• Iziko South African National Gallery

    South Africa’s premier art museum, Iziko South African National Gallery, houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. This programme is complemented by a range of temporary visiting exhibitions. Government Avenue, Company’s Garden, Cape Town 8000 Open daily 09h00 to 17h00 Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3970

  • Jacob Gitlin Library

    Established 1959. Extensive collection of books, magazines, journals, CDs and DVDs of Jewish interest. Jacob Gitlin was a dedicated Zionist worker and secretary to the Dorshei Zion Society for 27 years.

  • Houses of Parliament

    The Houses of Parliament contain the Mendelssohn Collection assembled by Sydney Mendelssohn, a diamond dealer, the first great collector of Africana and a compiler of the classic South African Bibliography published in 1910.  Jewish members of Parliament continue to play a role in South African politics.

  • Iziko Slave Lodge

    The Iziko Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building. Between 1679 and 1811, this windowless building was filled to the brim with slaves – many of them women. The ‘lodge’ was also used as a prison, mental asylum and unofficial brothel. It is said that in those days ‘women in the Cape were few, but slaves were plenty.’ In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights’, exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. Permanent Exhibitions: Remembering Slavery Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794 An audio-guided tour can be rented at a nominal fee. This guide takes you on a historical journey through the Slave Lodge and gives you insight into the dismal living conditions. Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town 8000 Open Mon Read more [...]

  • Hermanus Synagogue

    With an increase in retired people to this coastal town, the now active community has regular services. A new Synagogue was consecrated on 7 September 2008. Cemetery: near Fernkloof.

  • Or Israel Synagogue

    Congregation established 1893. Destroyed by fire 1926, rebuilt August 1927. Charles Back came from Lithuania in 1902, set up as a butcher in Paarl, bought Klein Babylonstoren in 1916 and became at one time the largest Jewish wine producer in the country. Today Paarl is combined with the Wellington Community Old Cemetery (1894-1938): East end of Hospital Street, next to Hoerskool van der Walt New Cemetery (from1925): cnr Jan van Riebeeck & Langenhoven Streets

  • Montebello Design Centre

    See the work of local artists and crafters or relax over a good meal in tranquil surroundings at Montebello. It’s a non-profit organisation dedicated to job creation and good local design. Many artists have studios here so you may just catch them at work Studios & Shops: Montebello Craft Shop, Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant, Greenhouse Nursery, Beloved Beadwork: fine beaded jewellery, John Bauer ceramicist, Beadmakers Guild makes beads for other creative people, African Ethos: African musical instruments, Aspirations Media: broadcast design & motion graphics, Lesley Charnock’s Gallery, Studio, Art School, Ikwezi Art: contemporary African art, Aaron Bakana: garden furniture and fencing, David Krut Projects: fine art & books, D Desks: collaborative design space including M&W Innovative Studio & I:AM Ventures, Prism: human design project, Webfactory: web design & development, Mogalakwena Craft Art: traditional handcraft & contemporary design, Right Mukore: sculpture Butterfly Studio: art classes & workshops exploring the healing nature of arts, Tintiloux: artisanal bodycare products, FlavourUnion: handcrafted food products, Farm Kitchen Table: designing lifestyle from farm to table, Nude Foods: innovative plastic free groceries, Brew Kombucha:Naturally fermented organic rooibos iced tea. Classes offered

  • UCT Irma Stern Museum

    Set in a tranquil garden, Irma Stern’s former home houses a permanent exhibition of her work and private collection.  Contemporary exhibitions hosted on a regular basis.