The history of the Durban Jewish Club began soon after the Great War. In 1919, a group of prominent members of the Jewish Community met and drew up a simple constitution for the Durban Jewish Circle, which was devoted to the interests of Durban Jewry.
In 1923, the Circle was recognized nationally as representing the Durban Jewish Community.
In the wilderness of bush and rippling dunes of corrugated white sand mingled with ochre earth, a structure arose in 1930.This was the Durban Jewish Club (DJC). In November of that year, the foundation stones were laid and the DJC was officially opened on 4 May 1931.
During World War 2 the Club’s facilities were opened to visiting servicemen of all faiths and nationalities. A canteen, hot and cold showers, billiards, tennis, squash and reading and writing rooms were available. Soldiers from all parts of the world made use of these facilities, resting at the Durban Jewish Club, as Durban became the staging post for all allied troops on their way to the Middle East.
At the end of the Second World War “the Club” returned back to its original purpose for which it had been established.
Today renamed, the Durban Jewish Centre (DJC) stands proud on North Beach, Durban, hosting various conferences, examinations for universities from across the country, corporate gala dinners and weddings from all religions.
The DJC’s walls hold memories of fine music, theatre performances, balls, conferences, lectures protest meetings and bustling energy of generations.
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The history of the Durban Jewish Club began soon after the Great War. In 1919, a group of prominent members of the Jewish Community met and drew up a simple constitution for the Durban Jewish Circle