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Malmesbury Museum

   By jnette on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 04:13 pm: Edit Post

Smuts Street

022 48 22332

Monday - Friday 08h00 - 13h00

   By Gerald Dorrington on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 06:01 pm: Edit Post

Hi J'nette

Is it correct that the museum is in the former synagogue building?

   By Jnette on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 11:52 am: Edit Post

That is correct
In 1901 Tobias Kretzmar, a Jew, walked from Cape Town to settle in Malmesbury. With almost 40 families living in Malmesbury in 1904, they established the first concregation, "Ohel Jacob Malmesbury". On 11 November 1911 A. Katz & B. Olswang laid the cornerstone for the synagogue.
Through the years the Jewish community decreased because many moved to the cities.
On 29 April 1974 the synagogue were handed over to the local municipality with an agreement that the building may not be used for religious meetings, but only for cultural purposes.
Since 10 October 1991 this old building houses the Malmesbury Museum.

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