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Several records listed below appear to present duplicated information for the same person, e.g. Rabbi Aloy. The records have come to us from various sources and are presented as received, subject only to light editing. Where there is a very high certainty that multiple records refer to the same person, e.g. Chief Rabbi Professor Israel Abrahams, then several records may have been consolidated.

Rev.Abrahams. Served the Claremont, Cape, congregation in the mid-1940s.
Chief Rabbi
Professor Israel
Abrahams. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation (Gardens Synagogue), August 1937 to mid-1968. Made aliyah to Israel, 1968, where he passed away in October 1973.
Rabbi Aloy. Head of the Beit Din, Johannesburg.
RabbiAloy. Brought out from Lithuania by the Benoni Shul and then moved on to the Berea Shul.
Cantor IsraelAlter, Johannesburg. A composer of note and one of South Africa's great chazzanim.
Cantor Altshuler. The Great Synagogue, Wolmarans Street, Pretoria.
Cantor O.Altshuler. Southern Suburbs Congregation.
Rev.Altshuler. Sydenham-Highlands-North (Jhb) Shul
Rev.Altshuler. Springs Shul
Rabbi AdyAssabi. Temple Shalom [United Progressive], Johannesburg. Circa 1990. [more]
RabbiAvnit. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
Cantor Bacon. Yeoville Shul.
Cantor JosephBadash. Jeppe Synagogue, 1940's and prior.
Cantor PhilipBadash. Son of Cantor J. Badash, q.v. Marais Road Synagogue, Capetown.
Cantor MaxBadash. Chazzan of the Great Synagogue, Cape Town for many years
Cantor DavidBagley. Oxford Synagogue, Johannesburg.
Reverend L.Baran. Woodstock & Salt River Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, during the early nineteen-fifties.
In May 2014, Diana Yellin Wertheim (daughter of Rev. Baran) wrote: "He was the Reverend of Mossel Bay from 1956 to 1970 and from 1970 onwards, the Reverend of Rustenburg till his aliya to Israel in 1993. ... He served South African communities for almost 60 years."
Rev. JoshuaBatlan. Brandfort Shul, Orange Free State.
Rev. A.P.Bender. Born 1863. Appointed rabbi, Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, 1895.
Rabbi Barney
(Chaim Dov)
Bender. Died 30 June 2003. First appointment: Boksburg Shul. Was for many years the Rabbi of the Port Elizabeth Shul (possibly during 1990's) and finally of the Yeoville Shul.
Rabbi Norman Bernhard. Chabad. Rabbi of the Oxford Shul, Johannesburg - from the mid-1950's.
RabbiBitan. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
RabbiBloom. From Liverpool. Served the Benoni Congregation.
Rev.Bordien. Strand Shul, circa 1932-1942.
Rev. I.Borkof. First rabbi, De Aar H.C., 1918.
Cantor P.Braitman. North Eastern Congregation.
Rabbi S.A.Brodman. Rabbi of the Schoonder Street Shul in the 1980s. Spoke at the Closing Ceremony of the Vredehoek Shul in August 1993.
Rabbi LawrenceBrown. Somerset West, 1986-1991. Shochet for Cape Town Board of Shechita, 1986-1991.
Cantor IanCamissar. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. Circa 2000-
Chief Rabbi
Bernard Moses

 Casper. 1917-____. WWII Senior Chaplain, Jewish Infantry Group 1944-1946, Chaplain British army 1940-1946. Mentioned in Despatches. Chief Rabbi Casper was formerly Chief Rabbi of South Africa. In World War II he was senior Chaplain to the Jewish Brigade and first Dean of Students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His publications include: "Judaism Yesterday and Today."
Rabbi LionelCasper. Chaplain to Jewish soldiers in WW2.
Rev. Cassell. Chazan Sheini, Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. Circa 1930's to 1950's.
Cantor BereleChagy. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, Johannesburg 1930's ?
Rabbi YaacovChaitowitz. m. Miriam (Friedman). The Chaitowitz family settled in Johannesburg where Uncle Chaitowitz was a rabbi at the Observatory Curve Shul, Johannesburg, S.A.
HaRav EliezerChrysler. Formerly Rav of Mercaz Ahavat Torah, Johannesburg.
Rabbi ChananCoblentz. Yeshivah Torat Emet, circa 2001.
RabbiCohen. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
Rev. I.M.Cohen.
RabbiDavar. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
Cantor MichaelDavidowitz. Emmarentia Congregation.
