Getting the Jewish community back to work
So many in our community have lost their jobs since the onset of lockdown. We have invited people in this position to send in their details so we can help them find work.
Here is our first group:
Name: Andy Behr
Experience: Experienced PA/Secretary
Education: Matric at Saheti High School in 1983; Secretarial course at Commercial Careers in 1984; Basic Bookkeeping at Birnam Business College in 1991 (with distinction); Various other courses through the years
Looking for a job in: Secretary/PA, Administration
More information: I am a single Jewish lady (no kids), and have enjoyed working at senior level for managing directors and CEOs. I am highly computer literate, flexible to any role, and always eager to learn and do more. Skills include online research, international and local travel bookings, diary management, following up on tasks, and administrative duties. I have my own reliable laptop, and a full work-from-home office suite with internet access, Skype, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, which enables me to assist you remotely as easily as in your offices.
Name: Aviva Phillips
Experience: I am a Bookkeeper up to Trial Balance. I’d love to work from home if possible or alternatively a half-day/part-time bookkeeping or admin position in Glenhazel, Highlands North, or Waverley. I have more than 20 years’ experience, and can do debt collecting too.
Education: Matric at King David. I have bookkeeping diplomas from Drake and the Academy of Learning
Looking for a job in: Admin or Bookkeeping up to Trial Balance
Name: Barbara Elion
Experience: Professional copywriter, editor, and proofreader looking for remote commissions
Education: BA (English and Psychology); Higher Diploma in Education; B. Ed from UCT
Looking for a job in: Editorial or writing services
More information: Nationally recognised educator; published author of various titles (Juta-Gariep, Oxford University Press, One Life Media); speechwriter for CEOs; editor, proofreader and indexer for various publishers.
Have broad general knowledge; loves animals; thrives on different intellectual and creative challenges; knows hard times and difficult people; and loves to be inspired, and to inspire.
Name: Barbara Elion
Experience: Experienced Language and Literature Teacher – Remote Assistance
Education: BA, HDE B.Ed (UCT)
Looking for a job in: I can inspire most students (child or adult) to improve their thinking and writing skills
More information: Over 20 years in the classroom at various high schools; a previous sub-examiner of English Literature for the WCED; a previous inspector of A-level centres in the Western Cape; a published author with Oxford University Press; a previous teacher training guide for UCT education students; and an editor and proofreader of postgraduate theses for UCT and GIBS. “Once a teacher, always a teacher.” Check out my website: www.barbaraelion.co.za
Name: Barbara Rosenstein
Experience: Experienced office administrator looking for a half-day job in the Raedene, Glenhazel area
Education: Matric certificate from Wykeham Collegiate Private Girls School Pietermaritzburg; Secretarial Finishing School Greenoaks; Cosmetology Witwatersrand Technical College; GIA Course in Gemology
Looking for a job in: Admin Assistant
More information: I am friendly, well organised and disciplined, with excellent clerical and basic computer skills. I have more than 35 years’ experience providing administrative support in different environments. My last job for 27 years was with an NGO, where I organised and administered its head office. Duties included organising national executive meetings and conferences, bursary officer and general correspondence for the national president. I have a strong work ethic and am always willing to help out where needed. I have worked effectively with managers, co-workers, and customers in my various roles. Previous employment was as the PA to the Director of Education of the Jewellery Council of SA and marketing/distribution for a number of retail pharmaceutical companies.
Name: Cheryl Epstein
Experience: Experienced educational facilitator or secretarial Cape Town
Education: HDE Commerce
Looking for a job in: Educational facilitator
More information: I am a qualified teacher, and have taught for five years. I have 20 years’ secretarial experience and seven years’ facilitation experience.
Name: Colin Kelvin
Experience: Experienced COO and General Manager for retail and consumer
Education: Damelin Matric; Diploma in Business Management
Looking for a job in: Senior Retail Executive
More information: Managed a retail store in excess of R2.4bn – multi store executive. Experience in retail store operations, controlling just under 100 stores for various groups, plus Buying Executive of a portfolio in excess of R2bn. Have also specialised in property, HR and IT, store planning and development, store design, and store leasing. General Manager of a consumer electronics company managing local and first tier international brands.
