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
June 2016 - Join over 1,300 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 The email newsletter is no longer active (but used from time to time as appropriate)..
of the Leon Mayo
Introduction - by Benny Leon
is the story of Leon Mayo, who was the Gabbai or Chazan of the Sephardi
Hebrew Congregation, Harare from 1993 to 2003.
Leon Mayo left for South Africa in June 2003, his story in 16 episodes is
by no means complete.After
his service in the Jewish Brigade in the British Army he tried to settle
in Palestine, but because he did not speak Yiddish he was not regarded as
Jewish by the authorities.He
spoke Italian, English and Ladino the medieval language of his forefathers
who were expelled from Spain in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition.
1947, he arrived in the then Southern Rhodesia where all his brothers and
sisters had emigrated from Rhodes Island and settled in Salisbury.His family comprised of four brothers and four sisters.Now at 82 he is the sole survivor of his family.
1949, he married Sarah CohenIn
1999 they celebrated their Golden Annivesary in Johannesburg with their
episodes which can be viewed below are as they appeared in the Sephardi
News published in Harare. Unfortunately we
end off at episode 16 which is not the complete story.
open the 24-page Word format of the document - click here.