Rev.Dovrat. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
Rabbi Eugene JacobDuschinsky. Was Rabbi of the Vredehoek Synagogue (i.e. Cape Town Orthodox Hebrew Congregation) in the 1950's . He then went to live in Israel. He returned to S.A. in the 1960's and became Rabbi and also Av Beth Din of the New Hebrew Congregation, Schoonder Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Cantor MeirDvir. He was a chazzan in Johannesburg in the 1970s. Passed away circa September 2015. [ more ]
Rabbi S.Efron. Maitland-Brooklyn Hebrew Congregation (Cape Town).
Rabbi G.M.Engel. Circa 1974.
Cantor DuduFisher. Berea Shul, Johannesburg.
Isaac Jacob (Yaacov)
Frank. Born Kovno, 1878. Died Cape Town, 1965. Married 1909, Beila D. Rabinowitz (died 1958). Mohel, schochat, chazan, Hebrew teacher - Muizenberg cheder, ex-talmid Yeshiva Telsz, Lithuania and authority in Cape Town. The Rav and Chazan of the Muizenberg Synagogue for 50 years. [more]
RabbiFranklin. 1950's - 1960's.
Rabbi I.Friedman. Served the Benoni Community from 1938 (he was on Active Service during WWII) until about 1962, then went to Canada.
Rabbi J.Gad. Johannesburg, circa 1941.
Rev.Gad. Strand Shul.
RabbiGervis. Berea Synagogue, Tudhope Avenue. 1930s.
Cantor JohnnyGluck. Berea Shul, Johannesburg.
Reverend HirschGoldberg. Arrived in Cape Town from Lithuania, 1927. Various rabbinic posts in Southern Africa. Died 1967. [more]
Cantor SollyGoldberg, Chazan of Springs Shul from 1970-1977. Emigrated to Sydney Australia where he served as chazan at the North Shore Shul and also Parramatta Congregation. Made Aliya in 1990. Passed away December 2017.
Rabbi Y.Goldman. Chairman, Southern African Rabbinical Association, circa 2001
Rabbi TuviaGoldschmidt. Circa 2001.
Rabbi Dr. WarrenGoldstein. Inaugurated Sunday 3 April 2005, aged 33. Inaugural Address. First South-Africa-born Chief Rabbi. Qualified as an advocate, BA, LLB and PhD in human rights law. Qualified at a Johannesburg rabbinical seminary, 1996. [more].
Rev.Gordon. Wynberg Synagogue (Cape). Officiated for several decades which spanned 8 February 1947 when he conducted the marriage ceremony of Bernard Unterhalter and Freda Gelfand. Rev. Gordon's son was Prof. Hymie Gordon who married Sue Stern (now divorced).
Rabbi Isaac Goss. Linksfield Hebrew Congregation.
RabbiGrawitzky. Woodstock & Salt River Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, during 1930's-1940's.
Rabbi MotelGrawitzky. Woodstock & Salt River Hebrew Congregation, from nineteen-sixties.
Rev. I.Green. Strand Shul
Cantor E.Greenblatt. Sydenham North Hebrew Congregation.
Rabbi CharlesGrigst. Highlands House Synagogue, Cape Town.
Rabbi Boruch DovGrossnass. Rosh, Kollel Yad Shaul, Johannesburg. Circa 2001
Chazzan Shlomo Guber. Chazzan of the Berea shul from 1979 to 1983, Waverley shul from 1982 to 1995. Click here for details of three generations of chazzanim in the Guber family.
Rev. Gulis. Reverend of the Salt River/Woodstock Shul, Cape Town, 1930's to 1960's. Now [in 2004] deceased.
Cantor A.Hainowitz. Great Synagogue, Pretoria. 1950's ??
Chief Rabbi Cyril K.Harris. Rabbi at St. John's Wood Synagogue, London NW8 U.K. until 1987 when he was appointed Chief Rabbi of South Africa. Union of Orthodox Synagogues, South Africa. From 1987 until end 2004.
Rabbi SimonHarris. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. 1990's
Rabbi YisraelHazdan. Served the Warmbaths community for many years. Father of Rabbi Dovid Hazdan, q.v.
Rabbi DovidHazdan. Officiates (ca 2007) at Great-Park Shul, the successor congregation to the Wolmarans. Son of Rabbi Yisrael Hazdan, q.v.
Rabbi PhilipHeilbrunn OAM. Rabbi and Cantor of Victory Park Hebrew Congregation 1971-1976; Rabbi and Cantor of Northcliff Hebrew Congregation 1976-1979. Emigrated to Australia 1979.
CantorHeinowitz. See Hainowitz, above.
Rev. IlanHerrmann. Lions Shul, Doornfontein Hebrew Congregation. 2001-.
