We walked up through Company Gardens,and find the SA Jewish Museum next next to the Gallery on the left . The entrance however is in Hatfield Street, with no obvious access from the Gardens. However, there is a dirt road pedestrians can cut across, just past the museum, which takes you out onto Hatfield Street.
The Museum, Synagogue and shop/cafe is set in a compound, and you will need personal ID to get through the security, sign a logbook, and enter the compound. The first impression is that the compound is extremely clean, tidy and well kept. There was a very helpful friendly lady who took us into the synagogue, and, not being of the Jewish faith, spent some time explaining the set up and working of the synagogue. She was a gem, and we learnt a lot.
The museum is part of the first synagogue built Cape Town. It is well laid out, and worth a visit, telling the story of where the community came from and how they integrated into the South African culture.
We had lunch at the cafe before visiting the holocaust museum. It is interesting but at the same time also shocking and left you with a sad feeling and ashamed at what humans(nations) can do when they believe they are right. Also so amazing to realize that with the help of God a nation was saved again although so many had to suffer and die as a result.
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