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Oranjia Orphanage

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Oranjia Orphanage


Basic Information

Location Oranjia Cape Jewish Orphanage
Phone number +27 (0)21 462 5520
Country South Africa
City Cape Town

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.chaisouthafrica.com/ChaiSouthAfrica/HomesWeSupport/CapeTown/Oranjia.aspx


Also known as the “Oranjia Jewish Children’s Home”, the Cape Town building was established as an orphanage in 1911. Since that year, thousands of Jewish children, the majority of them orphans, have been cared for in Oranjia under its mission: that the orphanage will care for at-risk children and youth in desperate need of a proper home. As part of their care, countless members of staff and guides with whom the children can build proper relationships visit daily. Additionally, Oranjia offers the children a home where they will be instilled with Jewish values and traditions.

History and time period

The most well-known residents of Oranjia were the children who were brought from the Ukraine in 1921 by Mr. Isaac Ochberg. Upon hearing of the Russian revolution post-World War I, Ochberg’s immediate concern was for the Jews who were surely suffering from persecution in his homeland. He was determined to save as many Jewish orphaned children as he could from disease, starvation and ultimate death. Ochberg risked his own health in order to save nearly 200 Jewish orphans and brought them back to South Africa. These children became renowned as “Ochberg’s Orphans” and they were immediately brought to the Oranjia Orphanage where Ochberg was a significant benefactor. Here, the orphans were cared for and ultimately adopted by Jewish families.


PO Box 1204 Cape Town, 8000. Contact: Jean Mausenbaum Phone: 021-465-5009 Telephone: +27 (0)21 462 5520 Fax: +27 (0)21 462 5866. E-mail: mausenbaum@oranjia.com Belinda@oranjia.com

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