Cantor Herstik. Oxford Hebrew Congregation (after Cantor Moshe Krauss).
Rabbi J.H.Hertz. Rabbi at the Johannesburg Shul at the turn of the beginning of the twentieth century (ca 1890-1910) went back to London and served as Chief Rabbi of the British Empire for very many years.
Reb M.Herzkowitz. According to N.D. Hoffman's Book of Memoirs (Zichronis) Reb. M. Herzkowitz was born in a small shtetl in Kovno province in 1890. Studied in Reb Herz's Yeshiva in Ponevez. Continued in Telz under Rabbi haGaon Eliezer Gordon. Then to Slobodka Yeshiva Knesset Bnei Israel. Also acted as a shochet. In Posvol he trained as a cantor under cantor Reb Mordechai Leibowitz. Arrived in S.A. in 1911 and worked in Worcester as cantor, mohel and shochet.
Abram Mordechai
Himelsztejn. Ilana Katz wrote: My father was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1905 and studied under various teachers like A. Davidovitz of the Zalman Nozhik Shul, David Eisenstadt, Choirmaster of the Tlomztzka Street Shul among others. He also conducted the choir which accompanied performances of the great Cantor Gershon Sirota. He came to Tifereth Yisrael Synagogue in Rowland Street, Cape Town in 1936 where he was the choirmaster until he moved in 1942 to be Choirmaster and Chazzan Sheini with the United Hebrew Congregation (first at the Yeoville Shul and then at the Great Synagogue in Wolmarans Street). He stayed at this position for over 25 years. He published two books of Chazzanut that he had composed : LaChazan and Lamnatzeach. Compositions written by him are sung today by Chazanim all over the world. He passed away in 1974 in Johannesburg at the relatively young age of 68 and is buried in West Park cemetery.
Rabbi W.Hirsch. Pretoria, circa 1928.
Rev.Hirschowitz. Strand Shul.
Rabbi DavidHoffman. Temple Israel, Sea Point, Cape Town. Circa 1998.
Rabbi Anthony D.Holz. Born Cape Town, c.1942. First full-time appointment was the Pretoria Progressive Jewish Congregation, 1972-1977. [more-1, more-2]
Cantor Abe Immerman. Known as the Blind Cantor who used to serve the United Hebrew Schools from its inception in the 1940's. After 1961, went to Oudtshoorn for High Holydays and some bar mitzvahs. Date of retirement not known. Passed away 7 April 2003.
CantorInspector. Cape Town Orthodox Hebrew Congregation (Vredehoek) in 1940's.
Rabbi DennisIsaacs. Cyrildene Synagogue.
Rabbi HarrisIsaacs. ??
ReverendIsaacson. Spiritual leader of Observatory and Mowbray congregations in Cape Town in 1930's to 1950's
Cantor S.Jungerlevi. Cyrildene Hebrew Congregation.
Rev.Karwan. Strand Shul, circa 1953.
 Kassel, see Rev. Cassell, above.
RabbiKatz, Great Synagogue, Pretoria. 1950's ??
Rev. (later Rabbi)Katz. Pretoria. His incumbency might have commenced a year or two before 1956.
Rabbi Katz. Pretoria. Was Army Chaplain. Ministered to Jewish Prisoners in Pretoria Central Prison.
Cantor MoiseyKatzin. Sea Point Synagogue during 1940's to 1960’s.
Rabbi Eric N.Kaye. Born in Johannesburg. Studied in U.S.A. and Israel. Held rabbinic posts in Johannesburg and Cape Town. [more]
Rabbi Kay(e). Parys and then Stellenbosch Hebrew Congregation.
Rev. WolfKentridge. (formerly Sachna Zaiv Kantorovich, name changed to Kentridge in 1912), ex Lithuania, and Chazen, Shochet in Sunderland, Durham, England before migrating to South Africa. He was the Rabbi in Vryheid, Natal for some years, before accepting the position in Harrismith, O.F.S. in the early 1900's. He died on 10th August 1918, and is buried in the Harrismith Cemetery. [gravestone]
RabbiKerbel. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Kirzner. New Hebrew Congregation, Roeland Street Shul, Cape Town, during 1930's to 1940's. May have left for Canada after World War II.
Rev. Moses DavidKlaff. Born 1904. Married Pauline. Chazan in Clocolan from 1927 to 1931. Chazan and Schochet in Boksburg from 1932 to 1941. Kroonstad, 1941 to 1945. Port Elizabeth, Chazan, Mohel, Schochet and Barmitzvah teacher, 1945 to 1969. Wolmarans - Great Synagogue - Chazan Sheini under Chazan Reich and Gluck from 1969 to 1984. Sandringham Gardens 1984 to 1989. Died 1991. [more].
