13th June 2021
those who missed the Ndaba on the 13th June 2021 here is a
recording. Over 250 people from around the world attended
this Zoom reunion which lasted nearly 2.5 hours. The
recording has been edited and reduced to just under 2 hours.
The first 13 minutes on the timeline is general shmoozing
followed by a presentation by Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft until
the 41st minute. This is followed by Ilan Elkaim until about
the 60th minute. Thereafter is a presentation by Dr
Hannah Pressman until the 90th minute. The rest of the
recording is the Q&A followed by some additional
shmoozing, breakouts and then a wrap-up.
the proud Jewish candle alight with the Zimbabwe and Zambian
K’nackers of Bulawayo"
Bridge to Other Worlds: Exploring the History of the Galante
Family and Zimbabwe's Sephardic Community"
bios below )
by Q&A and then time to schmooze with old and new ZJC
friends in small online break-out rooms.
is the National Director & Spiritual Leader - Small Jewish
Communities Association of South Africa and African Regional
Director at Commonwealth Jewish Council. He is the spiritual
leader & CEO of the African Jewish Congress and went to
Yeshiva College of South Africa. He has served the Zimbabwe and
Zambian communities for over 26 years. Based in Johannesburg,
Bulawayo 1956 - Educated at Carmel and Milton High
schools. Throughout school days , he keenly attended
His mom, Ronnie, was Segan Bakoach of Bulawayo
Habonim in her younger days so he was "most adept at
wearing my scarf and had dozens of woggles". He later
lived in Cape Town where he briefly attended UCT but then
opted to take a job as a “cub reporter”, covering the
riots in 1976 before leaving for the USA. He returned to
Bulawayo in 1984 and joined his late father in the
clothing manufacturing business. He was involved with the
Chevra Kadisha in Byo and also served as CAZO chairman.
His passion remains football and was on the management
committee of Highlanders Football Club for several years.
He was also involved in facilitating sports scholarships
at US universities for aspiring student athletes from
Zimbabwe. He now lives in Rome with his companion Caroline
but they still travel to Africa often. They both love
Bulawayo. His mother’s parents immigrated to Africa
from Lithuania and lived in Livingstone, Zambia and
Bulawayo. His late father was born in Jerusalem and he
immigrated to Africa, first to Ndola, Zambia and then to
Bulawayo where he passed away in 2006.
Dr. Hannah S. Pressman, a scholar of Hebrew literature and
Jewish culture, has published widely for general and
academic audiences. She is affiliated faculty with the
Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of
Washington, as well as a literary consultant for PJ
Library-North America. Dr Pressman has contributed to
volumes such as Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects,
and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States
(University of Chicago Press / Koc University Press, 2021)
and Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and
Culture, of which she was co-editor (Wayne State
University Press, 2013). Her nonfiction writing about
Sephardic history has appeared in Tablet Magazine,
Hadassah, The Forward, and the Stroum Center’s online
journal. Dr Pressman is currently at work on Galante’s
Daughter: A Sephardic Family Journey, a memoir based on
two decades of research tracing her family's travels from
the Levant and Lithuania into southern Africa and beyond.
The manuscript of Galante's Daughter was recently
recognized with a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research
Award. Dr Pressman lives in Seattle and is the daughter of
Martin and Jeanine Graham, formerly of Harare.