List organized chronologically.
(updated April 28, 2014)
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90th and Maon opening Celebration - Melbourne.
More photos of the event earlier this month as provided by Tamir
photos can be seen here.
Sid Agranoff comments:
"[In article] #156 [below], Shim is quoted as saying that I came to
Australia from China. This is not strictly true. My parents together
with my brother and sister arrived in Sydney from Harbin early in 1938.
I was born three years later in Sydney.
My parents’ history is quite interesting. There was a strong Betar
movement in Harbin in the years prior to 1938 and perhaps beyond. There
was a great number of White Russians in Harbin who had escaped the
Russian revolution. They were essentially still royalists, loyal to the
Tsar (who was killed by the communists earlier) and they were mostly
strongly anti-Semitic. It was Betar who protected the Jewish community.
My brother, although quite young, (he was 14 when he came to Australia)
was a member of Betar together with Boris Shteinman (he changed his name
to Bob in Australia). They were frequently fighting Russian kids even at
that young age.
In 1933, the Japanese invaded Manchuria of which Harbin was the capital,
and life became increasingly difficult. In 1937, my father was arrested
on some trumped up charge and it took a big bribe to get him out. That
was when he decided the family had to leave Harbin.
My father wanted to go to Russia or America but could not get visas. It
was lucky he didn’t go to Russia. Stalin either murdered returning
Russians or incarcerated them in Siberia as Japanese spies. He could get
a visa to Australia, and that is why I am here." --Sid Agranoff
In 2000, John Goldlust and I created a CD-ROM which contained
many of the memories we had of Betar in the 'early
Due to the technology of the time - low bandwidth and the state of the
computer evolution - the CD was the only practical way there was of
distributing this amount of information. Times have changed a lot
since then and broadband is available to many if not all of us. With
that in mind, we now give you the opportunity to access the CD-ROM
on-line. Check it out here
or click on the left pane links
The Past; and then
Camp Summary. - Harry
Betar Australia - the Evlution of a Zionist
Youth Movement by Shimshon
Feder and Jack Mirjam.
Originally included in the CD-ROM we published in 2001, we now make
it available on our website.
It is particularly important now to set the record straight about the
origins of Betar in the light of inaccuracies which appear elsewhere.
Download the .pdf file here. This
paper has been copyrighted by the authors.
156 Can you
In a reference to the establishment of
Australia, the article claimed that Betar Australia was born in
Sydney in 1924. There are no references quoted nor was the author
Shimshon Feder, one of the earliest members of Betar in Melbourne, a
past Betar Shaliach and author of a paper with Jack Mirjam on Betar
Australia's history, comments on the Wikipedia article:
it seems was submitted by someone from the US or Canada. The style and
syntax leaves much to be desired, erroneous and incomplete. Much of the
material is unimportant or irrelevant to the Development of Betar as a
youth movement. There was no Betar anywhere in Australia in 1924, the
earliest being in Melbourne during the late 1930s (Sam Parasol's
father). Even After Riga in 1923, it took several years to develop in
Poland and other eastern European countries. The China element in
Australia Betar after Mao take over in 1948 came to Sydney and not
Melbourne. And Among others included Hans Dreyer, Bob Shteinman, Larry
Sitsky, Alex Auswaks, Leo Rogovin, Sid Agranoff."
90th and Maon opening Celebration - Melbourne.
Melbourne celebrated Betar's 90th
anniversary and the opening of its new Maon on April 6, 2014 in South
Caulfield. In attendance were Neriyah Meir MK, David Southwick MP, and
serving and past Rosh Hanhagah Artzits. An article by Avi Feldman
and photos submitted by Avi and Tamir
Aloni can be found here. Quite a few
'vintage' Betarim also attended and are identified (hopefully all of
them) by Aaron.
154 Glencoe Film Club -
History of Zionist youth Movements in Australia - Jonathan Ari Lander.
Several Betarim were interviewed for Lander's thesis back in 2007.
Aaron found his dissertation recently out on the UNSW
website. Although rather lengthy, it is quite interesting reading.
He references about 8 of us as well as articles and illustrations from
Link to this and download the whole.pdf file
in the link list on the right.
Reunion in Melbourne: (From Frends of Likud Parents and
Friends of Betar (Vic) Betar Melbourne):
"We are excited to call upon Betarim of all ages to join us for a Betar
reunion to celebrate 90 years of the movement in Australia! We are keen
to make this an event for all the ages and as such invite you to share
this information with any other Betari that you know. Please email
email@example.com with scanned photos from your time in Betar
and many of them will be included in a video presentation on the day,
“90 years of Betar in Australia”. Please indicate the year the photo was
taken so we can arrange the video in chronological order. We would
appreciate if as many of you can RSVP as soon as possible so we can
cater adequately for this event. We look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday
April 6th at 3:30pm at the new Betar Maoz in Maple Street, South
For further information -
90th in Sydney:
(From Parents & Friends of Betar Sydney Inc. email): October 2013 saw some 260 parents and friends of Betar celebrate Betar's
90 years. A great time was had reconnecting, sharing memories and
recognizing the great opportunities that Betar provided us in developing
lifelong friendships and skills. The photos of the event
can be seen
Miriam Briggs' slideshow can be seen
Shaw forwarded her sister's eulogy.