Rev. Shmuel ZalmanKlaff. Minister in Vereening from 1910 to 1914. De Aar from 1925 to 1945. Died in 1957. [more].
CantorKleimer. Chazzan Rishon, Vredehoek Shul, Cape Town. Then, Chazzan Sheini, Sea Point Shul, Marais Road, Cape Town.
Cantor Ari Klein. Sydenham Highlands North.
RabbiKlirs. After 1961, went to Oudtshoorn.
Rabbi (formerly Rev.) Konviser. Head, and subsequently Rabbi, of the Ashkenazi community in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harari, Zimbabwe). Retired and moved to Cape Town. Locum at the Great Synagogue (Gardens Synagogue) after the departure of Rabbi Lappin. Circa 1950-1980.
Rabbi Kossowsky. Beth Medrash Hagadol in the 1930s and 1940s.
Rabbi Kossowsky. (the above's son) Sydenham Highlands North.
Cantor Paul Kowarsky. Germiston Congregation, then to Canada.
RabbiKramer. Claremont Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, in the 1950's and 1960's - an important community. Left for Israel in 1970's and still lives there [in April 2005].
Cantor MosheKraus. Oxford Shul, Johannesburg. Circa 1960's, 1970's.
In March 2014, Cantor Stan Shear wrote "Cantor Moshe Krauss is still very much alive and I communicate with him and his wife Rivka regularly. He is now about 92, and is healthy and still davens occasionally. I sang in the Oxford Synagogue choir when it was in its heyday in the 1960s, with Moshe as Chazan, Marcus Levy, and then his brother Gus Levy as choirmasters. In fact I was the Chazzan at Oxford for a year - about 1995."
Rev. JosephKupowitz. Lived in Berea, Johannesburg.
Rabbi M.Kurtstag. Head of Johannesburg and Cape Town Beth Din, circa 2001.
Rev. SimchaKussevitzky (Kousevitsky).
I   Cantor for many years, from the nineteen-forties, at Schoonder Street Shul in Cape Town, after serving a major community in Johannesburg to which he came from one of London's most famous shuls. A brother to Moshe and David, both masters of chazzanut in the US from the 1940's for some 30 years between them. A special family in the history of Chazzanut.
 II  SIMCHA KUSEVITSKY 1905-1998. From early childhood Simcha sang in the synagogue choirs of the famous Chazanim Shlomo Ravetz and Ephraim Spektor. At the age of twenty-two he was appointed Chazan in Vilna where he stayed for two years. He then became Chief Cantor of Rovno where he remained until 1938 when he accepted a 'call' to become Chazan of the Queen's Park Synagogue in Glasgow, Scotland. Later he moved to London where, having been appointed Chazan of the Stoke Newington Synagogue, he soon became in great demand for appearances at public meetings singing Chazanuth and Yiddish items which brought the crowds to the meetings. His pure quality golden-tenor voice, wide range, coloratura and falsetto attracted the lay leaders of the prestigious Great Synagogue in East London, who appointed Simcha as Chief Cantor of that congregation. The Friday-evening services were so well attended that police had to be present every week outside the synagogue to control the crowds. In 1947 Simcha travelled with his family to South Africa where he was invited to take up the position of Chazan of the United Synagogue in Johannesburg and in 1952 he became Chief Cantor of the beautiful Schoonder Street Synagogue in Cape Town where he officiated until his retirement in 1983.
Chief Rabbi Dr. J.L.Landau. Immigrated to Transvaal, 1903. Published many secular literary works.
Rev.Landry. After 1961, went from U.K. to Oudtshoorn.
Rabbi A. H. Lapin. Yeoville Shul from about 1947 to about 1969, then Chief Rabbi at Gardens Shul, Cape Town. Subsequently left for San Jose. Buried in Jerusalem.
Rabbi David Lapin. First appointment: Stellenbosch Hebrew Congregation. Kesser Torah.
