SAZF Cape Council: Director’s cut

By Chaya Singer, Executive Director SAZF Cape Council

As we look back on our achievements in 2021 and towards all we want to accomplish in the new year, we pause to reflect on the very important roles we play as elected and appointed custodians of the South African Zionist Federation Cape Council.

For many in our community, our unprecedented lack of access to Israel due to Covid travel restrictions, has caused much anguish and frustration, and has highlighted the centrality of Israel in varied aspects of our daily lives. It is an important reminder that as a Diaspora community we are critically connected to Israel, and that our mission to safeguard and protect this relationship, as mandated by our organisation’s constitution, is an imperative part of our organised communal structure.

As the local representative affiliate of the Jewish Agency through our Israel Centre, the Jewish National Fund, the World Zionist Organisation and its affiliated youth, women, educational, cultural and religious organisations, we continue to actively contribute a Capetonian voice to World Jewry, and remain relevant in Israeli government forums and other important global initiatives and institutions.

During the past year, our community and Israel supporters including the former Chief Justice and Miss SA have come under distressing attack from BDS and their supporters in government, media and civil society. The relentless efforts of the SAZF to confront this anti-Israel agenda continues, and we are thrilled to welcome our new Israeli Ambassador soon to Cape Town, and to find ways to continue to bring Israeli innovation, business and good will to South Africa.

We look forward to partnering and engaging in the new year, as we galvanise efforts in service of the community. May we continue from strength to strength.

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