LaunchPad takes off in South Africa


For the first time ever, the United Jewish Campaign and the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies in association with Mensch hosted LaunchPad South Africa from 4-6 September at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin.

Bringing together a diverse group of 30 young innovators and leaders, artists and activists, parents and teachers, thinkers and doers from a wide spectrum of our community, LaunchPad ignited new ideas and a fresh vision for the future of Jewish life in South Africa.

A three day retreat designed around networking, learning and connecting provided participants with a unique opportunity to engage deeply with the complex landscape in which we live as Jews at the bottom tip of Africa. LaunchPad took participants out of their everyday lives and provided a creative space to think, dream and build an aligned network of people who are passionate about their own community. “With the incredible support of LaunchPad Australia, and specifically LaunchPad founder, Tracie Olcha, we have developed a powerful programme which we believe will create new possibilities for our community” says Kristy Turest-Swartz, fundraising co- ordinator for the UJC and co-creator of LaunchPad South Africa.

Joined by an impressive group of local community leaders and mentors, LaunchPad SA outlined the current structures and historical context of our community, and facilitated discussion and debate around the challenges we face moving forward.

The input, creativity and passion of the participants led to innovative solutions and strategies, some of which are soon to be put into practice. LaunchPad SA will award micro-grants and professional support to empower those initiatives with the most potential for impact, and regular follow-up sessions and gatherings will take place throughout the year to strengthen connections and keep the momentum and passion alive.

Keep your eyes open for new initiatives to be rolled out by LaunchPad alumni over the next 12 months.


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