UJW is a service organisation that nurtures, among others, elderly indigent members of the Jewish community, participates in the fields of welfare and education, and promotes goodwill and understanding amongst all South Africans. Our projects in Johannesburg include:
Kosher Mobile Meals (KMM) - our flagship project, supplies cooked nutritious meals to 163 mostly elderly, and sometimes very lonely members of our community, who are unable to cook for themselves. These meals, packed and delivered by volunteers twice a week, are made possible by donations and major fundraising initiatives.
Our weekly Friendship Club Lunch brings together lonely, elderly Jewish people for a three-course lunch, entertainment and tea at our house in Oak Street, Houghton. Volunteers fetch and return the guests. For many of our guests this outing is the only opportunity that they have to get out, and is an ideal way to socialise.
We raise money for Hatzolah and the CSO (Community Security Organisation).
For those seeking intellectual stimulation, our Adult Education Division runs challenging and thought-provoking lectures on current affairs and cultural matters throughout the year.
Garden and interior décor enthusiasts are introduced to exciting and creative fresh ideas during their monthly visits to magnificent homes and gardens in Johannesburg arranged by our House & Garden Circle.
With the crises in the broader society reaching desperate proportions, we have increased our involvement in these communities. We provide over 62 Granny-and Child-headed Families in Soweto with monthly food parcels, and in addition, clothing is given to each family member at the beginning of summer and winter.
We provide comfort packs containing toiletries, underwear and clothing to Rape Survivors and Abused Children at the medico-legal clinics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and the Hillbrow Community Health Centre, as well as at a rape crisis centre in Hammanskraal.
Our Soup Kitchen at the Hillbrow Community Health Centre has been expanded and patients at the HIV/AIDS and TB clinics now also receive bread and peanut butter on a regular basis.
Together with Badiredi, the Lutheran Women’s Fellowship at the Alexandra Lutheran Church, we run a daily Feeding Scheme for indigent dwellers in the area, and at the same premises we run an After-Care Centre for children.
The Union of Jewish Women Johannesburg runs a Sewing School for unemployed men and women at Temple Emanuel in Parktown. The aim of the sewing school is to empower unemployed people and equip them with the required skills to ultimately be in a position to support themselves. The school is now producing lovely carry bags, pillow covers and tablecloths which can be ordered through the offices of the Johannesburg branch of the Union of Jewish Women.
The Union also continues to be a part of other community awareness’s and once off projects, such as Mandela Day and International Mitzvah Day.
We welcome volunteers who love working with children, to help with homework and to simply to engage in fun activities with the children.
Our projects are many and varied, and allow for numerous ways in which volunteers can contribute to the Union’s work. These include delivery of meals, lifts to and from the Friendship Club Lunch, offering professional services and offering additional and valuable skills such as copywriting and advertising. For many women, service to the community in a voluntary capacity is both fulfilling and rewarding.
Donations are tax deductible and the Union of Jewish Women are BBBEE compliant.