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    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
    June 2016 - Join over 1,300 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 The email newsletter is no longer active (but used from time to time as appropriate)..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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    The 75th Anniversary of the Harare Sephardi Hebrew Congregation was published in early 2007
    The 75th Anniversary of the Harare Sephardi Hebrew Congregation was published in early 2007. To view an online version of the magazine (in PDF format)  please click here

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    Herewith copy of the Editorial by Benny Leon

    After the completion of the High Festivals the Hebrew Sephardic Society of Rhodesia, the first general meeting was held at the Palace Theatre, First Street, Salisbury, on Sunday 18th October 1931. Much water has passed under the bridge since that historic day, and this short edition attempts to cover some of the events and decision taken during the last eventful 75 years. The 2005/2006 Committee made the decision to put out this small publication to mark the occasion. It has also been argued that it would not be worth while to produce this book because of the dwindling numbers of this Congregation. I have maintained that to produce a record for posterity.

    Today with all the marvelous modern electronic media and technology available, this publication could be stored on a compact disc or lodged on a website for future generations to browse and know of the life and times of the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation of Zimbabwe. The last publication about the history of our congregation was published in August 1991 when we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. Sadly, sincethen, in the last fifteen years, due to the political climate, our numbers have dwindled drastically, with congregants moving or passing on. For the last two years the two Hebrew Congregations in Harare have combined their resources to form minyanim for Shabbat Services and festivals. For two years we published the Sephardi News, recording events and biographies of well known personalities. Regrettably, again, because of escalating costs this publication ceased to be printed. The postage alone was astronomical and we resorted to emails and hand deliveries. However, we have selected salient reports and biographies for this edition. If we have omitted something or someone out, we apologise, it is not intentional. It is my great pleasure to prepare, present and edit this publication for posterity.

    Benny Leon

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