New director for SAZF Cape Council

SAZF staff reporter 

The SAZF Cape Council is happy to announce the appointment of a new Cape Council Director, Heather Blumenthal.

Heather has a history of involvement and work in the Cape Town Jewish community. A passionate Zionist, she is ready for the challenge and is excited to guide the SAZF Cape Council on the next part of its journey, to take its rightful place once again, as one of the key organisations in the Cape Town Jewish Community. She is thrilled to be joining the team of the SAZF Cape Council as the Director from 1 April 2023. 

As the former Executive Director of the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, she lead the Centre through the challenging times of Covid, whilst still maintaining the mission of the institution and introducing new projects. 

She is a graduate of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and was part of the first cohort of the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute.

For more than 20 years Heather was a partner in Spirit Sister Productions, producing award-winning documentaries and selling many of her programmes internationally. She was fortunate to travel to many countries around the world and in particular Israel, filming interviews and showcasing remarkable organisations that brought Jewish culture, religion, and history to the television screens of thousands of diverse South Africans.

She produced the musical drama, Gogo & big Sister, which highlighted the adversities that South African black female singers faced during apartheid. It won a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown Festival and was invited twice to perform at the Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina. 

Heather managed/edited and self-published a book called The Power Within Companion, a compendium of stories celebrating women in South Africa. The book was successfully used to facilitate workshops in the corporate and NGO sector.

Heather believes that her life and work experiences will stand her in good stead within her new position and will contribute to enhancing the important work that the SAZF CC does.

We welcome Heather to the SAZF Cape Council and wish her a smooth transition into her new role.

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