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Daphne was born in Trompsburg, Orange Free State. An original Boere-Jood, she has a keen interest and is involved in the Country Communities sub-committee. She is a past Chairman of UJW Cape Town and currently serves as the National Vice President of UJW SA.
Educated at Brebner in Bloemfontein, Daphne went on to gain a B Comm and HDPM at the Wits Business School.
Daphne worked in Human Resources for Foschini Group, and later for the Hebrew Pre Primary Schools. She is involved in an online initiative promoting tourism to Cape Town and was the co-ordinator of the highly successful 175th Anniversary of Jews in Cape Town year-long programme.
The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) was founded in Cape Town by Toni Saphra in 1932 on her arrival from Germany at the age of 23. She was a Zionist, feminist and a deeply religious woman, inspired by Jewish women’s organisations in Germany, England and America. She founded a nationwide association of Jewish women – the UJW – in Johannesburg in 1931.
The original constitution included among its aims: the promotion of the social, educational, spiritual and moral welfare of Jewish women, the co-ordination of Jewish organisations in other countries, the reform of discriminatory Jewish laws, equality of status between men and women in the Jewish community, support for a Jewish national home in Palestine, and participation in general social welfare work.
The UJW SA came to further build its edifice on three pillars of strength in Judaism, feminism and a broad humanity with a dual approach of promoting Jewish women’s interests within the community as well as serving those in need beyond the Jewish community.
Today UJW CT has seven groups which run or support various projects and organisations within the community including: Oranjia, Highlands House, Herzlia Schools, Glendale, Astra, Tikva, Meals On Wheels, SA Jewish Board Of Deputies, Cape Jewish Seniors Hospital Kosher Kitchen, Glendale, CSO, Ort SA Cape, The Malacha Fund, SAM Project, Adult Education Yad Sarah, and the Friendship Club Lunches Library.
The UJW CT also runs or supports these initiatives in the wider Cape Town: 8 crèches servicing approximately 100 children each, monthly Bingo for seniors from townships, the annual One-to-One event, a weekly soup kitchen, comfort rooms at police stations, provision of comfort kits for rape victims, breakfast and knitted teddies for child court witnesses, support for Friends of Valkenberg, the Quad Para Association, Meals On Wheels, Tape Aids for the Blind; Christmas day goodwill to community emergency workers, support of a Safe House for abandoned/abused and approximately 250 homeless people received blankets.
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