Taking advantage of a mild mid-winter

Milnerton Members enjoying a morning at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum

No one can complain about the weather during the last few weeks of June. 

Winter has been absolutely glorious, with warm balmy days and magnificent sunsets, which have allowed us to plan very successful outings for our members. Our special driver, Emmanuel, has taken our members on some fabulous visits to various venues — walks in Green Point Urban Park and The Company’s Garden, a special morning in Philadelphia, a guided tour of the Rupert Museum and a wonderful tea and viewing of exquisite merchandise at Boere Sjiek.

Those who join the outings share a special time with good company, and the feedback indicates that these trips are always worthwhile.

At our centres we have enjoyed a couple of guest speakers followed by light lunches which are always enjoyed. Angela Rothbart launched her first novel at each of our branches. Henia Bryer joined her at each of the launches engaging with members after hearing how Angela’s book came about. Thanks to CJSA, a beautiful friendship has grown between Henia and Angela since Angela volunteered to become a friend to Henia, visiting her weekly to read and engage with,  when Henia’s eyesight diminished. Both of them value this special friendship that has grown, and they love engaging regularly with each other

Prior to the pandemic, one of the most popular activities was the monthly men’s schmooze morning where our men got together with a guest speaker to chat, listen and enjoy each other’s company. In June we reintroduced this, and our Milnerton men were able to spend a pleasant morning together with their guest speaker, often continuing to engage and enjoy each other’s company after the event had ended. This will be a monthly occurrence and we will offer the same to our Sea Point members in the near future.

We received an unexpected call from Cantor Joel Lichterman who was visiting his mom, Miriam, from the USA. He generously offered his time and beautiful voice to join with our own Cantor Ivor Joffe to host a special concert in Sea Point. We should have hired a big venue, because in no time at all, we were fully booked and had a long waiting list of very disappointed people who were aching to be part of this special morning. We served a light lunch after the beautiful concert. Soprano Cynthia Lipshitz joined them, and we were also entertained by Sam Chiat on the keyboard. The good news is that we made a video of the show which is available to view on the CJSA Facebook page – so there is still an opportunity to view the concert.

Our centres are open daily, and a weekly programme of events is sent out via email, together with the regular weeks Zoom activities, encouraging all seniors to remain active and part of this great community. Whether you are housebound and inactive or regularly venture out, there is no reason at all for anyone to feel lonely or alone. The programme is varied and members are able to engage, socialise and participate in a variety of special activities. Not only does it give you a chance to socialise, we also encourage physical and mental activity to assist with physical and mental wellbeing. It is so easy to give up and do nothing, but how beneficial is it to stimulate both mind and body to promote active ageing. None of us want to be a burden to our family, so it is up to each one of us to make the best of our own lives — we only have ONE.

Here’s hoping that August will be kind to each one of us.

Diana Sochen

Executive Director

We congratulate our members who have celebrated joyous occasions during the last month.

Social and Personal

Leonard and Dorothy Sank — Granddaughter

Tzvi and Nicky Brivik — Daughter
Dan Korn — Granddaughter

Victor and Maxine Boyd — Grandson

Wilfred Mirkin — Daughter

Special birthday wishes
Marcia Orlin

Welcome to new members
Colette Brownell, Livia Grodentzik 

Wishes of strength and Refua Shlemah to those who are not well 
Den Bernstein, Marcia Orlin, Esme Rosenberg

Out deepest sympathy to family of members who have recently passed away
Fazia Shaskolsky on the passing of her husband Ivor
Bess Lonstein on the passing of her brother Sam Goronovsky
Marlene Lyons on the passing of her son, Gary

Recent outings and activities

Cape Jewish Seniors Association
Director: Diana Sochen, 021 434 9691, director@cjsa.org.za
Admin: Amanda, 021 434 9691, admin@cjsa.org.za
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