WIZO Solidarity Gathering and Awards Event: celebrating dedication, unity and hope  

From L to R, Alison Cope, Ashna Diamond, Beryl Verblun, Sheila Wagenheim, Ada Sher

The well-attended WIZO Solidarity Gathering and Awards Ceremony, which was held on 12 November 2023, highlighted strength and resilience from our WIZO members and the greater community. The event provided a platform to express unity, hope and prayers for the State of Israel and its people.

Each year, we pay tribute to incredible WIZO women who have dedicated many years supporting our projects to help build the State of Israel. This year, the recipients were Gillian Cress and Roma Schneider for an impressive 50 years of service, and Charlotte Schachat, Polly Sacks and Lily Kessler for an exceptional 65 years. Bella Silverman received special recognition for an outstanding 70 years of unwavering commitment to WIZO. Myra Osrin accepted the award on Bella’s behalf. 

Key guest speaker David Cohen, Chairman of The South African Zionist Federation Cape Council, provided a perspective on the current situation in Israel, emphasising the strength derived from unity and shared purpose. Vivienne Myburgh, National Director of the South Africa International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, highlighted the importance of collaboration and support across diverse communities. 

Cantor Ivor Joffe led the prayers for the captives, the IDF and the State of Israel. The event concluded with a moving rendition of Hatikva.

In today’s world filled with challenges, the event stood as a guiding light of inspiration. We congratulate the exceptional 2023 recipients, whose commitment continues to shape the journey of WIZO, support those who need it most and contribute to the resilience of Israel.

Bnoth Zion WIZO Cape Town bnothz@ctjc.co.za, 021 464 6756

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