WITBANK INFORMATION LISTED IN THE
LONDON JEWISH YEAR BOOK

     The London Jewish Year Book contains information for South African Jewry for the years starting in 1896. It recorded the communities in all the countries of the British Commonwealth and among them, fortunately in alphabetical order, are given the towns of South Africa, the province and population, and often the names of rabbis and of the presidents and chairmen of the congregations over the years which might otherwise perhaps be unobtainable. Sadly, detailed entries in this valuable archival source stop in 1963 when South Africa left the Commonwealth, although Witbank is listed until 1977.

Year Minister President Treasurer Secretary Address Phone Other
1915 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12   Jewish Population 120, Families  70
1916 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12   Jewish Population 200, Families  60
1917 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1918 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1919 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1920 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1921 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1922 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1923 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1924 Rev.  I.  Hirshman S. Esakov J. N. Ziman N. Gordon P.O. Box 12    
1925 Rev.  I.  Hirshman J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1926 Rev. Woolf J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1927 Rev. Woolf J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1928 Rev. Woolf J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1929 Rev. Becker J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1930 Rev. Ph. Rosenberg J. W.  Dembo M. H. Katz J. N. Ziman P.O. Box 86    
1931 Rev. Ph. Rosenberg B. Joffe A. Cohen I. Schech P.O. Box 137    
1932 Rev. M. Diamond B. Joffe A. Cohen I. Schech P.O. Box 137 102  
1933 Rev. M. Diamond J. W.  Dembo M. L. Young C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
1934 Rev. M. Diamond J. W.  Dembo M. L. Young C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
Year Minister President Treasurer Secretary Address Phone Other
1935 Rev. M. Diamond J. W.  Dembo M. L. Young C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
1936 Rev. L. Goldberg J. N. Ziman B. Joffe C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
1937 Rev. L. Goldberg J. N. Ziman B. Joffe C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
1938 Rev. L. Goldberg J. N. Ziman B. Joffe C. Deiner P.O. Box 186 173  
1939 Rev. L. Zive (Cantor) S. J. Young M. H. Katz G. Blumberg      V. President: N. Gordon
1940 Rev. L. Zive (Cantor) S. J. Young M. H. Katz G. Blumberg      V. President: N. Gordon
1941 Rev. L. Zive (Cantor) No entries for this year
1942 Rev. L. Zive (Cantor) No entries for this year
1943 Rev. N. Menachemson No entries for this year
1944 Rev. N. Menachemson No entries for this year
1945 Rev. L. Zive  M. H. Katz V. A. Cresner        V. President: N. Gordon. Hebrew School principal Rabbi I.  Romm. Ladies Cultural Society Ch. Mrs. Thelma Maselle. Jewish Ladies Guild Zionist Society Ch. I. L. Shain
1946 Rabbi Dr. M. Chiger M. H. Katz V. A. Cresner       V. President: N. Gordon
1947 Rabbi Dr. M. Chiger M. H. Katz Ch. Milwidsky V. L. Burman      V. President: S. Cohen.  Hebrew School principal Rabbi M. Chiger. Ladies Cultural Society Ch. Mrs. T. Maselle
1948 Rev. W. M. Bernstein S. Friedman E. Blumberg V. L. Burman      V. President: S. J. Young.  Hebrew School principal Rabbi M. Chiger. Ladies Cultural Society Ch. Mrs. V. L. Burman
Year Minister President Treasurer Secretary Address Phone Other
1949 Rev. David Garb     V. L. Burman P.O. Box 69   Ladies Cultural Society Mrs. V. L. Burman
1950 Rev. David Garb     V. L. Burman     H.O.D. Lodge Ch. H. Katz
1951 Rev. David Garb S. J. Young   T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   H.O.D. Lodge Ch. H. Katz
1952 Rev. David Garb No entries for this year   
1953 Rev. David Garb A. C. Blumberg   T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   Helping Hand Society Ch. V. L. Burman.        H.Sec. T. Sandler
1954 Rev. David Garb A. C. Blumberg   T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   Helping Hand Society Ch. V. L. Burman.        H.Sec. T. Sandler
1955 Rev. David Garb S. Friedman   T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   Helping Hand Society: Ch. M. Bernitz.     H.Sec.  T. T. Sandler. Union of Jewish Women: Ch. Mrs. G. Young. H. Sec Mrs. M. Stein
1956 Rev. David Garb S. Friedman   T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   Helping Hand Society: Ch. M. Bernitz.   H.Sec. T. T. Sandler. Union of Jewish Women: Ch. Mrs. G. Young. H. Sec Mrs. M. Stein
1957 Rabbi Shalom Barron     T. T. Sandler P.O. Box 169   U.O.J.W.  H.Sec Mrs. M. Stein 32 Allenby St.
1958 Rabbi Shalom Barron           U.O.J.W.  H.Sec Mrs. M. Stein 32 Allenby St.  H.O.D. Mr. H. Blumenfeld. P.O. Box 558
1959 Rabbi Shalom Barron           U.O.J.W.  H.Sec Mrs. M. Stein 32 Allenby St.  H.O.D. Mr. H. Blumenfeld. P.O. Box 558
Year Minister President Treasurer Secretary Address Phone Other
1960 Rabbi Shalom Barron       P.O. Box 169    
1961 Rabbi Shalom Barron       P.O. Box 169   Witbank (Transvaal) Hebrew Congregation.
1962 Rabbi Gershon Engel     H. Herson P.O. Box 665   Witbank (Transvaal) Hebrew Congregation.
1963 Rabbi Gershon Engel     H. Herson P.O. Box 665   Witbank (Transvaal) Hebrew Congregation.
1964 Rabbi Gershon Engel     Z. Jaffit P.O. Box 169    
1965 Rabbi Gershon Engel     Z. Jaffit P.O. Box 169    
1966 Rabbi Gershon Engel     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1967 Rabbi Gershon Engel     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1968 Rabbi Gershon Engel     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1969 Rabbi Gershon Engel     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1970 Rabbi Gershon Engel     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1971 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1972 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1973 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1974 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1975 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1976 Rabbi M. Gordon     E. Bernitz P.O. Box 169    
1977 Rabbi M. Gordon Last entry for Witbank in London Jewish Yearbook.
 

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