Our Team

Tali Nates

Founder and Executive Director

Tali is a historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust education, genocide prevention, reconciliation and human rights. She has presented at many conferences including at the United Nations in New York (2016). Tali is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar (2014-2017) as well as the first Summer Education Academy of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (2016). She has published many articles and contributed chapters to different books, among them God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (2015) and Remembering The Holocaust in Educational Settings (2018). Tali serves on the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social and Health Sciences, Monash University (IIEMSA), South Africa. 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.

Shirley Sapire


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,.

Jordan Saltzman


Jordan joined the Centre in 2019, although she previously assisted the JHGC as a researcher and archivist in 2014. She has a Masters in Museum Studies and an interest in all aspects of heritage work. She is especially interested in dynamic programming and how museums and heritage can play a more significant role in social development.

Contact her for resources, the archive and exhibitions.

Delca Khoele

Operations Manager

Delca joined the Education department in 2018. 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, as well as venue hire and internships.

Catherine Boyd

Education Manager

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 education programmes.

Mduduzi Ntuli

Education Officer

Mdu has spent six years in Holocaust Education: having worked initially at the Durban Holocaust & Genocide Centre for 5 years as a Facilitator and Educator, before relocating to Johannesburg. He is also pursuing a PhD at the University of Johannesburg.

Contact him for more information on our education programmes.

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.

Daniella Hovsha

projects and events Officer

Dani joined the JHGC in May 2021 to coordinate projects and events. She has a Master’s in transgressive Holocaust literature, and a long history of communal and volunteer work. Dani is interested in how we represent and understand genocide and trauma.

Contact her for more information on upcoming projects and events.

Ntombenhle Khensani Mpungose

Operations Assistant

Enhle joined the center in 2019 as the Operations Assistant. She holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Monash University and is furthering her studies. She is most passionate about educating young and older age groups from different cultural backgrounds by using technology to further educate them about the work done at the JHGC.

Contact her for more information about the JHGC’s activities.

Rene Pozniak

Consultant / 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 information on the March of the Living youth programme.

Kim Nates


Kim has been involved with the JHGC since 2015, and specialises in marketing and project management. She is a third generation Holocaust survivor; her grandfather was saved by Oskar Schindler.

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 and 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 & Thabo Kgokong

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, Ntando and Thabo in the daily runnings of the shop.

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