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Wonce Upon a Time

in Vryburg

Welcome to the website celebrating the small but vibrant Jewish Community that once lived and thrived in Vryburg, Northern Cape, South Africa in the mid to late 20th Century.  

Some Jewish families spent decades in the town and district, some spent a few years or even months. By now, we all have left the town. The last family, the Jocums, left the district in 2021. Many have left the country. 

All that remains of Jewish Vryburg is the cemetery (some of us have family buried there) and the Simon Lieberthal Guild Hall.

But we all have vivid memories and images we can preserve as a tribute to what once was – of cheder lessons, Jewish holidays, shul services, communal events and Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s.

There are already marvelous recollections of family, friendship and childhood enabling us to launch this website in September 2021. A second website of family albums has been developed.  

We know this is an ongoing process that can only grow with the help of those that passed through. Keep sending your memories and pictures to Gary Sussman, son of one of the last resident families in Vryburg.

S Solomon and Company Advert, 1906

S Solomon and Company Advert, 1906

This advert which mocks the President of the ZAR (Transvaal), Paul Kruger, reflects the mood after the Boer War. It also gives a sense as to how English Vryburg was at the time it was run. Solomon and Company was the largest business in Vryburg.

1932 Rosh Hashana Greetings

1932 Rosh Hashana Greetings

The Northern News

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