SOCIAL ACTION AND JEWISH OUTREACH
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
The United Sisterhood, umbrella body for the three Johannesburg-based synagogue sisterhoods, is world-renowned for its social action programmes in areas like Alexandra
For more than 60 years, the MC Weiler School in Alexandra has provided education, food and uniforms to children from the poorest families
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Our movement encourages a progressive attitude to environmental issues, and has joined an inter-faith initiative dedicated to environmental and social justice