Name: Colin Neil Miedzinski
Education: Matric Damelin
Looking for a job in: Sales, merchandiser, management, customer service
More information: I am helpful, hard working, and like to complete any task I am given. I have a lot of experience in retail selling. I am a hands-on learner, and always like to learn something new.
Name: Daniel Traub
Experience: Experienced lawyer looking for work in Johannesburg
Education: Matric (KDHL); BA LLB (Wits)
Looking for a job in: Legal Advisor / Lawyer
More information: I was admitted as an attorney and thereafter as an advocate of the high court
Name: Daniet Levin
Experience: Proofreader looking for work in publishing
Education: Matric King David High School Linksfield; BA Unisa; PGCE RAU/UJ
Looking for a job in: Proofreader
More information: I have taught before, full-time and locum teaching. I am quite creative and am currently sewing for a small company. I am 43 and would work in teaching as well. I enjoy dance and exercise.
Name: David Joffe
Experience: Business development, managing sales teams, recruitment, training, development, and mentoring. Looking for full-time employment
Looking for a job in: Business Development Manager
More information: I am married with three boys. I have volunteered for Hatzolah as a responder for the last seven years. I have developed skills in business development management, including recruitment, training, management, and mentoring of sales teams. I have primarily been involved in the security industry for the past 11 years, however my skills can be utilised in any sector. I am dedicated and always open to learning new skills.
Name: Debbie Sanders
Experience: Computer – Library teacher
Education: DEd (special needs education); matric King David Linksfield
Looking for a job in: Computer, library teaching. Also happy to do part-time admin work and online work.
More information: I have been the computer and library teacher at a private school for 18 years. I have also been online tutoring and helping with admin work
Name: Debby Bear
Experience: Experienced Personal Assistant looking for a full-day job
Education: Matric Northlands Girls High, Durban; BA in Psychology Wits; Secretarial Diploma Birnam Business College; Various computer and sales courses during the course of my career
Looking for a job in: Personal Assistant, Secretarial, Admin, anything similar
More information: I have worked in sales, secretarial, and management positions, however my longest position was as PA to the CEO of a jewellery company for the last 18 years. Although my original role was PA, I soon took on any challenge that was thrown at me including sales, marketing, moving the offices twice, assisting the Financial Director, and more. I am always willing to do whatever is asked of me.
Name: Dilyse Abelman
Experience: I am a PA and administrator in office management
Education: Matric Springs Girls High
Looking for a job in: Admin or secretarial
More information: Have had vast experience in the field of secretarial and admin. Am reliable and honest and have had very few jobs in my career.
Name: Donna Arden
Experience: Experienced with a diploma in Cranio and Massage Therapy as well as years of salon work. Baby/Childcare Manager, Au Pair, Tutor
Education: King David High School; Anatomy, Physiology, Body and Beauty Therapy Diploma; Aromatherapy Diploma; Life Orientation Workshops; Creative Writing Workshops
Looking for a job in: Baby and Childcare Manager; Au Pair; Admin Assistant; Online social media content writer
Name: Gary Bolel
Experience: Looking for new opportunities in any field. Ran my own promotional gifts and importing company for 30 years before BBBEE and COVID-19
Education: BCom Wits University; Matric Highlands North Boys High
Looking for a job in: Admin, Logistics, Sourcing/Supply Chain
More information: Have been Managing Director/Owner of Hi-Lite Agencies (Pty) Ltd from June 1987 to present. Marketing and import of corporate promotional goods and advertising products to large multinational and national corporations, offering innovative and high-quality products, while at the same time providing service excellence.
Name: Gay Ayache
Experience: Team Manager, general organiser,typing, editing, and proofreading
Education: Matric Good Hope Seminary High School; first year BA; diploma in Librarianship UCT
Looking for a job in: Manager of staff of elderly people who have no children in South Africa, organiser of homes, relocation
More information: I live in Cape Town and am a divorced mother of two adult sons. I worked at UCT Jagger Library, and then Medical Library on the Groote Schuur Hospital Campus for seven years. In Israel, I worked at what was then the Beilinson Hospital Medical LIbrary in Petach Tikvah. When we returned to South Africa, I assisted my ex-husband in establishing his jewellery manufacturing business.
