2017 was an incredible year for SAUJS Western Cape and I cannot believe how fast it has gone.

Since university will be closed throughout December, January and half of February, I saw it fitting to reflect on some of the year’s events.

Our year kicked off with a bang with ‘The Big Shmooze’, which was held at the trendy and vibrant Asoka Restaurant in Town.
Jewish students mingled over tasty cocktails and interesting food. The night would not be the same without the amazing music and incredible company. This event gave Jewish students a small taste of what we would be offering them throughout the year.
Israel Apartheid Week followed, which was an extremely uncomfortable time for Jewish students on campus. Nonetheless, we stood strong in the face of blatant hatred, and made sure that we informed the misinformed and stood up for what we believed in.
We then concentrated on having events on campus that celebrated Israel’s brilliance, strength and beauty. We held a Yom Yerushalayim braai and gave out shawarmas for Yom Haatzmaut. These were extremely well received and set a precedent for even more of these events.

Our final Israel related event took place on Jameson plaza where we played hip Israeli music and cooked shakshuka and falafels for UCT students. We even managed to recreate the famous ‘shoko’, which went down extremely well.
The aim of these events was to show students the real side of Israel that is not in any way connected to politics. We were also involved in a number of outreach activities, including One to One, a fun day organised for the handicapped, where our students ran an arts and crafts stall.

We capped off our brilliant year with an extremely successful formal, which celebrated the incredible achievements of Jewish students.

We would like to thank our members for their support this year; and we look forward to begin our planning for even more exciting events next year!

Jesse Soicher
Chairperson SAUJS WC


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