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Join us for a viewing fo the documentary film 'Legacy of Light', celebrating the legacy of the remarkable (blind) Cantor Abraham Immerman... 

Goldene Medina

Balfour dinner 

The Telfed Modi’in regional committee will be holding a mass “Challah Bake” on November 10th, 2016.


Tony Leon, former Democratic Alliance leader of the opposition in South Africa, will speak about the birth of a democratic South Africa and its future outlook. Tony annually addresses multiple audiences of academics, policy-makers, students and business leaders across the globe, providing one of the most highly sought after in-depth analyses on Africa.

Beit Issie Shapiro and Keren Beth Protea are jointly hosting this event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv on Friday, November 18, 2016 for the benefit of the children with special needs and the senior citizens that the respective organizations assist.

This prestige occasion will include a special musical program and a scrumptious, fully catered brunch.

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In June of last year Deb Filler performed one night only at the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem but tickets sold out and lines at the box office were turned away. Now she’s back with a NEW SHOW for TWO nights only at the Khan again! 

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Israeli employers and human resource experts often point out that the style of a CV created for an Israeli employer is vastly different than what is expected of employers outside of Israel. Join us as we examine the one page model and discuss what important information should be included and what should not.

This seminar will be given by Michal Merten, Telfed's Senior Human Resources Consultant and Rochelle Penkower, Nefesh B'Nefesh's Senior Placement Specialist. Rochelle and Michal have successfully placed numerous Olim in jobs all over Israel over many years.

This seminar is organized by the Tel Aviv Yafo Municipal Department for Immigration Absorption, Nefesh B Nefesh and Telfed, and will convene at Beit Ariella Public Library, 25 Shaul Ha Melech (Next to the Tel Aviv Museum) on May 29 at 19:00.

Don't miss this special evening dedicated to the launch of the book "South African Jews in Israel" by Professor Rebecca Raijman on May 22nd at 7pm.

Registrations are open till Thursday, May 19th 12.00 pm (noon time).

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To attend this fascinating lecture, please RSVP to Dana Ben Chail at

Telfed Book launch of Barry Shaw's New Best-Seller 

The Machal's Yom Hazicharon service will be held on the 11th of May 2016 at the World Machal Memorial.

Kindly note that the ceremony will start at exactly 10.55 am. 

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Following a request from the SAZF - our sister organisation in South Africa, Telfed volunteer Gidon Katz contacted Raphael Herbst (the nephew of Shlomo Miller Z”L, who was killed in 2004) and asked him to please represent the families of Southern African fallen soldiers in Israel’s wars, at the Yom Ha’Zikaron ceremony in Johannesburg.
The ceremony will be held on May 10th, 2016 at 18.30 at the Yeshiva College Campus.


Don’t miss the chance to honor Sylvia Raphael, the South African-born Israeli Mossad operative who forever changed the face of Israel.

Pesach is just around the corner and we don't want you to be alone for the Seder!

New course to be held at Ulpan Neveh Zedek on Monday evenings starting May 2.


Don't miss the 9th annual Telfed Beit Shemesh Regional Committee Chol Ha'Moed Pesach Braai!
It will take place on the first day of Chol Ha’Moed Pesach, Sunday 24th April 2016 from 11 am to 4pm.


Become a cooking and shopping expert in Israel with the help of Debrah Marcus!

On March 31st & April 1st 2016 Telfed will be hosting a 2 day seminar/workshop for our regional volunteers. The event will be hosted by Michal Merten and Michal Kaplan.

Telfed will be hosting an employment workshop in Jerusalem with Michal Merten (Telfed's Certified Human Resources Counselor and ICA life coach). It will be taking place in Jerusalem on April 7th 2016 at Mizrachi Olami between 17:00-18:30. Make sure to proceed with your registration!


The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption will be holding a NATIONAL BUSINESS FAIR for entrepreneurs and business owners (immigrants and returning residents). 20th March at Zoa House, Tel Aviv (14:00-19:00). See the flyer for further info and (FREE) registration details

Members of Telfed Netanya were treated to a fascinating evening of storytelling by author, Jonathan Zausmer

Telfed hosted Wendy Kahn, the National Director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

On 23 February 2016 Telfed's Social Worker, Ariela Siegel, personally met with 16 student Olim from South Africa, Australia and Holland at Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem.

Telfed was honoured to welcome members of the “Knesset Aliyah, Klita and Diaspora Committee” from the Israeli Parliament at the Telfed offices in Ra’anana this month. Three Members of Parliament attended the meeting: MPs Avraham Nagosa, Michael Oren and Yoel Razbozov. 

Telfed was invited by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, to represent the Anglo-Saxon Olim Community at a New Year’s party in Jerusalem City Hall.

Over 150 eager and interested English-speaking olim crammed into the hall at Beit Ariela in Tel Aviv to listen to presentations from the Foreign Ministry on the potential opportunities for work in the foreign service.

Telfed's Netanya Regional Committee invite you to a talk by Jonathan Zausmer, the South African author of the book "Valley of Heaven and Earth" on Wednesday evening 24th February 2016, at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Charlotte Wiener 09-8850162 or Mob: 0547342187.


On thursday evening, February 4th 2016, Telfed (the South African Zionist Federation - Israel) held its National Bursary Ceremony in Jerusalem City Hall, hosted by Mayor Nir Barkat. An incredible 400 students, their friends and families attended the event, in which bursaries and scholarships were presented to the young students, in an ongoing effort to build and educate Israeli society. 

Keren Beth Protea presents the World Premiere of SYLVIA: TRACING BLOOD, directed by Saxon Logan on Tuesday 29th March 2016 at 8:00 pm at Yad Lebanim, Raanana. To book your tickets (NIS 75) call 09-9573280 or email 


"I am blessed to say that Telfed has shown us the true spirit of the Chag of Tu B’Shvat." A report written by Chen Torgeman, Telfed Herzliya Regional Representative.



Some of the young Jerusalem community got together with former South African Rav Shaliach Natan Alexander for a series of three lessons on the topic of 'Sexuality'. 


This week Telfed welcomed a group of 20 priests from different areas in South Africa who visited Israel as part of a fact-finding trip organised by "Bridges for Peace SA" – a Zionist Christian Organisation in South Africa.

With a view to exploring maximum networking opportunities on behalf of new and veteran olim, Telfed's Employment Advisor Sharon Bernstein and CEO Dorron Kline braved a freezing and rainy morning to attend an employment fair in Tel Aviv, organised by Shine and Company.

Telfed was invited by the Chairman of Partnership Together Beit–Shemesh/ Mateh Yehudah, Aviva Chalvi to address a visiting group of students from Cape Town (and one from Johannesburg), participating in the “I Heart Israel” programme. 

Telfed members are invited to donate surplus items, which are in good, clean condition. There is a store room at Telfed offices in Ra'anana where items donated can be left. Alternatively, items can be dropped at the shop during the business hours specified below.
The shop is located at 220 Netzach Israel, Mevaseret Zion, and is open for business on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.00pm - 6.00pm.
People interested in volunteering to help in the shop should call Shira 052 240 0073 or Rochelle 054 791 5974.

A special luncheon was held in honour of our four wonderful outgoing Charimen: Dave Bloom, Zvi Green, Allan Feinblum and Joe Hallis.

Join us for a tree planting and Tu Be'Shvat seder on Sunday 31st January at the Telfed Raanana building, 19 Schwartz Street at 3pm! 

Cost: Adults NIS 10 and children NIS 5. 

New Olim, veteran Olim, adults and children all welcome! RSVP to

The shabbaton was a fantastic display to all our visitors how together as Olim we look out for each other and more importantly that life as a young Oleh in Israel is not just a dream, it is a reality.


Authors Solly Kaplinski and Jonathan Zausmer presented their recent books at an event held at the Telfed building in Raanana on 19th January 2016. 

On Thursday 3rd December 2015, a group of Telfed volunteers from the Endowments & Scholarships Committee, together with staff members Susan, Gerald, Dana and Dorron, went on a visit to Beit Shemesh to investigate potential projects that require assistance from Telfed.

A report on the Telfed Eilat AGM 2015 by Colin Porter.

A capacity crowd of some 250 people packed the dining room at Bet Protea for the recent evening to pay tribute to the memory of Maurice Ostroff. The evening was organized by Truth be Told (TbT) – an advocacy group – of which Maurice was a co-founder.

SA Artist, Anne Bloch’s Multimedia Creations will be exhibited on January 18 at 8 p.m. at: Nur Hall, 5  Pinchas Ben Yair Street, Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

Visit Telfed representatives at the Israel Multi-lingual Job Fair, January 26, 9am - 3pm, Cinemateque, Tel Aviv! Come with you CV. Telfed Employment Advisor, Sharon Bernstein will be manning the Telfed booth whilst CEO, Dorron Kilne will be participating in the Career Panel discussion about "finding a job in Israel". To register go to

In order to meet the growing need for qualified Hebrew language teachers for the day schools, Rabbi Craig Kacev, Director of the S.A. Board of Jewish Education, together with the World Zionist Organization's Teacher Shlichim Unit headed by Itzchak Shtiglitz, sourced and trained 5 suitably qualified candidates to join the staff of the King David Linksfield and Victory Park schools.

The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy & The Diplomacy Track M.A Seminar Lecture Series IDC Herzliya Cordially invite you to attend a guest lecture on
"The Fall of Apartheid and its Aftermath in South Africa: Democratic Progress or Backslide?" At the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC
Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 12:30, Room A111, Arison-Lauder Building, IDC Herzliya Campus

A report on the 2015 Eilat Regional Committee Agm by Fonda Dubb (outgoing Eilat regional Committee Chairperson).

Telfed hosted a lecture presented by Danny Newman, the Beit Shemesh branch Director of Goldfus Insurance, on the Israeli health system.

Telfed assisted to organize the 30th year anniversary get-together of the 1985 Matric class of Yeshiva College.

Ben Wahlhaus, an Australian Oleh, addressed the Telfed EXCO (Executive Council) at its final meeting of 2015.

