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Board of Governors

Colin Datnow


Colin is the first Group Chairman of the Chevrah Kadisha. Following in the Datnow family tradition of community service, Colin joined the organisation in 1984. He became Vice President in 1986 and Chairman in 1995. Colin was the founder of Brandcorp Holdings (Pty) Ltd and served as its CEO from 1997 – 2016. He is currently an Executive Director of Long4life Limited. His dedication to the community seems limitless.

Gary Herbert

Vice Chairman

An actuary by training, Gary co-founded Investment Solutions. He was also Joint Managing Director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services. He is currently a partner in Leapfrog Investments, the world's first micro-insurance fund.  Gary joined the Chevrah Kadisha Board of Governors in 2001

Martin Sacks


Martin is the CEO of the Westbrooke Group which is a private investment group and a director of a number of companies. He is a CA by profession. Martin has been actively involved with the Chevrah Kadisha since 2007when he joined the Board of Governors and was the first Chairman of Helping Hands. At the end of 2010 he assumed responsibilities of the Treasurer on the Board of Governors.

Richard H. Friedland

Board of Governors

Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of Netcare Limited. As a young boy, Richard was a recipient of the Chevrah Kadisha's chesed and considers it a privilege to be of service to the organisation. He has served on the Board of Governors since 2013.

Sean Melnick

Board of Governors

Sean is the Deputy Chairman and co-founder of Peregrine Holdings, a wealth and asset management company.  He is also Chairman of Stenham, an international financial services group. He joined the Chevrah Kadisha Board of Governors in 2002

Lawrie Brozin

Board of Governors

Lawrie has been part of the management team at Brimstone since October 1996.  As investment manager, he has played a valuable role in growing the Group to the stage of its listing in July 1998. Lawrie is also a non-executive director of Nando's Group Holdings Limited, Sea Harvest Holdings (Pty) Ltd and The Scientific Group Limited. Lawrie has been on the Chevrah Kadisha Board of Governors for over a decade.                                          

Rayanne Jacobson

Board of Governors

Rayanne was CEO of Izwe Loans (SA), a micro-finance lender between April 2013 and April 2017, after working at Investec for 16 years in various roles including Investor Relations; Finance; Strategic Projects and Global IT. Rayanne has been involved with the Chevrah Kadisha since August 2012 and was honoured to be elected as the first woman to the Board of the Chevrah Kadisha with effect from November 2013.

Brenda Lasersohn

Board of Governors

Brenda Lasersohn has been a practicing psychologist in private practice since 1986. She has extensive experience as a psychotherapist and forensic psychologist and has provided consultation, supervision and psychotherapy training to Chevrah Kadisha Social Services (JCS) for over 30 years. Brenda considers it a deeply meaningful honour to have been appointed to the Chevrah Kadisha Board of Governors with effect from November 2018.


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