Recording the history of the Zimbabwe and Zambian Jewish Communities 

This web site aims to celebrate over 150 years of Jewish Communities and presence in Zimbabwe and Zambia and help record the history and details of a unique period for the benefit of both current and future generations. From a peak of some 8,500 Jews in the early 1970s - the total Zimbabwe and Zambian Jewish community in 2020 is less than 100 souls (from 200 in 2008). This is the story of once vibrant communities that settled for many different reasons in what was originally Rhodesia - later to become Southern Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe as well as Northern Rhodesia - later to become Zambia. Time however, is of the essence as the numbers of those that can "tell the story" and the remaining community dwindle.  

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ZJC Cemeteries
   Current and former members of the
   ZJC are invited to submit in writing
   or arrange for a video interview of
   their personal or family story. This
   project is aimed at preserving the
   collective story of the communities
   in those countries as a legacy for
   their descendants.

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Much research, collecting and digitising of community documents and photos will be undertaken and enough material is planned to keep the site constantly changing for years to come. 

 

You are invited to browse around the site via the menus at the top and left-hand side of this page. Try the "quick jump" feature on the left of this page or have a look at the site map (see link at bottom of each page) to get an idea of the full underlying layout of the site.  Register in the Guestbook and most importantly, if YOU have material to contribute, let us know.

The initial tasks will be to collect data on the Jewish cemeteries in Zimbabwe and Zambia, marriage records, synagogue records and other community records. Most tombstones have been photographed in all the Jewish Cemeteries of Harare, Bulawayo and the smaller towns of Zimbabwe. All of the other work is done voluntarily. Donations and contributions of material from interested people to help both fund the cost of these activities and enrich the content for the benefit of future generations are most welcome.

This site aims to become the central repository of digitised archives for the Zimbabwe Jewish Community for genealogical and other research. 

  • Some modest resources will initially be required to cover the costs of photographers and persons to assist in collating community records.  Details on how to contribute are provided. The logistics involved in collecting data which is not easy given the current situation in Zimbabwe.
  • If you can help in any way  please contact us by email Dave Bloom or fax 972 9 7666387

 This is an evolving project which will require constant changes, corrections and improvements on accuracy.  Your constructive feedback and assistance would be most appreciated.