South African Friends of the Jewish Museum, Jerusalem
The South African Friends of the Israel Museum (SAFIM) is a non-profit organisation, supporting youth educational programmes at the Israel Museum Jerusalem, as well as South African art and culture. SAFIM is focused on emphasising the importance of art, culture and our many art institutions in South Africa, whilst highlighting the impressive work of the Israel Museum and their Community Outreach programmes. Over the past five years, we have been successful in raising much needed funds for our initiatives and are proud to have raised over R4 million from auctions alone.

We make a considerable impact in South Africa each year, providing training, support and assistance to art-related projects. Funds are allocated towards our internship programme to send suitably selected art curatorial graduates to the Israel Museum for a 3-4 month, fully-sponsored scholarship. We are very proud of the effect that these interns are making on the art eco system here in South Africa and the impact SAFIM has made on the sustainability of the curatorial space. This highlights the calibre of the carefully selected post-graduate Michaelis candidates (six to date) and the world-class experience they gain at the Museum.

In 2018 we launched our acquisition fund to acquire contemporary African artworks for the Israel Museum’s collection. Our inaugural artwork, a Zanele Muholi photograph, was acquired for the Musuem’s collection and is exhibited in the African Art Gallery.

We have focused our fund-raising endeavours on innovative educational programmes run by the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing. SAFIM has supported Reaching Out Through Art: Special Programmes for People with Special Needs, and Bridging the Gap: The Jewish-Arab Art Programme. In 2018 SAFIM became the sole funders of the Outreach Art Programme for Children of Ethiopian Immigrants, an important initiative exposing youth of Ethiopian background to the arts as a means of learning and self-expression.

Art plays an important role in society. By highlighting the value of art and sharing local artists and talent, we are educating and enriching our members and advancing the preservation of the arts. Our annual programme includes exciting special art events in Cape Town and Johannesburg. We’ve aligned ourselves with many of South Africa’s leading galleries, museums and collectors, allowing members a host of opportunities, such as invitations to unique events and expert curatorial guidance and advice.

Be a part of an enriching and exciting journey through art, lending your support to worthy causes at the same time.

Please contact co-ordinator Sarin Goott for more information:
sarin@safim.co.za
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