Jewish Cape Town
In this celebration of Jewish life at the tip of the African continent, businessman and philanthropist, Tony Raphaely, has curated stunning individual and group portraits that collectively represent a snapshot in time of Cape Town’s vibrant Jewish community.The book is a unique compendium of nearly 300 photographs, taken in 2019 (or the Jewish year 5779), to showcase – and record for posterity – the people whose professions and services have enriched not only the community from which they come, but also the greater society in which they live.The images, taken by a team of 17 photographers, provide a fascinating chronicle of all stages of life and across a wide range of occupations and pursuits. Some are famous personalities, like Zapiro, Albie Sachs, Lisa Chait and Nik Rabinowitz; others are less distinguished but no less revered for their contribution to life in the city.As in many other cities outside Europe, Cape Town’s Jewry has been forged in the Diaspora. A Handful of Sand distils this past into an enduring testament of hope and resilience – it is a record not only of generations current and past, but also for generations to come.
I have known Greg since the day he was born. His parents and my parents are good friends, a friendship that has spanned more than half a century. Rabbi Greg as he is known, is an amazing presence of a person. In fact, when I was in Shul in London the congregants were so high in their praise of him. I was really pleased to see that he had been included in this collection.
Talya, Henry’s daughter, and I are like sisters. We met at youth camp in our teens. In fact, Greg was there as well. Despite Talya then living in Cape Town and me in Johannesburg, our friendship grew closer and closer over the years. I now live in Cape Town and she is in London. I call her mother ‘mom’ and these are my second parents.
The photographs in this book really capture the diverse life of the Jews in Cape Town. A great coffee table book, gift, or memory of a loved one.