About The Friends of the UJC Cape Town
The Friends of the UJC Cape Town was conceived with the aim of welcoming South Africans who live outside of Cape Town to local Jewish communal affairs. Most of these visitors gather here each summer to see family and friends, enjoy the beauty and facilities of the city and meet with other holidaymakers, many of whom have established homes in the city. Jewish life in Cape Town offers unique and varied facilities to locals and visitors alike and Friends see the importance of investing in and supporting the community to safeguard its future existence. These are the people who commit themselves to becoming Friends of the UJC.
The United Jewish Campaign (UJC) is the one umbrella fundraising body for the entire Cape Town communal infrastructure. The UJC supports over 35 Jewish beneficiary organisations in the areas of welfare, culture and education as well as the Israel United Appeal. All contributions from the Friends of the UJC go to the David Susman Community Foundation (DSCF). In the event that the UJC cannot meet its financial commitments, any shortfall is made up from the income of investments from the DSCF.
Special mention must be made of the Friends of the UJC’s magnanimous patrons whose extraordinary philanthropy has inspired others to support the Friends of the UJC Cape Town.
- Mick and Barbara Davis
- Bob & Renee Drake-Bloch
- David Horwitz
- Vivian Imerman
- In memoriam, Sol and Rose Kantor by their sons
- Sol Kerzner
- Frances Kirsh
- Natie Kirsh
- Sean and Lindy Melnick
- Moshal Family
- Roy and Sue Peires
- Eric Samson
- Sheila Samson
- Doug and Carolyn Smollan
- Rachel Velkes
- The Meyer Hirsch Goldschmidt Foundation
The annual summer party of the Friends of UJC Cape Town
27 December 2018
Guests gathered from around the globe on Thursday 27th December for the 10th anniversary celebration dinner of the Friends of the UJC Cape Town (Friends). Overseas and Johannesburg-based Patrons and Friends attended this wonderful evening.
The event, which has become a highlight of the summer season in Cape Town, was held at the magnificent Norval Foundation,a centre for art and cultural expression. This Art Museum combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature, which is depicted by the unique architecture of the building and the outdoor sculpture garden enveloped by the Constantia mountain range.
On arrival, pre-arranged private tours of the galleries were conducted. Guests mingled with others from far and wide and enjoyed the ambience at this unique location. Russ Nerwich’s band provided background music during dinner and guests were entertained with music by “Boogie Boy” aka Paul Ambach, a Flemish blues singer and pianist who created a wonderful after-dinner atmosphere.
Guests were treated to gourmet food of the highest calibre, catered by Avron Almeleh of Avrons and Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs.
Louis Norval, founder of the Norval Foundation, welcomed the guests to Cape Town and Ciaran Whelan, Executive Director and Global Head of Investec Private Bank spoke on behalf of Investec.
Marco Van Embden, Chairman of the Friends and the David Susman Community Foundation (DSCF) addressed the guests and shared with them the successful 10 year journey and the main focus of the annual Friends event, which is to ensure support for the sustainable future of the Cape Town Jewish community and to celebrate Jewish Life in the Mother City.
We were honoured that many of the Patrons of the Friends of the UJC Cape Town were able to attend this year along with members of their families. They included – Frances and Natie Kirsh, Sir Sol Kerzner, and his daughters Andrea and Beverley.
To view our gallery of pictures from this event, please click here.
We thank our Patrons, Donors and Loyal Supporters, and believe that the Friends of the UJC Cape Town and the DSCF will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Video Highlights from 2018
Video Highlights from 2017
The David Susman Community Foundation
The DSCF also supports strategic initiatives, which will ensure the strength and longevity of the Cape Town Jewish community.
In ten years the DSCF has reached R80 million. Under the leadership of its trustees the funds have been invested so as to garner positive growth and returns for this community.
- Steven Cohen
- Philip Krawitz
- Steven Nathan
- John Rabb
- David Resnick
- Alan Silverman
- Samuel Seeff
- Simon Susman
- Ronnie Stein
- Marco Van Embden, Chairman
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