Chazzan ShmuelLerer. Born in Jerusalem, 1928. Arrived in South Africa after officiating in prominent posts in Israel and England (The Great Shul of Rishon LeZion; 'Ramah' Shul, Tel-Aviv; The Great Shul of Ramat Gan; Marble Arch Synagogue, London). Chazzan of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (Central Orthodox Synagogue), Doornfontein Johannesburg (1968-1975) and Cyrildene-Observatory Extension Hebrew Congregation, Johannesburg (1975-1977). Served as Chairman of the Cantors and Choirmasters' Association of S.A. (1971-1977) and was nominated Honorary President on his return to Israel in 1977. Passed away in Jerusalem, 2009. [more]
Chazan Yitzchak RafaelLerman. Doornfontein Leibn Shul and others. [more]
Rev. AbrahamLevy. Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Rabbi Maurice A.Lew. Came out from London to S.A. in the late 1940s to Parkview Greenside & Districts Synagogue in the early days of that shul. Stayed till early 1970s or late 1960s. Returned to UK. Died around 1980s. Founded the M.A. Lew Hebrew School. He was rabbi at Highgate Synagogue, London, in the early 1980s.
Rabbi YitzchakLewenstein. Circa 2001.
Cantor IvorLichterman (1953-). Assistant Cantor, Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, 1972-1976. Biography.
Rev. JakubLichterman (1909-1986). Cantor, Vredehoek Shul, 1950-?. Biographical sketch, links to recordings of his (here and here) and additional information and history (scroll down).
Cantor Joel Lichterman. Cantor at the Great Synagogue, Cape Town for several years.
Rabbi MathewLiebenberg. Claremont Shul, Cape Town.
Rev.Lignado. After 1961, went to Oudtshoorn.
Rabbi O.Lipshitz. Lecturer, Vredehoek Shul.
Rabbi ReuvenLivingstone. Circa 2010.
CantorLopato. Yeoville Synagogue, late 1930's early 1940's.
Cantor JosephMalovany. Born Israel. Tenor. Yeoville Synagogue. Was awarded the Polish Legion of Honour, 2004. [REFERENCE: Jewish Tribune newspaper, London, 12 Feb 2004, p5.]
Cantor S.Mandel. Brought out from Lithuania by the Benoni Synagogue and then moved on to the Berea Synagogue.
Rabbi JudaMandelberg. Served the Benoni Congregation from 1980 until 1995.
RabbiMarcus. Vredehoek Shul. Cape Town.
Rabbi BarryMarcus. Smicha from Beth Midrash l'Rabbanim, Johannesburg; Rabbi to Waverley Hebrew Congregation; Assistant Minister to Chief Rabbi of South Africa; Rabbi/Cantor to Valley Observatory Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi/Cantor at Arthur's Road Synagogue, Cape Town; Chaplain, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Rabbi at Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6NW, United Kingdom.
[more-1, more-2]
Rabbi N.L.Marcus. Maggid Hashiur at Vredehoek Shul where he also became rabbi and shochet. On the retirement of the Av Beth Din, became the rabbi of the joint Schoonder Street and Vredehoek Shuls.
Rabbi Eliezer HillelMatthews. Krugersdorp, then Kroonstad. Died 1929.
Rabbi Dr Gerald (Zerach) Mazabow. 1936-2013. Studied in Johannesburg and Jerusalem. Officiated in Welkom, Springs, Krugersdorp and at Berea and Yeoville Shuls and the Great Synagogue. Held two doctorates and taught in chadorim, seminary and at Wits and RAU. Buried in West Park Cemetery. [more].
Chief Rabbi EfraimMervis [United Kingdom].
Biography: Born in 1956 into a rabbinical family in South Africa, Chief Rabbi Mirvis studied at Herzlia High School, Cape Town (1968-73), Yeshivat Kerem BeYavne (1973-76) and Yeshivat Har Etzion (1976-78). He received his rabbinic ordination from Machon Ariel, Jerusalem (1978-80) and gained a BA in Education and Classical Hebrew from the University of South Africa. He also received certification from the Yaacov Herzog Teachers College as a high school teacher in Israel. [more]
Communal Positions: Chief Rabbi Mirvis has held educational and community positions in Israel, Ireland and the UK. He was the Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1984-92), a position previously held by Lord Jakobovits, and Rabbi of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in London (1992-96), a position previously held by Lord Sacks. Chief Rabbi Mirvis was appointed Senior Rabbi at Finchley United Synagogue (known as Kinloss) in 1996, a position which he held until becoming Chief Rabbi in 2013.
RabbiMerwitz. First served as the Benoni Rabbi before moving on to Claremont, Cape. His son is a rabbi in South Africa (ca 2007?, location not known).
Rabbi GavinMichal, Baal Shem Tov Synagogue, Johannesburg.
Cantor BinyaminMinc. Ponevez Shul, Johannesburg. [more]
Rabbi M. ChaimMirvish. Vredehoek Shul, Cape Town.
 Mowsowitz. Died circa 1930.
Cantor BenjaminMuller. Sydenham shul.
