Trace and Explore Jewish Routes and Roots in Cape Town & Surrounds
How can I connect with the local Jewish narrative past and present? What places and spaces reflect the Jewish footprint in the Mother City? Where can I find my Jewish roots in Cape Town?
The Jewish Map to Cape Town answers these questions and a whole lot more.
Jews have been involved in the exploration and settlement of the Cape since Europe first developed an interest in finding alternate routes to India. The early Portuguese navigators Bartholomew Diaz and Vasco Da Gama would not have been able to make their journeys without the Jewish mapmakers, and the astronomical tables drawn up by Abraham Zacuto. The Map to Jewish Cape Town uncovers this history to the present time.
On the print map there are 44 stops in all covering a short history, a walking tour of Central Cape Town, places of interest in the city and surrounds, Kosher Cape Town, a Winelands Route and Country Communities.
The walking tour on this map is designed to help you find Jewish places and spaces in the city centre. Information that reflects the major migration from Eastern Europe and the ongoing contribution of South African Jewry in South Africa is impressively documented in the SA Jewish Museum, making this an excellent starting point. There are 18 points of interest on this walk.
The City Sightseeing Red Bus route is marked on the print map to facilitate the use of this hop-on, hop-off service. Please bring your I.D. or passport for identification purposes when passing through security at the Gardens Community Centre.
The printed map is available at Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centres and can be viewed here.