You are invited to attend an extraordinary evening during which two authors, Solly Kaplinski and Jonathan Zausmer, born and raised in South Africa, and living in Israel, present their recently published work. 

Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Telfed office, 19 Schwartz St, Ra'anana Cost: 20 NIS

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A write-up of the wonderful Telfed Eilat Boat cruise by Colin Porter.

At the closing Executive meeting of 2015 Telfed honored its outgoing Chairman Dave Bloom, together with three outgoing chairmen from major committees: Allan Feinblum, Joe Hallis and Zvi Green. 

Members of the Telfed executive and staff, together with the Chairman of Keren Beth Protea Monty Hilkowitz and Beth Protea Committee Members gathered at the Telfed office in Raanana this past week for a celebration of the support extended to Beth Protea from the Samuel and Pauline Sussman Memorial Trust via Telfed, who have been administrating the Trust for over 30 years.  

Telfed's Chairman, CEO, staff and volunteers on the ISRENTCO committee (Telfed's housing company) met with students from South Africa currently studying at the IDC in Herzliya in order to hear first-hand what the housing needs of the students are and how Telfed can best assist in this sphere. This meeting is one of a series of fact-finding meetings held before the start of the SASI programme at the IDC, which will begin next academic year. 

TBT presents a tribute evening for Maurice Ostroff (z’l): Panel discussion. In the spirit of Maurice - this untiring warrior for Israel – TbT is proud to present a Panel Discussion entitled: “The New Battle Landscape - The War of Words against Israel” on Sunday 10th January, 2016 at Beth Protea, 5 Asher Barash Street, Herzliya, 7.30pm.  This evening will also launch the establishment of the “Maurice Ostroff Bursary for the study of Communications” which will be awarded to a worthy student.

A group of women, including Telfed staff members Tasha Elliston, Dana Ben Chail and Debbie Friedman, gathered in the Telfed Moadon, Raanana, for the first in a 4 part course for women on “Personal Safety.”

Michal Merten and Sharon Bernstein, representing Telfed's Employment division, travelled to the Young Olim Hub in Tel Aviv this December to attend a career/employment panel discussion hosted by Jill Reinardt, Director of Projects for English-speaking Olim Residents from Tel Aviv Municipality.

TECI (Telfed’s Ethiopian Community Initiative) has officially opened a new household shop in the Mevaseret Zion Absorption Center, in co-operation with the Jewish Agency.  TECI's aim is to empower the 120,000+ citizens of Ethiopian descent living in Israel, some 800 of whom reside in this Absorption Centre and some of whom will be employed in the shop.
We are urgently looking for volunteers to help:
  • To staff the shop for 3 hours a week, either on Sun,Tue or Thur AND/OR
  • To help distribute flyers in and around Mevaseret

The grand opening took place on 10th December 2015 and was attended by flocks of interested neighbours and community members.  Come by and check out some great deals!

Save the date! On SUNDAY 20th DECEMBER 2015 at 11.00 Telfed will be holding a lecture by RONEN GOLDMAN & DANNY NEWMAN of Goldfus Insurance and Investments on NEW REGULATIONS PLANNED FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDSUTRY IN THE COMING MONTHS.

Fonda Dubb of the Eilat regional Committee organized a fabulous boat trip and get together this month.  A total of 42 people, 8 of whom were new to Telfed events, turned up for the enjoyable trip.

Telfed will be offering a personal safety course for women which will be spread across 4 sessions of two hours each. (There will be two courses available for different age groups).
The first session will take place on Tuesday December 15. To register please email Dana Ben Chail at Cost is NIS100 for Southern Africans and NIS300 for non-Southern Africans.
Join us on a trip to Rehovot, city of citrus groves and science. We will be visiting Slutskin House, The Ayalon Institute (Kibbutz Hill) and the Weizmann Institute of Science. The trip will take place on Wednesday 9th December 2015. Cost is NIS100 per person. Please email or to register.
On Sunday 15 November, Telfed Netanya held their AGM which was attended by Telfed's Chairman Maish Isaacson,and Head of Telfed Volunteerism, Community projects and Events, Dana Ben Chail. Participants also enjoyed a talk by Peter Bailey on "the role of the Jews in the military in South Africa and other countries".

Some 130 students, together with Telfed staff members, PRAS families and other members of the community gathered at the IDC in Herzliya on Friday 13th November for the grand opening ceremony of the 2015/2016 PRAS Student Mentoring Bursary Programme.

The Telfed National Youth Committee is delighted to invite married or single people aged 21 to 35 to a three-part lecture series on the subject of Relationships and Sexuality to take place in Jerusalem. The first lecture will take place on 18 November.  All welcome! Contact for more information.


Telfed national Youth committee are offering a series of shiurim (lectures) in Jerusalem on the theme of relationships and sexuality.

The annual National Civic remembrance Sunday service was held on Sunday 8 November 2015, at the Cenotaph on Beyers Naudé Square in Harrison Street. The National Remembrance service honours all South Africans who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in all wars and conflicts, including the struggle for democracy.  In support of the overall message “Unification and Nation-Building”, the event honours military veterans representing all communities in South Africa.

As part of Telfed on the Move's outreach to other communities, Telfed Netantya held their first community project get-together at the Hatzer Nishim centre in the Vatikin area of Netanya. This centre for young girls and women from the Ethiopian community provides a place where they can socialize, watch TV, get a hot meal, have their hair done for free and get advice from the resident social workers.
The Netanya regional committee present a talk by Peter Bailey, an ex-South African, on: "THE JEWISH CONTRIBUTION TO MILITARY HISTORY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SOUTH AFRICA." The talk will be followed by our Annual General meeting (including voting in of our Chairman and Regional Committee) and refreshments on Sunday 15 November 2015, 7:30 pm, Nis 20, RSVP: Charlotte 054-7342176 or

A group of young  Southern Africans and Australians, including Daniel Winer, Head of the Telfed national Youth committee, decide to do something to try and "reignite" the streets of Jerusalem, helping to bring back the lively atmosphere and vibe which was present before the current wave of terror.

Telfed – The South African Zionist Federation (Israel) was pleased and honoured to receive a request to provide training in Klita services to the Dutch Olim Society ארגון עולי הולנד -  (IOH). An agreement of cooperation was signed at the Knesset on Monday 9th November in the presence of senior officials of the Ministry of Absorption, Directorate members of the two organisations and staff. 

On Thursday, Nov. 5th Telfed organized a special event at which two professionals shared their knowledge and experience on coping with stressful situations.

Telfed is delighted to invite young people/ couples to a Shabbat Chanukah Experience at Ascent - the Global Center for Jewish Spiritual Discovery on 11-12 DECEMBER. Cost is 800NIS for a couple, 500NIS for singles.  This includes 2 nights and full board. Transport not included. Registration open until November 30. Please email to register.
A new semester of Hebrew studies has started at Telfed, under the auspices of Ulpan La-Inyan.

Telfed is delighted to offer 25 tickets FREE TO NEW OLIM to attend the Critically acclaimed "LeDor VaDor" concert featuring popular singers Colin and Gabi Schachat.

The Telfed Youth Committee held its first Shabbat get away on 23-24 Novelber, the weekend of the Shabbat project. The hugely successful event was attended by 57 young Olim and was a fanatstic debut Shabbaton for the Youth Committee. 

Last Thursday Modiin had the pleasure of participating in The Shabbat Project 2015. 150 ladies including their daughters and granddaughters stood together for the Huge International Challah Bake. 

Video clips from the fascinating Beth Protea – Telfed evening  (held at Beth Protea) on the South African Jewish Lithuanian roots  by ex- South African Eli Rabinowitz .

Are you feeling the stress of the current security situation?   The way in which one can handle fears and the anxieties of those around us has a profound effect on our day to day lives.
Telfed invites you to a special event which aims at providing the specific resources needed to endure these tense times. 

Telfed's CEO Dorron Kline was invited to address the Aliyah Committee at the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency. Telfed is in the process of setting up a support structure for a new academic programme in conjunction with the IDC in Herzliya. The programme aims to provide a comprehensive and supervised framework of support for young Jewish South African students interested in studying in Israel. 


Invitation to all new Olim from Southern African, Australia and Holland

Come and enjoy a wonderful cultural experience – for free,  on Wednesday 28 October.  You are cordially invied to attend the 21st Yartzeit Concert in memory of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Z"L. 50 seats have been set aside for new Olim, who have made Aliyah in the last three years.


Telfed was invited to attend the 30th world conference of World Mizrachi, which was held at the end of October at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem

Dorron Kline represented Telfed at a memorial service on Kibbutz Yizreel which has taken place annually for the past 42 years to honour the memories of Neil Freed and David (Dudi) Silbowitz, who were killed in action during the Yom Kippur war, on Simchat Torah in 1973. 

Telfed has partnered with the Shivtei Yisrael Community in Raanana, in order to promote the Shabbat Project to the community. The concept behind the Shabbos project is that for one week, all Jews the world over will observe the Sabbath together. Here is a list of events taking place in Raanana and Modiin for the 2015 Shabbos project on 22-24 October. 

200 people from Israel and from other parts of the world collected on Kibbutz Zora for a magnificent two day 60's Habonim reunion.

Telfed members enjoyed a fascinating and enjoyable tour 'up north’ to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu over Sukkot 2015.

Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association (IBCA) will be holding the annual Balfour Dinner on 9th November 2015.

On November 9 the Program "At Home Together" of Jewish Agency is organizing an Employment fair in Haifa. Fair participants will include employers from a wide range of fields and industry. It is recommended that you bring several copies of your resume in English and Hebrew to the event!

The newly-established Telfed Youth Committee are happy to announce that they are holding a Shabbat for young olim on the 23rd October - the weekend of the "Shabbos Project."  Details below.  Hurry and sign up now as spaces are limited!

Telfed kicked off its Klita cooperation with Irgun Oleh Holland this Sukkot with the hosting of a Dutch lone soldier for the festival.  

Telfed was invited by the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, to a special gathering to toast the New Year. The mayor personally expressed his appreciation to Telfed for encouraging Aliyah to the city by providing below market rate rentals to Olim in the two Telfed buildings in Amishav Street.  

