Engage, Educate, Empower: Kicking off 2022 with a bang!

The first day of school can often be one that emotes fear, dread, or anguish. However, the excitement was palpable on the 19th of January when the Cape SAJBD visited Herzlia to speak to the Grade 11s and 12s about its mandate, the role it plays in the Western Cape, and how they can get involved.

The chairman of the Board, Tzvi Brivik, opened the conversation around his own involvement in the Cape Jewish community. He spoke of how his participation within the various Jewish organisations in the Cape assisted him in being welcomed by the community after being ‘imported’ from Johannesburg. This, he said, can create a spirit of camaraderie and a desire to better the community.

Daniel Bloch, the Executive Director, went on to explain the different functions of the Board. As it was just after break, he tried to ensure the learners were motivated to stay engaged, with chocolates being thrown when answering a question correctly.

The Board’s message of ‘Engage, Empower, Educate’ and the work of our different subcommittees, those being antisemitism and legal, associate relations, country communities, interfaith and intercommunity, social justice, and Generation Next, were discussed in detail. We hope to engage with them more in the upcoming year through our Generation Next subcommittee which speaks directly to their age group (16-35).

Craig Nudelman, who also acts as the Cape B.O.D. Bursary Foundation administrator, spoke to the matriculants about who can apply for bursaries for tertiary institutions in the Western Cape and how they can apply in the future.

All in all, it was a highly successful event, as was evident by the round of applause given by the learners after the presentation. The Cape Board continues to educate the youth about its functions and hopefully inspires our youth to become involved in the Jewish communal structures in the future.


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