Galya Tregenza Hall, WIZO SA National Administrator and PA to President
Despite the challenges of 2021, WIZO South Africa, under the excellent leadership of President Shelley Trope-Friedman enjoyed a productive and successful year.
As the largest Women’s Zionist Organisation in South Africa, we are dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Israel through fundraising initiatives; and empowering women to strengthen their identification with the State of Israel.
So, how have we been accomplishing this mandate? Ranging from thought-provoking Zoom talks and increased media exposure to local community outreach and international workshops, WIZO SA has borne great fruit in all its activities.
A brilliant initiative by President Shelley Trope-Friedman has been her regular ‘Shelley Shares’ column. Through her reflections and exhortations, she has ensured that WIZO South Africa uses its voice and its platform to motivate and inspire. Her messages have been applauded by those involved with WIZO and beyond, both locally and internationally.
WIZO SA was has been delighted that international participants and local Jewish community leaders have regularly registered for our Zoom talks. We secured exemplary speakers who provided relevant and meaningful discussions, shining a bright light on the high standing and stature of WIZO.
WIZO SA actively promotes co-existence and unity. In September, we joined hands with our Christian Zionist friends for the hugely successful Jerusalem Woven Destiny concert. How significant this friendship is right now at a time when antisemitism is rearing its ugly head, causing great concern about this surge of the world’s longest hatred.
WIZO SA President, Shelley Trope-Friedman summed this up perfectly when she said, “The reality of the sharp rise of antisemitism in our own backyard as well as around the world makes the genuine friendship and solidarity expressed by our Christian Zionist friends even more essential and appreciated. The concert gave a platform to the voice of unity, hope and love, showcasing the power and effectiveness of working together in a spirit of cohesion and harmony”.
Our Wheelchairs of Hope project has continued to bring about opportunity, transforming the lives of young South African children by granting them the gift of mobility through the Israeli-designed wheelchairs. In a recent visit to Mitchells Plain, WIZO SA President Shelley Trope-Friedman along with WIZO Cape Town members handed over wheelchairs and promoted WIZO to local families.
This is WIZO! Doing what matters for those who need it most!
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