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community service projects in johannesburg

Among the many community service projects of the UJW in South Africa are these two innovative and successful projects.

Joburg Meals.JPGKosher Mobile Meals (KMM)
This project is the flagship of the UJW in Johannesburg, and has been in existence for over 30 years. When the need arises, we supply kosher meals to members of the Jewish community who are unable to provide meals for themselves. The project, which includes home visits and emergency needs, entails the packing and delivery of well-balanced cooked nutritious meals. Approximately 45 000 meals were delivered during 2011. We have just initiated another important project for these recipients. 

In partnership with the Jewish Security Organisation in Johannesburg, we are supplying some of our KMM recipients with panic buttons to use in the event of emergencies. We intend extending this project to the larger Johannesburg Jewish community.

A Library for the ReShomile Primary School 
Joburg Books.JPGIn the broader community, a partnership between the Union of Jewish Women Johannesburg, the National Director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, and mothers from an elite private primary school, resulted in the successful completion of a library at the ReShomile Primary School in Diepsloot, an extremely impoverished area on the outskirts of Johannesburg. This under-resourced school had a room full of shelves but not a single book on them! UJW committee members assisted with sorting and cataloguing over 2,000 books which were donated through various sources. At the official opening of the new library, the UJW and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies were warmly welcomed and thanked for their contribution.