TO ALL THOSE SA and Aussie LONE SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN THE IDF IN 2014/2015: Telfed together with the Zionist Federation of Australia invite you to a BRAAI / BArBIE on 24th September 2015 at Telfed’s apartment buildings 27 AMISHAV STREET – TEL AVIV.

Shana Tova greetings from Telfed's Fundraising Chairman, Steve Handler

The annual memorial service for Dudi Silbowitz and Neil Fried will take place on the 9.10.15. at 11.00 at the cemetery of Kibbutz Yizreel. 

Special Succot tour: we invite you to join us on the "Bio Tour"  at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu & the National Park of Beit Shean on Thursday 1st October 2015 – 3rd day of Chol Ha'moed Sukkot.  Don't miss out! (details below)

Few people realize how much of the day-to-day behind the scenes office work at Telfed is actually performed by office volunteers who are a vital source of support to our staff and without whose help we could not manage our work nearly as well. The office volunteers were honoured at a scrumptious breakfast given in their honour on 18th August.

A superb summer picnic was held at the Telfed Amishav buildings in Tel Aviv. It was lovely to officially meet the new property manager of ISRENTCO, Dafna Rosenfeld, together with the veteran Telfed staff members - Susan Sharon and Dorron Kline.

Telfed's CEO, Dorron Kline, met with the Diller Teens Leadership participants last week in Beit Shemesh.  Twenty 10th and 11th graders from Johannesburg, met up with twenty of their counterparts from Beit Shemesh and Mateh Yehudah.
Despite the heat wave on the morning of the 7th August, more than 60 people were arriving from all parts of Israel to Kibbutz Hasolelim to attend the Bnei Zion Reunion.

A South African style “braai” was held on 20 August 2015 on the Rishon le’Zion beach.

This year, for the third year in a row, TECI (Telfed Ethiopian Community Initiative) has sponsored a group of  Ethiopian families to enable them to attend the YAHALOM Family Summer Camp which provides a rare opportunity for Ethiopian, Russian speaking and other Israeli families to share an intensive Jewish family experience in Jerusalem.

Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to attend a workshop for job seekers by Ron Bowman of the world-renowned Dale Carnegie College on Wednesday 9th September.  Dale Carnegie authored the classic motivational book “How to win friends and influence people” - one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published.  His ideas are still in wide use by business leaders and lay-people today and workshop attendees will learn how to apply some if his inspiring  ideas to their job search!

Telfed had the merit to host the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Arthur Lenk. The gathering, with over 100 people in attendance, took place at the Shivtei Yisrael Community Hall in Ra'anana.

Telfed had the merit to host the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Arthur Lenk. The gathering, with over 100 people in attendance, took place at the Shivtei Yisrael Community Hall in Ra'anana.

When Jewish Agency Shlichim are sent to South Africa, Telfed forms an integral part of their pre-Shlichut training.

A meeting took place on Sunday 19 July at the Telfed Raanana building between mebers of the public and three Southern African veteran Olim who have risen to high positions in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Lironne Bar Sadeh – Israeli Ambassador to Latvia; Meron Reuben –Chief of State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Paul Hirschson – Israeli ambassador to Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde.  
The public are invited to meet three Southern African veteran Olim who have risen to positions of great importance in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Lironne Bar Sadeh – Israeli Ambassador to Latvia; Meron Reuben –Chief of State Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Paul Hirschson – Israeli ambassador to Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde.  Meeting will take place on Sunday 19 July at the Telfed Raanana building.

On Sunday morning 28 June, Telfed representatives, Susan Sharon – Klita Counselor and Dorron Kline – CEO, participated in the Israel Centre "Emigr8 Aliyah Q&A Video Conference" together with representatives of the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption.

We regret to inform you that this perfomance of Unforgettable has been cancelled until further notice.

Telfed hosted a delegation of young South African leaders brought to Israel by SAIF (South Africa Israel Forum) on 7 July 2015. The meeting, which was open to members of the public, comprised much frank discussion and the asking of probing questions and was an eye-opening experience for all.   

This month, Telfed was privileged to host from Cape Town Michele and Philip Krawitz, Chairman of the Board of the United Jewish Campaign (UJC).
PRAS - Telfed's flagship programme held its closing seminar for the 2014/15 academic year on 19th June 2015 at the IDC Hertzliya.The event was a fitting end to another successful year for PRAS!

On Friday 26th June the city of Tel Aviv hosted an "Olim Business Conference" at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Hundreds of new Olim from North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia attended. Dorron Kline addressed the audience on the topic of "Building your career in Israel".

The tour to the North arranged by Telfed on 30th June was a resounding success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants who filled the tour bus to capacity – a full complement of fifty Telfed tourists. 

Last night at Beth Protea it was a warm, entertaining evening of personal and intimate recollections of the enriching relationship of  South African Jewry with  Mandela....
Organised by Beth Protea, TbT, WITS Alumni and Telfed, the synagogue was packed to capacity with residents and as well as the general Southern African public.

Telfed hosted South African and Australian olim who were invited on a recent Wednesday evening to a “taste and comment” session of the new flavoured borewors, dry wors and biltong provided by  Meatland.

Telfed was invited to attend the June 2015 Board of Governors gathering of the Jewish Agency at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv. CEO, Dorron Kline addressed two sessions - Aliyah and Activism. "Aliyah without good Klita is an anathema," said Dorron. "There are 23 Olim organisations represented by the 'Olim Association' – Telfed being one of them. These organisations are the natural partners of the Jewish Agency. They are the ones that ensure a smooth and successful absorption for all Olim and are the ones that remain in touch with the Olim after their Aliyah." 
Telfed cordially invites you to a riveting evening with the Ambassador of the State of Israel to South Africa, His Excellency, Mr. Arthur Lenk. Ambassador Lenk will speak on “Israel and South Africa in 2015: Emphasising the Opportunities.” Ambassador Lenk will take questions from the audience following his presentation.

Babayit Beyachad and Telfed are happy to invite you to "Travel together".  The free trip will be held on Friday, July 10th 2015, in Haifa.

Telfed, in association with SAIF (South Africa Israel Forum) invite you to an Engagement with Young Leaders from South Africa.  A public meeting will be held in the Telfed Moadon with a delegation of 18 young South African political, civil society and business leaders who are visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories, under the auspices of SAIF.

You are cordially invited to attend the ‪BNEI ZION REUNION at Kibbutz Hasolelim on Friday at 10.00 am, 7th August 2015.


The 35th IAJGS International Conference of Jewish Genealogy is nearly here! 

Visit to see all the exciting details and to register.

Do you know what your children are doing online? Even though they are at home, they might not be safe…The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world.  They have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and connect with people from all over the world.  Yet along with offering a fascinating new way to connect, the Internet also offers new risks. Telfed HaSharon Regional Committee are presenting a lecture by renowned internet safety expert Ido Kenan, a journalist in the media, web and digital culture.

Join us for the Telfed Rishon LeZion BBQ on 20th August.  Sure to be another successful event from the Telfed Rishon LeZion Regional Committee. 

Telfed SAIF (South Africa Israel Forum) invite you to an Engagement with Young Leaders from South Africa on Tuesday 7 July 2015 18.30. Please join us for a public meeting in the Telfed Moadon with a delegation of 18 young South African political, civil society and business leaders who are visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories, under the auspices of SAIF. 



Beth Protea and Telfed invite you to a presentation by Eli Rabinowitz -Exploring our Roots: Back to the Shtetl. A contemporary photographic journey to unlock the mysteries of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, both past and present at Beth Protea, Herzlia on Sunday 5 July 2015 at 7:30pm.

Since the formation of Telfed in 1948, and following the organization's experience in providing quality Klita (absorption) services over the years, other nationalities have turned to Telfed for guidance, including the Australians, Yemenities, Russians, Iranians and most recently, the Dutch.  This week, Telfed's CEO Dorron Kline officially signed an agreement with senior representatives of "Irgun Olei Holland - IOH" to train a Dutch speaking Klita Counselor, in order to ensure the smooth Aliyah and Klita of immigrants from Holland.

Telfed, together with Meatland Super Store, invite you to join us for a South African flavored get-together. Meatland are adding to their popular biltong, boerewors ‘n dry wors range and want YOUR opinion on the different options.  Wednesday 1st July, at 5.30 PM at the Telfed Offices, 19 Schwartz Street, Raanana.

On June 7th 2015, Ms. Dianna Yach, Chairperson and Director of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund, visited the Telfed offices. She was warmly welcomed by Telfed Chairman David Bloom, CEO Dorron Klein and COO Nava Lapid.  Also in attendance were Telfed’s Treasurer Harris Green, TECI Chairman Mel Cohen, Former Director Sid Shapiro, Fundraising Chairman Steve Handler and senior Telfed staff members. 

Telfed staff members were priviledged to attend a concert organised by the Ra'anana municipality this week to celebrate 25 years of Russian Aliyah to the city. The celebrations consisted of a special concert by the Ra'anana Symphony Orchestra dedicated to the wonderful culture that one million Olim brought to Israel in general and to the city of Ra'anana in particular.

Philip Braude gave a fascinating workshop last week at the Telfed offices about how to use LinkedIn to help grow business opportunites in Israel.

