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As the Seasons Change
The new topic of conversation seems to be weather, particularly rain and how full the dams are.
Everyone seems to be concerned and hopefully doing their bit to conserve water wherever possible. As I write, we have been blessed with huge downpours for the past few days which is fantastic, but we certainly are not out of the woods yet and the seasons are changing! With the warmer weather, we can no longer expect rain and unless we are all mindful, we will have the same problem again this summer.
August was a month full of fantastic things. We hosted our Yiddish Week at our Sea Point home and had our biggest group ever with 40 eager students joining the various classes. Rochelle Wener made her annual trek from Durban which is always a wonderful draw card — her knowledge of Yiddish and particularly her love of the language is incredible and everyone enjoys each session she presents. The beginners’ class was run by Sybil Castle and the advanced group had the privilege of being with Veronica Belling. Guest appearances made by Rabbis Popack, Deren and Wineberg, as well as Jason Toay and Erez Shaked all added something special to the week. The food was delicious and plentiful and enabled our guests to socialise while enjoying the various meals.
A first for CJSA was the hosting of a wedding ceremony in Sea Point when Cara Summerfeld married Mandla Shonhiwa in a beautifully moving ceremony. Their ceremony was followed by a fabulous reception hosted at Coffee Time where they certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure that their special day was truly memorable.
Twilight suppers saw us hosting Albie Sachs in Sea Point, Daniel Silke in Milnerton and Rayne Stroebel in Wynberg, each with good attendance of members, lovely meals, excellent interaction by the speakers and evenings enjoyed by all who attended.
There have been a number of wonderful outings this month even whilst it poured. I had the opportunity of going on two of the outings and thoroughly enjoyed both. The Breweries, which was fascinating and so interesting and the members ended up enjoying a tasting of beersas well as Butterfly World where the most knowledgeable and passionate guide showed us around the venue — only one of three such sanctuaries for butterflies in the world!
I can’t stress enough how special these outings are and how enjoyable they are for those who attend. The kombis can transport up to 13 members on each outing — we really do need to fill them to make the visits worthwhile for us, as well as whoever is hosting the outing.
We ended the month with members and staff attending the annual JCC AGM. Sheryl Ozinsky delivered an excellent address so it was pretty disappointing that the turnout for this , once a year, event was so poor. I know, for a fact, that everyone has a lot to say about everything and an AGM is the perfect opportunity for you to voice your opinion and be heard!
We will be hosting our craft morning exhibiting the outstanding work of our members . The venue is Milnerton and the date is 4 October. Please join us to view the various mediums that are used and will be on display. A tearoom will be open as well, so make the time to drop in.
We have already made our reservation for Goudini 2019. Bookings are open for 5-8 March. Don’t delay or be disappointed, book early if you are wanting a great few days at a super-hot spring resort with all meals, transport and entertainment included — all at a very good rate.
Diana Sochen Executive Director
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