When sisterhood means service

The founder of Progressive Judaism, Rabbi MC Weiler, encouraged the women who attended his services to form a sisterhood where they would work for the movement and the community at large. That was the beginning of the SA Union of Temple Sisterhoods

United Sisterhood helps the Jewish way

The United Sisterhood, umbrella body for the three Johannesburg-based synagogue sisterhoods, is world-renowned for its social action programmes in areas like Alexandra

MC Weiler School: 60 years service

For more than 60 years, the MC Weiler School in Alexandra has provided education, food and uniforms to children from the poorest families

Bringing matric to the underprivileged

mitzvah08A unique school in the grounds of Bet David has enabled hundreds of poor students from Alexandra to pass their matric. The Mitzvah School recently celebrated 21 years.

Helping the children of Hillbrow

Nelson Mandela is patron-in-chief of the Temple Israel (Johannesburg) project MaAfrika Tikkun, which works with underprivileged and street children in Hillbrow

Social Action vs Jewish Outreach?

Social Action
deals mostly with issues of tikkun olam, in which South African Union of Temple Sisterhoods (SAUTS) and its affiliates help those in need (on many levels) with programmes for food, education and clothing, among others.

Jewish Outreach
refers to the efforts of engaging wider segments of the population; the youth in particular, to become active, involved Progressive Reform Jews. Jewish Outreach in South Africa includes Netzer, Tamar, Jews by Choice, and Adult Education, among others.

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Jews play key role in interfaith council

Members of the Durban Jewish community have played a key role in setting up a high-profile inter-faith project to combat poverty in KZN.

Durban Sisterhood wins world award

The Durban Sisterhood wins the international Or Ami Award for Excellence in Sisterhood Programming for its work with the Mavela Creche over the past four years.

Number three for Phina

Cape Town’s Phina Hoberman has been chosen a third time by the SA sisterhoods to serve on an international Progressive Jewish women’s board

Caring for our environment

Our movement encourages a progressive attitude to environmental issues, and has joined an inter-faith initiative dedicated to environmental and social justice