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South African Jewish Museum

Address: 88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: 27 021 465 1546
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I'm not one who loves museums, but I must say this was interesting! Besides for the basics of Jewish items and holidays, there is a nice amount of information on the immigration of Jews to South Africa. I especially enjoyed the Lithuanian exhibit, which portrayed what it was like to live in the small villages in Lithuania, where the Jews... More

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Cape town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

In our diverse country, we do not know all about the different cultures. I was prompted to visit after reading the book 'The Jews in South Africa'

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Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The museum is well presented and very informative. The food at the onsite restaurant was very good, but I dont have words to describe the Holocaust Museum. It should be law that everybody visits it.

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Hartsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Quite an experience even without a guide. We had to go on a Friday morning when there were no tours. Did not matter with all the info and tapes given by the exhibits. First we entered the Great Synagogue and then went to the museum that explored the history when the Jewish settlers first arrived in the Cape in 1806.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A totally comprehensive account of what the Jews suffered during the Second World War under the Nazis. Harrowing pictures, but well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

You must have your passport with you in order to get in the gate. The fee is nominal and security is tight. The synagogue is magnificent and the original is now the museum. Very quiet. The guides are extremely helpful and knowledgable. Wish we had more time to see the film. Interesting to find out about the support against apartheid... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The South African Jewish Museum is well thought out in its organization and presentation. You'll learn here not only the history of SA's Jewish population, but also the Jewish response to SA's apartheid era. Interesting and educational, indeed, even for non-Jews like myself. This visit exceeded my expectations.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I got there just before closing and still enjoyed the visit, informative and intersting, well done and both meaningful and tasteful. I would recommend to others.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

the visit to the museum is very nice, the staff were very helpful, nice and patient. the information presented is very informative and thought provoking, Will recommend.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We had a wonderful docent and I came away knowing a great deal about the Jewish settlers in South Africa. I had no idea that the boas and wonderful ostrich feathered hats I had seen in the movies were most likely made in South Africa from ostrich feathers gathered on a farm owned by a Jewish family.

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