Youth Movements roundup June 2022

Netzer takes pride in the youth march — Em Brooking and Maya Reitstein

Bnei Akiva

Hello everybody! I hope that you are doing well. Thank you for sharing with us such special and meaningful Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron ceremonies, and then the very exciting and uplifting Yom HaAtzamut and Lag BaOmer events. It was so lovely seeing the community united again! 

Bnei Akiva has continued to be very busy with our meaningful and fun-filled events for the different age groups of Cape Town youth. We are very excited about our incredible Winter Camp that is happening shortly, and believe it will be our best Winter Camp ever!
By Eytan Labe

Crumbs and Cream Grade 10 takeover

Netzer & the Yom of Yoms

Netzer got to attend and pay our respects at Yom Hashoah, where the South Africa Mazkirut Julian Gordon, read a list of names of those who had lost their lives in the Holocaust. 

At the Yom Hazikaron event, Maya Reitstein (Netzer S’gan Cape Town) read an excerpt from a speech by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in honour of those who had lost their lives due to terrorist attacks in Israel.

Netzer is truly grateful for the opportunity to participate in these events alongside the other Jewish youth movements and organisations in the Jewish community in Cape Town. On Yom Ha’atzmaut, Maya Reitstein, Ghaim Atash (Rosh Cape Town) and Em Brooking (Rosh Tikkun) helped out at the event and sold giant chocolate chip cookies.
By Ghaim Atash

Netzer takes pride in the youth march — Em Brooking and Maya Reitstein

Habonim — MeYom LeYom

Habo had a whirlwind April and May. We hosted a very successful April Sem for Sufah (Grade 11) and Ogen (Matric) on the campsite. April Sem is a ten-day machaneh aimed to challenge our new madrichimot with important chinnuchic peulot and ideological questions. It is an experience where madrichimot can learn more about their Habo, Jewish, and community identity. It is also a chance to ‘train’ our young members in hadracha — our brand of informal education. An April Sem was well needed after the hiatus caused by Covid.

As the title of the article alludes, late April and May is filled with the observance of the ‘yomim’, from Yom Hashoah to Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut. Our bogrimot and channichimot were involved in the many important days we observe. It was special to see just how many came out to remember and celebrate.

Over the course of May we have been running educational and fun peulot for various grades and classes at Herzlia Highlands and Weizmann. So far we’ve taught the channichimot about the importance of Yom Hazikaron, and a little bit about the kibbutzim in Israel. It was wonderful to engage with our channichimot in their school, so thank you so much to Herzlia for giving us the opportunity to do so!

Looking ahead, we are approaching the June/July holidays, and this year we will be having a Winter Camp from 10 to 14 July for grades 3 — 9! We are so excited to have our channichimot back on the campsite, for what promises to be a must-attend event! We look forward to seeing you there. By Jesse Lees

SAUJS Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

This past month SAUJS, together with the other youth and community movements, mourned our fallen heroes on Yom Hazikaron, and celebrated the birth of our beautiful State on Yom Ha’atzmaut. 

SAUJS attended the Zionist Federation’s Yom Hazikaron commemoration ceremony. Hearing stories from people who fought for the State themselves, to honouring the lives of those who can no longer tell their stories was incredibly moving. Soon after, we celebrated the culmination of these soldiers’ efforts — the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel at a community event. A big thank you to everyone who came to ‘Spread Hummus not Hate’ with us once again! We hope everyone enjoyed — we certainly did!
By Erin Dodo and Deena Katzen

Benjamin Atie (SAUJS National Chairperson), Cassandra Mayekiso (SAUJS WC Director) and Erin Dodo (SAUJS WC Chairperson) ‘Spreading Hummus Not Hate’ at the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration

Keep up to date!
Habonim: website: Habonim Dror SA, Facebook HabonimSA
Netzer: website:, Instagram netzer_southafrica
Bnei Akiva: website: Beni Akiva South Africa, Facebook Bnei Akiva Cape Town
SAUJS Western Cape: Facebook @SAUJS, Instagram @saujs_westerncape
Diller Teen Fellows: website: Diller Teen Fellows , Facebook Diller Teen Fellows, Instagram

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