The Astra Centre for Jewish Sheltered Employment Collection comprises a small number of images donated by the Astra Centre of Cape Town covering the period of the early 2000's and depicting varius events and persons.
Astra Jewish Sheltered Employment comprises of three Group Homes; Rosecourt House, Rosecourt Terrace and Vriende House; as well as a Workshop on the Astra premises, where workers are taught skills in a protective and sheltered environment. They are involved in contract work, such as packaging goods for companies, packing flyers and brochures, as well as the manufacture of a large range of unique and high-quality craft goods, which are in great demand in the market place. There are various departments: painting, woodwork, needlework, weaving, catering and philately. The Workers enjoy the dignity of being occupied daily which enhances their self-esteem, while at the same time giving them the opportunity for social interaction.
Included in the photographs are Selwyn and Merle Furman, two of Astra’s longest standing executive committee members. They are seen delivering speeches, installing mezuzahs and celebrating renovations with a Table Mountain backdrop.
Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections. If you would like to add any additional information please contact us.