Building bridges at the SAJM

Sinai Academy with their Dani Dreidel activity books

Since last year, Covid restrictions have put a stop to our visits from government primary schools.

We are waiting for the day we can enjoy the full range of school groups again. However, our Cultural Diversity Education Programme has risen to the challenge by changing focus. We are now partnering with NGOs to host visits from children and adults keen to join us outside of school. We have had wonderful days with the Walker Bus Project (Mitchells Plain), Delft Cadets (Delft), Liyema (Khayelitsha), Q Rock (Wellington), and the Junior Achievement groups from Livingstone and Beacon Hill High Schools, and look forward to our next bookings which include groups from Paarl, Delft and Nyanga. In addition we are looking ahead to an increase in visits from private schools, starting with Sinai Academy who spent a morning with our Dani Dreidel activity books and a story in the shtetl.

In June we welcomed two groups of staff members from Glendale Care Home, who were enthusiastic to find out more about the history of the people whom they know so well. They came away with a greater understanding of our community. We realised that many South Africans of other religions and cultures who work for Jewish organisations and businesses have little background knowledge of the community in which they work. Given the worldwide rise in antisemitism, we see an opportunity for Jewish business owners and organisations to broaden their staff’s understanding of Judaism and Zionism. If you are a Jewish-run organisation or business, we invite you to build your own bridge with your staff at our museum. Contact us and we will prepare a specialised tour for you.

A heartfelt thank you to the guides and facilitators who have helped to build bridges thus far: Roz von Zwicklitz, Dalene Morris, Tanya Bauman, Lesley Katz, Cheryl Margolin, Langa Nesani, Beverley Sarembock and Beryl Verblun.

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• Published in the PDF edition of the July 2021 issue.

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