The Jewish Women’s Benevolent Society was established in1893 to help the wives and children of the miners who had fallen on hard times during the gold rush in the Transvaal. The organisation evolved over the decades to meet the needs of the community providing accommodation, clothing, food and friendship as well as funds for education.
With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s circumstances have changed drastically. We have had no access to our offices, clothing depot, book store, gemach and lunch club. Thanks to our small band of dedicated volunteers and staff we have been able to raise funds to provide the needy in the community with NEW clothes, linen, toiletries, and other essentials. We have sponsored soup kitchens, Shabbos meals, Shabbos gifts, food vouchers, sweets and snacks and purchased PPE. We continue to assist students with tertiary education and learners with school uniforms. Activity Packs, books and cooking utensils have been given to those living in residential facilities and in the outer community to alleviate boredom and loneliness. We contributed towards the refurbishment of the Sandringham Gardens Library. We have provided funding to assist members of the community with their medical needs.
As the time progresses, we find the demand for assistance is ever increasing and the situation is dire.
We are ever grateful to our most generous donors and their support is much appreciated, giving us the encouragement to continue with our arduous but fulfilling task.