Gardens Shul

The Gardens Shul, formally, the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, founded in 1841, located in the Cape Town Botanical Gardens, in the Gardens neighborhood of Cape Town, is the oldest Jewish congregation in South Africa.

Cape Town Hebrew Congregation
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AffiliationOrthodox Judaism
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Geographic coordinates33°55′47″S 18°25′00″E / 33.929769°S 18.41663°E / -33.929769; 18.41663Coordinates: 33°55′47″S 18°25′00″E / 33.929769°S 18.41663°E / -33.929769; 18.41663

The rabbi is Rabbi Feldman and the cantor is Choni Goldman.

The congregation, known as "The Mother Synagogue of South Africa," possesses two notable historic structures, the 1863 synagogue and the 1905 synagogue. The original 1849 building is no longer extant.[1][2]

The congregation is particularly noted for its choir.

The synagogue grounds also house the South African Jewish Museum.[3]

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  1. ^ Cruising Jewish Cape Town; Cultural sites underline contribution of influential community , DAN FELLNER, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, 20 February 2009/Shevat 26 5769, Volume 61, No. 22 [1] Archived 16 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Herrman L, (1936) "A History of the Jews in South Africa: from the earliest times to 1896" South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies
  3. ^ "Home". SA Jewish Museum.

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