The Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT, working with the Research Collective, conducted an intensive study of the Cape Town Jewish community that involved collecting and analysing communal data from a variety of organisations and conducting 770 face-to-face interviews with a randomly selected sample of community members. The ﬁndings oﬀer insight into the identities, opinions, and experiences of Cape Town’s Jewish community. This small selection is drawn from a broad array of ﬁndings.
Rachel Bloch House, home to the Kaplan Centre since 1989, has re-opened after major renovations providing new spaces for study, work, teaching, and exhibitions, as well as an light, airy, and welcoming cafeteria.
The Kaplan Centre presents two new online exhibitions: Ethnic Radicals that explores the links between the ethnic origins, institutions and values that informed the early lives and socialisation of Jewish radicals; and the Life and Art of Herman Wald, providing a coherent and chronological overview seen within the perspective of his time on the art historical map together with an interpretation of his work.
A ONCE IN A DECADE OPPORTUNITY. The Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) in London will be carrying out a survey of South Africa’s Jewish community early in 2019.
"Milton Shain, emeritus professor of history at the University of Cape Town, specializing in the history of Jews and anti-Semitism in South Africa, tells the very different story of a Jewish settlement in the New World."