By Rael Kaimowitz, Chairman, Cape SAJBD
As our community, together with millions of fellow South Africans and people around the world, grapple with our new reality of pandemic, lockdown and uncertainty it has been striking how resourceful, cohesive and structured our community can be in the midst of a crisis.
As the umbrella body of the community, the Cape Board has led the COVID-19 steering committee for the community. We have been overawed by the work performed at all levels by affiliate organisations.
This September, my extended term of office as Chair of the Cape Board comes to an end along with my fellow board members and current elected leadership.
In September this year we will hold elections based on a new set of electoral rules enshrined in a fresh, new constitution. One of the key new features is electronic voting. Another key change is how people will be voted on to serve.
• 5 board members will be elected via the public ballot, voted for by every Jewish adult over 18 years of age who appears on the communal register.
• 10 board members will be elected by delegates of affiliate organisations attending our conference.
It’s all systems go… but we need YOU!
Now, more than ever, as our community faces challenges and changes it could never foresee, we call on you to step forward.
We call dynamic, experienced communal leaders to step forward. We call on talented individuals to step forward. We call qualified, bold, strategic thinkers to step forward. We call on women. We call on men. We call on you all.
This is a call for leadership. A call for responsibility. A call for participation.
This is a call to YOU.
If you have what it takes to help guide, lead and direct our community, please put your name forward, stand for election and make a difference in our community.
Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies website: www.capesajbd.org
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