JHCG Team & Survivors

Tali Nates

Founder and Executive Director

Tali has lectured internationally on Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights. She has contributed chapters to different books, the latest is God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors. She serves on the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social Science, Monash University, SA. Tali was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in South Africa (Mail & Guardian) and was awarded the KIA Community Service Award (2015). She acts as a scholar and leader of Holocaust and Genocide study-tours to Eastern Europe and Rwanda. Tali is one of the founders of ‘Holocaust Survivors Services’ and ‘Rwanda Genocide Survivors Services’ in Johannesburg. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, Tali’s father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler.

Contact her for big ideas, projects and stories, fundraising and inspiration.

Thuli Qanya - Centre Manager

Thuli Qanya

Centre Manager

Thuli was one of the first staff members of the JHGC when it was founded in 2008. She now oversees venue hire and facilities for the Centre, among other projects.

Contact her about using our space for your next workshop, conference or event!

Shirley Sapire

Office Manager

Shirley has worked at the JHGC since 2014. She has a background in the hospitality industry, having owned a deli and a corporate catering business. Her lifelong interest is in the Holocaust and genealogy.

Contact her for administrative and accounting queries, volunteering at the JHGC, Holocaust Survivor information, as well as donations for the resource centre and inquiries for the March of the Living adult delegation,.

Kim Nates

Project Manager

Kim has worked at the JHGC since 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, USA, and Masters degree at Imperial College London, UK. Kim is a third generation survivor of the Holocaust: her grandfather and granduncle were both saved by Oskar Schindler.

Contact her for partnership events and exhibitions with the JHGC, social media and marketing, as well as study trips to Rwanda/Poland/Germany.

Arlene Sher

Head of Learners' Education

Arlene has worked at the JHGC since 2010 and is involved in all aspects of education, training and development as well as other special projects and heads a team of staff and volunteers. She studied for a BA degree at Wits University and obtained a Higher Diploma in PM from the Wits Business School.

Contact her for more information about educational programmes for all types of adult and student groups, as well as Bar/Batmitzvah twinning.

Rene Pozniak

Education Specialist & March of the Living Youth Leader

Rene has worked with the JHGC since 2014. She studied for a BA degree at Wits University in Law and Communications, as well as a Para Legal Diploma (USA) and a diploma in Jewish Studies (RSA). Rene was part of the Jewish Studies Department at King David Linksfield Highschool for 23 years. She has been the head of the March of the Living Youth tour for the past 12 years.

Contact her for more information about educational programmes or March of the Living youth.

Delca Khoele

Education Liaison Officer

Delca joined the Education department in 2018 as an Educational Liaison Officer. She is currently studying her BA Health Sciences and Social Services with UNISA and has a Certificate in Accountancy. Her passion lies in developing those around her and she also has experience in training and counselling. Her corporate experience is in the financial field where she has obtained over three years’ experience working with numbers, which grew to her running the day to day of a diverse consultancy company.

Contact her for booking educational programmes for your school, university, corporate or group.

Catherine Boyd

Education and Marketing Officer

Catherine joined the JHGC in 2017 as a member of the education and marketing teams where she is working to improve the educational resources, documenting events held at the centre and assisting with guided tours of the building. She holds an honours degree in History of Art from the University of Witwatersrand and a diploma in Graphic Design from the Cape Peninsular University of Technology.

Contact her for more information about educational programmes, as well as her amazing photography skills.

Dowi Bele

Reception and Administration Officer

Dowi joined the team in 2018 as the Reception and Administration Officer. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and is currently doing her honours degree. She has 8 years of experience in the field of administration and office management, and has great interest in working with abuse survivors and children. She is very involved in her community in Musunda, Venda. Working at the Centre and interacting with the historical content encourages her to teach others about human rights and the dangers of being silent and indifferent.

Contact her for booking events and finding out more about our activities and programmes.

Joel Matasane

Head of Maintenance

Joel has been with the Centre since its inception, initially working as part of the building and construction team. Currently Joel is head of maintenance, ensuring that everything runs smoothly throughout the Centre.

Mandinho Belene

General Maintenance & Caretaker

Mandinho is a crucial part of the team, assisting in the maintenance of the building and taking care of the building.

Courtneigh Cloud Bernstein, Lucky Previe Msimanga & Ntando Dlamini

Issy's Coffee & Gift Shop Staff

Courtneigh is the manager of Issy's Coffee & Gift Shop, opened in the name of her grandfather: Holocaust Survivor Israel Gurwicz. Courtneigh has been involved with the JHGC since 2015, volunteering with education and social media. She is supported by Lucky and Ntando in the daily runnings of the shop.

Contact Courtneigh for more information about the coffee and gift shop: selling your products, events and bookings.