Viv AnsteyViv Anstey has a MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, Boston, USA and a MA in Social Work (Mental Health). Viv founded the Midrasha Adult Education Institute and the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning 13 yrs ago. Viv was appointed director of the Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute in 2017, the first ever South African Jewish Leadership Development Programme.

She co-founded the Jewish Literary Festival in 2016. She co-founded Limmud SA. She was the first director of the SA Jewish Museum. She has served on the SA Jewish Board of Deputies for many years in numerous lay and professional leadership positions and is currently vice-chair. She is a trustee of Habonim Dror SA. She is passionate about Jewish education as a tool to strengthening Jewish community and continuity.


Lauren SnitcherLauren Snitcher graduated as a BA.LLB(UCT) and worked as an attorney in Cape Town. After having 2 daughters, I did alternative healing courses in Massage, Reflexology and Body Alignment and worked as a registered practitioner. When my children were older I was able to pursue my lifelong passion in Jewish education and after completing the Melton Course in 2008, I jumped at the opportunity to assist Viv in the area of recruitment and admin. As part of my interest in my Jewish Heritage and as a descendant of an Ochberg orphan, I undertook extensive research and travel, resulting in the creation of an Oscar short-listed documentary movie, “Ochberg’s Orphans”.

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Sponsoring Agency

Midrasha Adult Education Institute
incorporating The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Cape Town, South Africa

Advisory Board

Natalie Barnett, Moonyeen Castle, Dennis Davis, Owen Futeran, Sally Frankental, Hilton Greenbaum, Myra Osrin, Debbie Weinstein


Moonyeen Castle, Joe Fintz, Hilton Greenbaum

REGISTRATION (classes run February-November)

Year One Core: Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living

When: Wed evenings

Location: Herzlia

Faculty: Esther Maizels & Bryan Opert

Year Two Core: Crossroads of Jewish History & Ethics of Jewish Living

When: Tuesday mornings

Location: Highlands House Shul

Faculty: Ronnie Gotkin & Greg Alexander


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