A life of service acknowledged at Top Contributor’s launch

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Barry Levitt and Marco van Embden present Nina Kovensky with the Gerald Kleinman Award for Outstanding Service to the United Jewish Campaign.

Nina Kovensky is the deserving recipient of the 2019 Gerald Kleinman Award for Outstanding Service to the United Jewish Campaign.

The award, which was given on 25 February at the UJC Top Contributor Campaign Launch, is named after legendary fundraiser and community diplomat, Gerald Kleinman. 

It is given annually to individuals who have shown extraordinary service and commitment to the United Jewish Campaign and the Cape Town Jewish community.

Nina Kovensky has played a vital role in the Cape Town Jewish community for more than three decades. Nina and her husband Michael were the first South African representatives of the Israel Museum. They have been longstanding supporters of Keren Hayesod, throwing themselves into fundraising missions as far afield as Moscow and Morrocco. Nina founded the local chapter of the Lion of Judah and Keren Hayesod’s Cape Town chapter of the International Women’s Division, has supported the Cape Town Holocaust Museum from its inception, serves on the Friends of the UJC Committee and many other Committees at the United Jewish Campaign.

Those who have worked with Nina know her generosity and passions are far reaching. Nina is someone who reports water leaks, broken streetlights in an outlying suburb, who is acutely aware of the plight of street children, and who always thinks of others. 

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