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Ndaba – 13th June 2021

For 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 lineup is:

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft

"Keeping the proud Jewish candle alight with the Zimbabwe and Zambian communities."

Ilan Elkaim

"Gantze K’nackers of Bulawayo"

Dr Hannah Pressman

"A Bridge to Other Worlds: Exploring the History of the Galante Family and Zimbabwe's Sephardic Community"

(full bios below )

followed by Q&A and then time to schmooze with old and new ZJC friends in small online break-out rooms.


Biographies of speakers


Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft 

He 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, Gauteng



Ilan Elkaim

Born Bulawayo 1956 - Educated at Carmel and Milton High schools. Throughout school days , he keenly attended Habonim
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 Pressman

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.



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