Herber House remembered, 50 years on
A Herbert House reunion breakfast was held in a Johannesburg restaurant on Tuesday, June 16, where some of the previous boarders and their spouses and partners, who were once resident at Herber House Hostel, came together to reminisce. Herbert House was closed more than 50 years ago.
This hostel was the first boarding facility of the SA Jewish Board of Education and was named after Harry Herber, founder of Greatermans Stores and one time president of the Board of Education.
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The main building of the hostel, an imposing castle-like structure in South Street, Yeoville, was located just off the old Harrow Road (now Joe Slovo), and across the way of that now iconic Johannesburg landmark, the Ponte building.
The hostel provided boarding for Jewish learners from the country districts of South Africa and indeed from beyond its borders, in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.
Towards the mid-sixties, the number of boarders declined and the hostel became unsustainable. It closed its doors at the end of 1964. A hostel on the grounds of King David High School, Linksfield, Sachs House – also long since closed as a hostel – opened its doors in 1966.
Today, the previous boarders of Herber House are spread across the globe, but a sizable number are still resident in Johannesburg.
To mark the occasion, a donation of R1,600 was made by those attending the breakfast, to Hatzolah.
BACK ROW STANDING: Brian Perelman, Stuart Buxbaum, Paul Solomon, Jeff Dermick, Michael Katz, and Leon Klugman.
MIDDLE ROW STANDING: Joel Levin, Sidney Mograbi, Maurice Buisansky, Harold Mograbi, and Irwin Bartkunsky.
SITTING: Charlotte Brinkman, David Alperin, Allan Cohen, Laura Alperin, and Philip Bartkunsky.
NOT IN PICTURE: Barry Fisman and Max Miller.