Fundraising in the magic of the Stellenberg Gardens

Guests gathered from around the globe on 30 December for the annual summer party of the Friends of the UJC Cape Town.

Overseas and Johannesburg-based patrons and friends attended this wonderful evening in the Ovenstone Homestead at Stellenberg Gardens in Kenilworth. This annual event has become a highlight of the summer season in Cape Town.

On arrival at the Stellenberg Gardens, pre-arranged private tours were conducted by Sandy Ovenstone and her head gardener. Guests from far and wide mingled and enjoyed the ambience at this magnificent location. Four talented Herzlia musicians: Benji Anstey, Gabriel Sieff, Adam Selikowitz and Gabriel Dubb entertained guests upon arrival and during the garden tour. Acoustic Element provided background music during canapés and drinks.  

Guests were treated to gourmet food of the highest calibre, with catering by Avron Almeleh of Avrons and Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs.

Alan Silverman welcomed guests to Cape Town and introduced Andrew Ovenstone, owner of Stellenberg, who gave a history of Stellenberg Homestead and Gardens. Jonathan Bloch, Director of Investec Wealth & Investment spoke on behalf of the bank and the Friends’ ongoing partnership with them.

Marco Van Embden, Chairman of Friends and the David Susman Community Foundation (Community Foundation) addressed the guests and shared the successful 11-year journey, with the main focus being ensuring 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 events 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 Community Foundation 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 11 years ago.

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

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