South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

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Established in 2000 by members of the Jewish Diaspora, South African Jewish Museum remains part of a synagogue complex, built in 1905. The exhibits narrate the history of South Africa's Jewish community, with a special focus on their fight for equality and struggle to maintain a distinct heritage. In addition to the Jewish memorabilia, the museum also displays a large collection of Japanese miniature art. To plan Cape Town vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • We enjoyed our tour to the Jewish Museum. We learned quite alot of history involving the jewish culture in Cape Town. The building is incredibly beautiful. The Guide Rick was also very knowledgeable.  more »
  • This museum was most interesting and informative. It traces the history and contributions of the South African Jewish community. I was especially moved by learning about the contributions that Jews....  more »
  • Unfortunately they would not allow me in because I refuse to record my identification number on their paper. I showed them identification but still refused. Couldn't give an answer why they wanted my identity number. Interestingly, they allowed Jewish people in without filling out details.
  • Great explanation about the creation of a Jewish community in South Africa. Very modern and with a lot of unusual details, like the reconstruction of a Lithuanian shtetl, a typical Jewish village from the country that brought around 40.000 Jews to South Africa. Definitely worth a visit.

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