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Chanukah Message from our Chairman, Lance Katz

One of the defining characteristics of the Jewish people described and repeated several times in the Torah, is that we are stiff-necked - an “am k’she oref”. At first glance this appears to be a negative characteristic – hard, stubborn, obstinate and difficult. In...

Dec 11, 2023

Our Solemn Sonic Thread

This Rosh Hashanah we will have to wait until the second day to hear the Shofar. When first day Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat we do not blow the Shofar even though Shofar is perhaps the defining mitzvah of the day: “In the seventh month, in the first day of the...

Sep 15, 2023

Get Connected to A Whole New UJC

Same drive. Same determination.New ways to connect with our community. A Big, Beautiful Shift.As the umbrella fundraising body for over 35 Jewish community organisations, our goal will always be to foster a vibrant Jewish community. While we work towards this...

Apr 25, 2023

This Rosh Hashanah, may we be as the Head and not as the Tail

A few years ago I decided to spruce up our Rosh Hashanah dinner with a few more of the symbolic foods of Yom Tov. We had always had the traditional apple dipped in honey for a good and sweet new year. What more tasty delights might lie in store? To my wife Kim’s...

Sep 20, 2022

Let’s Be Brave

Let’s Be Brave by Jodi Sher, Vice Chair of the United Jewish Campaign In 2012 I was fortunate to attend the President’s Conference in Israel. The conference was hosted by Shimon Peres z”l who handed out the Award of Distinction to former US secretary of state,...

Jul 24, 2022

Mensch Mandela Day Cook-A-Thon build food resilience in Langa

In the Words of Nelson Mandela: “Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs”. This Mandela Day, Mensch, a Jewish social justice non-profit organisation in partnership with the UJC and other community organisations, the SA Urban Food and...

Jul 18, 2022

MENSCH MANDELA DAY COOK-A-THON BUILDS FOOD RESILIENCE IN LANGA

In the Words of Nelson Mandela: “Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs”. This Mandela Day, Mensch, a Jewish social justice non-profit organisation in partnership with the UJC and other community organisations, the SA Urban Food and...

Jul 18, 2022

A Sweet Taste of Hope

A Sweet Taste of Hope by Lance Katz, Chairman of the United Jewish Campaign One of my earliest memories is singing Ma Nishtana for the first time at our family Pesach Seder. I practiced for hours beforehand and, I was told, did a praiseworthy job. I was relieved...

Apr 14, 2022