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“Moving but beautiful”

South African Jewish Museum
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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Moving but beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

Beautiful buildings for such a tragic and moving museum. Well worth a visit and a few hours to explore the Jewish story in South Africa.

You'll need a couple of hours of you go to both the museum and holocaust memorial .. plus take a break over a coffee.

The holocaust museum brought us both to tears ... and we have seen others and not experienced this level of emotion.

Visited November 2013
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Sebastopol, California
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“Jews of South Africa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This excellent small museum presents the history of The Jewish Community in South Africa. A film on the support the Jewish Community (or at least some in the Jewish Community) gave Nelson Mandela (and his support as president for diversity in SA) plays continuously in a small theatre. Exhibits are informative and give a really intimate sense of this side street of Jewish history. Located on the same "campus" as Africa's only Holocaust Center and the oldest (orthodox ) synagogue in SA as well as a Jewish library with a sales cart for discards, this site is definitely worth a couple of hours in Central Cape Town.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

This is something not to be missed, the museum is very well laid out with a history of the Jewish community in Cape Town, also there is a collection of Japanese carving and Samurai sword components that belonged to one of the founders. There is also a second building housing the Holocuast exhibits. Fascism even reached Cape Town in the 1930's, I don't know why I was surprised but there you are.

Visited October 2013
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Ra'anana, Israel
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“Excellent museum, learnt a lot!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

This is a small museum, very well laid out and informative. We had a lovely guide - Joy - who was most knowledgeable & happy to answer our questions, it was a real pleasure to listen to her & hear about the Jewish roots in SA and found it most interesting.

Visited November 2013
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George, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Appealing And Increasing My Knowledge Towards The History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

I found the information about this museum when my brother told me about it. He originally got the information from TripAdvisor. We went there together. A little additional information, this building is located near to the Holocaust Museum, and there was also this Jewish / Judaism Shop and the small Cafe near to the museum itself. First we purchased the ticket to the lady at the reception, and then we were told some of the procedures, and also we were told not to take photograph inside. Then we went to the museum. I can see many extraordinary legacy there. First we saw the building with many chairs in the middle (which I guess for praying / gathering), and there were those Jewish / Judaism equipment located around the area. They were really sacred. The museum itself has each of the objects explained really well. It was great to know the history of the Jewish Community from the old times, where they show it on the video display there on the screen and we got to know how the Jewish Community came to South Africa. We then went inside to the inner area, we saw other great things about the Jewish Community, including the other objects inside the museum, and also other great videos that shown us about how The Jewish Wedding were held, how the old leaders had the meeting together, and also other impressive things such as the old buildings and equipment. Finally we went to the upstairs area where we saw all the old photographs and the old texts / letters, and we then went to the restaurant outside the museum while we all had the great knowledge about the History of Jewish Community and also for the old times and what had happened in the past.

Visited April 2013
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