A group of new Olim gathered in the Telfed building this past week for a cheese and wine evening and an opportunity to mingle and meet each other.  It was wonderful for staff to get to know some of the olim on a more personal level and was also a great opportunity for mingling and setting the scene for new friendships to develop.  It was just a bonus that the evening also happened to be exceptionally entertaining and fun.  Below is an account by Max and Libby Strous who both attended the event.
An information workshop “Job seeking in Israel 101” run by Michal Merten, HR Manager and life coach.
On wednesday, 1st july from 19:30 – 21:00
The workshop will include an overview of the job market today,and practical tools and tips for jobseekers.
Michal specializes in all aspects of career planning in israel.
Telfed, Beth Protea, Truth be Told (TbT) & Wits Alumni invite you you to hear Marlene Bethlehem on: “Mandela and the Jewish community.”  Marlene Bethlehem had a close relationship with Nelson Mandela and was a former chairman of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies and president from 1999-2003. In her youth, she was an accomplished tennis player, and won the Ladies Singles Plate event at Wimbledon in 1962. RSVP David Kaplan 09-7672404, 050-7432361 or email

Members of the Southern African and Australian communities are invited to join us on a fascinating and informative trip to the north of Israel. Save the Date and register now to avoid disappointment: Tuesday 30th June 2015  (RSVP: or

This week, Telfed was honoured to welcome the representatives of the Doone SA Charity Foundation, Chairman Reggie Berkowitz and members Julian Beare, Nick Alhadeff, Leon Lewis, Sidney Shapiro and Harris Green.  We are fortunate to have such an excellent team at Telfed and our involvement in PRAS is something we relish” (Doone representative Julian Beare).

Telfed is participating in the largest conference focusing on Olim business-issues in Israel on 26th of June 2015 in Tel Aviv. Topics include: Tax, finance, investment, insurance, career opportunities and more. A must for Olim wishing to learn about Business, Finance, Career opportunities, and living in Israel!

A second workshop in a series was held this week at Telfed with the focus on training the organisation's future volunteer leadership.

TELFED - The South African Zionist Federation (Israel),  Telfed Ra’anana Regional Committee and
ZFA (The Zionist Federation of Australia) invite you to a cheese and wine evening.  Meet, mingle and “shmooze” with fellow olim from “drommies” and “down under.” 
On Tuesday 2nd june 2015 at Telfed’s Moadon le’oleh – basement , 19 Schwartz Street, Ra’anana.


The memorial service held at the South African War Memorial in the Lavi Forest on 14 May 2015 was extremely moving and conducted in a most appropriate and dignified manner. This service is arranged on a regular basis by JNF in conjunction with Telfed to honour the memories of South Africans who have lost their lives while serving with the Israeli Defence Forces.
On the 17 of May, the Telfed Ashkelon Regional Committee hosted a JNF tour from South Africa. The participants were joined by a number of South Africans living in Israel from as far afield as Jerusalem, Netanya and Ra'anana.

The Telfed HaSharon Regional Committee are planning a personal safety workshop tailored to the needs of teenage girls. The course will be led by highly-skilled professionals from El Ha-lev, an organization well known and experienced in running such courses across the county. The course is scheduled to start in September 2015. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS ESSENTIAL to ensure your spot on this popular course!

Telfed Jerusalem, WITS Alumni and JNF held a well-attended event at the Weizmann Hall at the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem, at which the guest speakers were Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan and Isla Feldman, Director of SAZF. Isla was joined by a JNF delegation from South Africa.
Now being run for the 3rd time… starting on June 8/9, this time in Modiin, this popular course on "Grant and Report Writing for Non Profits and Effective Donor Communication" can precipitate entry into a new career for those who aspire to make a living from grant-writing. 
Last Thursday, the incredible group of runners who ran "The Mountain to Valley Race" for Telfed last year set out again to participate in this unique and exhausting challenge! The Mountain to Valley race is a group relay race of around 215 km that takes approximately 20 hours to complete. The race begins at Tel Hai and finshes in the communal settlement of Timrat. 
The Telfed Rishon le’Zion Committee held a Yom Ha’Atzmaut Party this year organized by winner of the Telfed Volunteer of the Year Award, Beryl Schmidt. The party, which included a Braai and live entertainment, was well-attended with participants ranging from Southern African, Israeli and Spanish backgrounds all mixing together and having a great time.
Adopt-a-Savta offers a unique month-long volunteer opportunity one-on-one with Holocaust Survivors to make an immediate and real impact in their lives here in Israel. They are partnering with the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany in Tel Aviv to help Holocaust Survivors access additional financial support from the German Government. These Survivors need YOUR HELP to fill out their processing forms in English.


With much joy and celebration, Telfed held an inauguration ceremony for its newly refurbished building on Schwartz Street in Raanana on 20th April 2015.   The inauguration was attended by several members of the community, Telfed Staff and volunteers, Isrentco executives, the Building residents themselves and Raanana Mayor, Zeev Bielski.

On wednesday 22nd April, 2015 a Memorial Service was held at Sh'ar Ha'gai to remember the fallen from amongst the Machal Soldiers. Machal is an Acronym for "Mitnadvei Chutz La'Aretz" (overseas volunteers to the Israeli Army). Over the years, many Southern Africans have joined the IDF as volunteers and participated in Israel's many wars and defense missions.  At this special ceremony which took place on Yom HaZikaron we remeber the fallen Machal soldiers along with all the other fallen soldiers.  May their memories be blessed.

The Raanana Women's Circle are pleased to invite female colleagues to an exciting talk by Tzemach Bloomberg on the subject of "MACHAL" (Volunteers from Abroad) and their incredible contribution to the State of Israel from 1948 until today.  Approximately 4,700 Machalniks from 56 countries – men and women, Jews and non-Jews, volunteered to help Israel in its “War of Survival” in 1948. The Machalniks played a pivotal role not only in winning the war, but also in establishing the foundations on which the IDF was founded. Machalniks continue to play an essential role in the IDF today.

After the siren sounded on Yom Hashoa (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on 16th April, members of the public - together with Telfed Staff and volunteers, gathered in the Telfed boardroom for a moving ceremony to mark one of the saddest days in the Israeli calendar. 
Ohel Avraham and Sarah in conjunction with the Telfed Rishon LeZion Regional Committee invite you to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut with a BBQ, Llve entertainment and dancing.  Join us for a lively celebration!
On February 1965, 36 members of Habonim Southern Africa/Rhodesia came on aliya to the Ulpan on Kibbutz Tzora. Fifty years have passed since then, and to mark this occasion we are planning a reunion. Wherever you are today, and whatever path you have taken…
If you were a madrich/a in the movement during the sixties …OR
If you were on an ulpan on Tzora between 1965-1968 OR
If you feel closely associated with this group
Join us for a get –together, a nostalgic celebration and a trip down memory lane.


The Ashkelon Regional Committee presents a grand tour of Ashkelon on 17th May. The trip will include a tour of Ashkelon with Dr. Avi Sasson and Gad Sobol, a visit to the Water Desalination plant, a visit to and explanation of the Iron Dome by the Chief of Security of Ashkelon, Yossi Greenfeld, supper with local South Africans at the Holiday Inn and a visit and address by the Mayor of Ashkelon, Mr. Itamar Shimoni. Open to all Southern Africans - however, due to limited spaces, priority will be given to Ashkelon residents.


The Telfed Jerusalem Regional Committee together with WITS University Alumni Organisation are delighted to host  (as part of the JNF tour from SA) Colonel Richard Kemp (former commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan) and Isla Feldman (Director of SAZF Johannesburg) who will present "How the Jewish Community in South Africa battles the BDS”.  The event will take place on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 8pm in the Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency Building, 45 King George Street, Jerusalem.

Telfed - together with JNF South Africa, invite the community to attend a Memorial Ceremony in honour of the 87 Southern African soldiers who fell defending the State of Israel on Wed 13th May at 15.00 at the Memorial Site inside the South African Forest, (next to Kibbutz Lavi and the Golani Junction).  The venue will be marked with direction signs on the day.

Telfed would like to invite the whole community to a Tekes Yom Hashoa on Thursday 16th April in the Telfed Boardroom at our offices on Rechov Schwartz 19, Raanana at 11am (directly after the siren). All welcome. Ceremony will be in English.

Ulpan Etzion Job and Education fair, Tuesday, 12th May, 17:00 – 14:0, Beit Canada - Ulpan Etzion Campus, 27 David Raziel Street , Jerusalem.  See you there!
Telfed held a Friday-morning seminar in February targeted at potential volunteers.  The purpose of the seminar was to recruit a new generation of volunteers who can inject fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the organisation as well as to hear feedback about the ways in which Telfed can better serve the Southern African and Australian populations in Israel.

Telfed staff members Dorron Kline (CEO), Sidney Shapiro (former CEO and recently retired Head of Fundraising) and Nikki Leviner (Head of Resource Development) were privileged to attend the celebrations for Morris Kahn's 85th Birthday this past week. Kahn, a former South African is a world-renowned businessman and great philanthropist as well as being a dear friend of Telfed. 

On his recent two week South Africa trip, Dorron Kline was privileged to meet with some of the teens participating in the South African Diller Teen Fellows Programme.  This year, at the initiation of Telfed, the prestigious programme has reached South Africa for the first time.

Telfed CEO Dorron Kline travelled to South Africa this month for a two week visit where he was a guest of the Israel Centre at the annual SAZF conference in Sandton. He had the opportunity to meet with many community leaders - thus building bonds between the Southern African communities in Israel and South Africa, raising awareness of Telfed’s fundamental role for South African Jewry and building the groundwork for many fruitful collaborations.  Dorron was accompanied for part of the trip by the newly elected Chairman of Telfed’s Fundraising Committee, Steve Handler, whose professionalism and motivation added great value in strengthening the connections between the two communities.

On Sunday 22 March, several representatives of Telfed attended a heart-warming Children’s Pesach Seder held in the Maksam Centre in Hadera. Nearly 50 primary school children of Ethiopian origin enjoyed singing traditional Pesach songs (including Echad Mi Yodea) with great enthusiasm, asking the Four Questions and reading about the Four Sons.

As we look forward with excitement and gratitude to our Seder with family and friends, we want to share a short story with you.  "My name is Lynn* and I'm a mother to three wonderful children.  Our aliyah from SA was filled with hope and enthusiasm, as we looked to a new life in Israel: but behind closed doors, things were very different..."

On Friday the 20th March, Telfed hosted a very special luncheon to honour Lone soldiers of Australian and Southern African origin currently serving in Israel. This was the first of what will become a bi-annual event to acknowledge and thank lone soldiers. This Project was instigated by Nicci Diamond-Levenstein, in memory of her late father, Aubrey Diamond Z"L, and was organised with the help of Susan Sharon, Aliyah and Klita Counselor at Telfed. 

