In a truly heartwarming ceremony, Cape Town community leaders and members, family and guests gathered in late November last year to honour a group of extraordinary women, some of whom have given up to seven decades of unbroken service to the BZA WIZO organisation.
The WIZO Rebecca Sieff Awards were held at the Sephardi Shul hall in Sea Point, with Israeli Ambassador Lior Keinan as the keynote speaker. Lior gave an interesting and informative address, highlighting Israel’s many groundbreaking accomplishments in the fields of medicine, technology, water conservation and farming.
Adrienne Judes, Chairman of WIZO Cape Town said it was an honour to recognise those members who have walked in the footsteps of Rebecca Sieff, and devoted 40 years and more to the empowerment and upliftment of thousands of women and children through fundraising events here in South Africa.
Rabbi Benschlouch of Sephardi Hebrew Congregation gave an inspiring and thoughtful Dvah Torah address, and a wonderful musical interlude was presented by young Israeli shlichim — Dashi Chusid (Habonim), Avia and Lavi Woolf (Bnei Akiva) and Batia Ashkenazi (Sephardi Shul).
Also honoured at the ceremony was the late Ada Kahn, who until last year held the positions of Vice Chairman, then Chairman of Gesher branch for over 24 years. A loving tribute to Ada was delivered by Yda Tollman.
Roslyn Novos was given her 40-year Rebecca Sieff award posthumously, which was received by her son David.