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    An African Trading Empire
    Dec 13 2019 - A new page on the site with text from the first chapter of this fascinating book recording the story of the Susman brothers and Wulfsohn who created a farming and commercial empire in Southern Africa.. Learn More...

    Additional Ketuboth added
    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...

    Audio Visual biographies
    December 2016 - ZJC is pleased to publish a number of audio visual biographies of former members of the community.. Learn More...

    Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation committees
    July 6, 2016 - We have added two comprehensive documents prepared by David Gelfand and listing a) the numerous committees of the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation going back to 1923. b) a list of all the Presidents of the Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation going back to 1894.. Learn More...

    Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation - full copy
    June 2016 - Pleased to advise that Paul Bernstein has scanned the full Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation Centenary magazine published in 1994. It is now available on the ZJC website. Many many thanks to Paul for all his efforts and contribution in digitizing this material and preserving it for us all. There is a summary of the contents of each section. See the material here.. Learn More...

    History of the Harare (Salisbury) Synagogues
    April 2016 - David Gelfand has updated an extensive document on the history of the Jewish Communities of Harare (Salisbury) with details of Rabbis and committee members over the years. Now includes pictures of Shul Presidents and a section on the Union of Jewish Women.. Learn More...

    FaceBook Group for ZJC
    !3 Dec 2019 - Join over 2,300 friends on the Zim Jewish Community Facebook group and share your memories, photos, video clips and other material of common interest to the ZJC. The email newsletter is no longer active (but used from time to time as appropriate).. Learn More...

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    Zimbabwe Jewish Community History

    This section will evolve over time but gives an idea of the other historical resources we plan to post. If you have any material in textual format, photos or any other digital medium please let us know. Write email to Dave Bloom or send fax to +972 9 7666387.

    There have been several books written on the history of the community of which some of the most prominent are "Majuta" by Dr Barry A Kosmin published in (1980 - Mambo Press), The Goldbergs of Leigh Ranch by W E Arnold (1980 - Books of Zimbabwe), The Moon can Wait -  Biography of Hon A E Abrahamson (2004 - Penguin) and others. Reference will be made separately to these books. Please send us information on any other books you are aware of.

    In addition and on the left you can find a link to a 275-page manuscript of a previously unpublished manuscript by Eric Rosenthal called "Rhodesian Jewry and its Story". The exact date of its writing is unclear but was probably the early 1960s. A brief background to the work is given by the Hon A E Abrahamson.

    Check out the Shuls section of the website for further historical information on the communities which were published in various anniversary publications.

    For the history of the congregations - click here

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