The South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

The South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

The South African Jewish Museum, situated in the "Museum Mile" in central Cape Town, provides an engaging account of South African Jewish history by means of interactive multi-media displays.

The main body of the building faces onto a paved landscaped court linking the Old Synagogue (1863) - the first synagogue built on South African soil, the Great Synagogue (1905), and the Albow Centre, which comprises the Museum Shop, the Gitlin Library, the Café Riteve, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the Israel Abrahams hall.

On view at the Jewish Museum are rare Judaica artifacts, animated video footage of the famous Barney Barnato and Max Rose, and an award winning documentary film 'Nelson Mandela. A Righteous Man', which is screened throughout the day.

The Great Synagogue at The South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

Useful Information:


  • Sun to Thurs 10.00am - 5.00pm
  • Fri 10.00am - 2.00pm
  • Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays
  • Open Public Holidays


Telephone: 021 465 1546

Location: 88 Hatfield Street,Gardens, Cape Town


Café Riteve serves a fine selection of kosher meals and snacks, and is a venue for special occasions. The restaurant also provides kosher catering for events.

The restaurant is situated on the campus at 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens.


  • Sundays to Thursdays 9am - 5pm
  • Fridays 9am - 3pm.
  • Closed Saturday and Jewish Holidays.

For bookings phone: 021- 465-1594

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