Cape Town February 2020

Perth to Cape Town via Johannesburg – on SAA

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Presentation at Herzlia School on Defiance and the Bielski Partisans

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Tea at the Winchester Mansions Hotel, Sea Point

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Paragliders in front of the hotel

Queens Road, Sea Point 

My grandparents, Isocher and Chasal Zeldin’s house. Our drive to Hout Bay.

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Hout Bay

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The Partisans’ Song On Simcha TV

The Global Partisan Song Project

The Global Partisan Song Project

Every year on Yom Hashoah – the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism, Holocaust survivors and Jewish communities sing the song Zog Nit Keynmol (‘We are Still Here’), which is also known as the Partisan Song. Now, a new initiative by Cape Town born Eli Rabinowitz seeks to teach the song to schoolchildren across the globe, allowing them to connect with each other and their history.


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Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin

Cape Town Embraces Yiddish Song

The Partisans’ Song Project and Herzlia Vocal Ensemble keep Yiddish alive!

April 16, 2018

The Partisans’ Song Project, in which the Herzlia Vocal Ensemble participated, is featured in Simcha – A Celebration of Life… on SABC TV2 .


Herzlia & Highlands House – The Partisans’ Song

On 8 February United Herzlia Schools hosted an international online collaboration on The Partisans’ Song Project

Herzlia High School, Cape Town, South Africa
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Event being flimed for TV

Schools that participated in the online collaboration:

  1. Host: Herzlia Middle School, Cape Town
  2. St Petersburg School (#550) ORT de Gunzburg “Shorashim” (Russia)
  3. Moscow School (#1311) “Tekhiya” (ORT) (Russia)
  4. Kiev Educational Complex “ORT” (#141) (Ukraine)
  5. Odessa School “ORT” (#94) named after Z.Zhabotinskiy (Ukraine)
  6. Kishinev ORT Technology Lyceum named after Herzl (Moldova)
  7. Vilnius ORT Shalom Aleichem gymnasia (Lithuania)
My welcome
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Video: Herzlia Ensemble sings Zog Nit Keynmol

Herzlia Online ZNK 2018


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Watching in Sydney, Australia
Miriam Lichterman, survivor
Herzlia school captains
Herzlia – thanks given in Russian
With Ivor Joffe, Lydia Abel, Ivor Lichterman, Miriam Lichterman, Mark Helfrich, Steve Sherman

With thanks to:

Irina Silaeva (Shemyakina)  co-ordinator  “Organization for Educational resources and technological training”  (ORT-Russia)

Mark Helfrich – Herzlia

Ivor Joffe – Herzlia

Steve Sherman – Living Maths

Heather Blumenthal – Spirit Sister

Lydia Abel – Cape ORT

Miriam Lichterman & Ivor Lichterman

Lesley-Ann Knoll

Full collaboration video:
Zog Nit Keynmol – – An international Collaboration
Zog Nit Keynmol – – An international Collaboration


The Concert at Highlands House
The notice board


Lesley-Ann Knoll’s welcome
Mark Helfrich
With the Herzlia Vocal Ensemble

Miriam & Ivor Lichterman
Video – Zog Nit Keynmol 
With survivor Miriam Lichterman and her son Ivor, visiting from Toledo OH.
Zog Nit Keynmol – in Cape Town with Miriam Lichterman

The Partisan Song WE ARE HERE! The Herzlia Vocal Ensemble Highlands House Cape Town 8 February 2018


With Ivor Joffe
The Residents

Miriam Lichterman & Philip Todres
Lydia Abel & Miriam Lichterman
With inlaws Len & Ruth Reitstein
Lesley-Ann Knoll
Residents viewing The Partisans’ Song video

The new video
Yom Hashoah 2018 – A video for your community

Yom Hashoah 2018 – A video for your community

Give meaning to the significance and context to the Partisans’ Song, written by Hirsh Glik 75 years ago. Please ensure that your children and grandchi…


About Us | United Herzlia Schools

About Us | United Herzlia Schools

Herzlia is a Jewish community school and a leader in education in the Western Cape. Herzlia is one of the top feeder schools to UCT. About Us.


World ORT | Worldwide Jewish Educational NGO

World ORT | Worldwide Jewish Educational NGO

World ORT

World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation. Specialized in Technology.



Litvak Hangout with Cape Town & Kedainiai: A Unique Event!

On 11 February 2016, a unique event will take place!

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Two quite different schools on opposite sides of the world, will link up in a Litvak Hangout.

A joint session between students of Herzlia, the Jewish Day School in Cape Town, South Africa and those of Atzalyno Gimnazija, a high school in Kedainiai, Lithuania will be held at 11am South African and Lithuanian time.

Eli Rabinowitz will make some introductory comments about Jews of Lithuania and South Africa and how the Litvaks got to SA.

Three of the Lithuanian students will talk about the Jewish history, the importance of Kedainiai and the Jewish sites in the town.

Three Herzlia students will talk about their Lithuanian heritage, their family shtetl, and when and how their family came to SA.

And then we will talk about the future!

Click here for the link to watch this event live on YouTube:

Several people around the world have been working hard to make this event happen:

Laima Ardaviciene, the English teacher at Atzalyno in Kedainiai

Mark Helfrich, Curriculum Head at United Herzlia Schools, Cape Town

Steve Sherman, Chief Imagination Officer at Living Maths, Cape Town

Eli Rabinowitz, Perth Australia.

Read more about Eli’s bond with Atzalyno: