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“Very moving and great contribution of great community.”

South African Jewish Museum
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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150 reviews
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“Very moving and great contribution of great community.”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

What an amazing community the two parts show the great contribution of this wonderful community.
The Holocaust part is very moving and a must see by all people.

Visited May 2014
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australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Holacaust museum”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Visited both Jewish and holacaust museum. The holacasut museum was very moving and informative. It is hard to believe that mankind could treat another human being in such an appalling way.
The cafe was a lovely place to visit

Visited May 2014
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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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“A worthwhile visit”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

The Jewish Museum is part of a complex which includes the hold and new synagogues as well as the Holocaust Museum. All are worth seeing. The history of the Jewish community in Cape Town is quite interesting, and the synagogue is lovely. The Holocaust Museum was the most engaging. There are models of a shtetl in Lithuania (from whence a large part of the SA Jewish community emigrated) which tugged at our heartstrings. At the end of the visit the videos of Holocaust survivors who ended up in South Africa was highly emotional and heartwarming.

Visited April 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A slice of South African history”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

This was a repeat visit after an absence of several years, so the changes were interesting. The building has been modernised and the exhibitions are more high-tech. Except the little Lithuanian model village, which still creates the same impression of being the abode of a poor but proud people.

And clean and neat! There is not a scroll out of place and the examples on exhibit were (for non-Jews) very good examples of what sustained the Jews throughout the Diaspora. And the nice link with the Jewish settlers in South Africa is still there from Cape Town to the Gold Fields.

The old 'smouskar' of bygone years is still on view, but unfortunately now it is roped off and one can but gaze at it from behind a barrier instead of inspecting it and the goods that were carried in it close-up.

Even the coffee shop outside is a nice touch. Clean and neat, it gives an opportunity to reflect in quiet contemplation. And the guard at the gate (sadly, a modern-day necessity) was friendly yet firm in carrying out his duties.

There is still construction work going on and one can but hope that space will be made to exhibit Jewish life in SA in more modern times, not so much in political terms as in the contributions that ordinary people continue to make to add to their forebears' contributions to building a prosperous South Africa.

Well worth a visit even if you're not Jewish.

Visited April 2014
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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“One of the best and most interesting in the world”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

We have been to a fair share of Jewish museums around the world and this one really sticks out. It was openend by Nelson Mandela. It starts in the first synagogue in South-Africa with the history of the Jewish Community in Cape Town and South-Africa and even has some models of synagogues around South-Africa. Then it moves on to describe the contribution the Jewish people played during the days of Apartheid. Finishing off with famous Jews.

Next door is the current synagogue which holds about 1400 people and is really worth the visit. Not just beautiful from the outside, but also stunning from the inside. It reminds me of the portugese synagogue in Amsterdam in some aspects.

In the final building there is a coffee shop and a little gift shop, but there is also a holocaust exhibition and a documentary about Nelson Mandela. You can truly spend hours here and the way everything is displayed and made interactive should be an example to other similar museums around the world.

Visited March 2014
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