Cape SAJBD engages Piketberg municipality and stakeholders

Stakeholders engage with our Executive Director Stuart Diamond during a meeting held at the Piketberg Jewish Museum (the old synagogue)

By Mathilde Myburgh

On Friday 27 November, our Executive Director Stuart Diamond travelled to Piketberg to visit the Bergriver Municipality leadership, as well as the curator of the local museum.

The museum is situated in what was the old Piketberg synagogue, and Stuart visited to see how they captured the history of the Piketberg Jews.

After a meeting and engaging with the speaker, the municipal manager and various other leaders of the council, the group of delegates visited the historical graveyard, which has a section for the Jewish community of Piketberg. They viewed the cemetery, discussing maintenance and future upgrading.

It is important for us as the Cape SAJBD to continue a good relationship with the Bergrivier Municipality and we deeply appreciate its assistance in looking after these historical Jewish spaces. We encourage the Cape Jewish community to visit Piketberg and learn more about the Jewish history of the town, and we continue to work to ensure both the museum and cemetery are well maintained.

The Ceres Jewish Cemetery was cleaned by good Samaritan David Cohen, free of charge to the Cape SAJBD, on Wednesday 12 December. We appreciate you! If you want to get involved with our Country Communities and our cemetery maintenance projects, email Stuart on

Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies website:, Instagram, and Facebook page.

Published in the print edition of the February 2021 issue. Download the February 2021 issue PDF here.

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