Stellenbosch, South Africa


This website celebrates and documents the Jews of Stellenboschn from its pioneers, through the families who lived and worked in the town over the decades to those still there today. It will tell the story of the Jewish institutions, synagogues, its Jewish buildings and its cemetery.

The site is hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society. It is managed by Eli Rabinowitz (a South African now living in Perth, Australia).

Please join us on this journey – and if you or your family have Stellenbosch connections then we look forward to hearing from you and receiving your stories, memories, photographs and family biographies. Only by doing so, will the story of Jewish life in Stellenbosch be revealed and available for the benefit of current and future generations – wherever they may be. We have made a start in October 2014 and created the possibility – now please will you help to fill in the details by telling us about your family.

Time is of the essence as the number of those that can "tell the story" and the remaining community dwindles.  So please contact Eli to send material and for any queries.

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