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    Zimbabwe Jewish Community Appeal

    Zimbabwe Jewish Community Appeal 


    Please read the appeal letter from the Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft of the African Jewish Congress from the menu on the left of this page - or click here

    Also please note that donations can be made in Canada and USA are tax deductible - for details www.chaisouthafrica.com

                                                                                                                        11th July 2008

    Dear Friend

    The extremely dire situation for the small and aging Jewish Community in Zimbabwe has led to this appeal for help. Runaway inflation has left, particularly the pensioners and those in Savyon Lodge, with valueless incomes. This week a bar of soap, if it can be found, costs a staggering ZW$50 billion.  Financial support is needed to literally feed people, provide necessary medication and medical treatment and help to run the modest community services which keep the Jewish Community together. There are three main areas in which you can assist in whatever way you feel is appropriate and however modest :

    1. Food, medical distribution and welfare - substantial food parcels are being trucked up to Harare and Bulawayo and distributed to members of the Jewish Community.  Medication and medical treatment and other welfare services are provided to the community via a community welfare committee.  Items have been sent for 160 recipients  Each recipient receives enough to last them around 5 weeks. Current costs including provision of medical services, purchase of goods, transport, customs  etc approximately USD 17,256 .

    2. Savyon Lodge which has 25 residents provides an oasis of peace and security to the aged members of the Jewish Community. Kosher meals are provided to both residents and members of the Jewish community in Bulawayo who are struggling to find and purchase food. Last year a generator was purchased to provide backup electricity due to the numerous power failures and rotting food due to lack of refrigeration. Current costs including food and general supplies trucked from S.Africa approximately USD 10,000

    3. Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation has the only full time Rabbi in Zimbabwe (from Israel) and Rabbi David Alima and his wife are doing amazing work to maintain the spirit and morale of the community. They are maintaining daily minyan, schita, chaggim, funerals and help at both Savyon Lodge and Carmel Jewish Day School. Current costs USD 2,000 p/mth

    Please commit yourself to something no matter how small and for this a pledge form.  Is attached. Donations can either be made in cash, cheque or be sent by bank transfer to the accounts below.

    Or if more convenient for you via South African Zionist Federation (Israel) Telfed  as per details below.  All donations will be acknowledged.  

    Also please note that donations can be made in Canada and USA are tax deductible - for details www.chaisouthafrica.com

    On behalf of all the Zimbabwe Jewish Community and the African Jewish Congress Zimbabwe Fund I wish to thank you in advance for your generosity. See separate appeal letter.

    Dave Bloom

    Organising Committee, Zimbabwe Reunion, July 2008  

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    PLEDGE FORM Zimbabwe Jewish Community


    I, _________________________________________ wish to pledge in the memory of


     ____________________________  the  following as indicated below.


    Please tick






























































    Please indicate beneficiary(s)

    General Food and Medical Distribution

    Savyon Lodge

    Bulawayo Hebrew Congregation





    Please indicate

    Once Only



    Per Annum






    Kindly send this form with cheque or credit card details (cheque in favour of Telfed) to ;

    South African Zionist Federation (Israel) Telfed

    For Zimbabwe Jewish Community campaign

    19 Schwartz St


     Tel: 09 7446110   Fax : 744-6112

    and send email to davegail@yahoo.com to advise of donation.

    You may choose to donate in the memory of a parent or spouse which will be acknowledged by the beneficiary and you may choose to remain anonymous which will be respected. Strictest privacy will be applied in all matters relating to these donations.  

    Also please note that donations can be made in Canada and USA are tax deductible - for details www.chaisouthafrica.com


    Name : __________________________________________________



    Signed:  ____________________________                     Date:  __________________


    Address/contact details for acknowledgement:




    Food Distribution and Welfare Savyon Lodge   Byo Hebrew Congregation     

    Account Holder - "Central African - JDC Welfare"

    BANK: Standard Bank

    Branch - Killarney

    Code 007 205 35

    Account Number 00164 9868

    REF: (your name)





    ACC. NO.: 200 282 816

    BRANCH CODE: 007 205

    REF: (your name)


    BANK: Standard Bank

    Killarney Branch

    Branch Code: 007205

    Account Number: 200 301 365


    REF: (your name)



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