At the Simcha Fund we receive two types of letters, the first breaks your heart and the second mends it.  A selection of both types of letters (with names changed to preserve anonymity) appears below.

For close on ten years the Fund has assisted dozens of members of the Cape Town Jewish community to celebrate their simchas with dignity and joy, regardless of their financial situation.  The average cost of a “low-key” simcha, is currently between R10 000- R15 000, depending on the catering, venue and other expenses.  This does not include tallis and tefillin for bnei-mitzvah, items that are rather costly due to the unfavourable exchange rate.  The Simcha Fund has also contributed towards the full or partial costs of several weddings.  We provide catering, a photographer, décor and even a wedding gown.  In fact a large collection of wedding dresses is available to borrow for ALL BRIDES and may be viewed at the Claremont Wynberg Shul.  We also encourage brides to donate their wedding gowns to the Fund so that other brides will benefit.  The Fund has a simple application process and a quick “turn around” time.  We thank all of our generous donors and service providers for making these simchas such joyous occasions.

Letter Type 1- The Appeal

“We have been through a very rough time financially and had to sell our house as we could not keep up with our bond payments. Please G-d we will be in a position to repay the Simcha fund when our situation improves.  Thank you for your support and understanding.”

“I am a single mom of a special needs child. My ex-husband lives in […] and has chosen not to be involved in my son’s life in any way. I have been earning under R5000 a month and receive assistance from Jewish Community Services. My son, through his emotional difficulties, has been placed in an institution this year so that he can receive emotional support that I am unable financially to provide.  My father does not speak to either my son, or myself and will not assist us in any way….”

Letter type 2 – The Thank You

“On behalf of [] and the rest of the [] family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone who is involved with the Simcha Fund for assisting us in making []’s Bar Mitzvah the wonderful success that it was.  He performed superbly and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his Bar Mitzvah so much so that he is prepared to come back next year and do it all over again! Once again thank you to everyone concerned.”

“Please accept our sincere thanks for your support and generosity for contributing towards []’s Bat Mitzvah brocha.  We thank you most sincerely for this contribution and hope that the Simcha Fund grows from strength to strength.  Wishing you many years of success, good health, peace and prosperity.”

“We write to express our most heartfelt appreciation for the assistance offered to us by the Simcha Fund for []’s Batmitzvah.

Her Batmitzvah took place on the [] and it really was far more than we ever anticipated.  It was Kosher and both Rabbi and Rebbetzin [  ] kindly attended. The Rebbetzin made a thoughtful speech which was complimented by everyone.   The decor was lovely, the food by Norrie Caterer’s outstanding and everything took place in a meaningful way.  Without your assistance, this would not have been possible.  Thanks once again for helping to create such a memorable time in our lives!”

“My daughter recently experience her bat mitzvah at [] shul, the time leading up to the Batmitzvah was one of severe emotional stress for me particularly, I wanted my daughter to be able to experience this important and traditional passage hood from child to adult in the most joyous and memorable way possible.  Sadly our financial circumstances where a great stress and bought a lot of pressure on us as a family over the celebration.  Thankfully with absolute gratitude the dedication , love and personal time as well as finances afforded to us with the help of the Simcha Fund  and the staff at [  ]shul… allowed me to be able to relax with confidence that the brocha at the shul would be one of joy and not stress.”

(Rabbi Liebenberg, June 2017)

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