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The honour of having written the single most-read story on Jewish Report Online in 2015 goes to editor Vanessa Valkin whose story on Philip Krawitz receiving the prestigious Yakir award from Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal in Jerusalem, was published on June 24, 2015 and has had a whopping 11 736 reads to date.
by ANT KATZ | Dec 27, 2015

Krawitz had been one of just four recipients to be thus recognised at Keren Hayesod’s 2015 Annual World Conference, the other three hailing from Hong Kong, Brazil and Switzerland.

Referring to Krawitz as “The Cape Town Jewish community’s unofficial mayor”, Valkin told how, in his acceptance speech, Krawitz told the audience, which included Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, how, as a boy, his father had shown him photographs of refugee ships passing through Cape Town harbour, filled with Jews who were unable to find sanctuary in any port, in any country.

Krawitz Phillip HOMERead Vanessa’s interview: CT’s Krawitz honoured by K-Hayesod and see how Philip, who has grown his outdoor clothing retailer Cape Union Mart from a one-store operation to one of South Africa’s largest family-owned companies, is moving to a more non-executive role so he can focus his energies on philanthropy.


RIGHT: Philip and Michele Krawitz

 

 

Krawitz was thrilled to have his wife Michele as well as two of his daughters at the ceremony with him. One of his daughters lives in Israel. Former South African winners include: Stanley Seeff, Russel Gaddin, Robert Kaplan, Mervyn Horwitz and Geoffrey Herman.

He is chairman of the board of the United Jewish Campaign, which raises funds for both local and Israeli causes; he is a trustee of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation as well as the CSO and is a protector of the Trust of Ikamva Labantu. He has also been the recipient of the SA Jewish Report’s “Lifetime Achiever Award”.



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