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Jewish Zimbabwe

Hosted By: Jewish Majorca

Every Thursday of August, Jewish Majorca and you will virtually explore the history and current life of Jewish Communities starting with the letters of the End of the Alphabet. We will visit Vatican City, Warsaw, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. 

The first synagogue in Zimbabwe, then the British colony of Rhodesia, was formed in 1894 by 20 Jews in Bulawayo. The second community was established in Salisbury (later renamed Harare) in 1895, and the third congregation in Gwelo in 1901. The population of Jews in the country once numbered 1,500. Today, there are only several hundred Jews in Zimbabwe.

Our guide, Janice Benatar, was born in Harare back when the country was known as Southern Rhodesia. These were extraordinarily tumultuous times that would ultimately see the demise of colonial white dominance in the country. Janice has lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Israel, and now makes her home in Toronto. Having immersed herself in several very different cultures, she has experienced the diversity of human life from its most impoverished to its most abundantly wealthy.

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