Caring for almost 1,000 people with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as those with mental illnesses.
Our cemetery staff is on standby for emergencies 24/7 on 011 321 0000 code 4284 or 083 704 3994
Our trauma response team is available to provide emotional support in times of extraordinary stress and duress. Contact 011 532 9710
Our Tzedokah Resource Helpline provides information to people who are approached to give tzedokah by individuals asking for handouts – 011 532 9710 or email@example.com
Following upon incidents of violence or trauma our trauma debriefing team offers the services of skilled and specifically-trained counsellors. 011 532 9616 office hours.
Over 1000 families and individuals are assisted monthly with food, rent, medicine & healthcare. This welfare distribution forms a very large part of the Chev’s welfare budget and includes those people who live in its own residential facilities who are unable to pay their way. Often, emergency, life-saving surgeries are provided for, as are the costs of rehabilitation for long-term illnesses, both mental and physical.
Contact an intake financial services worker on 011 532 9710.
The Jewish Students Education Fund provides student loans to approximately 220 tertiary students in need every year. Loans are interest-free and terms are made easy. Repayment is via debit order. By providing deserving students with an education the Chev is ensuring endless possibilities for the youth of today.
Education Support Services also provides remedial education to many children whose families are unable to afford it and offers educational subsidies to 150 students at Jewish day schools.
Contact 011 532 9652 for tertiary education or 011 532 9616 for school education.
There are currently close to 300 people in the Chev’s Protected Employment programme who are working hard and feeling proud and productive. With the integration of Kadimah Occupational Services in the Chevrah Group in 2008, all sheltered employment efforts were consolidated and now incorporate workers from the World of Work, Kadimah, Selwyn Segal, residents of the mental health facility, and people from the community who are unable to function in the open labour market.
Contact 011 532 9769
Our cemetery staff is on standby for emergencies 24/7.
Every Jewish person in the city is given the same dignified burial according to Jewish custom and law, regardless of status or wealth. This includes those who are destitute and without family. In these cases all costs are borne by the Chevrah Kadisha. We maintain over 59,000 graves in 3 cemeteries – Westpark, Brixton and Braamfontein.
ETERNAL CARE PROJECT: Westpark Cemetery has a grave care and maintenance project which includes cleaning and minor repairs at a nominal annual fee per grave.
Cleaning is carried out at regular 6-weekly intervals and repairs include:
- letters on the tombstone (repainting)
- the concrete surround
- bed and chips
The community is cautioned not to make use of unauthorised personnel who offer their services to repair graves. Anyone interested in signing up for the Eternal Care Project can call 011 532 9751.
Cemetery staff are available for emergencies 24 hours a day on 011 321 0000 code 4284 or 083 704 3994.
Free and subsidised accommodation is available at all the Chev’s residential facilities as well as Sandringham Square/Lodge, The Capri, Arlusyl Court, Denby Mansions and rentals at other facilities.
Contact 011 532 9639
As conditions in State facilities continue to decline, healthcare continues to assume an ever greater importance. The Chevrah Kadisha is doing everything possible to help our community. Access to healthcare is provided through the Eric and Sheila Samson Community Medical Centre on the Sandringham Gardens campus. Over 3,000 patients are seen annually at the Centre which offers:
- The most comprehensive geriatric service in the country
- An integrated rehabilitation unit and pharmacy
- Doctors and consulting specialists
- Units include radiography, optometry, podiatry, audiology and dental care
Financial assistance for emergency life-saving surgical and medical assistance is available when necessary.
Our Parents Home offers a specialized Alzheimers ward.
Contact 011 483 7497
Chevrah Kadisha Bridal Services focuses on helping young couples in need with the costs of the wedding and the huge expenses associated with setting up house for the first time. Wedding dresses, veils, petticoats, retinue outfits and accessories are available on loan. Chevrah Kadisha Bridal Services gratefully accepts gifts of wedding dresses and retinue outfits for moms, bridesmaids and family members.
Over and above financial assistance for weddings and setting up a home, the Chev also provides Marriage Preparation courses to every Jewish couple.
Contact Shirley Resnick 011 532 9710
This Department cares for almost 1,000 people with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as those with mental illnesses. Care extends beyond our residential facilities into the community.
That figure of 1,000 includes some 300 psycho-geriatric mentally ill residents in our aged facilities who have developed age-related dementia and depression, as well as residents in Selwyn Segal, Sandringham Lodge and Sandringham Square. Although Selwyn Segal, with 120 residents, primarily houses those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and the Lodge and Square (80 residents in each facility) deal with mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anorexia, etc., diagnoses often overlap. The Chev also runs a weekly Community Psychiatric Clinic at which community members unable to afford treatment can see a psychiatrist and arrange to receive the medication they require. Addiction is classified as a mental illness.
Although there is growing awareness and understanding of disabilities in the general population these days, there is still a stigma and lack of empathy for mentally ill people. Added to the rising numbers of mentally ill people is the well-documented research of an alarming increase in dementia statistics worldwide – primarily due to extended life-spans.
Contact 011 532 9600 for more info.