Enjoying special outings and activities

Marge Lee and Doreen Fiansky enjoying an outing to Hermanus

It is so good to observe that as the weather improves, more and more members are venturing out and participating in the in-house activities. 

Each branch is endeavouring to woo existing members as well as new members to the centres, and the variety of special events certainly supports this.

Our recent special activities have included a wonderful Twilight Supper in Sea Point with Daniel Silke as our guest speaker. The atmosphere was great and members and friends enjoyed socialising both prior to the supper and they lingered afterwards creating such a warm and welcoming evening.

Milnerton hosted a cooking demonstration with Sonia Norrie baking and showing her skills in the kitchen. This branch are also going to be enjoying a strawberry high tea thanks to the great support of Brenda Zetler who will be supplying the most delicious strawberries.

Our Southern Suburbs Branch kicked off the High Holy Days season with a pre-Rosh Hashanah lunch and concert by the wonderful Shades of Shadows band, which is always enjoyed and very popular with our members.

Outings are always a hit with our members and we strive to find new and exciting venues to enjoy. The groups have visited Boeresjiek, which is always a treat, Dunes in Hout Bay on the most glorious spring day with Hout Bay being at its best, and West Coast Nature reserve to see the flowers and enjoy the beauty of the West Coast. We have also visited the Bo Kaap Market, and the South African Jewish Museum to view the incredible photographic exhibition of Arnold Castle z”l. Our Wynberg knitting group enjoyed a special morning with the Sunflower group who are crafters in Athlone.

Sea Point hosted a special 98th birthday afternoon for Rosemary Magid. Rosemary mentioned that her way of enjoying this great milestone birthday would be to sing and entertain, and that’s exactly what she did. Her guests shared a very memorable afternoon with her. They also enjoyed a morning in Khayalitsha where they visited Abalami Bezekaya to view the vegetable garden built by the incredible community.

Three bus-loads of excited members went to Hermanus for a special day. We took our own packed lunch which was prepared by Avron’s, and members enjoyed being hosted by Hermanus Shul Community at their beautiful hall. We were spoilt with a magnificent show of whales, glorious weather and renewing friendships as this was the first time we hosted an interbranch outing since reopening.

We are so proud of our own Hajiera Safidien–Maloon who has been part of the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute cohort for the past year. We attended the report-back session and were so impressed by her group’s presentation; and hearing from each group as to how our community can look forward to many exciting ways of increasing the care and support offered, as we move forward with the input from the 2040 planning process.

Hot off the press and very exciting news is the fact that CJSA and the UJW will soon be sharing premises. For the past couple of years we have realised that it is no longer a viable option for CJSA Sea Point to have the expense of two homes, whilst the UJW also has a home within a block of ours. Many conversations have taken place to ensure that both entities, while maintaining their independence, form a cohesive working arrangement that suits everyone’s needs. We have been so lucky to have the superb input from Sharon Sagor who has been patient, kind and supportive as we dotted the i’s and crossed all the t’s to ensure that everyone is happy and comfortable with this merge. Alterations begin this week and we are confident that we will be able to move over by the end of 2022. 

Diana Sochen, Executive Director

Recent outings and activities

Social and Personal

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

Marriage: Shirley Elvey — Grandson

Barmitzvah: Raoul and Eleanor Miller — son

Special birthday wishes: Rosemary Magid (98), Cecile Buirski (85), Lily Singer (100), Cynthia Garb (90), June Benjamin (90)

Welcome to new members: Michelle Cooper, Maureen and Anthony Green, Theodore Gruss, Margaret Hoffman, Charlene Kuresevic, Sybil Levin, Janet Serebro and Bernard Teren

Well wishes to those who have been under the weather: Sarah Daitsch, Jennifer Gordon and Bernie Goldschmidt

Our wishes of strength to the family of members who have recently passed away. 

Julie Katzenberg on the passing of her husband Simon

Benny Katzenberg on the passing of his brother Simon

Jacqui Garbman on the passing of her husband Owen

Wolsley Jacobson on the passing of his wife Elsie

The family of Tessa Epstein

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