Unity and Peace: Cape SAJBD’s Sukkat Shalom celebration

During Chol Hamoed Sukkot on the 4th October 2023, the Cape SAJBD hosted its annual Sukkat Shalom Luncheon in the Sukkah at the Gardens Synagogue, which serves as the mother congregation of South African Jewry. This event is distinctive in its celebration of kinship and peace among the various stakeholders of the Cape SAJBD. 

More than 40 guests, representing diverse backgrounds, including political parties, media, consulates, interfaith organisations, foreign communities, and religious leaders, came together to break bread, sing songs, and share stories. It was a truly delightful afternoon of networking among friends. Distinguished attendees included the United States and Spanish consul generals, the president of the Greek community, the supreme leader of the Goringhaiqua Goringhaicona Kingdom, representatives from the Congolese Civil Society, and members of the media.

The event began with a warm welcome from Cape SAJBD Executive Director Daniel Bloch, followed by a blessing and message delivered by Rabbi Feldman, Head of the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape and Gardens Shul Rabbi. In her address, Adrienne Jacobson, Chair of the Cape SAJBD, expressed the joy of coming together to celebrate friendships and collaborate on projects aimed at making the Western Cape a better place. The guests were treated to melodious Hebrew songs of peace performed by the Cape Board’s Programme and Development Manager, Josh Friedman, accompanied by Matthew Reid on the keyboard.

In testament to the diversity of the community, attendees – despite differing beliefs, traditions, and customs – all shared a common
hope for peace, friendship, health, and prosperity for all.

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

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