis by Ann Rabinowitz.

Historical Background
Includes a link to 'The Virtual Jewish History Tour of South Africa' by Rebecca Weiner

Historical Dates

Nehemia Dov Hoffman, 1860-1928
Yiddish and Hebrew writer and publishing pioneer in South Africa. By Gita Gordon.

"How Many Jews in South Africa?"
Written by Professor Allie Dubb, a former South African now living in Israel.

Immigration Registers
by Ann Rabinowitz

A signed Israeli flag
from the first anniversary of the State of Israel celebration in Pretoria, 1949, with a description by Roy Ogus

Jewish Sources

Jews on Commando
An article about Jewish soldiers who took part in the Boer War.
Written by David Saks.

Steven Kitnick's story
of how he made a genealogical breakthrough at the International Jewish Genealogical Seminar in Boston in 1996.

Military Records

Benjamin Norden (1798-1876)
by Hazel Dakers

1.. The Ponevez Society of Johannesburg, 1899 - 1949 by Barbara Yudelowitz.
2.. A list of names

Poor Jews' Temporary Shelter
Links to information about the PJTS in Leman Street in London's East End.

An article by Roy Ogus and Saul Issroff, published in Shemot, the journal of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain, August 2012.

Shemot - August 2012
The August 2012 issue of Shemot, the journal of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, is a special issue on South Africa, covering a wide variety of topics. The issue is reproduced here with the permission of the Shemot Editor, Bernard Valman. Thanks are due to Bernard, and to Mark Nicholls, Chairman of JGSGB, for providing the PDF file for posting on the SA-SIG site.
The JGSGB website can be found at and membership in the Society is encouraged - see Further items are available from the JGSGB catalog at

Jewish Women of South Africa

South Africa SIG discussion group
An on-line discussion group hosted by JewishGen. It covers the genealogy and family history of Jewish communities in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (Rhodesia), Swaziland, Mozambique and the former Belgian Congo. Subscription is free and postings are delivered automatically to your e-mail mailbox. You can subscribe, modify your details or unsubscribe in a few moments whilst on-line. Many other SIG's are also listed.

South Africa SIG Newsletter
Subscription details of the printed journal of the Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group

South African Jewish Affairs Journal, Special Issue, Pesach 2014
The Pesach 2014 issue of Jewish Affairs is divided into two broad themes. The first looks at the legacy of Jewish Lithuania, providing perspectives by those who were born and grew up there, those descendants of Jewish Lithuanians who have returned to visit and from a renowned rabbi and historian on Lithuanian Jewry's enduring spiritual-intellectual heritage. Part two of this issue deals more broadly with the themes of identity and culture in the Jewish community.
Thanks are due to David Saks of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies and the Editor of the Jewish Affairs journal, for permitting us to include this special issue on the SA-SIG web pages. The SAJBD web page can be found at:

South African Research Activities
Summaries of recent and future research activities by Ann Rabinowitz..

South Africans in Israel - Olim or Émigré
A Paper by Sidney Shapiro, Director of Telfed, Israel Offices of the South African Zionist Federation, delivered at the SA-SIG Luncheon as part of the 24th IAJGS Conference held in Jerusalem in July 2004.

The Talmud Torah - A Brief Explanation
by Rev. David Crook

What Was - The Early Part Of The Last Century In South Africa
by Manfred Schwartz

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