HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN

We were founded in 1995 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Philanthropist/Businessman Dr Bertie Lubner. Initially, the day to day needs of children was a priority but soon after, the organisation evolved into one focused on overall development. Renamed MaAfrika Tikkun and later Afrika Tikkun, our approach was refined and reformulated into the Cradle to Career 360° model. This Model is aimed at providing education, health and social services to young people and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships. Our main goal is to create a sustainable future for the youth of South Africa and the credibility of this cause won the support of the organisations Patron-in-Chief  in memoriam, Nelson Mandela. Since then, we have built 4 centres of excellence across Gauteng and 1 in the Western Cape.

PATRON-IN-CHIEF NELSON MANDELA IN MEMORIAM

After a visit to a Tikkun project in Orange Farm in 1999, President Nelson Mandela said that he had “seen a miracle” and, offered to become the Patron-in-Chief.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

“The [Ma]Afrika Tikkun project demonstrates in a practical and sustainable manner what can be done with limited resources, great commitment and passion. The challenge to reach all the disadvantaged people of South Africa remains a paramount one. We need all the resources, both human and financial, to address these challenging tasks. It is my belief that [Ma]Afrika Tikkun represents the best of what civil society can offer in partnership with Government’s considerable efforts. [Ma]Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach sections of our disadvantaged population at grassroots level. It therefore provides both physical help, as well as giving hope and dignity to the recipients.”

REASON WE EXIST

The primary objective of Afrika Tikkun is to provide holistic development in disadvantaged communities. We aim to empower young people by affording them the opportunity to receive gainful education, good health care, nutrition and support for their families. In doing so, we equalize the playing field for unprivileged young people so that they have the same employment opportunities that privileged youth have. We offer a number of program that ensure an all rounded person as the outcome. Our 360 degree Model of care consists of three program, namely: Early Childhood Development, Child and Youth Development, and Career Development. Additionally, we have programs which support our 360 degree Model, namely: Family Support Services, Primary Health Care, The Empowerment Program and Nutrition and Food Security Program.

VISIT ONE OF OUR AFRIKA TIKKUN'S CENTRES

Take a visual tour of any one of our centres here and find out more about each centre’s history and its people here:

OUR FOUNDERS

Bertie Lubner
Bertie Lubner
Founder
Bertie Lubner is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He spent 41 years expanding the Plate Glass Group and developing their interests. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1. He went on to take on various philanthropic initiatives and from this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Founder
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979.
Herby Rosenberg
Herby Rosenberg
Executive Deputy Chairman
Herby, who was among the earliest founders of Afrika Tikkun has, over the years, become Afrika Tikkun’s Ambassador, loved and deeply respected within the organisation, and far beyond its walls.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Booth
Scott Booth
Chairperson
Scott Booth is the Founder and Managing Partner of Eastern Advisers, a global equity hedge fund founded in 2003 with seed capital from Tiger Management.
Peter Jacobson
Peter Jacobson
Vice Chairperson
PETER JACOBSON is an innovation catalyst with a knack for turning vision into value.  He has deep experience as a serial entrepreneur, private equity investor, corporate executive, and investment advisory professional.
June Tatelman
June Tatelman
Director
JUNE TATELMAN is a true investor in community change, June Tatelman’s career in education and commitment to philanthropy spans over 40 years.
Karen Blumenstein
Karen Blumenstein
Governance Chair
KAREN BLUMENSTEIN is the Principal at Flower & Stone, Ltd. and leads the development of commercial real estate projects including mixed use private partnerships (P3s) and municipal finance transactions.
Nicole Cramer
Nicole Cramer
External Affairs Chair
Nicole V. Cramer is a former global advertising executive, two-time entrepreneur, writer, coach and a multilingual avid world traveler. She is committed to opening doors for the talented but under-represented.
Steve Katznelson
Steve Katznelson
Director
STEVE BRETT KATZNELSON, CFA is the Partner, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer at Radcliffe Capital Management, L.P.
William Recant
William Recant
Director
Dr. WILLIAM RECANT serves as the senior staff person regarding all of JDC’s non-sectarian programs and directs JDC’s Government Affairs program.

EMERITI DIRECTORS

Tassilo Baeuerle
Tassilo Baeuerle
Former Director
Tassilo is a passionate entrepreneur and business builder. Combining strategic vision with results-oriented focus, he has led some companies through exciting periods of rapid growth, and others through rapid turnaround.
Jonathan Brodie
Jonathan Brodie
Former Director
Scott Gassman
Scott Gassman
Former Director
Design and facilitate meetings, programs and training that support enterprise change strategies, deliver process improvement, integrate technology, lead human resources innovation, drive classroom learning and deliver on-line information sharing initiatives.
Euvin Naidoo
Euvin Naidoo
Former Director
Euvin Naidoo has joined Thomson Reuters (TR) as the Head of Financial Institutions- Africa.

ADVISORY BOARD

John Chalsty
John Chalsty
Chairman
JOHN CHALSTY was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. in February 1996 after serving as President and CEO from 1985.
Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta
Advisory board member
SANJAY GUPTA has 20+ years of senior level global strategy and business leadership with top tier management consulting and Fortune 500 companies across financial services.
Lisa Issroff
Lisa Issroff
Advisory board member
LISA ISSROFF and her husband founded and run the Issroff Family Foundation, which provides educational and related support for children and youth across Africa and in New York City.
Andrew Levy
Andrew Levy
Advisory board member
ANDREW LEVY is the senior counsel at the DLA Piper. He serves the business and legal needs of participants in most aspects of, and product types in, the real estate industry throughout the United States and in Europe.
Olga Meshoe
Olga Meshoe
Advisor
OLGA MESHOE describes herself as adventurous, energetic and possibly a little bit of a workaholic.
Teboho Moja
Teboho Moja
Advisor
Dr. TEBOHO MOJA is a Clinical Professor of Higher Education at New York University.
James Newlands
James Newlands
Advisor
JAMES A. NEWLANDS is a Partner at Ernst & Young, where he leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York.

JUNIOR BOARD

Mehdeen Sehgal
Mehdeen Sehgal
Senior Marketing and Development Associate /Advisor
I am the Senior Marketing and Development Associate of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North-American representative of a multi-award winning non-profit and Nelson Mandela Patroned, Afrika Tikkun headquartered in South Africa.
Rory Julyan
Rory Julyan
Advisor
Benjamin Jacobson
Benjamin Jacobson
Co-Chair
Ari Hirsch
Ari Hirsch
Co-Chair
Reilly Koren
Reilly Koren
External Affairs Committee Co-Chair
David Hurly
David Hurly
Member
Jordyn Hurly
Jordyn Hurly
Member
Nathan Pitock
Nathan Pitock
Member

ACHIEVEMENTS

2015

FW de Klerk Goodwill Award

The FW de Klerk Foundation awarded us with the 5th annual FW de Klerk Goodwill award.
2012

Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) Award

On March 2nd, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund invited the SSCN members and stakeholders to a dinner showcasing best practices in the sport-for-development sector. Afrika Tikkun and Kick4Life received the inaugural SSCN Awards.
2013

South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

The Transformation Award was presented to us – Our Uthando centre was developed into a heritage building.
2011

Cyril Harris Humanitarian Award to Marc Lubner

We received the ABSA Jewish Achievers Award.