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Global teen-led organisation, BBYO, launches in SA

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South Africa’s newest Jewish youth organisation, BBYO, led by teens for teens, was launched at King David Schools this past week.

A proud affiliate of the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF), BBYO spans more than 60 countries with 70 000 members worldwide. It had its roots in the United States in 1924, when Jewish teens, who were excluded from joining fraternities and sororities, started their own organisation centred on a strong Jewish identity, Zionism, leadership, and inclusivity. After nearly 100 years, BBYO has established itself as the leading Jewish organisation for connecting the next generation of Jewish teen leaders from around the world.

BBYO isn’t a youth movement. It exists in addition to teens’ current youth movement experience. High school students from Grades 8 to 11 are empowered through a year-round programme that is led by teens for their peers. They are supported by a dedicated team of professional staff in South Africa and globally who are deeply invested in their success.

Teen leaders connect through online meetups, digital programmes, and in-person travel experiences. BBYO offers many travel opportunities to visit Jewish communities in Argentina, Europe, and Israel, with the highlight of the year being BBYO’s US International Convention every February, which hosts more than 5 000 top teen leaders, educators, professionals, and philanthropists from around the world. Delegates hear from inspiring speakers, deepen leadership skills, celebrate Shabbat, have access to exclusive music performances, and build friendships from around the world. Local and international events are pluralistic, which means every Jew, regardless of observance level, will find a safe place to practice their Judaism.

Find out more at https://azabbg.bbyo.org/

 

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Sale of Herzlia Constantia secures UHS’s future

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United Herzlia Schools (UHS) has signed a deal with Rabie Property Group to develop a retirement village on the land previously occupied by the school’s Constantia campus, closed 18 months ago.

“To ensure the sustainability of the world-class education UHS offers its pupils, there had to be sacrifices. This came 18 months ago in the form of the closure of the Constantia campus,” UHS said on the sale.

A small section of the former Constantia campus has been retained for the Herzlia Kerem Pre-Primary campus. From there, children complete their schooling at Herzlia Highlands campus in the Cape Town City Bowl.

“It was very important to UHS and the broader community to retain the Constantia Hebrew Congregation in close proximity to our school,” UHS said. “It will be comfortably accommodated in this new section of our remaining property.

“This has been a difficult journey, but one that we are confident will see us continuing to do the best we can for the Jewish children of Cape Town.

“As our motto, taken from the wise words of Theodor Herzl, says, “Im tirtzu, ein zo aggadah” (If you will it, it’s no dream).” This dream will live on and grow for all our pupils.

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Endings and beginnings for Yeshiva’s class of 2021

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“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill

That’s all, folks! The class of 2021 has bowed out after an intense matric year. Their final exam – on 24 November – behind them at last. A fitting send-off was held on campus last week in their honour, a tribute to a talented group of young adults in whom the Yeshiva College family takes tremendous pride.

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Alex kids to get library from King David

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King David Schools, in partnership with the King David Schools’ Foundation and Feed SA, will be donating a library, called the Kacev Family Library, to the Twala Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The project was conceived to honour Rabbi Craig Kacev’s dedication and contribution to education in South Africa. Prior to leaving South Africa for Israel, Rabbi Kacev spent 18 years at the helm of the South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE), and was known for his love of books and his passion for reading.

King David students have been collecting and sorting fiction, non-fiction, and educational books to donate to the library. It will be housed in a 12-metre-long insulated container which has been remodelled and fitted with electricity, lighting, carpeting, beautiful furniture, and bookshelves. The students will paint and decorate the exterior as part of an art project.

Once fully equipped, it will be transported to its new home in the Twala Centre (also known as the Alexandra Development Centre), a street away from the central shopping and commuting hub in Alexandra.

Lawrence Ruele will be tasked with the ongoing curatorship and maintenance of the library. He is the personal assistant and apprentice to Linda Twala, Alexandra’s well-known philanthropist, and vice-president of the We Love Alexandra Community Makeover Project. Under Ruele’s guidance, the library will also be cared for by the community. Several teachers, tutors, and youth have committed to assisting.

“King David Schools envisage the Kacev Family Library to be a warm, inviting educational space for the children of Alexandra to spend time reading, using their imaginations, and growing their education,” says Rabbi Ricky Seeff, General Director of the SABJE. “This long-term project is an ideal opportunity to encourage meaningful interaction and engagement between King David students and their Alexandra counterparts.”

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