of the stained glass windows and below a picture of Barney Abrahams next
to the Ark and on the right - two pictures of the Shul during Succoth
(year unknown). Click on each photo to see enlarged version
Furmanovsky writes from London....
from Jack Furmanovsky in
A few extra bits of information:
a) The 3 stained glass windows were designed by:1Leonora Kibel, 2)Anne
3) Dorothy Lowenstein respectively.
The pair of bronze lions over the ark door were designed by a girlfriend
Sholam Middledorf, who had been at Art College in Durban. She
lions in clay,and they were cast by Alec Chadowitz in his foundry.
The raised marble and mosaic platform in the original part of the Shul,
was donated in 1910 approx. by a Bulawayo family - I've forgotten who-
and ordered from a firm in Italy. It had to be demolished when
was extended, and an Italian import/export agent, who had an office in
Stanberra House, adjacent to ours, managed to locate the original firm
in Italy, and I prepared a drawing of a similar but larger platform.
I have a few small colour prints of the inside and outside of the
building, which Jill offered to scan and slightly enlarge.
I designed and did the working drawings, supervision etc of the building
including the seats. I forget which furniture factory made them, but
recall having a prototype made, to check for comfort and convenience.
I often wondered what would happen to the building when the community
finally disappeared (I feared a wholesale warehouse - or dance hall)
but I don't need to worry any more.
We both have fond memories having got married there more than 52 years
The artists comissioned to design the windows were
Leonora Kibel ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), my late aunt Anne Loewenstein, and I, and we decided to choose a primary colour field each- respectively, blue, yellow, and red. Red suggested the theme of the burning bush to me, and the quotation
seemed apt for a multi racial future. I guess that the year was 1962 or 1963.
The technique was not a traditional stained glass, but a new Dutch process fusing the colours and without traditional leading.
Dorothy Raphaely nee Lowenstein
f you have any photos
of the Shul (inside and outside) please email them to