Join us for the 9th Annual Telfed Beit Shemesh Regional Committee, Chol Ha'Moed Pesach Braai on first day Chol Ha’Moed Pesach, Sunday 5th April 2015, 11.00am at the grassy area of Kibbutz Tzora. All Southern Africans and Australians welcome!

South-African born Elad Glick, has thought of a unique way to both celebrate his forthcoming barmitzvah and also give back to Israel society. A keen sports fan, Elad has decided to participate in 13 races throughout this year leading up to his Bar mitzvah and to collect sponsorship for every km that he runs.  The money he raises will be donated to Schneider Children’s hospital and will be used to purchase Playstations and other toys for the children’s ward so that children who are sick or undergoing treatment can have some ”fun”. 

Celebrating Kibbutz Yizreel's 40th Anniversary of the Rugby Club, a special gathering of past rugby players of the team will take place on the 20th March, this year.  All those who once played for the Yizreel team are invited.  Many former players from accross the world are making an effort to join us on this day – from South Africa, England the U.S.A. and more.
The event will take place on Friday, 20th March, at 14.00 in the "Boykies" Club house on Yizreel's rugby field.  After the official welcome, friendly matches will take place.  In the evening, a festive meal will be held in the Yizreel clubroom, attended by all our guests, with greetings for all those who contributed to the founding of our Rugby Club.
Notice is hereby given to all eligible persons that they may nominate up to six eligible persons (see below) as candidates for election to Telfed’s Executive Council - Exco. The nomination form is to reach the offices of Telfed, 19/1 Schwartz Street, Ra'anana 4321224, or fax 09 – 744 6112 or email, by no later than noon on Sunday,  5th July 2015. (Nomination forms are available online, or from the office). 
Register for IsraelGrants Fundraising and Grant-Writing Course In English and Hebrew.  Starts April 29, 2015 (English) or May 6 (Hebrew). Develop fundraising and grant writing skills, deal with basic principles of working with foundations, corporations, solicitation of individual donors, fundraising materials, websites and online funding in Israel and abroad.

“Dor le’Dor  have partnered with the National Union of Israeli Students and another volunteer organization, ”Kol Hadorot Le’dor” in order to provide assistance to senior citizens who would like to go out and vote but who find it too difficut to do so without assitance. 

The Raanana Women's Circle paid a very enjoyable visit to The Rubin Museum in Tel Aviv this month. The museum is an artist-house-museum which was formerly the home of the painter Reuven Rubin.  A choice selection of Rubin's paintings were on display.

Charles Abelsohn and David Kaplan represented the Truth be Told Commitee (TbT) last month at a meeting with MP Michael Bagrain, of the South African Democratic Alliance (DA) Party - and one of only two Jews in the South African Parliament.  Bagrain had organized and led a DA 10-man delegation to Israel that included Jews, Christians, a Muslim and a Hindu.  

Some 200 English speakers attended a combined Truth be Told – Beth Protea sponsored  pre-election panel discussion at the Beth Protea Retirement facility. Seven parties were represented, in an efficiently managed debate by MC David Kaplan.

Dorron Kline, Telfed's CEO, was amongst several guest speakers last monday at The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) 'Board of Governors' meeting held in Jerusalem. Dorron drew on his experiences as CEO of Telfed to emphasize to participants the importance of appropriate Klitah (absorption) measures, in order to ensure successful Aliyah and called for full responsibility of absorption through volunteers to be given back to the Olim Associations.

In March, all PRAS students will participate in a mid-year seminar.  The regional coordinators will conduct a total of eight seminars in the cities of Be'er Sheva, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ra’anana and Acre.  

Registration forms for students who would like to join Telfed’s PRAS programme in the 2015/16 academic year will be available for submission through Telfed’s website between 7th June & 1st August 2015.

Individuals and/or families, who wish to engage a PRAS student for the 2015/16 academic year may approach Dana Levy Tavor, head of the PRAS programme via E-mail: or Tel: 09-7907817
A great opportunity to get trained to work in a new field.  Register for IsraelGrants Fundraising and Grant-Writing Course. (Available in English and in Hebrew).
Starts April 29, 2015 (English) or May 6 (Hebrew)
6 meetings, twice a month, evening hours (18 hours) in Jerusalem.

Telfed was represented at a special evening performance of the Israel Symphony Orchestra in Rishon Le'Zion by the Chairman of the Telfed Rishon Le'Zion Regional Committee, Beryl Schmidt and Telfed's CEO, Dorron Kline. Thirty Ambassadors were invited, including the Ambassadors of South Africa and Australia, together with senior representatives of Telfed and ESRA.

We are looking for volunteers to represent the SA community by helping to man the Telfed stall for the 2015 Raanana Race (20.3.15). This event is one of the great highlights of the sporting calendar in Israel, with thousands of people from all over the country taking part, including wounded veteran IDF soldiers.  We'd love to see you!


Dorron Kline, Telfed's CEO, will be in South Africa for the SAZF conference and Aliyah Fair in Johannesburg and Cape Town from 1-14 March.  If you would like to meet with Dorron and discuss Aliyah and Klita plans please contact Sue Reznik at the Aliyah Department to make an appointment: or 011- 645-2530

Telfed, together with the Southern African community, join the Eidelman family in mourning the loss of a very special lady.  Please read on for a Eulogy delivered at her funeral by Bennie Bar-Yehuda (Croock).  Yihiye  Zichra Baruch.

We would love to have your support and company at the Telfed booth at the 2015 Raanana Race.  Please join us for this exciting event! Volunteers at the booth will receive a free Telfed T-shirt (while stocks last).

Telfed, The South African Zionist Federation (Israel) together with The Zionist Federation of Australia would like to invite all Southern African and Australian Lone Soldiers to a Purim/ Pesach Luncheon on Friday 20th March, where they will also be able to collect gift vouchers for the holidays. 
Former Southern African Flamenco dancer, Silvia Duran, who is a resident of the Telfed Building in Amishav St, Tel Aviv, was this year awarded the prestigious Arik Einstein Prize for her contribution to Israeli culture and the arts.  

A large number of ex-Southern Africans gathered in Netanya this month to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and listen to Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, the "Travelling Country Communities Rabbi". There were many new faces, as Netanya has become a popular destination for retirees. 

Former Southern African and ex-chairman of Telfed, Solly Sacks, was recently presented with a Sefer Torah by World Mizrachi as a token of appreciation for his 24 years of service to the organization, as its Director General. 

This month, the Raanana Women’s Circle enjoyed an inspirational morning of cooking and friendship, sponsored by Meatland.  Renowned chef and food-writer, Lisa Brink, shared some of her highly-successful recipes. Please read on (recipe included). 

Read about our very special 'Salute to Volunteers' evening, kindly sponsored by Darryl & Diane Alter and Maish & Jocelyn Isaacson, that took place on the 4th of February to honour the dedicated and selfless volunteers who support Telfed in so many aspects of the work we do. We thank all our wonderful volunteers - you are all winners in the community's eyes! 


See pictures from the wonderful Salute to Volunteers event at Beit Issie Shapiro on 4th February 2015. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners!

The community joins with the Walt family in mourning the sad loss of Dylan Walt, a lone soldier who made Aliyah last year to serve in the IDF. A memorial service, in which Telfed was represented by Batya Shmukler, took place on 23 January at the Mercaz Klita in Raanana.

Meet some of our wonderful volunteers who were honoured at our Salute to Volunteers Ceremony on 4th February at Beit Issie Shapiro.  Congratulations to all nominees and winners. You are all winners in the community's eyes!

The AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) have several events and talks that are of interest to English-speakers.  They also provide many seriveces.  Please read on to see what it available.

Beit Issie Shapiro together with Habayit Shel Benji are proud to host the incredible Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabola.  Meet the man who rose from the darkest depths of an African Township to the highest height of winning the world's largest and most prestigious ultra-marathon.  

Emek Lone soldiers invite all Lone Soldiers for Shabbat Dinner this week, February 6th, 6pm at 62 Emek Refaim Street Jerusalem.  Please share with anyone who may need this service.

A team of young tennis hopefuls and coaches from the Arthur Ashe Tennis Club in Soweto, have just returned from Israel after 10-days of touring and advanced tennis training with the Israel Tennis Center.  

New Shekel Newsletter from Jeff Broide of Broide and Co.

* This article is published as the service to the community and Telfed does not endorse nor take any responsibility whatsoever for its accuracy nor any advice given or taken by the reader.

Facilitated by Telfed's CEO, Dorron Kline, the Diller Teen Fellows Programme reaches South Africa this year, making it the first time the prestigious youth leadership programme has ever been offered outside of Israel and North America. 13 girls and 7 boys made the grade, passing through a rigorous selection to enter the program that will set them on track to be future SA community leaders. 

Telfed awards student bursaries to ten students at the Kaye teaching College in Beer Sheva and awards a significant research grant to renowned Professor, Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University for her pioneering work on Diabetes. Telfed was able to support both worthy casues through the generosity of The Goldberg Family, formerly of Leigh Ranch, Odzi Zimbabwe, Trust set up by the Goldberg family. 

TbT (Truth be Told) together with Beth Protea are holding a pre-election panel debate in English on 26 February at Beth Protea, which will be attended by members of the political parties and will help you to feel more informed before casting your vote. 


Dorron Kline with Australian Ambassador, David Sharma and a party-goer.
Telfed was represented at this year's Australia independence Day celebrations at the Solo Club in Tel Aviv,  by its CEO, Dorron Kline.  The party was held in the presence of many Australian Olim and the Australian Ambassador to Israel, David Sharma. 


Telfed continues to focus on training and empowering our community members to be able to upgrade their skills and enter new fields of work. Most recently: a 5 session freelance writing seminar focusing on philanthropy and non-profit written deliverables.

Israel Nation of Creation: 48th SAZF Conference, 7 March 2015. With international speakers: Natan Sharansky, Irwin Cotler, Nir Barkat, Gadi Mazor and Avishai Braverman.

