What We Do
The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) proactively advocates for and ensures the rights, interests and values of the Cape Jewish community.
We are a forward-thinking Jewish organisation that, through thoughtful, engaged and efficient leadership, seeks to connect our Jewish identity to projects and activities that have a positive impact on local Western Cape communities. We actively advocate for and ensure the rights, interests and values of the Cape Jewish community. We lead our community in engaging with government, media and civic groups to promote respect for fundamental human rights for all South Africans.
We mobilise our Jewish community and others in the pursuit of building a more inclusive society, encouraging networking, volunteering, advocacy and philanthropic opportunities in the work we do. We believe in the power of citizens in a thriving democracy.
The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (“Cape SAJBD”) works to ensure the continuity, protection and resilience of a proud Western Cape Jewish community, in an inclusive and just society. It is committed to a South Africa where everyone will enjoy freedom from the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism, one in which all are equal and share in her bounty.
The Cape SAJBD is the representative spokes body and civil rights lobbyist of the Western Cape Jewry. It robustly challenges all manifestations of antisemitism by engaging with leading figures in the political, media and administrative spheres. It identifies and connects with internal and external alliances to build coalitions that work to further human relations between the Western Cape Jewish community and all other people, based on justice, equality and mutual respect. It aims to protect the civil liberties of the Western Cape Jewish community by securing an environment for our community to express themselves; educating the greater public on the Jewish religion, history and culture; and, lawfully defending our community where necessary.
Our Jewish values inform the work we do and guide the strategy and tactics of all of our programmes and activities, locally and nationally.
The Cape SAJBD aligns with the following values:
- Integrity in our every action and interaction;
- Accountability to our Western Cape Jewish community;
- Inclusivity of all members in our diverse Western Cape Jewish community;
- Our collective responsibility for the continued advancement of the Western Cape Jewish community; and
- Justice for all.