Gweru (Gwelo) Jewish Community

The Gweru Community was established in the early 20th Century and the last member passed away in 2003.  The articles below and references provide additional details to the story of this small midlands community which lies about 90 mins north east of Bulawayo by car.

There is a small Jewish Cemetery of approximately 50 gaves in Gweru. Go to the Cemeteries menu above for details.

Prof Jay A Waronker has done extensive work in recording the Synagogues of Africa and these two water-colours show the exterior and interior of the former Gweru Synagogue in 2005.

You can find more information from his website 


Exterior View (2005), 15” x 11” Watercolor, Jay A. Waronker ZIMBABWE
Interior View (2005), 15” x 11” Watercolor, Jay A. Waronker - this image shows the former Synagogue being used by a Christian community

Families listed below are invited to write short biographies and provide pictures. Please send to the editor 

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Isidore Baradach,    Cynthia and Myer Brom. Mr and Mrs Braudo,  Morrie and Mary Bloom, Maurice Cohen and wife Cyril Friend  Maurice and Tilly Jacobson Bex and Harry Loebenstein  K.C. Levitas,  Tom Lowenthal and wife Maurice and Lily Pearl and Leon Pearl.  Lezer Rabinowitz and wife  Lionel and  Phyllis Rabinowitz. Sam Shemer Myer and Polly Seider and family  Henri Soriano and wife Harry and Teddie Shiff and Clive Shiff  CHARLIE BEHR and his wife IRIS  three daughters JENNIFER, LYNDA and KIM