Around the World in 21 Days: Museums Across the Seas - South Africa (Zoom)

12 August 2020
Wednesday 7pm

Around the World in 21 Days: Museums Across the Seas 

Travel the world via Zoom this August as we tour Jewish museums in Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

Trace the movements of Jews across the seas – uncovering the communities created, celebrating unique traditions and histories. Experience a taste of the world-class exhibits that bring to life the stories of Jewish people from across the globe.

This multi-part series will feature programs from the Jewish Museum of Australia, Jewish Museum of London, Jewish Museum of Maryland and South African Jewish Museum.

Don’t miss the (virtual) boat – register now!

South African Jewry: Before, During, After

This presentation from the South African Jewish Museum will provide a brief history of South African Jewry, a uniquely homogenous community within the diaspora from its Litvak roots, through the impact on South African commerce and politics, to current day urbanisation and migration from South Africa.

Presenter Profile

Gavin Morris has a BA degree in History and Jewish Civilisation and MBA both obtained at the University of Cape Town. Following an early career in film and advertising, he became the director of the South African Jewish Museum in 2012 where he has overseen the development of numerous exhibitions, a digital social history archive, and educational and cultural diversity programmes.

About the South African Jewish Museum

Set in the heart of the Cape Town’s Museum Mile, the Museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings set against the backdrop of South African history.

Assimilating the historic Old Synagogue and linked to a thoroughly modern building finished in Jerusalem stone with an iconic circular staircase as its centrepiece, the Museum is a synthesis of the old and new that uses a rich variety of media – including archival film, artefacts and memorabilia, interactive displays and scale models to tell its story.

The South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in December 2000.

Please be advised that bookings for this event will close at 6pm Wednesday 12 August 2020, with the Zoom link emailed thereafter.

This event will be repeated 3am Monday 17 August 2020, learn more here.

Program Partners


We are proud to work with our counterparts across the seas to provide this special program during this unprecedented time. Your donation will help keep us illuminating Jewish life, but is not required.