Moving towards spring and holiday festivities

Milnerton members spent a lovely morning at the Cheetah Sanctuary

This year seems to be slipping by faster than we can blink. 

Our weekly programmes provide light relief on Zoom and the in-house programmes are beginning to attract more members who are returning to each centre. All the outings are carefully planned to ensure maximum attendance and enjoyment. It always pleases me tremendously to see the enjoyment they provide, especially when the groups sit together and enjoy the engagement. Our guest speakers are always so generous with their time and members love being at these mornings.

Birthdays are always special. This month we were privileged to watch via Zoom the wonderful birthday celebration and tributes from so many people who have been part of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter’s life. Pinchas is the Honorary Life President of CJSA and has been an ardent supporter of the Association since inception. He and his wife Dorothy reside in Toronto. CJSA members joined in wishing him on this special birthday as he turned 90.

Light lunches are regularly enjoyed in Milnerton with guest speakers making the event so special. We are about to host our first twilight supper in Sea Point during the month and the bookings have been pouring in, indicating that people are wanting to socialise and engage. 

Our members got together to do their 67 minutes for Mandela Day. Southern Suburbs members joined with the Sunflower Group and sat knitting whilst they got to know each other and exchange craft ideas. Our members will be travelling to their meeting places during the month to experience their hospitality and share a craft morning with the ladies. 

With spring around the corner we are hoping to organise special outing for all branches. It has been over two years since a large group has enjoyed the country areas so we are anticipating much interest.

As we gear up towards Rosh Hashanah, we will enjoy a Festival lunch in Wynberg for all members, with special entertainment to make the day more celebratory. As with all our events, it is most important for pre-booking as there is always a cut-off time to book.

The World Health Organisation has indicated that The Decade of Healthy Ageing is 2021 – 2030. A mission of Cape Jewish Seniors is to ensure that senior members of our community remain part of the community, instead of being apart from the community in which they live.

In order to be able to be actively engaged with others in our community, it is important for our team to be a step ahead and available to encourage, guide and point people in the right direction for the various services that they might need. 

One of the ways to make sure of the wellbeing of members is the implementation of a self report survey which has been implemented in other communities. Our team will start inviting members to participate in this multidimensional survey which will check psychosocial and daily activities and mood indicators, in order to provide us with a detailed understanding of our members. Then, if necessary, we can tailor-make services going forward. We hope to update the self report annually and in this way track any significant changes that might occur in a member. The survey will also allow us to identify those most at risk and at the same time identify which services might be needed going forward. The form is completed by the member in their own words and it is important that this is done for the results to be acceptable and accurate.

Diana Sochen, Executive Director

Social and Personal

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

Birth: Hannah Soffer – great granddaughter

Engagement: Charlotte Berson – grandson

Marriage: Charlotte Berson – granddaughter; Sadie Graziani – granddaughter

Anniversary: Glickie and Woolfie Bloom – 66 years

Batmitzvah: Yvette Polovin celebrated her batmitzvah at Temple Israel

Birthday wishes: Pinchas Gutter – 90; Alec Cohen – 93; Gertruide Synrodin. 

Welcome to new members: Jacqui Garbman, Jackie Kalaway, Harold Wingerin, Erna Kyriazopoulus. 

Well wishes to those who have been under the weather: Shirley Elvey, Cynthia Garb, Arona Shrand, Debbie Epstein, Malcolm Lee.

Wishes of strength to family members of those who have recently passed away: Family of Alma Reese; family of Esme Rosenberg

Please note the error on our page last month. Barbara Kahn – Batmitzvah (not birth) of her granddaughter

As Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days are fast approaching, donations to CJSA in lieu of gifts to family and friends is a great way to acknowledge the services we provide in the community and the programmes we host to keep your loved ones active, held and happy. 

In exchange, we will send out personalised greetings to those you wish to greet.
All donations are acknowledged and are tax deductible.
To support us please contact

The Chairman and Committee of CJSA wish one and all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 5783. May you enjoy and celebrate the High Holy Days with those you love.

Cape Jewish Seniors Association
Director: Diana Sochen, 021 434 9691,
Admin: Amanda, 021 434 9691,
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Sea Point: 021 434 9691
Milnerton: Hajiera Safidien–Maloon 021 555 1736
S/Suburbs: Monique Nieuwenhuys 021 761 7960
W/Coast: Stacey Melmed 074 405 5186

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