Viv Anstey is the Director of the Midrasha Adult Education Institute incorporating the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and is also currently Director of The Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute which invests in a pipeline for leadership succession for Cape Town Jewry.
She is a serial social entrepreneur and has initiated many start-ups in the Jewish community: she is founding member of Limmud South Africa, first Director of SA Jewish Museum, co-driver of PJ Library and the Jewish Literary Festival.
Viv currently serves on the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies as elected committee member and previously on its executive as vice-chair.
Viv Anstey was educated at Herzlia School, UCT (BSoc Sc, Social Work [Hons]), Marriage Guidance & Enrichment Course (UNISA), Course work, MA Social Work (UNISA) and Hornstein Programme in Jewish Communal Service (MA, Brandeis University, USA). Her previous positions have included: Social worker, Selwyn Segal Centre, Johannesburg; Social worker, Child Welfare Society, Cape Town; Special Projects, SAJBD, National; Project manager, Heritage Agency; and Consultant, Gold of Africa Museum.
Viv was community consultant in national office of SAJBOD and assistant to the National Director; was a founding director of MaAfrika Tikkun Johannesburg/National and she facilitated the establishment of Johannesburg Jewish Trauma Debriefing Network; she consulted to SAUJS.
She was a member of Jews for Social Justice and Concerned Social Workers is a Trustee of Habonim.
Viv consults to Jewish organisations on strategy, innovation, change management and lay-professional relations and is passionate about Jewish education and social justice.