Harare's Jewish Businesses
January 2023 – Simon Lewis started a wonderful thread some time ago by posting the location of his family businesses in Bulawayo. There were some 240 responses and comments with many Bulawegians filling in the gaps and short comments for their families. I am creating a page on the ZJC website with that material – an important record of the community’s activities in by-gone years.
Now the challenge is for Harare folk.
If you wish to add to this list please use the contact form at the bottom of the page
Let’s hear from Harare families on the location of their businesses, clinics, factories etc.. What, where, when and who?
See also this page which lists more history of Jewish businesses in Zimbabwe.
My Dad’s business was Blooms Furnishers in Century House on Baker Ave almost opposite the main Post Office. He partnered with his brother Harry. Their father Philip Bloom had an earlier version of the furniture business in the 1930s and 1940s called Bloom Braude.
My grandparents,Abraham and Gertrude Shalovsky owned the Castle Hotel in Manica Road. They sold it in 1940s
My father had the Regent Butchery in grey street Bulawayo.
Sue Alhadeff Selikman
One of my grandfather’s businesses ( Abraham alhadeff) was the cold storage on Manica Road. The alhadeff brothers also had the Crown Clothing
Sue Alhadeff Selikman also had a furniture business, think my dad worked there when he left uni a little earlier than was planned.
Sue Alhadeff Selikman
My father had Sager’s Motoring Salisbury
My Dad ‘Boy’ ran Cambitzis Provisions in Avondale from the 1960’s to about the mid 1980’s when the shop was bought by the multinational SPAR. My Dad then worked at the SPAR warehouse until he retired in 1996 at the age of 80.
My Mom Lily was a librarian
My family’s businesses were Miz Wholesalers and Pax Cash ‘N Carry, both in Forbes Avenue, Salisbury
Val Mizrahi both our dads went to UCT and qualified as engineers but came back to work in their respective family businesses
My father Boaz and Uncle Issac (Zac) owned Strand stationers and printers. A stationery shop in the center of town and a printing works in the industrial area. Not sure of the addresses. Sandy Menashe, can you ask your dad?
My grandfather was in partnership in a furniture business. Banet and Harris was in Salisbury.
Judy Harris Shifren
Bev Banet The other partner Lionel Harris was my Great Uncle.
Linda Naim Goldsheft
Bev Banet Bev, I still have the furniture from B&H bought after our wedding in 1976. Beautiful, sturdy mukwa wood
Amanda Summerfield and Maureen Summerfield
Carlton Gift Store
Goldsmiths and Silversmiths…
My Dad,Vincent Granger, a CIvil Engineer, started the first testing laboratory for soils and building materials, Rhotest, in a house at 100 Moffet Street, in Salisbury. It quickly outgrew those premises and he moved it to the Mike Appel building. Doe…
My husband Harry Kantor together with Mervin Immerman started the legal firm Kantor and Immerman in Gordon Avenue Harare.
Middy Brothers was a furniture shop on Angwa Sreet between Manica Rd and Speke Ave. Owners were Abe and Harry Middeldorf.
My mom had a couple of different businesses. Started off with “Nina’s” dress shop on Fife street in Bulawayo. In the late 60’s she took over my aunt’s business. New African Suppliers on Fort Street/12th Ave.
Cecilia Katzenberg Stark
My dad was Katzy’s Cabin. Avondale, Harare.
My grandparents Jack & Dora Alhadeff owned Crystals Delicatessen on Second Street, Salisbury
My father owned ABC Cash Stores on Manica Road
My father, Santo, owned Atlas Dty Cleaners and Dyers on Charter road. At that time, they were the sole dyers of curtains and carpets and so would conduct deliveries throughout the region.
My Grandfather, Maurice Hasson started Maurice Hasson Garments in 1954. It was based in Masasa. The site is still owned and run by his sons, Eddie, Victor and Philip, who all still live in Zimbabwe. Eddie is my Dad. The units have been converted into factory rentals as the economic collapse in the early 2000 made the running of a manufacturing business really difficult.
Ivy Weiss Ishlove
Darien Tarica Arcus
My father Harry Robinson had a business in Forbes Ave , It was a wholesale business, and was in the building called Harob house, he owned the building as well.
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