Rev. Sam (Shmoel)Musikanth. One time minister of the Somerset West Shul in the Cape. He was born in Seduva, Lithuania, in 1911 and passed away in Cape Town on 4 August 1979. Served one or more congregations in the Eastern Cape.
Rabbi Edward Neufeld. Was Rabbi in Pretoria prior to Rev. Katz who later became an ordained Rabbi and served that community for many years.
RabbiNewman. Waverley Shul, Johannesburg.
RabbiNewman. Spiritual leader, Marais Road Shul, Sea Point, Cape Town in the 1960s and 1970s.
Rev.Pakter. Sea Point, Cape Town, in the 1960s.
Rev. IsaacPakter. Stellenbosch Shul, 1950's, then Camps Bay Shul.
Rev. BaruchPerlow. Passed away, 6 July 2005. Served the Emmarentia Hebrew Congregation for more than 50 years variously as Rabbi, Chairman and President.
Rabbi AharonPfeuffer. Johannesburg, also Bnei Brak. Authority on kashrut. Author of Kitzur Halachot Basar B'Chalav ????? ????? ??? ????. Louis Zetler wrote: "Rav Pfeuffer was killed in a car accident on his way to the Kruger National Park on a Sunday morning, days before he was scheduled to return to Israel.".
RabbiRabinowitz. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, Old Synagogue ??
RabbiRabinowitz. Sea Point Shul until about 1965. Brother of Chief Rabbi Louis Rabinovitz. Moved to Manchester, England.
Rabbi B.Rabinowitz. Kensington Hebrew Congregation, 1940's and 50's.
Cantor HarryRabinowitz. From 1957: Oxford Shul, Waverley Shul (North Eastern Hebrew Congregation). [PICTURE]
Revd. JoelRabinowitz. ?? 1880, Orange Free State ??
Chief Rabbi Louis I. Rabinowitz PhD. b. Scotland 1906, d. Jerusalem 1984. Chief Rabbi, 1945-1961. United Hebrew Congregation from about 1946 to about 1963. Cited in Ḥakirah, v14, Winter 2012, The Kashrut of Kingklip - Its Turbulent History and Who Decides, by Ari Zivotofsky and Ari Greenspan.
Rev. Nachum MendelRabinowitz. Cantor, Cape Town Orthodox Hebrew Congregation (Constitution Street, then Vredehoek Street shuls), 1920-1950.
Rabbi Raff. Rabbi of the Charedi Community in Sydenham, Johannesburg.
Rabbi Moshe Zalman Rajchenberg. 1887-1973. Potchefstroom: circa 1929. Bloemfontein: several years commencing circa 1933. Ophirton: circa 1943 for a very short while - diminishing community. Booysens: a short while and then Auckland Park / Melville, circa 1945. Never lived there. Jeppe (Bertrams ). Lived in Kensington in early 1950s. Made aliyah to Israel in 1960s. Died there, 1973. Buried Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel. (Rabbi Yeshaya Reichenberg, listed below, was his son.)
Dayan BaruchRapoport. Circa 2001.
Rabbi Rappaport. Oxford Hebrew Congregation.
Rabbi Dr. S.Rappaport. Orange Grove Shul. Professor, Witwatersrand University. Author: Early Africana Judaica
Rev.Rapperport. Raleigh Street, Port Elizabeth.
Cantor A.Reich. Great Synagogue.
Rabbi Yeshaya (Issy) Reichenberg. 1909-1989. Rabbi, Shochet and Mohel. Stellenbosch, 1930�s. Klerksdorp early 1940s. Vereeniging, circa 1945. Northcliff, 1949 & 1950s. At Oxford Shul he assisted Rabbi Bernard as retired Rabbi before his death. He was buried in the Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg. (Son of Rabbi Moshe Rajchenberg, listed above.)
Cantor I.Rimer. Jeppe Shul.
Rabbi David Rogut. Greenside Shul about 1972, then Waverly Congregation to about 1974, then North Shore Synagogue, Sydney, Retired 2003.
Cantor Boris Rome. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, in 1950's.
Rabbi DavidRosen. Presently (2006) serving the American Israel Committee (?). Had a Papal Knighthood bestowed upon him. Rabbi Rosen served the Green & Sea Point Congregation during the 1980�s.
Rabbi Dr. PhillipRosenberg. Itinerant rabbi in SA: Petersburg, Jagersfontein, Green and Seapoint shul [where he was the first Rabbi], Jeppe shul, Bertrams shul, Windhoek, Witbank, Middelburg (for about 20 years until his death in 1993).
