No more siesta, just fiesta!

A peek into the UJC Community Celebration.

Over the last few years, uniting as a community has been challenging. At the beginning of 2022, the UJC promised that this year we’d connect and celebrate once more. And that’s exactly what we did.

Picture this: Sea gulls flying overhead as Los Gitanos serenades the crowd. Platter upon platter of delicious treats keeps everyone satisfied. Speeches are heartfelt. The Host, TaliBabes, has people crying with laughter. A breeze carries the scent of the ocean over the dancefloor as the GOODLUCK band energise young and old, and the sun slowly sets to reveal a full moon.

“Tonight is a celebration of those who came before us, the pillars of this community who laid the foundation for the vibrant community we are today. Those who set up structures like the UJC to ensure we look after each other for generations to come,” reflected Jodi Sher, Vice Chair (UJC) “It’s a celebration of the kindness it takes to ensure that every member of our community is looked after. That no one goes without food or a roof over their heads. That every child is educated and that the vulnerable get the care, love and respect they deserve.”

The UJC exists to support the vitality, viability and ongoing growth and development of Cape Town’s Jewish Community. This is accomplished by ensuring that over 35 institutions, including schools, welfare organisations and other communal bodies, have the funding they need to fulfil their own crucial purposes.

“Lastly, it’s a celebration of gratitude. Thank you to each of you for showing up, not only tonight, but in supporting the UJC to ensure our community never wavers. For your generosity, dedication, the hours you volunteered, and for being on this journey with us, so no one is left behind.”

Tickets sold out in less than 2 weeks and over 350 people from across the board of our incredible, diverse community came together in this one-of-a-kind celebration. The #UJCfiesta was a beautiful reminder of our interconnectedness and our responsibility to look after our own.

“Here we stand, a dynamic, strong Jewish community at the tip of Africa, leading by example. Showing that no matter what others think, we are united and unwavering in our Jewish pride.” concluded Jodi. And with those beautiful words on everyone’s minds, the celebrations continued late into the night.

Here’s to many more moments of celebration.
We can’t wait for the next!

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