A unique opportunity to meet and consult withTelfed staff in Jerusalem on Monday 9th February from 2pm-6pm. Make appointments to see any of the following staff members : Aliyah and Klita Consultant , Social Worker, Telfed CEO, Volunteer Coordinator, Employment Advisor and Employment Expert.

The Jerusalem Fund for Alyn - Chidren's Rehabilitation Hospital invites The South African residents of Israel to an evening of music, dancing and entertainment at the Zappa Club in Jerusalem on February 22nd 2015 at 20.00. 

Information regarding the inauguration of the Zambian Jewish community Public Health wing and the Zambian Jewish Commnuity Public Health exchage Programme at Tel Aviv University.

Building upon the close relationship of more than two decades, Keren Beth Protea and Keren Telfed recently joined forces in raising funds for those members of our elderly community who find themselves in very difficult financial circumstances.

Join the experts to help you explore your options relating to Aliyah, Education, Employment, Tuition Sponsorship and Army Recruitment.

Join the experts to help you explore your options relating to Aliyah, Education, Employment, Tuition Sponsorship and Army Recruitment.

Read about the recent Telfed Raanana Women's Circle excursion to the "HAND MADE ARTS AND CRAFTS STUDIO CAFÉ” in Raanana for a fun morning of friendship and creativity.

Telfed cordially invites you to attend our prestigious Salute to Volunteers Award Ceremony on Wednesday 4th February 2015 at Beit Issie Shapiro

Read about our spectacular Telfed Bursary Ceremony which took place on Sunday 4th January at the ZOA Building, Meyerhoff Auditorium, Tel Aviv. Sponsored by Meitav Dash Investment House.

A bus trip to the South to show solidarity with the former Southern Africans and their communities who were greatly affected by the 50 day Gaza war.

An audio visual presentation by Leslie Rose of

Telfed welcome Alison Berk-Katzeff and Howard Katzeff

Celebrating at Amishav

We look forward to watching these youngsters from Israel and South Africa mature into the future Jewish leaders of their communities

Recommended by the past Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Dov Segev Steinberg - with a special discount for Telfed members.

Telfed is currently hosting a course on philanthropy, aimed at individuals entering the lucrative market of freelance writing, resource development and donor relations.

It’s not what you have but what you give that counts

Shabbat in Migdal Haemeq

Come and hear the 3 Tenors from SA and support Tikvot and Telfed



Telfed Chairman Dave Bloom, accompanied by former Director Sid Shapiro, C.O.O Nava Lapid and Treasurer Harris Green, met with Chairperson of the Mauerberger Foundation Fund, Dianna Yach 

Weekly shabbat dinner @ 62 Emek Refayim

At the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony earlier this year, Telfed had the pleasure of recognizing Harold “Smoky” Simon.

Join us for this exciting and memorable event on 4 January 2015 at 19.00 at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv.

Nominate a fellow Oleh/Olah for the prize!

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education at Telfed's Amishav buildings

The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Employment Division A
Is Holding Three Training Fairs for New Immigrants

New Tax Amnesty


View the Gaza border with your own eyes. 

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) announces an invitation to submit lecture, workshop, and panel proposals

  Please join us in paying tribute to our special circle of volunteers

TELFED is pleased to inform English speaking new and veteran Olim that we are offering a comprehensive course on what it takes to be a successful freelance writer in Israel's non-profit industry.

Dahliaהי"ד  was the beautiful daughter of South African Olim Norman (Nachum) and Brenda Lemkus, previously of Johannesburg. 

A revolutionary proposition – establish a Jewish teen leadership training programme in South Africa.

Special admission price for Telfed members: 30 Shekels.

"When I asked my mother why they were shooting rockets at us, she told me that the Hamas didn't want us to live here at all and wanted to kill us." 

A Jewel of a Summer

A group of 15 young IUA leaders from Johannesburg visited Telfed this week to learn about its work.


Building Nonprofit Careers In Israel: Panel with Veteran Olim

Moshe (Boogie) Ya'alon, Israel's Minister of Defense has a busy schedule and yet, he recently made time to host  Machal of Many Generations  in his Sukkah in Tel Aviv

When G-D created Cape Town he was in a good mood,” expressed Zeev Schwartz, Director General of Torah Mi'Tzion.


The Life and Teachings of Rav Azriel Chaim Goldfein

Help Desk 50 +

Tips & Techniques to grow your business & develop a strategic plan. 

Pamela Silver attends First Qingdao International Art Biennale China

Ra’anana Women’s Circle Rosh Hashanah Seder

Operation Protective Edge has ended but its effects, particularly on the children in the South, linger. A Spoonful of Hope invites you to a fundraising evening for underprivileged children in the South who have suffered through a hard summer.


There was a packed Telfed boardroom on the 30.9.2014 of people coming to hear the lecture given by Suzy Kahati, Family Financial Advisor, on “How to take control of your money”.

Help Desk 50+ helps the over 50s master their smartphones & computers

The annual Memorial Service for Dudi Silbowitz and Neil Freed

FORGIVENESS is the key to letting go of the past and allowing HEALING in. 

On Tuesday night, 5 July 2014, as the Fast of the 9th of Av ended, Telfed offered us the services of Netta Steiner, the head of their volunteerism department and a social worker, to see if she could offer us some solace in these stressful days.  

"We were greeted with such warmth wherever we visited.  Since we are the only organised group to come from overseas to show solidarity during the hostilities, this was greatly appreciated."

You are invited to an interactive talk that will give you some practical tools and tips to cope with life in Israel at the moment! 

Letters from Israel

Two letters from Israel articulating the feelings of people who love Israel and love life....



Telfed residents in the Amishav buildings in Tel Aviv gather for a get-together in these trying times. 

The AACI’s Shira Pransky Project was formed for the purpose of relieving English-speaking immigrants of the hardships associated with navigating the healthcare system in Israel

There is a special uniqueness about Jews who were brought up in South Africa. Not only are we privileged to receive a beautiful rich history, culture and religion – which are the core ingredients of our moral compass. We were also privileged to witness a country which, through the leadership of Nelson Mandela, was able to turn division into unity, hatred into love and discrimination into acceptance.

Look out for the Telfed booth at The Event and please pay our staff and volunteers a visit.

There are lots of rumours and messages going around the social media. Be careful to get the correct reliable Information.  This can be found on the Home Front Commands website.

If you know of any former Southern African in the South in need of assistance please call Telfed 09 7907800


Telfed – the SA Zionist Federation (Israel) wishes to express shock and dismay about those who perpetrated such a heinous crime against a Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khudair.  He was abducted last week from the Jerusalem neighborhood where his family lives and reportedly was burned alive by his abductors.

As part of a special evening paying tribute to our Cape Town friends and partners, Eliot and Myra Osrin were invited to officially unveil the plaque erected in their honour at the main entrance to the Telfed offices.

In late June, TELFED hosted a reception honouring Philip Krawitz (Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Campaign) and welcoming Alison Katzeff on her first visit to Telfed. The "Philip and Michele Krawitz Annual Bursary" was launched in appreciation of Philip's exceptional dedication to Telfed. Telfed Vice Chair Batya Shmukler hosted the ceremony.

Join TECI at Ethiopia Day on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10.30 am

It is with immense sadness that Telfed – The SA Zionist Federation (Israel) sends it condolences to the families of the three young boys who were murdered by cowardly terrorists.  


We are proud to present the PRAS students who volunteered in the Olim community during the 2013-2014 academic year.

A new support group for English speakers with breast, ovarian or other cancers 

Telfed, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency Babait Beyahad Department in Ra’anana held the

Ra’anana Women’s Circle Tour of Sarona in Tel Aviv

Telfed presents at the prestigious Jewish Agency gathering, that occurs twice a year in Israel. 


 Thursday 14 2014 from 11.00 – 20.00

RUBY (60th Anniversary) AND SILVER (25th Anniversary) 

The Telfed Ha'Sharon Regional Committee is having a family picnic to celebrate summer…..

Telfed and the Raanana Iriya are organising a business course

Coffee and croissants, cakes and cokes were the order of the day...

Despite the threat of rocket attacks on Tel Aviv over 230 people attended an event last Thursday In which a unique panel discussed the legacy of Nelson Mandela and its relevance to Israel's challenges. 

For details, pictures and video clips of the speeches see below.

For grade 11 boys living in the Beit Shemesh/ Mateh Yehuda region

Listen online to TECI's (Telfed Ethiopian Community Initiative) chairman Mel Cohen in a radio interview with Charisse Zeifert of S Africa's ChaimFM.

From an innocent response to an invitation to join Herzlia in Cape Town to celebrate 70 years since the school’s founding...

A "Happy" message from the Telfed Beit Shemesh Regional Committee

A well-attended gathering of over 40 Australian and Southern African Olim, mingled over light refreshments at a recent "get-together" held in Modiin on July 2rd organized by Telfed’s staff and volunteers.   

Telfed was proud to host the handing over of the "Ambucycle" 

On Monday May 26 the Telfed staff went on their annual staff day trip

Sol Liebgott was a pivotal figure in the South African Jewish community.

Looking for two short term Shlichim to travel to South Africa for the "Aliyah Together EXPO".

Brave Miss World

Mental illness in the family

Have you heard of Connect Jerusalem?

יום פתוח לתארים מתקדמים

Invitation: Gvahim Spring Weekend 2014 - Discover the New Negev

The morning of Sunday 4th May 2014 was not like any other morning in Tel Aviv… 

A lecture by "Ernst and Young" on Israeli Taxation for New and veteran Olim.

Telfed’s Hasharon Regional Committee invites you to mingle and nibble at Telfed

27th May 2014 - tiyul to Ma’ale Adumim

“The War of Words against Israel and the Fight Back”



This special service allows new Olim who are unable to yet follow the ceremonies in Hebrew, to meaningfully participate in the proceedings.

"Plot for Peace"  details the last days of apartheid in South Africa.

