In-depth day 13: Old times

OLD TIMES: Photos depicting a sneak peek into the vast Jewish history of Yeoville. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

OLD TIMES: Photos depicting a sneak peek into the vast Jewish history of Yeoville. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

With the last set of Jewish holidays around the corner, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

I finally got an appointment atthe Jewish archives and headed over there to take some pictures and cutaways of old Yeoville newspaper cuttings and photos to add into my video.

I love looking at historical items, photos and the like. It fascinates me. Looking at the roots and discovering unknown facts about a once prominently Jewish area like Yeoville gets my adrenaline pumping.

I walked into a large room filled with tons of shelves and boxes upon boxes of photos, memoirs, newspaper cuttings, old books, records and information about places.

I discovered photos dating all the way back to the 1930s – the Synagogue (which today is a Congolese church) and a kindergarten class at the Jewish school in the area.

ARCHIVE SELFIE: There are another 6 or 7 sets of shelves in the room. This is just a taste of what it looks like. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

ARCHIVE SELFIE: There are another 6 or 7 sets of shelves in the room. This is just a taste of what it looks like. Photo: Ilanit Chernick

I even found a picture of an old cousin of the family’s who I didn’t even know lived in Yeoville during her life.

It took some time to make a collage and search through the information I was given and I was helped by a lovely lady who runs the place and keeps everything so ordered.

After taking my time to order the pictures, take some videos and stills, I packed up all the archive materials supplied and handed it back in. I headed out and made my way to Wits to do a few odds and ens.

I’ve started doing the first steps of actually putting something rough together for my video which is quite exciting. It’s going to be a long process but hopefully it will go well.

With that, I’m outta here!

Chag Sameach to all my Jewish readers! 😉

 

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Cool Kid: Ultimate Frisbee Player – Sally Crompton

*featured in Wits VuvuzelaCOOL KID: ULTIMATE FRISBEE PLAYER – SALLY CROMPTON

Photo: Ilanit Chernick

Photo: Ilanit Chernick

Sally Crompton is a BA graduate, doing her honours in history, and has played on the Wits Ultimate Frisbee team for the past two years. She was born in Durban and moved to Jo’burg when she was two years old.

Describe yourself in a few words.
A little strange, friendly, caring. The way I was brought up influenced the things I do and the way I interact with people.

What are your hobbies?
Ultimate Frisbee, underwater hockey, listening to music, reading Ian McEwan and Harry Potter, camping and hiking.

What is your personal philosophy?
Shit happens. But you have to put yourself out there, be friendly and make new experiences for yourself.

Your most exciting/impactful moment in life?
When I moved to France for six months on exchange. Living on my own in a foreign city and meeting new friends taught me that we all have something in common with everyone.

What has been your biggest challenge at university so far?
Honours has definitely been a huge challenge. The amount of work, wow!

What sets you apart from the rest?
My hair. This is the personality right here.

We hear you’re an avid frisbee lover, tell us about it?
I play Ultimate Frisbee for Wits and I love it. It’s kind of a mix between American football and netball. There are two teams and each side throws the frisbee to its team members and you have to get it across the entire field. You run a lot! You make so many friends and it can be really competitive, but so much fun. The best part about it is the scoring system, which is based on the spirit of the game. You’re your own referee so it focuses on integrity and honesty. We’re actually going to nationals this weekend in Cape Town.

How many times have you been hit in the head with a frisbee?
Ha ha, a fair few. Injuries do happen and it’s not just the face that gets hit. The boob is the worst – definitely not so fun. But it’s part of the game!

What music are you into?
John Butler Trio, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon and SA Bellville bands like Fokofpolisiekar.

What is your message to your fellow Witsies?
Take advantage of what Wits has to offer. Get involved, it makes life so much better.