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Jewish Guild in South Africa

Jewish Guild, Cape Town

Jewish Guild, Johannesburg

The Jewish Guild was founded in 1897 as an association of young Jewish men and women for relieving distress in South Africa irrespective of creed or nationality. Its objects were cultural as well as charitable.


Did a public playreading of Holding Aloof by David Dainow in 1927(?*).

Loyalties (1926); The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1929),

In 1956 What Was, Was! by Gertie Awerbuch and Miriam Lopert was staged here. It starred June Hern, Charles Stodel and Michael Fisher and was also staged at the Alexander Theatre.

1966: Barmy Days by Natalie Knight and Ivor Miller from 29 August to 13 September 1966, directed by Ricky Arden, including Sarah Sylvia, Sydney Zeff and Shirley Arden in the cast.

Jewish Guild Hall

Venue initially used by the Johannesburg REPS. However, it was terribly ill-equipped, lacking rudimentary dressing-room or even ablution facilities.

Jewish Guild Theatre Group

The name given to the performing company


The Jews In South Africa - A History. By Gustav Saron and Louis Hotz. Published by Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press, Cape Town, London, New York, 1955.

Tucker, 1997;

Kruger,1999: 52;

Du Toit, 1988

Footlights, 1(3):14. 1929.

[TH, JH]

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