Higher Education Aliyah EXPO in South Africa

Bring us your old and broken fans  - for the needy 

Yom Ha'Zikaron 5774 - ceremony in English 

Marking the 20th anniversary since South Africa emerged from its dark past into the colourful “Rainbow Nation” of democracy, guests from Telfed, the South African community in Israel and representatives

תוכנית פר"ס מספקת מילגות לסטודנטים שמוכנים לתרום מזמנם כדי לסייע לעולים וע"י כך לשפר את איכות חייהם בישראל. הסטודנטים תורמים לקהילה 94 שעות במהלך השנה האקדמית, מתוכן 10 שעות מוקדשות לסמינרים.

Olim that have been in Israel for three years or less…

Ronen Moralli, Israel's leading tennis coach worked with South African students and coaches in Soweto as the beginning of a long term partnership between Israel and South Africa

As Van Caspel so poignantly points out, "The only massacre that took place at Jenin was the truth."

We are in the annual period where emotions in Israel are on a roller coaster from the high of Pesach, the depths of Yom Hashoa through Yom Hazikaron and then back up to Yom Haatzmaut. 

Following the success of the lecture in December 2013 on attitudes towards mental illness and services for the mentally ill in Israel, a second informative evening has been planned.

In the photogragh, Telfed volunteer, Felicia Levin, reads a Holocaust survivor's account of events, while staff member Dana Levy -Tavor and Telfed volunteer Mel Cohen,  look on. 

What a pleasure to be able to do something for those Southern African and Australian Lone Soldiers.

Women’s Circle Ra’anana

Telfed  will be holding a lecture by Ernst and Young on Israeli Taxation

The luscious and shady central grassy area of Kibbutz Tzora once again hosted over 100 people – Southern African new and veteran Olim  who came to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun activities, as they relaxed and ate their braaied meat under a cloudless sky.

8th Annual Telfed Beit Shemesh Regional Committee

Chol Ha'Moed Pesach Braai

When: the first day of Chol Ha’Moed Pesach, Wednesday 16 April 2014

A special screening and a discussion with Joel Shoot, currently visiting from Johannesburgwill take place on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at 20.00.

The Ra’anana Women’s Circle, a joint project of Telfed and Babait Beyahad of the Jewish Agency, marked Good Deeds Day with a festive breakfast for the staff of the Oncological Outpatient Department at Meir Hospital.

BCA (Israel Britain & the Commonwealth Association)  present the  ‘The  BUMPY ROAD TO ISRAEL’S STATEHOOD ‘  covering the events leading up to the Declaration Of Independence.

Pupils from King David , Johannesburg visit schools in Beit Shemesh - organised by Partnership Together 

Telfed staff and volunteers manned the Telfed booth at the 25th annual Ra'anana Run. 

We would love to have your support and company at the Telfed booth, please join us for this exciting event! Volunteers at the booth will receive a free Telfed T-shirt (while stocks last).

Sidney Shapiro, Batya Schmukler, Barry Kornel  travel north to the Tel Hai College

We as "veteran" Olim felt proud as Israeli citizens, cheering and encouraging new and veteran Southern African Olim runners, together with potential Olim runners from "the old country".

Telfed, The South African Zionist Federation (Israel) together with The Zionist Federation of Australia
would like to invite you to a Pesach Luncheon.

לישבע קסל, סטודנטית ב"בצלאל"- אקדמיה לעיצוב ואמנות ירושלים, דור שני ליוצאי דרום אפריקה, לומדת אנימציה ומשתתפת זו השנה השנייה בתוכנית פר"ס של תלפד

Telfed staff and Jerusalem Regional Volunteers will be welcoming and encouraging the South African runners in this year's Jerusalem Marathon between 8.30 - 10.30am

An evening was spent at Telfed Reminiscing about Morris (z"l) together with Telfed staff, volunteers and members of the Borsuk clan. 

Telfed recently honoured its outgoing director Sid Shapiro with a 70th Birthday and retirement party and the evening was enjoyed by a crowd of well over 200 people.

The Telfed Aliyah Projects Committee visited the Yad Sarah headquarters in Jerusalem. 

Telfed staff and office volunteers celebrated the festival of Purim today at the Telfed offices.

February’s meeting was really great. Thanks so much to Louise Braverman who opened her lovely home and welcomed us in. We had a few new ladies who came to join us, and hopefully will become regulars.

On the back cover of Colin Froman's book "Right of Return – a history of Modern Israel" he writes that "this book is written for the now generation, including my grandchildren, to give them a sense of their history. I hope it will be valuable to their parents and grandparents and anyone with an interest in the history of Modern Israel".

During a recent visit to Cape Town with Telfed Chairman Dave Bloom, outgoing Telfed Director Sid Shapiro addressed the management committee of the SA Zionist Federation - Cape Council 

You are invited to hear Edmund Jonah's  stories and Verses to Tickle and Tantalize to jog your funny-bone and warm your heart.

It is now confirmed that registered South African voters who want to vote abroad will be able to do so at South African Embassies on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

In February, Telfed hosted the 2014 Gala Dinner and Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration. The evening brought attention to the contributions of Southern Africans to the State of Israel and honoured two exceptional South African olim: Smoky Simon and Morris Kahn. 

Message to all Davidians living in Israel from ex KDHSL principal Elliot Wolf  

Join us to honour  Sid Shapiro’s retirement from Telfed and celebrate his 70th birthday!

The last meeting of the Ra’anana Women’s Circle was held on January 30, 2013. Lisa Brink the Co-coordinator of ESHH – English Speakers of Hod Hasharon described their successful group. 

Although it was a cold winters evening in November, spirits were high as we welcomed people from near and far for our TELFED Bingo evening

Ra’anana Women’s Circle Update…
The last meeting of the Ra’anana Women’s Circle was held on January 30, 2013. Lisa Brink the Co-coordinator of ESHH – English Speakers of Hod Hasharon described their successful group. 
Sunday 9th March - Lobby of the Iriyah  between 17:30-19:30 
Telfed is  pleased to present a Two-part Employment Workshop 
Dealing with the Israeli Job Market and the age factor
Partnership2Gether Beit Shemesh – Mateh Yehuda – Washington-South Africa invites you to a:
Fun Weekend with JDS high school students from Washington!


משרד העלייה והקליטה בשיתוף עם משטרת ישראל,

מציע  לעולים חדשים ותושבים חוזרים להתגייס למשטרת ישראל

לתפקידי שטח באזורים תל-אביב והמרכז וירושלים והדרום.

The Chairman, Directorate, Executive Council, Board of Governors

and Staff of Telfed – the South African Zionist Federation (Israel)

mourn the passing of



Telfed was honoured by the Minister of Aliyah and Klita, Sofa Landver with the annual award for "Excellence in Volunteerism in the field of Aliyah absorption". 

Roy Scher - Telfed Jerusalem Regional Committee Chairman, gave a 15 min inspiring talk to the Israel Encounter students from South Africa, who recently visited Jerusalem. 

British Embassy Spring Fair

It would be hard to find a Southern African living in Israel who is not familiar with the welcoming voice of Sharon Bernstein, the Telfed staff member who answers the primary Telfed phone.
A wonderful and inspiring 'Seder Tu'B'Shvat' was held in the boardroom of Telfed on Thursday January 16. What made the occasion so special 
was not the delicious dried fruits, or even the thoughtful and appropriate words that Dorron Kline prepared, but the presence of 6 lone soldiers whom Telfed is helping financially while they study.
‘AngloProtekzia’s top ten tips to becoming a more educated consumer in Israel’
The proposed workshop for women returning to the workforce has been cancelled.
With regret – AACI and Telfed Employment Depts.

The next meeting of the English speaking Ra’anana Women’s Circle will commence with our customarily tasty breakfast. This will be followed by an address by the talented Lisa Brink on the ESHH (English Speakers of Hod Hasharon) a flourishing Women’s Circle that has been functioning for a number of years. 

Join us for a magical evening networking and socializing with friends, whilst supporting the special work of Keren Telfed
Sea’ing is Believing
It is with great fondness that the Southern African community remembers Ariel ‘Arik’ Sharon, for it was he, then as Minister of Housing that literally “bulldozed” a housing project on behalf of our community.

Together with the citizens of the State of Israel and Jews throughout the world, Telfed wishes "a long life" and consolation to the Sharon family on the passing of Ariel Sharon, past Agriculture, Defense and Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Make Us Count' for the 2014 national South African elections.

On Wednesday December 18, 2013 forty people attended an event sponsored and organized by Telfed on the subject of Managing Mental Illness in the Family. 
Feeling cold? Join Telfed Netanya for a warm get-together  

Sponsored by Meatland 

Telfed was honoured to host guest speaker Prof. Irwin Cotler who gave a wide-ranging talk to a spell-bound audience
of over 140 people at the Raanana Municipal Hall on his connection to South Africa and the Mandela legacy as well as his views on the Iranian nuclear question.
Estie studies industrial design at Hadassah Academic College. This is her 3rd year participating in Telfed’s 
PRAS programme, visiting Lilla & Harold Levy every week.

Last week Telfed’s representatives,  Dave Bloom  (Chairman),  Sidney Shapiro  (Director),  Susan Sharon  (Endowments and Scholarships),  Dana Levy- Tavor  (Head of the  Pras Programme) and David Conroy  (Chairman, Telfed regional committee) had the pleasure of presenting this year’s Sarah Goldberg award for research in diabetes to Dr. Eli. C. Lewis and his team at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva.  

On the 30th December, Telfed in association with Beth Protea held the second in the two part-series of ‘Medicine and the Holocaust’ at Beth Protea.

Telfed's Lifetime Achievement Awards – Meet our recipients
Two former Southern Africans have been nominated to receive TELFED's Lifetime Achievement Award, for their most significant contribution to Israeli society: Harold 'Smoky' Simon - one of the founders of the Israel Air Force and a pioneer of the insurance industry in Israel, and Morris Kahn - outstanding business innovator and social entrepreneur, have graciously accepted this honour and will be presented with the TELFED - South African Zionist Federation (Israel) Award in February 20
The Jewish Agency, Babait Beyahad, Ra’anana and Telfed  
invites you to the next meeting of the Raanana Woman's Circle - Bingo

Telfed was invited to address the Israeli programme at the Yeud Girls Seminary in Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem.

