Cape Town, South Africa


Arthur’s Road Shul – Digging Up The History

Last week I visited the Arthur’s Road Shul in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa.

My previous visit was in November 2012.

Both also included research at the Kaplan Centre, UCT and the Gitlin Library at the Gardens Shul complex.

I have a personal interest in the shul as both my grandfathers, Rev. N M Rabinowitz and Socher Zeldin were present on 28 March 1953 at the signing of the documents establishing the shul in Sea Point.

Furthermore, my late cousin, Phyllis Jowell and her husband Cecil were linked with the restoration of the shul in more recent times.

The Shul Today


The original shul was in Buitenkant Street. Documents from Jewish Library, UCT.

Framed photos found in the shul under the ladies’ section.

The shul then moved to Virginia Ave, Vredehoek

The official signing on 28 March 1953 – Arthur’s Road, Sea Point.

On the left is my paternal grandfather, Rev. Nachum Mendel Rabinowitz and on the right my maternal grandfather, Socher Zeldin.

Framed photo in the shul

100th Anniversary Brochure – article by Philip Goldman

My interview with Philip Goldman on 22 December 2013

The plaque in memory of Lily Segall, mother of Bubbles and daughter of Israel Kellner.

Bubbles Segall’s grandfather was Israel Kellner.

Her story is “A Must Read”!

Bubbles’ parents wedding movie at the Vredehoek Shul in 1946


The Isaac Frank signing the papers is my maternal grandfather. Once they bought the property my grandfather brought all the pews,etc from the shul in Van Rhynsdorp where he owned the shul. He and Kelner were the first Pres and vice pres of the Chabad and Rabbi Gur-ari was the rabbi.

Abira & Geoffrey

And from Ivan Kapelus’ book:  From the Baltic To The Cape


Permission given by the Kaplan Centre for use of their images