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    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. . Learn More...

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    Pictures of the stained glass windows and below a picture of Barney Abrahams next to the Ark and on the right - two pictures of the Shul during Succoth (year unknown). Click on each photo to see enlarged version

    Jack Furmanovsky writes from London....

    Dorothy Raphaely writes..


    This note from Jack Furmanovsky in London....

    A few extra bits of information:
    a) The 3 stained glass windows were designed by:1Leonora Kibel, 2)Anne
    3) Dorothy Lowenstein respectively.

    The pair of bronze lions over the ark door were designed by a girlfriend of
    Sholam Middledorf, who had been at Art College in Durban.  She moulded the
    lions in clay,and they were cast by Alec Chadowitz in his foundry.

    The raised marble and mosaic platform in the original part of the Shul,
    was donated in 1910 approx. by a Bulawayo family - I've forgotten who-
    and ordered from a firm  in Italy.  It had to be demolished when the Shul
    was extended, and an Italian import/export agent, who had an office in
    Stanberra House, adjacent to ours, managed to locate the original firm
    in Italy, and I prepared a drawing of a similar but larger platform.

     I have a few small colour prints of the inside and outside of the building, which Jill offered to scan and slightly enlarge.

    I designed and did the working drawings, supervision etc of the building
    including the seats.  I forget which furniture factory made them, but
    recall having a prototype made, to check for comfort and convenience.

    I often wondered what would happen to the building when the community
    finally disappeared (I feared a wholesale warehouse - or dance hall)
    but I don't need to worry any more.

    We both have fond memories having got married there more than 52 years ago.



    Dorothy Raphaely writes...

    The artists comissioned to design the windows were 
    Leonora Kibel ( mkibel@iafrica.com ), my late aunt Anne Loewenstein, and I, and we decided to choose a primary colour field each- respectively, blue, yellow, and red. Red suggested the theme of the burning bush to me, and the quotation seemed apt for a multi racial future. I guess that the year was 1962 or 1963. The technique was not a traditional stained glass, but a new Dutch process fusing the colours and without traditional leading. 

    Dorothy Raphaely nee Lowenstein


    f you have any photos of the Shul (inside and outside) please email them to Dave Bloom


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