Guests gathered from around the globe on Thursday 27 December for the 10th anniversary celebration dinner of the Friends of the UJC Cape Town (Friends). Overseas and Johannesburg-based Patrons and Friends attended this wonderful evening. 

The event, which has become a highlight of the summer season in Cape Town, was held at the magnificent Norval Foundation, a centre for art and cultural expression. This art museum combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature, which is depicted by the unique architecture of the building and the outdoor sculpture garden enveloped by the Constantia mountain range. 

On arrival, pre-arranged private tours of the galleries were conducted. Guests mingled with others from far and wide and enjoyed the ambience at this unique location. Russ Nerwich’s band provided background music during dinner and guests were entertained with music by ‘Boogie Boy’ aka Paul Ambach, a Flemish Blues singer and pianist who created a wonderful after-dinner atmosphere.

Guests were treated to gourmet food of the highest calibre, catered by Avron Almeleh of Avron’s and Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs.

Louis Norval, founder of the Norval Foundation, welcomed the guests to Cape Town and Ciaran Whelan, Executive Director and Global Head of Investec Private Bank spoke on behalf of Investec.

Marco Van Embden, Chairman of the Friends and the David Susman Community Foundation (DSCF) addressed the guests and shared with them the successful 10 year journey. The main focus of the annual Friends event is to ensure support for the sustainable future of the Cape Town Jewish community and to celebrate Jewish Life in the Mother City. The proceeds of the Friends support the David Susman Community Foundation. These funds, ably managed by Investec, have grown significantly since inception, with dedicated oversight by a Board of Trustees. A number of important bequests and legacies have added to the financial strength of the Foundation. The Foundation is crucial to the Cape Town Jewish community, as it serves as a protection mechanism against any future adversity which may befall it.

We thank our Patrons, Friends, Donors and loyal supporters, and believe that the Friends as well as the DSCF will continue to grow from strength to strength. 

We would like to make special mention of and thank our generous annual sponsor Investec, who have supported every event since inception 10 years ago. 

For more information on the Friends of the UJC Cape Town contact Robyn Slot on or call +27 21 464 6700


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