RabbiRosenblum. Served the Benoni Congregation. Now (ca 2007) of the Emmarentia Congregation.
Rabbi Rosenzweig. Head of the Beit Din, Johannesburg.
CantorRudy. Cape Town Orthodox Hebrew Congregation (Vredehoek) in 1940's.
Rabbi DanielSackstein. Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2007. April 2007, Camps Bay Hebrew Congregation.
RavSaltzer. Johannesburg. Cited in A Practical Guide to Our Daily Brochos, by Rabbi Michoel Fletcher, page 47, footnote.
Rabbi Sandler. Rabbi for the S. A. Defence Force for many years.
Rev. H.Sandler. Lecturer and Shochet at the Constitution Street Shul (Cape Town). Subsequently a Founder of the Vredehoek Shul where he became a Lecturer.
Rev. MordechaiSandler. Rev. Bertie Sadler wrote about his father: Born in Ponevesz in 1890, he is believed to have attended yeshiva in Minsk, then trained as a shochet in Popylan and learned mila in Vilna. He officiated as chazzan at the Fordsburg Shul, subsequently at the Constitution Street Shul in Cape Town, then after his marriage to Miss Haidee Krieger of Wolseley, he became the chazzan, shochet and mohel to the Port Elizabeth Orthodox Hebrew Congregation based in the Raleigh Street Shul. He served that community for close on 45 years, and on retirement went to live in Sea Point, close to my sister and her family. Although retired, he still served the Paarl Community, the Rondebosch Hebrew Congregration and lastly the Wynberg community.
Rabbi AdiSaturnick.
Cantor M.Schaechter. Parkside-Greenside Hebrew Congregation.
Rabbi Alec IsraelSchlomow. Somerset West. Circa early twentieth century.
Rev. Israel (Shrol) Schwartz. Eli Goldstein wrote: Born 1900 in Komel, Poland. Arrived in Bethal, South Africa, in 1936 as a Hebrew teacher, subsequently qualifying as a minister of religion. He was spiritual leader to congregations in Witbank, Queenstown and Claremont before returning to Bethal in about 1955. He married Leah Postan in 1937 and they had two daughters and two sons. Rev. Schwartz was tragically killed in a motor accident near Springs on 15th August 1966. He is buried in the area reserved for Rabbis and Cantors at Westpark cemetery, Johannesburg.
RabbiShalpid. After 1961, went from Israel to Oudtshoorn.
Cantor StanShear In March 2014, Cantor Stan Shear wrote "I started my career in Chazzanut at the old Doornfontein Shul around 1985, davening on Friday nights. I used to travel by car to shul in the early days, until the Late Chief Rabbi Harris was invited to a service and said he would come only on the condition that their Chazzan became Shomer Shabbos - which prompted me to do so, and then, when it closed down, served over the High Festivals at the overflow service at Waverley Shul when Louis Furman was the Rabbi there. My son Alan, who is now a Rabbi in Israel, was a 15 year old kid at the time, but used to give the droshas. I served as full-time Chazzan at the Milnerton Shul in Cape Town under Rabbi Shlomo Lazarus between about 1996 and 2003 after which we moved to Vancouver. "
Rabbi MosheSher. Etz Chayim Shul.
Rabbi DavidSherman. Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel, Sea Point, Cape Town. Circa 1998.
Cantor BaruchShifman. Father of Motty Shifman. Came to South Africa in 1965 at the behest of Yitzke Stein to be the Chazzan in the Ponevizh Shul in Dornforntein for the Chagim. He was then hired to be the Chazzan of Waverly Shul from 1966-1981 He is currently the Chazzan of Agudas Achim in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., 1981-present (2005).
Cantor YehudaShifman. Uncle of Motty Shifman. Cantor in Greenside in the 1970's coming from the Central Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. He currently (2005) is the owner of a company called Kosherica which organizes Kosher cantorial cruises.
Rabbi Shippel. Rabbi of Ohr Sameach in Cape Town. Services held at the Weizmann Hall, Sea Point.
Rabbi MosheShirkin. Mashgiach, Yeshivah HaNegev, circa 2001.
Rabbi Shrock. Yeoville Synagogue. Officiated at the barmitzvah of Bernard Unterlhalter, 6 August 1936. Organised a Bechorim group at the synagogue. Lived opposite King Edward's Primary School, Johannesburg.
Rabbi A.T.Shrock. During 1940s to 1960s at Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Marais Road, Cape Town. An important congregation in the SA constellation.
Rev. ChoneShubitz. Koppies Hebrew Congregation. [more]
Cantor Alwyn R.Shulman. Chazzan at the New Hebrew Congregation, Schoonder Street, Cape Town, from 19 August 1981 until August 1991.
