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The founding of the Pretoria congregation

The Pretoria Progressive congregation was founded in a private home in October 1950, at much the same time as the Durban and Port Elizabeth congregations. Initial services were held in a rented hall, but a synagogue was built in New Muckleneuk during 1956 and opened in August 1957, with the name Temple Menorah. Years later, as the community shrunk, they moved into smaller premises, now named Bet Menorah. The congregation was the first in South Africa to have a woman rabbi – in fact it had two woman rabbis, years before any other congregation appointed a woman. A history of the congregation by community leaders Rhona and Giddy Lief, is available here.

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