Founded in 2013, TLV1 is an English-language internet radio, broadcast from Kikar HaMedina (“State Square”) in Tel Aviv. 

אנו גאים להציג את נבחרת פר"ס לשנת הלימודים 2013-2014!!!  

השנה, תכנית פר"ס (PRAS)  שמהווה את פרויקט הדגל של תלפד,היא  תכלול 140 סטודנטים-  המספר הגבוה ביותר של סטודנטים מאז החלה התוכנית לפני 10 שנים! 

Volunteers from the Women's Circle are now volunteering every Tuesday
at Beit Issie Shapiro. Here we see the ladies with the South African Ambassador Sisa Ngombane.

On a bright and sunny morning, 32 members of the Woman's circle boarded a bus en route for the Modiin area, the land of the Maccabim. Everyone was equipped with good cheer and lots of "padkos" and goodies for the soldiers we were to meet later in the day. 

MITCH CHUPAK - Director of Development at The Jaffa Institute

Chanukah party in Modiin

TELFED is very fortunate to be able to host  the Honorable Professor Irwin Cotler, M.P, on January 2nd 2014 at the Yad Lebanim auditorum. Ra'anana.
Proudly sponsored by Meatland, Ra'anana

Telfed Young Adults Chanukah Party



ESRA Rishon Lezion presents Jennifer Bell  "Staying Healthy and Avoiding Disease"
Wednesday, 20th November, 2013 at 20:00

The upcoming (2nd & final) lecture by  Tessa Chelouche on ‘Medicine and the Holocaust’ will be held at Beth Protea on the 30th December.

Do you know of a fellow Southern African Oleh who deserves to be recognised because of his/her remarkable impact on the State of Israel?

Rishon LeZion: Bingo, Soup, Bagel & Cholent Evening (Dec. 2)

R.E.S.A & Telfed get-together: Oct. 22

Families award outstanding students with scholarships

Expo: Pamela Silver, The Horizon in Here (November)

Join us for a day trip to Tel Mond, October 15th.

Save the date: Upcoming Womens' Circle: Oct. 30, 2013

You are cordially invited to attend a special memorial evening commemorating the Fortieth anniversary of the passing of 

Chief Rabbi Prof. Israel  Abrahams ז"ל,

The following is the full report given by Telfed Chairman Dave Bloom at the organisations Annual General Meeting at the end of July 2013.

Under Telfed Rules and Regulations this AGM is the bi-annual event at which a new Chairman, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer are elected along with six members of the SA Community.

To all members of Habonim SA from the Seventies, as well as Friends and relatives of Niel and Dudi (z”l)

The International Garin Hod reunion – together with the fortieth Hazkara for Niel and Dudi z”l: Friday 4.10.2013 is almost upon us.

Members of the Telfed Aliyah Projects Committee paid a visit to the city of Haifa in order to ascertain the possibility of a potential building project for new and veteran Southern African Olim. 

Telfed was honoured with a visit to its offices in Schwartz Street, Ra'anana by the new Director of the Ministry of Absorption, Advocate Oded Forer. 

Listen to this fascinating interview with Telfed Director Sidney Shapiro by Roger Alpher from TLV1.

Go to this link and click on the play button below the picture to listen to the audio.

AACI Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions (Jerusalem)

Olim artists are invited to put forward their candidacy for the 2013 Ministry of Absorption Stern Prize. 

 Join our BBQ, Sunday, 22 Sep., 15h30 and note the following:

Passing of 1948 Machalnik  and head of the Israeli Airforce flying school

Cricket in Ra'anana for juniors will recommence again very shortly with national head coach, Herschel Gutman again coaching the juniors.

The Jewish Agency, Babait Beyahad, Ra’anana and Telfed invite you to the Women's Circle Opening Event

The Israel Tennis Association (I.T.A) invites Telfed to attend the 2013 Masters Tennis Tournament (Eilat)

We welcome you to join the TIME IS LIMITED exhibition , August 22nd at 20:00.

At the invitation of the Israel Centre, Telfed will be attending the Aliyah EXPO from 19-25 August 2013

Jobs at hotel in Tel Aviv

Good job offer for bookkeeper seeking work!

Organised by Telfed and Beth Protea, over 90 people packed into the Beth Protea shul this evening (with a few out on the lawn) to hear a riveting address by former South African, Dr. Tessa Chelouche on the ethically complex connection between medicine and the Holocaust

On Sunday July 7th 2013 Telfed was privileged to host the two producers of the film, Sharit Shapiro and Stephanie Ronnet. 55 people crowded into the Telfed boardroom. The crowd was treated not only to the screening of "804" but to an introduction to the movie by Stephanie and a question and answer session following the film with both Sharit and Stephanie.


The Nephesh Theatre of Tel Aviv would like to invite you to a performance of Gimpel the Fool 

Jobs for young people at top hotel opening soon!

Telfed was invited to participate in a reception at the Hayarkon Park organised by the SA Embassy

Telfed Rishon LeZion Regional Committee in conjuction with RESA - Rishon English Speakers Association invite you to a fun-filled BINGO EVENING (with a surprise speaker)

Come attend the Maccabiah games (all FREE) and send us your photos to share!

Come to watch the biggest ever rugby tournament in Israel; all taking part at the Wingate Institute!

"Maya center" is pleased to inform you that the enrollment for the subsidized group facilitators training program is still open. The program trains family and parenting facilitators in a three-year program at "Maya Center" - The national center for parenthood and family in cultural transition, Kibbutzim college, Tel-Aviv.  


For sales professionals - a great opportunity.

Medicine and the Holocaust: What is the Connection?
Beth Protea in association with Telfed Invite you to an illuminating lecture by Dr. Tessa Chelouche on the ethically complex connection between medicine and the Holocaust.

This year almost 100 students attended the PRAS closing ceremony of 2012 -2013.

You are invited to hear Errol Anstey – a Democratic Alliance (DA) Councilor in Cape Town talk about the challenges facing the DA today in South Africa and in the forthcoming 2014 elections.

On behalf of Telfed I attended the graduation ceremony of 3 South Africans who have just completed their schooling (Kita Yud Bet – matric) on the Na'aleh programme at the Mossensohn School in Hod Ha'Sharon.

Come and join us at our annual BBQ!
Enjoy the cool breeze and a wonderful view of the sea at the Rishon LeZion beach!

The contents of the Pietersburg [Polokwane] Shul and a Sefer Torah were brought from South Africa and presented to the Mevasser Zion Shul in Tel Mond.  They've waited 10 years for the completion of the Shul; now finally this amazing Aliyah took place! 

Excellent, permanent cleaning job for the right person

Raphael Recanati International School hosts summer ulpan at the IDC

Outstanding Recognition for Two Outstanding Students!

If you are an artist of any type - this ad is for you:

Telfed cordially invites you to the screening of the widely acclaimed film “804”, in the presence of the film’s producer, Sharit Krengel.


August Aliyah Fair in Johannesburg and Cape Town 

Don't miss this exhibition of beautiful wildlife drawings!

Looking to meet new English speaking women in Ra’anana and to take part in projects that will benefit the community?

If you are feeling increasingly frustrated at the unrelenting global assault on Israel by the world media and NGOs such as BDS and would like to play some role in countering it, this event may be for you! It will prove both instructive and illuminating.

Coffee and croissants and good company was the order of the day at the Green Onion Café. 


presented by Yanina Musnikow, AACI Counselor, in conjunction with AACI and Telfed

Are You Eligible for:

* An Old Age Pension? 

* A Special Old Age Allowance?

* An Old Age Supplement?

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS to Telfed’s Executive Council (Exco) 2013

Would you like to be part of a group of English speaking women, veterans and new olim who can make a positive contribution to the community in which we live?

TRUTH BE TOLD (TbT) held a panel discussion  on The Global Media Assault on Israel moderated by Israel Radio English edition personality Leah Zinder. About 250 people came to hear panelists Professor Gerald Steinberg, Trevor Asserson, David Olesker and Simon Plosker.

The event was spearheaded by TbT and in cooperation with Telfed as well as Beit Protea.


The Jewish Agency is looking for Shlichim to send to South Africa

The European Coach Awards 2013 winners have been announced with the Outstanding Contribution Award going to Roland Lefebvre of Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), as ICC Europe’s commitment to coach development continues.



ZFA partners with Telfed for services for new immigrants on arrival in Israel

29 April 2013

Telfed – the South African Zionist Federation (Israel) and the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) have announced the signing of a joint partnership in which Telfed will provide klita (absorption) services to Australian olim on behalf of the ZFA.


(by courtesy of the writer)

By: Gil Lavie

King Goodwill Zwelithini, 64, the ceremonial leader of the Zulu nation in South Africa, has marked Israeli Independence day along with his wife Queen Thandi at a Yom Haatzmaut ceremony held on Thursday at the Israeli embassy in Pretoria.


AACI together with TELFED invite you to a lecture: UNDERSTANDING THE ISRAELI HEALTH SYSTEM

Basic and Supplemental Insurance Plans

Telfed's Regional Representative in Jerusalem, Roy Scher, attended the IDF swearing-in ceremony, presenting 2 gift packages to 2 Southern African lone soldiers.

This course is for highly skilled Olim who have already completed an intensive Ulpan and are looking to improve their Hebrew in a professional context and learn the terminology of business Hebrew.

Do you anticipate the Matzah?
Do you yearn for the 4 cups of wine?
Do you pine for your Zeida’s tune of Dayeinu?

Admit it! You just can’t wait for the...

Did you participate in Ulpan when you arrived? Did you finish Kitah Aleph?

Are you planning to buy property in Israel?


Come Join big Purim Party, Sat. Feb. 23th from 6:45 pm

On Sunday 17 February, the Maksam Centre in Hadera hosted a visiting group of senior Telfed personnel.

A small but vibrant group of graduates of the Bnei Akiva Kfar Ha'Roeh programme got together last week for their 24th anniversary reunion.

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