In this celebration of Jewish life at the tip of the African continent,
businessman and philanthropist, Tony Raphaely, has curated stunning
individual and group portraits that collectively represent a snapshot
in time of Cape Town’s vibrant Jewish community.
The book is a unique compendium of nearly 300 photographs, taken in
2019 (or the Jewish year 5779), to showcase – and record for posterity
– the people whose professions and services have enriched not only the
community from which they come, but also the greater society in which
The images, taken by a team of 17 photographers, provide a fascinating
chronicle of all stages of life and across a wide range of occupations
and pursuits. Some are famous personalities, like Zapiro, Albie Sachs,
Lisa Chait and Nik Rabinowitz; others are less distinguished but no
less revered for their contribution to life in the city.
As in many other cities outside Europe, Cape Town’s Jewry has been
forged in the Diaspora. A Handful of Sand distils this past
into an enduring testament of hope and resilience – it is a record not
only of generations current and past, but also for generations to come.
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