Training & development for disadvantaged communities

One of the hallmarks of the late Chief Rabbi's Rabbinate was to convince the South African Jewish community that promoting Jewish values included extending the hand of assistance and friendship to disadvantaged South African communities. It soon became clear that human resources were almost as scarce as financial ones. The Foundation works to form partnerships with a variety of NGO/CBO's, some of whom are quite sophisticated in their organisation, whilst others struggle to even identify the problems which beset them.
The Foundation has supported a number of projects which have benefitted and provided comfort to many wounded lives. Amongst the Foundation's projects are:


  • We acknowledge, with much gratitude, the Chief Rabbi CK Harris Memorial Foundation's funding allocation towards IESA's Helpline - Information and Support Programme.  This helpline provides a lifeline and support to parents, caregivers and others working with young children and learners experiencing exclusion due to disabilities and other barriers to learning.
    In 2015, we received the highest number of enquiries regarding vulnerable children who are being excluded from accessing appropriate educational settings.  We would like to thank you for this valuable contribution which will be invested in staff training to enhance the effectiveness of our work.
    Balista Ntloko
    Inclusive Education South Africa
  • I would like to thank the Trustees of the CK Harris Memorial Trust for  the generous donation.  These funds will be used for business skills development for aspirant young people launching their own micro-businesses.
    Mark Gamble
    Aspire Youth
  • Partnering with the Chief Rabbi CK Harris Memorial Foundation allows us to provide outstanding supporting services that also extend to the families of beneficiaries.  With your investment, we have successfully provided holistic development opportunities for hundreds of children at our centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
    Onyi Nwaneri
    Afrika Tikkun
  • With your support we have started the Thinking Stars project which focuses on training teachers in disadvantaged schools to implement the Basic Concepts Programme.  Floreat Primary teachers were trained in the Basics Concepts Programme and Delta Primary School teachers in Steenberg have recently come on board this project thanks to the donation given by the Chief Rabbi CKH Foundation.
    The teachers now utilize the programme and methodology in their classrooms.  We hope that with this input they will see better results from their students.  This solid foundation should give the students a better chance at academic success and thus enhance their future prospects.
    Your contribution has and will continue to make a difference to these teachers and students.  We salute you in your efforts to improve education in South Africa.
    Louis Benjamin
    Basic Concepts
  • Our administrator did a 2-day Advancement and Fundraising workshop at Inyathelo; Two of our staff members are attending the Arise Adoption Conference in October; and we are sending 2 staff members to a 2-day seminar on attachment and bonding with newborns, which is so pivotal to what we are dealing with on a daily basis.
    We are so grateful for this wonderful support and to you for assisting us in developing and growing, so that we can bring more babies in the Western Cape into safety.
    Marilyn May
    Atlantic Hope