I have managed three guest houses for many years. I organised and catered for the conferences at one of the guest houses. In the last four years I managed the team of a staff of 11 for an elderly patient with dementia.
Name: Gideon Rodgers
Experience: Experienced primary school teacher looking for part-time and permanent employment in Johannesburg
Education: Matric National School of the Arts; BMus University of Pretoria; PGCE (Intermediate and Senior Phase) Unisa
Looking for a job in: Intermediate phase teacher, class music teacher, primary school teacher
More information: I am a certified educator, and have been teaching since 2015; I’ve taught class music at Wendywood Primary, Saxonwold Primary, Sandhurst Pre and Preparatory, and in 2019 I taught at Pridwin Preparatory, fulfilling the practical requirement for my PGCE.
Name: Ilana Tatz
Experience: Experienced and very efficient office administrator looking for half-day job in the northern suburbs
Education: Matric Carmel College Durban 1984; Secretarial Studies
Looking for a job in: PA or Administrator
More information: My work experience ranges from Personal Assistant to Office Administrator, with years of experience in managing small to medium offices. My talent lies in observing existing structures, analysing what needs to change, and implementing it in order to maximise organisational effectiveness. My accomplishments include enhancing turnover and streamlining and improving administrative procedures.
Name: Jonathan Davis
Experience: Experienced CA for part-time/temporary and consulting opportunities
Education: B.Acc (Wits); CA(SA)
Looking for a job in: Looking to assist with process improvements and to drive profitability in small to medium sized businesses
More information: 58 years old, married. Many years experience in senior financial positions in both listed and unlisted environments. Focus on analysing businesses, IT systems, and improving efficiencies.
Name: Jonathan Swartz
Experience: Experience in warehousing and managing a retail shop
Education: Matric at Eden 1992
Looking for a job in: Warehousing or managing a retail store
More information: I’d like to work in a warehouse or manufacturing environment.
My skills include: Operational Manager; general warehouse routine; interpersonal skills; retail sales; conflict resolution and application of labour law; and attaining objectives through teamwork.
Name: Julio Woznica
Experience: Sales, business, management, tourist guide
Education: Varsity and diplomas
Looking for a job in: Tourism, management, agent, sales rep
More information: Had my own business for 25 years, and have been in tourism for the past two years
Name: Justin Benatar
Experience: Looking for a full-time or half-day position in an organisation that is affiliated to or associated with, but not limited to, the tourism and travel industry, hotel management, general operations, sales and/or event/poject management.
Education: National Diploma: Tourism Management (Unisa);
Diploma in Reception Operations and Services (City and Guilds of London Institute); Diploma In Food and Beverage Service (City and Guilds of London Institute); Matric with Exemption
Looking for a job in: Event management, operations and logistics, project management and/or sales
More information: Most of my working life has been involved within the tourism, event management and project management Industry. I have also worked in general operations and sales.
Name: Kira Wolf
Experience: Experienced Film Production Manager and babysitter/aupair looking for full-time job in Sandton and surrounding areas
Education: BA Live Performance from AFDA Johannesburg
Looking for a job in: I am very happy to be an Admin Assistant or a Personal Assistant. I would love to be involved with something to do with film, television, or theatre. I am also an experienced baby sitter and aupair and am looking for a new aupair family!
More information: Right now I am babysitting and looking for a new family who needs my assistance, but my absolute passion in life is film, television, and theatre. I am an actress, freelance Production Manager, and Producer with three years’ experience. I was a Production Manager for a local radio station’s social media team for a year and a half, and last year I was a producer on an Academy Award Winning student film.
Name: Lara Osrin
Education: Didn’t get a matric, but was at school at Herzlia High School
More information: I love children. Would love to get married one day. I have worked with young children.
Name: Marc Lazarus
Experience: IT support, looking for full-time job in Johannesburg
Education: Matric; N+; Business Administration; Business Psychology in the workplace (short course); Started studying MCSE
Looking for a job in: Support engineer, manager, supervisor, senior staff
More information: 30+ years experience in computers of which 12 years was in a corporate IT department.
Full load of computer knowledge, including film making, vb.Net, and Cobol programming, etc.
