Schmoozing under the Sukkah

Tasso Evangelinos (CEO of CCID) and Daniel Bloch (Executive Director of Cape SAJBD)

By Tyla Dallas, Marketing and Legal Officer, Cape SAJBD

On Thursday 23 September, the Cape SAJBD hosted its first in-person event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was great to see so many familiar faces as well as to meet some new ones!

To celebrate the week-long festival of Sukkot, we invited guests to join us for lunch in the Gardens Shul sukkah. During Sukkot, we are supposed to live, eat and sleep in a temporary shack or ‘sukkah’. This not only reminds us of the 40 years when the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, but also makes us identify with the plight of those who have to live permanently in such homes.

Many religious leaders joined us, including Archbishop Brislin and Rev Dr Lionel Louw of the SA Council of Churches, as well as the Consul General for Germany Tanja Werheit, the DA mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis; GOOD mayoral candidate Brett Herron, Freedom Front Plus (VF+) mayoral candidate Adv Lennit Max, ACDP mayoral candidate Ferlon Christians, One SA party leader Mmusi Maimane, current standing ward councillors from major districts, and representatives of the Burundi, Congolese and Rwandan communities.

Tzvi Brivik, Chairperson of Cape SAJBD, welcomed our guests before Rabbi Osher Feldman explained the meaning of the festival and blessed the guests with a shake of the Lulav. Guests chatted among themselves while enjoying the delicious Sukkat Shalom meal prepared by Norrie Caterers. They were able to meet people they would not normally have occasion to meet, in a friendly and relaxed environment, while taking advantage of the warm weather in the shade of the sukkah. All COVID-19 protocols were observed.

We were honoured to bring together people from different faith communities, countries, and civil and political organisations so that we could all engage and get to know one another, embracing the diversity that makes our city such a special place.

Hatfield Street Sukkah

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