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    ZJC Project Presentation
    In this video Dave Bloom describes in a webinar conference called Community History Online (CHOL) held 11th August 2021, the work done to preserve the story of the ZJC.. Learn More...

    A brief history of the ZJC
    Watch this recording of a presentation given to a Synagogue in Toronto on 1st August 2021 - on the history of the Zimbabwe and Zambian Jewish Communities.. Learn More...

    Geolocation of ZJC homes in Harare and Bulawayo
    A new project has been launched to map the homes of former ZJC homes in Harare and Bulawayo. Please use the link on the page to an online form to add your own details.. Learn More...

    Latest Warren Hills tombstones - 28th June 2021
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    ZJC Reunion 13th June 2021
    Over 300 people registered for the Ndaba and you can see a full recording of the event on this page.. Learn More...

    An African Trading Empire
    Dec 13 2019 - A new page on the site with text from the first chapter of this fascinating book recording the story of the Susman brothers and Wulfsohn who created a farming and commercial empire in Southern Africa.. Learn More...

    Additional Ketuboth added
    December 2016 - ZJC has gratefully received from Colin Gordon some missing Ketuboth from the period 1956-1959 which have now been added to the website. . Learn More...

    Audio Visual biographies
    December 2016 - ZJC is pleased to publish a number of audio visual biographies of former members of the community.. Learn More...

    Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation committees
    July 6, 2016 - We have added two comprehensive documents prepared by David Gelfand and listing a) the numerous committees of the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation going back to 1923. b) a list of all the Presidents of the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation going back to 1894.. Learn More...

    Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation - full copy
    June 2016 - Pleased to advise that Paul Bernstein has scanned the full Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation Centenary magazine published in 1994. It is now available on the ZJC website. Many many thanks to Paul for all his efforts and contribution in digitizing this material and preserving it for us all. There is a summary of the contents of each section. See the material here.. Learn More...

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    KweKwe Community History

    2012 - Editor's note.  In the course of various exchanges and surfing the web I came across a wonderful website (blog) by Diana Hirsch called http://www.oncecalledhome.com

    which describes in great detail the life in Kwe Kwe (Que Que) in the "early days" including several reference to Jewish life in the town. Stories include

    http://www.oncecalledhome.com/2010/12/chanukah-in-africa/

    http://www.oncecalledhome.com/2011/06/rabbi-ehrman-was-a-mensch/

    2006 - Note from Peter Sternberg :

    Unfortunately I do not have any communal records of the KweKwe and Gweru communities and as to what happened to their Minute Books, where their Torah's were sent to etc.  Perhaps the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation may be able to assist with Gweru?   The Board in Harare appear to have no knowledge of any
    records at all.  Regarding Kadoma, I have the original Minute books and certain other records.

    The Gweru Synagogue complex was sold to a church,  the KweKwe one sold to the
    Hindoo Community as a temple, I understand it has since been re-sold.  The
    Kadoma Synagogue was also sold to a church last year who pulled down the building
    and I understand built a larger complex on the site.

    A brief history of the Gatooma (Kadoma) community appeared in the 100th
    Anniversary Book of the Harare Hebrew Congregation (see below),  I have no details
    whatsoever of the other two Midlands communities.

    The opportunity was taken at the recent re-dedication service to take
    photographs with a digital camera of the graves in the KweKwe and Kadoma
    cemeteries and these are now on CD.  Photos were taken by Benny Leon.  

    To see pictures of the re-dedication service click here


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