Name: Mark Tankle
Experience: Restaurateer looking for catering or sales opportunities
Education: Matric Northview High
Looking for a job in: Caterer/restaurant manager
More information: I have had 40 years’ experience in the industry, working in and managing restaurants, canteens and corporate catering.
Name: Martine Abrahams
Experience: Experienced project and events manager looking for full-time work
Education: Herzlia; degree in fashion design from CPUT
Looking for a job in: Event manager, project manager, fashion designer, interior stylist
More information: I have been fortunate to have had a career in many aspects of design from fashion, home, events and project managing. I am honest, driven, and have the capacity to work on various things.
Name: Monique Leibowitz
Experience: Experienced Bookkeeper looking for work from home job in Dowerglen
Education: Matric Studywell College; Diploma Birnam Business College
Looking for a job in: Bookkeeper or Assistant Daycare Teacher
More information: Had my own business doing books for the legal sector. I also have experience working with children with special needs.
Name: Moshe Bogacz
Experience: Part-time student seeks business internship
Education: IDF veteran; second-year Unisa Microbiology and Biochemistry
Looking for a job in: Business internship
More information: I was born in Johannesburg to a religious family. I am 23 years old. After school I volunteered in the IDF for two years. I am now a part-time student with Unisa. I wish to start my own business, and am looking ideally for a part-time job/internship, where I can get useful business experience.
Name: Penny Swisa
Experience: Librarian/copy-editor/proofreader seeking suitable position
Education: Yeshiva College Glenhazel; BA English, Psychology and Hebrew Wits; Library diploma Wits; Honours in Information Management UJ; Short course in copy-editing and proofreading UCT
Looking for a job in: I am ideally looking for work as proofreader, but have many transferrable skills.
More information: I am an active member of the Jewish community. I worked for 27 years as a librarian for a corporate media company. The past few years I have been doing content writing for an Israeli website, as well as editing and proofreading, primarily university theses. I am open to new work opportunities and challenges. I am a team player.
Name: Robin Meyerowitz
Experience: Database administrator looking for work in Cape Town
Looking for a job in: Database administrator/capturer
More information: I worked for the Holocaust & Genocide Museum and the SA Zionist Federation in Cape Town to set up their bulk email, to migrate from MailChimp to Everlytic, and to collate data from various databases.
Name: Ronit Sher
Experience: Looking for a teaching job in Johannesburg
Education: Matric King David High School Victory Park 1995; Child Care and Psychology Diploma Intec College; Bachelor of Education Foundation Phase, Unisa.
Looking for a job in: Education (teaching)
More information: Divorced,with three sons. Ten years’ experience mainly in a pre-school environment.
Name: Vacelia Goodman
Experience: I’m looking for work from home because I’m disabled due to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia; Expressive Speech Dysphasia; IBS and Osteoarthritis; Urinary Incontinence.
Education: UEC Matric at Greenside High School; Diplomas for Microbiology Technology and Medical Microbiology from Witwatersrand Technikon; Certificates for Typing; Reception, Speedhand, and Switchboard from Anchor College; Uncompleted Admin Assistant Course
Looking for a job in: Legitimate work – non-telephonic work from home. I may need upskilling e.g. access to a computer because of my circumstances. I cannot work full day because I’m ill and desperately need the money, both here and in Israel when my aliyah comes through.
Name: Yariv David Kohaly
Experience: Safari tour operator looking for a creative position
Education: Yeshiva College Matric; honours in Investment Management
Looking for a job in: Chef or anything interesting
More information: Love a challenge and enjoy applying my mind creatively to problem solve
Name: Yaron Keizan
Experience: BSc Honours graduate
Education: Matriculated at Yeshiva College, BSc and Honours in Animals, Plants and Environmental Sciences from Wits
Looking for a job in: Open to many opportunities
More information: After my honours degree, I worked at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases working on malaria research for a year
Name: Zilla Woznica
Experience: Medical Practice Manager/Medical Receptionist
Education: Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography
Looking for a job in: Would like an admin/receptionist position
More information: Happy to submit my CV
Habonim honours Anstey, a ‘superman without a cape’
The outgoing manhig (leader) of South African Habonim Dror, Errol Anstey, took his departure from the youth movement after 20 years of service in an online Zoom call with nearly 300 current and former members, friends, and family.
