Related ethnic groups
Dutch Jews

Afrikaner-Jews (Afrikaans: Afrikaner-Jode, also called Boerejode) are Jewish Afrikaners.[1] At the beginning of the 19th century, when greater freedom of religious practice was permitted in South Africa, small numbers of Ashkenazi Jews arrived from Britain and Germany. They established the first Ashkenazi Hebrew congregation in 1841.[2] Between the end of the 19th century and 1930, large numbers of Jews began to arrive from Lithuania and Latvia. Their culture and contribution changed the character of the South African community.

According to the South African Jewish Museum, "Many of the later immigrants arrived with no resources other than their wits and experience. Most could not speak English when they arrived. Often they would learn Afrikaans before English. Their households were often multi-lingual, with parents speaking Yiddish and Afrikaans, and the children learning English at school."[citation needed]

Notable Afrikaner-Jews

See also


  1. ^ Leveson, Marcia (1996). People of the Book: Images of the Jew in South African English Fiction, 1880-1992. Witwatersrand University Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-86814-263-7.
  2. ^ Spolsky, Bernard (27 March 2014). The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History. Cambridge University Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-139-91714-8.