JEWISH CULTURAL - PRIVATE HALF DAY
Tour Code: FH01
√ Absorb the rich local history and cultures of Cape Town, with a Jewish emphasis.
√ Explore the Cape Town's "Jewish Campus" with its Great (Gardens) Synagogue, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the Gitlin Library.
√ Lunch at a trendy kosher a la carte restaurant.
√ Visit the oldest Synagogue in South Africa.
We begin our tour with a walk through the Company Gardens, a fresh produce garden for ships and locals from the mid-17th century, and now home to the South Africa Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery, St George's Cathedral and Cape Town's 'Jewish Campus'.
The South African Jewish Museum, opened by Nelson Mandela in 2000, is situated next to the Gardens Synagogue, which was founded in 1841 making it the oldest Jewish congregation in South Africa. We lunch at the stylish kosher Café Riteve and browse the delightful museum gift shop, before exploring this highly acclaimed high-tech museum, where interactive audio and visual exhibits narrate the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings.
The Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the first in Africa, explores racial and religious intolerance, ideological conflict and persecution, echoing the human rights abuses of Apartheid. End the day with a visit to the Great Synagogue, which was consecrated in 1905.