Founded in 1931 with the aim and objective of serving both the Jewish and broader communities

the Union of Jewish Woman South Africa provided welfare projects during the depression years and later during the racially restrictive period of the National Party rule.

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Cape Town

The end of the year graduation of the Grade R class at Elundini

The end of the year graduation of the Grade R class at Elundini, one of four projects of UJW’s Kesher Group in the townships. Kesher supports Babes Educare centre in Dunoon; Elundini School for disabled and able-bodied children in Dunoon; Masiluleke Educare centre in Joe Slovo and Vlottenberg Community Centre in Wesbank.  At the end…


Making sandwiches on Mandela Day.

Guests from the Open Air School, Tafta (Frail Care Centre) and community members making sandwiches on Mandela Day. 1000s of sandwiches were made and our invited project representatives then took their allocations away with them. The balance was delivered to other projects, homes, safe houses, etc.

East London

World Egg Day

UJW’s East London Branch celebrated World Egg Day in October in collaboration with Nulaid Eggs. Breakfast was provided for the children and staff  at Masizakhe Children’s Home outside East London.


UJW Sewing School graduates model creations

The outfits modeled by graduates of the Union of Jewish Women’s (UJW’s) Sewing School were all the more spectacular for the fact that some of their creators had never seen a sewing machine prior to the four-month course. They were modelled at the school’s graduation ceremony at Oxford Shul on 15 December to much excitement…

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth donates a third water tank to communities affected by the drought

Tracey Meyer Cohen, an ex-South African living in Sydney, Australia, requested that in lieu of birthday presents for herself, her friends rather donate toward a water tank in drought stricken Port Elizabeth. With the money received UJW was able to purchase a water tank for a community in Wells Estate.This community runs a soup kitchen,…



UJW rallied to the call to assist farmers in drought-stricken areas of the Eastern Cape. With the help of donations from the Pretoria Jewish Community, UJW purchased huge amounts of goods, which were delivered by truck to farmers in Pofadder and various farms in the Eastern Cape.