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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
27 021 465 1546
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Traveler Description: The South African Jewish Museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African... more »
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A very professional depiction of the atrocities the Jewish people experienced during world war 2. I have also visited the genocide museum in Kigali and can definitely say that the Jewish museum is en par with the depiction of a very savage period in our history. We must never forget our history and a visit to such a museum is... More

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

very well presented holocaust museum....interactive videos etc. Jewish museum interesting for those who don't know about Judaism. Kosher dairy cafe on premises!

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Telling a fascinating story of Jews from Lithuania who came to South Africa, this modern museum is both educational and inspiring. Did you know that ostriches play a pivotal role in the settlement of Jews in South Africa? Definitely worth the trip. Adjacent is the Holocaust Museum which presents the Shoah in a vivid, focused and emotional presentation (far better... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a really interesting museum, and we don't normally do museums. It gives a real insight into why South Africa has such a large Jewish population, and how many of the jews grew from being farmers and pedlars into successful businessmen. It also gives a perspective on why so many of the jews in South Africa campaigned against apartheid.... More

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Miami Beach Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved the full size model of a European village from which most of the jews from south africa came from and how the Museum shows their relationship with Nelson Mandela

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent information well done and timely . One of the best Holocaust narratives and presentation in the Western World.

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Truckee, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This museum was historical and interesting. The tone was not overpowering. The movie at the end was especially interesting, as it was based on interviews of South African Jews who survived to tell their personal stories.

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

set in the Jewish campus near the great Synagogue alongside one of the best holocaust museums I've visited. A recreated Lithuanian village as most of the Jewish immigrants hailed from that country.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Quite a lot of static information and a few films. However nothing really about the community today, why so many have left etc. Well presented though. Needs 30-60 minutes to view. Kosher cafe was very good.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is museum gives information about the history of the local Jewish community and includes a mock Lithuanian shtetl, representing where most South African Jews came from. The museum is small, but worth seeing. BTW, remember to bring ID to get in.

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