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Robertson cemetery gates restored

One of the key responsibilities of the Cape SAJBD is to ensure the well-being of all our constituents in the Western Cape. With a total area of almost 130 000

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Mandela Day 2022 Global Cook-A-Thon

Happy Mandela Day! “Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs”- Nelson Mandela. 1 in 4 South Africans are food insecure without affordable, nutritious food. This year

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21st edition of the Maccabiah Games OPENS

The 21st edition of the Maccabiah Games has officially opened! Also known as the ‘Jewish Olympics’, the quadrennial games officially begin today with 10,000 individuals competing across 42 sports –

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Robertson cemetery gates restored

One of the key responsibilities of the Cape SAJBD is to ensure the well-being of all our constituents in the Western Cape. With a total area of almost 130 000

Read More »

Mandela Day 2022 Global Cook-A-Thon

Happy Mandela Day! “Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs”- Nelson Mandela. 1 in 4 South Africans are food insecure without affordable, nutritious food. This year

Read More »
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21st edition of the Maccabiah Games OPENS

The 21st edition of the Maccabiah Games has officially opened! Also known as the ‘Jewish Olympics’, the quadrennial games officially begin today with 10,000 individuals competing across 42 sports –

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Cape SAJBD Election 2022: Verified list of nominees

Vivienne Anstey Viv is currently the Director of the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute (ensuring a leadership succession pipeline & upskilling lay/professional leaders), Director of the Midrasha Adult Education Institute incorporating

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Celebrating the power of the Youth

The Cape SAJBD engage, educate and empower young adults to ensure their voices are heard. In commemoration of this Youth Day, we held two initiatives to celebrate the youth and

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Yom HaShoah veHagvurah 2022

“To forget (the Holocaust) would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” – Elie Wiesel. On Thursday, 28

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Visiting roads less travelled

With Pesach fast approaching, the Cape SAJBD went to visit the country communities of the Garden Route to wish them a Chag Pesach Sameach. From Caledon to Riversdale, George, Plett,

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The Blanket Project

During September and October, we partnered with Jewish Community Services, on The Blanket Project campaign. The objective of this campaign was to encourage our community to donate blankets to those

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A Kaleidoscope of Views

Our 2021 Cape Conference, ‘A Kaleidoscope of Views’ was held on 31 October at the Pola Pasvolsky Conference Centre. It was great to be back in person, albeit with a

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Join us for a Kaleidoscope of Views

JOIN US via ZOOM on Sunday, 31 October at 16h00 for our annual AGM and Conference titled A KALEIDOSCOPE OF VIEWS. It includes a keynote address by renowned political economist, Simon Freemantle, who

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Congratulations to Viv Anstey!

The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies wishes our board member, Viv Anstey, a hearty mazel tov on her recent achievement of receiving the Eric Samson & Mendel Kaplan

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Know Your Rights!

Our Generation Next subcommittee recently rolled out its ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign to Herzlia High School and CT Torah High Grade 11 and 12 students. Whether you are studying, working

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Political parties talk tachlis

On 10 October, the Cape SAJBD and eNCA hosted a debate regarding the upcoming Local Government Elections. Held at the Investec, with catering by Merle Rubin (her devilled eggs have

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#VotesMatter Campaign

As the representative spokes body of the Western Cape Jewish community, Cape SAJBD will engage with Local Government to protect and advance the rights, status and welfare of the Western

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Words matter.

Over the last few months, the board has witnessed engaged debates and discussions among our community — about COVID-19 and what we should do about it, about PPE, about schools

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Rosh Hashanah 100 years ago

by Gwynne Robins   What do the High Holy Days mean to most of us? The 2019 Kaplan Centre Survey on the Jews in South Africa found that 72% attended

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Election and Engagement in Community

Voting in public representatives is a unique opportunity for you, as a member of our community to engage, debate and decide who best will represent your views, fulfil the organisation’s

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COVID-19, Conspiracy Theories and Us

By Gwynne Robins   Which of these statements do you believe to be true? • COVID-19 spreads when Israeli soldiers wipe the virus on car door handles (suggested by Palestinian

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Camps Bay and Hatikvah

by Gwynne Robins When the British took over the Cape in 1806, it took possession of Dutch properties including the shabby Camps Bay farmhouse bought from Von Kamptz, after whom

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No Place for Hate

With our elections coming up under the Cape SAJBD’s new democratic constitution, it seems appropriate to take this opportunity to explain the Cape SAJBD’s stance on forms of hatred. At

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Be kind, but be fierce

“Be kind, but be fierce. You are needed more than ever before. Take up the mantle of change. For this is your time.” —Winston Churchill Thursday 12 March feels like

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A Prayer in Response to COVID-19

by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz   Master of the Universe, Our Creator and Liberator of diseases We are afraid and unprepared. We beseech you for guidance and support. Grant victims the

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Personal Reflections on May Day

This special personal narrative was shared with the Cape SAJBD ahead of Workers’ Day 2020, when trade unionists and political activists Leon and Lorna Levy will celebrate 58 years of

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How Did Zionism Start in Cape Town?

By Gwynne Robins The first Zionist society in Cape Town was the short-lived Bnei Zion Society which had been established on 27 November 1897 by Reb Yehuda Leib Schrire, the

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How Did Astra Begin?

By Gwynne Robins Global education network ORT, which started in St Petersburg, Russia in 1880 to teach Jews employable skills, came to South Africa in 1936 when its chairman, Dr

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How the Jewish Community Services Started

By Gwynne Robins The hazards of the sea were directly responsible for the establishment of the first Jewish organisation in the Cape, the Jewish Philanthropic Society of the Jewish Community

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How the Cape SAJBD Started

By Gwynne Robins Since the fourth century BCE, the Jews in the Diaspora have found it necessary to have a kehillah, a semi-autonomous organised Jewish community structure, that could intercede

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Caring During National Lockdown

The Cape SAJBD has been involved in various initiatives leading up to the national lockdown and since it was announced, including helping a team of experts and communal leaders draft

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Summary: National Lockdown

The nation-wide lockdown will be enacted in terms of the Disaster Management Act from midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight on Thursday 16 April. All South Africans will have

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Yom HaShoah Vehagevurah: A History

Most South African Jews came from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1930, with some from Germany in the 1930s and others from Rhodes Island in the 1960s. After the Holocaust,

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May court order be executed peacefully

We understand refugee experience and pray for safe spaces for displaced people. Gardens, Cape Town, Wednesday 26 February— The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) calls for

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Carrying my flag on my shoes

The end of January saw me jumping on a plane to Washington DC for my second Cohort 5 gathering of the Schusterman Leadership Programme. This time we focused on the

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Help us enrich the Gitlin offering

In honour of Cape Town Pride 2020 (17-28 February), LGBTQIA+ activist Jacqui Benson and the Cape Board are joining hands to expand the Jacob Gitlin Library’s queer literature section. Jacqui

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