Esta Levitas

Bnoth Zion WIZO Cape Town Outreach Chairman

This work is essential. Food security is essential.


Esta was born in South Africa but lived for much of her life in Israel. She was educated in Israel and attended the University of Tel Aviv. She worked in the world of Human Resources for 23 years and has been deeply involved in Jewish Communal life in South Africa for 20 years. She also spent many years doing outreach projects in Cape Town’s townships. Currently, Esta chairs the outreach arm of Bnoth Zion WIZO Cape Town.


  • Food Security

  • Women

Bnoth Zion WIZO Cape Town was established 120 years ago and is an integral part of WIZO South Africa. WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organisation, is the largest women’s Zionist organization in the world and is dedicated to social welfare in all sectors of Israeli society.

Some of our main goals are to empower women across Israel, to challenge the economic abuse of women, to raise the numbers of women in positions of power and influence and to reduce violence in Israeli society.

Not only do we raise funds for our projects in Israel but we are also committed to making a difference here in South Africa. There is great need in our country and through our efforts we are fulfilling the vision and mandate of WIZO.

Bnoth Zion WIZO Cape Town Outreach Activity

Our mission and focus in Cape Town is ensuring food security for those who need it most. We are doing this by working with food kitchens and establishing vegetable gardens. We are currently working with two food kitchens, the Community Bible Society and the Yiza Ekhaya Community Soup Kitchen run by Mama Mickey, both based in Khayelitsha. With support from JNF and Group 18, we have seen the Community Bible Society become more established and they are well on their way to becoming self-sufficient and even selling off excess vegetables from their garden.

We will also be having our first Training Programme in June where 15 people will be equipped with the skills needed to create and sustain vegetable gardens. Looking ahead, we will be working with Thando Makili from the Community Bible Society to set up vegetable gardens in primary schools.