Kimberley, South Africa



On this ‘News’ page we will list the newsletters from Geraldine to Ex-Pats

and also communications from the community itself.

We will also let you know what is new on this site

Contact Eli and Geraldine  with any news to put on the site.

Newsletter #49 April 2022 Col Sir David Harris
Newsletter #48 March 2022 Pre-Pesach Zoom, Purim in Kimberley
Newsletter #47 February 2022 1985 UCT Interviews with Gus Haberfeld & Bernard Wulf
Newsletter #46 January 2022 The Sporting Prowess of the Kimberley Jewish Community
Newsletter #45 January 2022 Two Family profiles and updates, Rinderpest & Listen again
Newsletter #44 August 2021 Two New Year Kimberley Zoom Meetings
Newsletter #43 August 2021 Rev Maurice Konviser 1927-1935
Newsletter #42 July 2021 Community History On-Line (CHOL)
Newsletter #41 June 2021 Feedback - Sad Losses - War Stories
Newsletter #40 June 2021 Fiddler on the Roof
Newsletter #39 May 2021 Family Updates, Kimberley Heritage - and Taigelach
Newsletter #38 April 2021 Geraldine Auerbach’s Millennium Memoir
Newsletter #37 March 2021 The Zoom Reunions - is this not magic?
Newsletter #36 February 2021 The Zoom Room & The future of the Kimberley Synagogue
Newsletter #35 February 2021 Zoom & Dressing Up
Newsletter #34 February 2021 Milchig and Fleishig
Newsletter #33 January 2021 Reverend Harris Isaacs
Newsletter #32 December 2020 Jews and Diamonds in Kimberley
Newsletter #31 October 2020  Covid New Year and Kimberley War Stories
Newsletter #30 July 2020  Fallen Soldiers Plaque and Fresh Lemons
Newsletter #29 May 2020  Kimberley Jewry and its religious provision 1873 – 2020
Newsletter #28 April 2020 Upington, The Coronavirus Diary, Philip and Augusta Sussman
Newsletter #27 March 2020  Corona Virus, Spanish Flu and Jabotinsky’s Visit
Newsletter #26 February 2020  Union of Jewish Women
Newsletter #25 December 2019  Business and Professional Activity in Kimberley
Newsletter #24 September 2019  High Holidays in Kimberley
Newsletter #23 September 2019  Family updates Schild, Finberg,
Newsletter #22 January 2019  Introducing Leon, Zog nit Keynmol, Daniel Radcliffe
Newsletter #21 May 2019 Bat/Bar Mitzvot, Weddings and funerals
Newsletter #20 January 2019 Weddings, cemeteries and Shul design
Newsletter #19 September 2018 'Klezmer in the Park' Bergman family
Newsletter #18 June 2018  Women’s organisations and Wholesaler
Newsletter #17 June 2018  Family updates and extra people list
Newsletter #16 March 2018  Mayors Jawno, Sussman. Oppenheimer
Newsletter #15 January 2018  Youth Activity Part 2– Piecing it together
Newsletter #14 December 2017  Family update and extra people
Newsletter #13 December 2017  Business and professional life table
Newsletter #12 September 2017  Business activity questionnaire
Newsletter #11 September 2017 Youth activities Part 1, Flats and guesthouses
Newsletter #10 August 2017 Arnold Rauff passing
Newsletter #9 April 2017  Sussman, Goldenbaum, Goldman
Newsletter #8 August 2016  Cape Town picture, Kimberley and Beaconsfield names
Newsletter #7A May 2016  Levinsohn Gluckman wedding 1925
Newsletter #7 March 2016  Wedding gallery and mock wedding
Newsletter #6A September 2015  Grinne shul pictures
Newsletter #6 September 2015  Noel and Beryl Kretzmar and Gustav Bonas
Newsletter #5 March 2015 Bergman Family
Newsletter #4 September 2014  Web develops with first family stories
Newsletter #3 June 2014  Introduction to the website
Newsletter #2 October 2013  Letters from Arnie and Barney in Kimberley
Newsletter #1 August 2013  Who and where are the Kimberley ex-pats

Communications from Kimberley
GWHC - Chairman's Address Yom Hashua 9 May 2016.pdf
Pesach Message from Barney Horwitz 2016
Rosh Hashanah Circular from Barney Horwitz, Chairman, GW Hebrew Congregation
Rosh Hashana DFA Supp 2014.pdf

Newly posted items on the site:
Jewish Education in Kimberley by Leon Chonin
Read Leon Chonin's survey of business and professional life in Kimberley
(posted December 2017)

Read the fascinating story of Alfred Beit, Rhodes special friend and
collaborator (revised version posted December 2017)

Read about Alexandersfontein - Kimberley's fashionable resort
(posted September 2017)

Read the history of the Community by Cyril Haberfeld published in 1973, on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the community in 1873.
Haberfeld 1.pdf
Read about the 110th anniversary celebrations in 2012, of the consecration,
in 1902, of the Memorial Road Synagogue

Read about the Grinne Shul in Baronial Street inaugurated 1911 (posted September 2015)

Comments by people who passed through Kimberley  (Posted September 2014)

The Toube /Blumenthal Families (Posted August 2014)

Timeline of the community (Posted July 2014)

Film of Lecture on History of Jews in Kimberley by Wayne Sussman (Posted July 2014)

Hannah and Lipi Weinstein by Leon Chonin (Posted June 2014)

Growing up in Kimberley in the 50s  by Stella Clingman (Posted June 2014)