Saul Issroff <saul@...>
<< re: Synagogue Records "Beryl. B" <email@example.com> on
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 asked: However, who does one contact if one needs
information >from a specific Synagogue's Records, especially if that
Synagogue no longer exists?>>
Defunct communal records, when extant, are usually in the archives of SA
Jewish Board of Deputies, Johannesburg ( for Transvaal mainly, but they do
have other areas), Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish studies,
University of Cape Town for most others. Some Orthodox communities , e.g.
Durban, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, East London and Port Elizabeth, have
largely, but not exclusively, kept the won records. Oudtshoorn records are
largely in the CP Nel Museum. I do not know what happens to Reform and the
newer Chabad, Aish HaTorah etc. records.
The ongoing project for Country Communities by the SA Friends of Beth
Hatefusoth has a lot of copies of communal records for defunct country
communities and these are gradually being published as noted on this
There are a number of microfilms of SAJBD records held at the Central
Archives of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.
It is also apparent that in some instances when communities closed
individual community members kept records. If any of this discussion group
participants are aware of such it may be helpful to try and get these
transferred to one of the above named institutions.
These contact details are all on the website www.jewishgen.org/safrica