You Changed My Life
Due to family circumstances, I was not yet three years old when I was placed in Oranjia the Jewish children’s home where I spent my early childhood. Institutional living does not always bring out the best in a child, but the caring concern of the community certainly does. It was thanks to ‘the kindness of strangers’ that I was fortunate enough to attend Herzlia from Grade1 to Grade 12.
The community and the Herzlia teachers changed my life. I wish that my nameless benefactors could really know the impact they made on me, or the depth of my gratitude. Of the many wonderful teachers, Miss Bernstein, my Grade 4 teacher in particular unlocked my potential to become a passionate teacher.
I have taught at Herzlia for 35 years, and hope that I have made some differences in the lives of those children entrusted to me. The most wonderful part is that I come to work with love and joy every day – and my own children are Herzlia alumni.
So many quality children would never make their mark without a Herzlia education, and the generous people who make bursaries possible through the commitment of The Herzlia Foundation Trust. Those people who choose to use their money in education are very special.
As a community, we bind tightly and are always there for each other in situations of need – we also place great emphasis on education. If you already donate to The Herzlia Foundation Trust, I salute you.
If you’ve yet to make your contribution, I urge you to make it now. Who knows . . . your beneficiary could be another Albert Einstein.
You can make a real difference in the life of a Jewish child
Lindy describes herself as a ‘typical teenager’ when she was enrolled at Herzlia. She was there thanks to a bursary, but had no real appreciation of the privilege of a Jewish community education. Lindy could also be described as a classic product of Herzlia – a young person encouraged to question and think for herself.
This thinking and questioning led her to meet with the Principal of the time, asking to drop Hebrew as a subject in favour of geography. Gently reminded that Hebrew was compulsory and that her grades were too high to consider exemption, Lindy was not giving up, and she laid down an ultimatum; “Either I drop Hebrew, or I’m leaving.” Lindy still remembers the day she went home to her mother to tell her that she had ‘left Herzlia’!
Two unhappy terms at another school followed, a time when Lindy realised what a treasure she had impulsively tossed away on a point of teenage pride. After some wise advice from her mother, she once again braved the Herzlia Principal’s office, and asked to be re-admitted. Fortunately, the Principal agreed that Lindy’s place was indeed at Herzlia and she re-joined the school.
Today Lindy is the editor of The Cape Town Jewish Chronicle, and is married to Stuart who was also a bursary recipient from Herzlia. All three of their daughters are pupils at Herzlia. Stuart and Lindy are grateful to be in a position to be able to pay full fees and know that in today’s financial environment, this can change in an instant.
The bursary fund ensures that no matter what, a Jewish education will always be possible for their girls – and this is an incredible security. They never forget that they are where they are today, thanks to the bursaries they received from The Herzlia Foundation Trust.