“I agreed to take the job for a year or two back in 2000, and never dreamt it would end up being 20 years of challenging but hugely satisfying work,” Anstey said in an emotional speech to his audience from around the world.
In the late 1990s, the movement had dropped in numbers, finances were in a mess, and the well-known Onrust campsite was in bad shape, former shaliach Ronen Segall recalled. “Errol was the obvious choice for someone with deep knowledge of the movement, its workings, and its campsite. In my eyes, Errol became Habonim’s true hero, a superman without a cape but full of capability.”
In a short space of time, Anstey led a significant turnaround for Habonim along with the team of shlichim and Habonim leadership. His fundraising, finance, and administration skills shone, and over his term as manhig an estimated R20 million has been raised and invested in the Onrust campsite to make it one of the most sought-after and valuable campsites in South Africa.
“This has enabled the movement not only to maintain the site to a high level, but the revenue has helped finance many of the movement’s activities,” Anstey proudly told his audience.
The traditional role of the manhig since the founding of SA Habonim Dror was always to be the “adult in the room” to act as a guide and mentor to the movement’s young leadership. Former mazkira klalit (general secretary) of Habonim from 2005, Micaela Browde, paid tribute to Anstey saying, “You were really a stalwart for us, you fought for us, you had our backs, you made sure we were supported, guided, and you did so with strength, humility, and humour.”
Anstey described some of the challenges during his stint including differences of opinion and sometimes open confrontation with mainstream Jewish community leadership when Habonim was critical of some of Israel’s actions. “It wasn’t easy to be a lone voice for progressive, liberal thinking as South Africa’s community became predominantly conservative,” he said with his usual frankness.
Another mazkir klali, Daniel Sussman from 2019, described Anstey’s catch phrase as “do everything, all the time, never sleep”. This succinctly summed up for him the endless number of projects and activities which Anstey led over the past two decades on behalf of Habonim.
Stanley Bergman, originally from Port Elizabeth and now in New York, the national treasurer for Habonim in 1968, paid tribute to Anstey’s enormous efforts to support several generations of Habonim members. He praised him for his ability to connect with graduates from the movement around the world and develop a donor community to support the Habonim Foundation which he initiated.
Anstey spoke of the erratic provision of Habonim shlichim from Israel over the years, and how he had additionally become a shaliach himself, which meant mentoring the leadership and members of the movement. He emphasised that he had “the privilege of working with the cream of South African Jewish youth” and said “there was nothing more fulfilling than working with inspired youth”. Their activism had motivated him to run successfully for public office in 2011 as a member of the Democratic Alliance.
During the Zoom session, many participants showered praise on Anstey’s term as manhig including Isaac Herzog, the chairperson of the Jewish Agency for Israel, who acknowledged the “outstanding contribution” that he had made to Habonim over so many years.
Former mazkir klali in the early 1980s, Stephen Pincus, expressed his appreciation for Anstey’s earlier roles as camp organiser at one of the largest Onrust camps ever, and later in spearheading the 50th anniversary celebrations of the movement.
“It was clear from those early years that Errol had that obvious aptitude for organisation along with a commitment to the movement,” he said. “Little did we know that we unleashed a formidable force which reverberated in the movement for more than 40 years.”
Anstey told the audience that his two children, Saul and Talia, had followed in his footsteps, having attended 12 Onrust camps and later became his “eyes on the ground” regarding movement dynamics. He also noted that it was probably an unprecedented situation that they had actually left the movement before their father did.
Anstey warmly welcomed the new incoming manhig, Wayne Sussman, in his usual modest style saying how satisfying it was for him to hand over the mantle to “someone who will be better than me and will take Habonim to new heights”.
Sussman responded in the session with his usual passionate style, describing the six previous manhigim who preceded him as “giants on whose shoulders we stand”. He lamented the fact that the Habonim leadership was on a Zoom call and not at the annual Onrust camp, and how challenging it was going to be in 2021 without the lessons learned and experiences from machaneh.
“Our first task will be to assist the 2021 bogrim led by the new mazkir, Aaron Sher, to capture some of the magic which will be lost, but I’m confident we can do it,” said Sussman.
