A I Menashe
Source : Obituary in the CAZO Digest
ALBERT MENASHE DIES AGED 91
The Zionist Digest sadly records the passing of
Mr. A. I. Menashe one of its staunchest members and hard worker, who died in
Israel on 12th of December, 2001.
The following is an outline of his life and
community service, contributed by his son Isaac in July last year.
the 26th June 2001 Albert Menashe, past President of the Sephardi
Hebrew Congregation of Zimbabwe, celebrated his 90th birthday in
Haifa with family and friends.
who is known for his dedication to the Jewish community in Zimbabwe, has been
living in Israel since 1984 when he attained his life long dream to live in the
land of our ancestors.
came to Zimbabwe from Rodis in 1926 at the age of 15 and initially stayed in
Kwekwe with his uncle Aaron Menashe. Albert’s father, Isaac, died at an early
age and left behind a wife, Reina, and five sons. Reina had great difficulty in
raising the 5 boys on her own, the eldest of whom was Albert, who at the time
was only 11 years old. When Albert arrived in Kwekwe he was dispatched to school
the very next day. He did not remain at school long as the economics of the day
didn’t permit such luxuries. Albert initially worked for his uncle before
setting up his first business at the age of 18. During his first few years in
Zimbabwe, Albert recalls earning a salary of 30 shillings a month, twenty of
which he sent to his mother back in Rodis.
married Vida Menashe (no blood relation) in 1935 at the Specks Hotel in Kadoma.
They moved to Harare in 1946, where they lived in the “rural” suburb of
Highlands before moving to Milton Park in 1950. Albert and Vida had four
children - Renee, Sarah, Pearl and Isaac.
Isaac Menashe, affectionately known by most as “A One”, served as President
of the Sephardi Congregation in 1951-52, 1956-58, and in 1960-63. This period
was known as the “Golden Age” of the Sephardi community when the number of
congregants was at its highest. “A One” was instrumental in the
establishment of the Sha’are Shalom Synagogue, the Rhodes Memorial Hall and
the Samuel Leon Hebrew School during this period. He also served as the
Treasurer of the Congregation for many years, and holds the title of Honorary
One” was involved in the activities of the Jewish Community in Zimbabwe for
over 40 years. Apart from his significant contribution to the Sephardi
Congregation, Albert was also very active in the Central African Zionist
Organisation (CAZO). He was the chairman of CAZO’s Israeli Appeal Campaign for
five years. He subsequently was CAZO treasurer for very many years, and in 1982
was elected as an Honorary Life Vice President of CAZO in recognition of his
outstanding services to the Zionist cause.
Order of David
addition, Albert was also a very keen mason and through his association with the
masonry contributed to the community at large. “A One” was also an active
member of the Hebrew Order of David and served as its treasurer for several
wife, Vida passed away in September 1983, after being married for 48 years.
Albert now lives in the Beit Avot Sephardi in Haifa, where he has been for the
past eleven years. His children
Sarah, Pearl and Isaac all live in Israel, while Renee lives in Los Angeles.
All four children were together with Albert when he celebrated his 90th
recently. Albert has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.