During the 2000's, approximately 100 Jews lived
in Botswana, nearly all of the
community in Gaborone. As of 2013, the Jewish community may no longer be present, though a number cannot be confirmed.
of the Jewish community was Israeli and worked
in agriculture, business or industry. On
the High Holidays, a rabbi was provided for
the community by the South African Jewish
Board of Deputies. Because there is no established synagogue,
services were either conducted in one of
the congregants’ houses or in a communal
center. Sometimes Friday night Shabbat services were held, with one of the congregants
leading the prayers. Jews are buried in
In 1993, Israel and Botswana renewed diplomatic relations
after several years of disagreement. Israel is represented in Botswana
by the Israeli ambassador in Zimbabwe.
Jewish Cemetery Project