Rabbi MosheSilberhaft. Spiritual Leader to the South African Country Communities.
CantorSinger. Etz Chayim Shul.
RabbiSmith. Served the Rondebosch Congregation during the late 1950s.
ReverendSmith. Wynberg Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town. 1940s to 1950s.
RabbiSoloveitchik. Jeppe Synagogue, 1940's and prior.
Cantor Froim Spektor. Formerly Chief Cantor of the Choral Synagogue, Rostov-on-Don. Spektor took up the post of Cantor at the New Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, in 1928, taking a folder of manuscripts with him, which is preserved by his granddaughter in Cape Town. [more]
Rabbi Ephraim

 Stein. 1880-1947. Born Bransk, died Worcester. Served the Worcester Hebrew Community for 27 years from 1922-1947.
[alternative spelling: Efraim Menasse Stein, see Branska document.]
ChazenSteinberg. Father of Solly Steinberg. Berea Synagogue, Tudhope Avenue.
SollySteinberg. Son of Chazen Steinberg. Choir Master, 1930s, Berea Synagogue, Tudhope Avenue.
Rabbi Steinhorn. Rabbi of the Green and Sea Point Shul, in Marais Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Cantor J.Stern. Bramley Synagogue.
Cantor M.Stern. Central Orthodox Synagogue.
Cantor MosheStern. Beth Medrash Hagadol.
Harav MosheSternbuch. A: Founder, Vilna Gaon Torah Centre, Yeoville, Johannesburg, circa 1980-84. B: Cited in The Lulav and Esrog Handbook (ISBN: 1-57819-380-X): Vice-President "Eida Hacharedit" and Dayan, Jerusalem Beth Din. Head, Torah Centre Community, Johannesburg, S.A.
Rabbi Ruben Suiza. Rabbi of the Sephardi Community in Cape Town. Conducts Services (circa 2004) at the Weizmann Hall, Sea Point.
Rabbi Harris Swift. Rabbi at St. John's Wood Synagogue, London NW8, U.K., until 1950 when he left for South Africa.
Rabbi AbrahamTanzer. Glenhazel, Johannesburg.
Cantor OshyTugentaft. Sydenham Highlands North.
Rabbi Charles DavidWallach. Bet Menorah Pretoria Progressive Jewish Congregation. Temple Emanuel, Johannesburg.
Rabbi Moses CyrusWeiler. Chief minister of the United Progressive Jewish congregation of Johannesburg. Circa 1932.
RabbiWeinberg. Spiritual leader of the Muizenberg Hebrew Congregation. A small but strong community added to over the holiday season in the Cape from 1940's to 1950's. Went on to become head of Edinburgh Jewish Congregation, Scotland, U.K.
Simie Weinstein. From Oudsthoorn. Defence Force 1940-1946. Jewish Lay Chaplain with SA Expeditionary Forces, assistant Principal Chaplain, U.D.F. 1943-1946. Now (2004) deceased. REFERENCE: South African Jewry 1976-1977, p.526.
Rabbi YaacovWeinstein. Rabbi in Port Elisabeth until the 1970s when he made aliyah to Jerusalem and was Head of Jerusalem Rabbinical Council. He was also one of the founders of Kiyriat Telsestone, near Abu Gosh outside Jerusalem. Passed away at the end of 1990s or early 2000.
Rabbi AbnerWeiss. Chief Rabbi, Natal, 1969 - 1976.
Rev. PhilipWolfers. Johannesburg H.C., 1891-??.
RabbiWolk. After 1961, went to George, Cape Province.
Rabbi LouisWolk. Johannesburg. Emigrated from Lithuania to South Africa in the early 20th century.
Rev. Yaakov YehudahZidel. Born Polotsk (Byelorussia/Belarus) 1874; d Johannesburg 12 October 1953. Married Roche Rivka nee Mentsovski/Manishevsky in Shavel/Schaulen/Siauli 16 June 1900. First and only Rabbi of the Mayfair-Fordsburg Hebrew Congregation, Johannesburg 1903-1953.
Rev. IsaacZlotnick. Born Iwye, Belarus, 1901. Arrived in South Africa 1927. Served as officiating clergy in Ladysmith 1927 to 1932. Served as officiating clergy in Riversdale 1932 to 1942. Worked as a Reverend in Booysens, and Shoychet and Mashgiach in Johannesburg from 1942 onward. Died in Cape Town December 20, 1986. Interred in West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg.
RabbiZucker. Bellville, Cape.
CantorZwick. Pretoria.



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