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..
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. .
Audio Visual biographies
December 2016 - ZJC is pleased to publish a number of audio visual biographies of former members of the community..
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..
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..
History of the Harare (Salisbury) Synagogues
April 2016 - David Gelfand has updated an extensive document on the history of the Jewish Communities of Harare (Salisbury) with details of Rabbis and committee members over the years. Now includes pictures of Shul Presidents and a section on the Union of Jewish Women..
FaceBook Group for ZJC
!3 Dec 2019 - Join over 2,300 friends on the Zim Jewish Community Facebook group and share your memories, photos, video clips and other material of common interest to the ZJC. The email newsletter is no longer active (but used from time to time as appropriate)..
History of the Witz Family
My name is Michael Witz. I was born in Harare and attended various
schools, including Selborne Routledge, Highlands and St George's
see family photo
My grandfather was JACOB AARON WITZ
He was born in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, May 20
He studied at the SLOBODKA yeshiva
I have no documents to prove what date he
arrived in Cape Town, but my aunt (his daughter Reggie) thinks
it was 1906. My mother, however, says he left Lithuania at
14 and spent a year working in London before moving on to South
Africa, where his eldest sister was already living in Simonstown
(she left Lithuania in 1885 for Manchester, UK, before moving on
to South Africa). Jacob was the youngest child.
The earliest document I have at the moment is a character
reference written for him in 1911 by a notary called du Toit,
who said he had known Jacob for six years.
He left Cape Town and tried his luck at the
diamond mines in Kimberley
In 1912 he moved to Oudsthoorn, though the
diamonds he had earned were stolen on the way
He set up a store in Oudsthoorn
He was considered intellectual, and was
sometimes asked things by rabbis (anecdotal evidence)
He died in Oudtshoorn in 1956
His children were my father, Alec; Reggie; and
He married SARAH TAUBE RESNICK in 1923
SARAH TAUBE RESNICK was born in Vilkomer (Ukmerge),
Lithuania, in 1899; she arrived in South Africa in 1920 as WW1 had
stopped them from moving before the war
She died in 1983, in Israel
ALEC WITZ, my father, was born in Oudtshoorn in 1924
He graduated in chemistry at Rhodes in 1948
He moved to Southern Rhodesia in 1949, and worked in
cement at Colleen Bawn
He liked golf and taking photos
Like his father, Jacob, he had a brain
He married my mother, Patricia, in 1960, and they
lived at Colleen Bawn till 1963, when they moved to Salisbury
He died from lung cancer in 1971, in Salisbury.
Dr Basil Baldachin, a family friend (see the Baldachins), signed his
I miss my father Alec a lot.
My mother is PATRICIA, now in the UK.
She was a teacher of various things at various
schools, including Girls High School, Selborne Routledge and others.
The diaspora story is still being updated...I hope
this information may be of interest. My thanks to anyone who remembers
us kindly. Email.