JNF Blue Box enters the digital age
When is a Jewish National Fund (JNF) Blue Box not a blue box? Never. Even though the physical box now has a digital donation option, it’s still the age-old Blue Box.
This box has for decades symbolised the JNF and the commitment of Jewish people around the world to rebuild Israel.
And for decades, it has been filled to the brim with pennies, cents, nickels, dimes, lira, and francs – coins of every denomination dropped in, one could almost say, religiously every Friday evening before Shabbat candle lighting.
Now it’s no longer limited to physical coins and a metal box. The new Blue Box with a digital donation option via SnapScan will be launched in time for Channukah to keep the tradition of the Blue Box alive for the next 120 years.
The first real Blue Box was, oddly enough, Theodor Herzl’s hat. At the Fifth Zionist Congress in 1901, he used his hat to solicit donations from delegates as a means of purchasing land to establish a Jewish homeland.
Soon after, a Polish bank clerk proposed that a collection box bearing the words “National Fund” be placed in every Jewish home to raise money for land purchases. Production began in Vienna. The boxes were initially produced in a blue material and thus became known as Blue Boxes.
Over the past 120 years, funds collected via the Blue Box from around the world have assisted the JNF to realise its aim of developing land in Israel: building roads and water reservoirs, establishing parks, and preparing the soil for agriculture and settlement. Beyond fundraising, the Blue Box is also an important educational tool for spreading the Zionist message and renewing the historic bond between the Jewish people and EretzYisrael.
Stories about the Blue Box have become legendary. In the United States around Tu B’Shvat, teams of children brandishing JNF Blue Boxes would travel from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the New York City subway system. They would move from train car to train car with these ubiquitous boxes in hand, soliciting contributions from passengers and stopping only when they sensed or saw the approach of policemen.
In South Africa, members of the JNF would visit Jewish homes every Sunday to collect and then empty Blue Boxes, diligently counting the hundreds or thousands of coins inside them. In addition to being proudly displayed in almost every South African Jewish home, Blue Boxes were also present in schools, shuls, Jewish-owned businesses, medical waiting rooms, even hairdressing salons.
In times past when life wasn’t so frenetic and women could spend afternoons playing rummy and socialising, the money raised and won during the games was often dropped into the Blue Box, adding to the largesse and reputation of that particular hostess.
Today the iconic Blue Box (or pushke) remains the link between the Jewish people and the land, and to many, perhaps even to the majority of the Jewish world, it’s a symbol of Jewish continuity. They can also be quite valuable: a few antique Blue Boxes were auctioned by Sotheby’s recently, realising more than $3 000 (R46 006) each.
However, in the age of credit cards, cryptocurrency, and e-wallets, fundraising via a coin-based Blue Box risks becoming an anachronism.
So, the JNF has relaunched the Blue Box and linked it to the SnapScan mobile-payments app. A QR code will be found on all new Blue Boxes purchased from the JNF. People with old boxes can bring them in to have the QR code imprinted for no extra charge.
It’s modern technology indeed, but inextricably linked to a century-old tradition of keeping Israel alive in every Jewish heart.
Back to Work
So many in our community have lost jobs since the onset of lockdown. We are publishing their details to help them find work. This is the last group for this year. We will resume in 2021.
Name: Fran Lurie
Experience: Sales Consultant
More information: I have worked in the exhibition industry for 20 years, and because of COVID-19 this was the first industry to go. I was retrenched and now seek new employment. I am driven, enthusiastic and ready to take on a new venture.
Current location: Johannesburg
Willing to relocate: No
Email address: email@example.com
Name: Nicole Williams
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience: National Key Accounts Manager/PA/Secretary
Education: Matric (Herzlia); Travel and Tourism diploma (Travel and Tourism Academy)
More information: I’d like to work for a company which will allow me to grow professionally and as an individual. I’m eager to work in a team structure and am happy to travel. I enjoy new challenges, and having a proactive mindset has helped me achieve success. I’m creative, energetic, and pay attention to detail. I’m committed, loyal, enthusiastic, and give 101% in everything I do.
Current location: Cape Town
Willing to relocate: No
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