CHARNEY FAMILY OF NORTH END BULAWAYO
Dan and Dora Charney arrived as a
young married couple in Bulawayo in 1949.
Dan came to start a glass business in partnership with
his brother Max, from Johannesburg.
couple established roots in North
End and sent their kids – Miriam, Cyril and Leonard - to
Baynes Junior School. Dan was successful in everything he did.
His business grew as did his involvement in the community.
He was active in the shul and well as in the secular activities of
photograph opposite shows Dan and Dora elegantly dressed at a function in
the community centre on the opposite side of the road to the shul.
and Dora were active members of Weitzman Country Club.
They played bowls each weekend while their kids swam and played
with the other kids. The
Charneys donated a club house for the kids so that they would have
somewhere to play outside of the main club house. (click
on picture below to enlarge)
Miriam Charney, the
eldest daughter seen here participating in Red Cross activities.
About 20% of the kids at Baines were Jewish.
The Jewish kids were inscribed in the school records as
“Hebrews”. They were
allowed to stand outside the classrooms when the other kids did Bible
(correction in above photo -……the
photo of Mrs Lowenstein , Red Cross, the man is not Mr Wood he is Mr Daves)
untimely death of Daniel in November 1954 at the young age of 39 was a
shock to the community. (See
story in the Rhodesian Jewish Journal on next page).
The family had a greater support system in Johannesburg, so Dora
decided to return south. The
family left behind many dear friends, including the Keet family with whom
they have retained an ongoing friendship over the years. (click
on article below to enlarge)
The Bulawayo community
was large, and united. There
was only one shul in the early 1950s but the community was large enough to
support 2 sports clubs, one in town and the other in the country.
Charney will be remembered for his love of children.
Each Simchat Torah he would buy sweets for every kid at the store
belonging to the Margolis family. This unique picture below shows the
Bulawayo Community at a Shavuot celebration in 1950. (click to enlarge).
There is a larger resolution version - click
here - if you can recognise any faces please write to the editor.
Some names from photo above
(thanks to Mickey Halperin - nee Charney)
front is a little girl in white…..Lynette Effron….nee Glickman, above
her is Rhoda and Vivian Keet and next to them is Cyril Charney. I
am sitting on the floor…..the first child on the left. I can see Raymond
Roth and Mrs. Pines on the right who taught Hebrew.
This picture below shows Dan
with his middle child Cyril, outside the Community Centre after they had
won a goat in a community raffle. (click on image to