Welcoming new families to our community!

Over recent years, despite people leaving South Africa, the number of Jewish people moving to the Western Cape, in particular Cape Town, has increased. 

On Sunday 26 February, the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies hosted the first Move down to Cape Town welcome reception event. This project was launched by the Board in 2022, with the goal of promoting the Western Cape as a viable option for Jewish individuals and families who are considering leaving South Africa. To date, we are aware of at least 250 people that have made the move since the start of 2020, with that number probably being substantially higher. 

The reception was planned to welcome these new individuals and families to the Western Cape Jewish community. The Board invited several of our affiliate organisations, which allowed the guests to interact and gain a greater understanding of what each organisation in the community offers, and how they can assist with their transition. The event kicked off with a welcome address from Tzvi Brivik, member of the Cape SAJBD Council, followed by speeches from Adrienne Jacobson, Chairperson of the Cape SAJBD, Philip Krawitz, member of the Board of Governors and Dawn Nathan-Jones, member of the Cape SAJBD Council and a relatively recent semigrant. Dawn shared her relocation experience with the audience.

Guests were then given the opportunity to chat and interact with each of the affiliate organisation representatives over a cup of coffee and a pastry. There was a kid’s entertainment area,  organised by Bazinga Parties, which kept the children occupied while the parents got to know the community. Thanks to Norrie caterers for providing the delicious food and Kretzmer Keys Photography for the amazing pics!

If you have moved to the Western Cape in recent years, or know of anyone who has made the move, please contact Saul Jackson at saul@ctjc.co.za.

Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies website: www.capesajbd.org, Instagram, and Facebook page.

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