Cape Jewish Seniors — July edition

Miriam Atlas and Temma Gad, Sylvia Seeligsohn, Rebbetsin Ann Harris at the Claremont Shavuot Tea

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I wish you enough

An uplifting story: A mother and daughter were standing together at the airport as the daughter’s departure had been announced. They hugged and the mother said, “I love you, and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mum, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mum.”

They kissed and the daughter left. Then the mother walked over to the window where she stood, wanting and needing to cry. A man, nearby, tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed him in by asking “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” he replied. “Forgive me for asking, but why is this, a forever good-bye?” She responded that she was old and that her daughter lived far away. She went on to say that she had challenges ahead and the reality was that the next trip back would be for her funeral.

The man replied “When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ He enquired what she meant by that?” She began to smile and responded by saying “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”

She then turned towards the man and shared the following, reciting it from memory
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger
I wish you enough gain to satisfy you wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye!
She then began to cry and walked away.

It is said that it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, and an entire life to forget them.

TAKE TIME TO LIVE! To all my loved ones — I WISH YOU ENOUGH!

Sometimes it is good to take advantage!
The words “take advantage” can be used in two ways – the one is detrimental to the person concerned as it means that one is either abusing a situation or person by unfairly benefitting from someone or something that they are involved with. Taking advantage in this way, leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth when you find out that abuse of a situation has been made. On the other hand, ‘take advantage’ can be used to encourage persons to obtain the best out of a situation, to enhance or increase one’s joy.

The second meaning is certainly what the CJSA Committee and team want for all of our members. We encourage each member to view our monthly programme in order to take advantage of everything that is on offer. We really wish for full houses whenever possible, for guest presenters to benefit from members who enjoy whatever is offered and for members to spread the word that one gets good value, good service and wonderful fellowship when crossing our threshold.

Twilight Suppers
We have hosted some great evenings recently with a different crowd attending and enjoying the delicious supper and information that is imparted. In our line-up for the next few months are people who have great insight to a variety of topics, so make sure that you book timeously to enjoy excellent fare and stimulating conversation.

Ot Azey 2018 — the Yiddish Mikvah
We have already had a number of enquiries for the event which we are hosting from 6 – 8 August. Our resident Yiddish teachers are already hard at work planning a fun programme. We cater for those who have never spoken the language to those who had Yiddish as their mother tongue. It is truly amazing to see how many people are showing interest in a language that was slowly becoming extinct. Thanks to a small band of dedicate Yiddish enthusiasts, children at various Jewish Day schools are learning to love the expressive sounds. Our recently released film Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin which was shown to packed houses in Cape Town and Johannesburg has now been accepted at the Chicago Summer Film Festival of Yiddish Culture. The fact that a city at the tip of Africa has produced a world class Yiddish documentary is truly amazing. Well done to Heather Blumenthal and her incredible Spirit Sister team and to Philip Todres for his ongoing enthusiasm for Yiddish revival.

New Beginnings
We welcome Lara Stein, a registered counsellor, to the Professional CJSA team and hope that she has many happy years with us enhancing the caring group that perform the duties for each one of you. We are planning new programmes which will be under her guidance and look forward to introducing her to the CJSA family and our various friends.

Diana Sochen Executive Director


We extend a hearty mazeltov on the following special occasions:

Eric and Wendy Burger — son
June Benjamin — grandson
Kenny Penkin — granddaughter
Rita Shorkend — grandson
Maureen and Roy Summerfield 59 years
Keile Gross
Miriam Levy 90th
We extend our sincere best wishes to our members who have not been well
Dave Goodman
We extend our sincere condolences to our members those who have lost family members:
Leon Glaser — wife
Kerry Hoffman — father
Debbie Jowell and family — mother Ruth
We welcome new members to the CJSA family:
Jowyne Campbell, Rosa Kolevsohn, Oonah Kuhn, Merle Thomson, Henry and Jean Nieuwenhuizen

Special Events and Outings July — booking essential

Men’s Schmooze
Rabbi Bryan Opert speaking on Jewish Jokes
Fri 2 July Milnerton 10.30
Wed 11 July S/Suburbs 10.00
Fri 27 Sea Point 10.30

Twilight Supper
Rabbi Nissen Goldman, Campus Rabbi at UCT
Tues 17 July 5.30 Sea Point
Thurs 19 July Milnerton

Outing to Oom Samie se Winkel in Stellenbosch
Tues 24 July Milnerton
Wed 25 July Sea Point

Outing to Boeresjieck Restaurant
Mon 23 July 9.30 Sea Point

Outing to the Norval Art Gallery
Mon 30 July S/Suburbs


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