About The Friends of the UJC Cape Town
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 (Community Foundation). In the event that the UJC cannot meet its financial commitments, any shortfall is made up from the income of investments from the Community Foundation.
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 & Barbara Davis
- Bob & Renee Drake-Bloch
- David & Merle Horwitz
- Vivian Imerman
- In memoriam, Sol & Rose Kantor by their sons
- Sol Kerzner
- Frances Kirsh
- Natie Kirsh
- Sean & Lindy Melnick
- Moshal Family
- Roy & Sue Peires
- Eric Samson
- Sheila Samson
- Doug & Carolyn Smollan
- Rachel Velkes
- The Meyer Hirsch Goldschmidt Foundation
The annual summer party of the Friends of UJC Cape Town
30 December 2019
Guests gathered from around the globe on Monday 30th December for the 11th anniversary celebration party 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 Stellenberg Estate, gardens and home of Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone.
On arrival at the Gardens, pre-arranged private tours were conducted by Sandy Ovenstone and her head gardener. Guests mingled with others from far and wide and enjoyed the ambience at this magnificent location.
Four talented Herzlia musicians: Benji Anstey, Gabriel Sieff, Adam Selikowitz & Gabriel Dubb entertained guests upon arrival and within the garden tour. Acoustic Element provided background music during canapés and drinks.
Guests were treated to gourmet food of the highest calibre, catered by Avron Almeleh of Avrons and Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs.
Alan Silverman welcomed guests to Cape Town and introduced Andrew Ovenstone, owner of Stellenberg, who gave a history of Stellenberg Homestead and Gardens. Jonathan Bloch, Director of Investec Wealth & Investment spoke on behalf of the bank and the Friends’ ongoing partnership with them.
Marco Van Embden, Chairman of Friends and the David Susman Community Foundation (Community Foundation) addressed the guests and shared the successful 11 year journey, with the main focus being ensuring support for the sustainable future of the Cape Town Jewish community and to celebrate Jewish Life in the Mother City. Please click here for a transcript of the speech.
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 – Anthony and Lauren Moshal, Frances and Natie Kirsh and their daughters Wendy Fisher and Linda Mirels.
We thank our Patrons, Donors and Loyal Supporters, and believe that the Friends of the UJC Cape Town and the Community Foundation will continue to grow from strength to strength.
To view our gallery of pictures from this event, please click here.
Video Highlights from 2019
Video Highlights from 2018
The David Susman Community Foundation
The proceeds of the Friends of the UJC Cape Town support the David Susman Community Foundation (Community Foundation). It is the Community Foundation that will step in, in the event that the community is unable to raise sufficient resources locally to sustain the Jewish Welfare and Communal organisations in Cape Town. This Foundation is crucial to the sustainability of the Cape Town Jewish community as it is a protection against any future adversity that may befall the community.
Innovative projects and ideas are provided with seed funding in order to ensure that new and relevant ideas are permeating the community. Thus, the Cape Town community is ensured of a stable and vibrant existence. In certain instances, and subject to the approval of the Allocations Committee, a portion of the income from the Foundation might be used to fund entrepreneurial ventures for the Jewish Community of Cape Town.
In eleven years the Community Foundation has reached R92 million. Under the leadership of its trustees the funds have been invested so as to garner positive growth and returns for this community.
Trustees of the DSCF include:
- Steven Cohen
- Philip Krawitz
- Steven Nathan
- Bernard Osrin
- John Rabb
- David Resnick
- Alan Silverman
- Samuel Seeff
- Simon Susman
- Ronnie Stein
- Marco Van Embden, Chairman
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