Mary Enk (Shaw) passed away on June
11 in Melbourne.
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Sorry to report: Elisabeth Wynhausen
passed away on
12, 2013. Her funeral was held on September 12 in the
Memorial Park. She is survived by her family - niece Gabi and nephew
Jesse, their partners and children - by friends, by colleagues of the
past 45 years, and by her writing. Just before she died she placed the
best of it on
http://elisabethwynhausen.com . Her obit was published in the
Sydney Morning Herald and is repeated here.
Auswaks' headstone unveiled in Israel - photograph forwarded by John
90th anniversary. Tickets available for the Sydney event at:
revealed. Photograph 11 in 'The Past'
1965 individuals named thanks to
Miriam Barasch (Gottlieb).
90th anniversary. Agnes Kainer Geyer forwarded details about the
90th anniversary celebration in Sydney on October 13, 2013 at Sydney
Boys High, Surry Hills. For full details as to time and cost, or if you
just want to donate, copy this entire URL into your browser
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and Raymonde Appel recently visited Israel. A collection of photos
taken there plus some more images at another event can be seen
Melbournites remember our after-meetings hangout on Acland St in St.
Kilda - the Scheherazade restaurant. Its founder Avram Zeleznikow died
last month and ABC has a news report at
http://www.abc.net.au/news/4742422. Thanks to
Ray Lehrer for the reference.
Jack Katz' consecration: Marlene Katz has supplied her eulogy to
Jack that she gave on January 27, 2013 here.
to report the passing of Mary Enk (Mary
Shaw) in Melbourne on June 12, 2013. Minyanim were held at the South
to Alex: Updated again on April
Additional tributes to Alex, collected by Danny Rosing, published
here. Caregiver to Immanuel
Holding, Helen Yarad, adds hers and relates a poignant story. Alex passed away and was
buried in Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday, 27th of Nissan
5773, [April 7, 2013], after a long battle with diabetes and then
cancer. His memory will not leave us. Yehi Zichro Baruch.
Auswaks passed away on April 7, 2013. Born in
on 6 February 1934. He was a member
of Sydney Betar before he moved to the UK and then Jerusalem. He
was a writer of Crime Fiction and Man of Letters. He edited and wrote
from 1990 - 1995 the publication of the 'Tientsin Society' for the
community of Russian- exiled Jews who lived in that Chinese city during
the Second World War. Between the years 1989 - 1995 Auswaks contributed
a weekly column reviewing Crime Fiction for the 'Jerusalem Post' He was
interred in Givat Shaul Cemetery.
(Excerpted from Wikipedia.)
136 Eric and Rachael Aufgang in Israel. Hedva
of their visit on April 6, 2013.
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134 Elizabeth Kornhaber at 70. Thanks for
the photo, Liz.
BTW: she's the one in blue (on the left). I know that our eyesight is
failing - hence the directions.
Camp Photo subject identifies self.
Hello ! My name is David Black and I appear as the first person on
the left in photo number 4 in the 1948 camp at Woori Yallock. I am
standing next to John Jagodo who stands next to Barry Rawlins ( or maybe
his young brother Adrian). Yesterday I attended the official opening of
Betar at Central Shule Centre and it was wonderful. My 9 year old grand
daughter attends Betar there. I remember very well Josef Steiner,
Shimshon Kamil, Sam Gold, Shimshon Feder, Jack Mirjam. I am 77 years old
and am a chiropractor in Armadale. My wife Ruth and I are deeply
involved with Central and look forward to having future functions with
Betar. Best regards, David Black.
132 Brian (Shimon) Addess'
has been placed
passed away on December 29, 2012 in Israel. He is mourned by his
children Jonathan (Alan) and Galit (Dawn), his second wife Ilana, seven
grandchildren and many friends in Israel and Australia.
to report - Brian (Shimon) Addess
passed away in Israel, December 29, 2012. - (Reported by Hedva Sheiner).
obituary, written by Shimshon Feder, was just published by the
Australian Jewish News. Yosef passed away on July 23rd of this year. A
copy of the obit can be seen here.
Kainer Geyer is organizing a celebration of Betar's 90th anniversary
in Sydney for Sunday October 13, 2013. She is convening a 'think tank'
for those interested in helping - further information can be obtained
from her - please email
us for contact
"Sue is no longer with us."
With much sorrow we announce the passing of Sue Doobov OAM (Gans) in
Israel on August 5, 2012 after a long illness. Her obituary, written by
her husband Mervyn, can be found
A condolence notice for Yosef Steiner
was posted in the Australian Jewish News, both Melbourne and Sydney
issues, for the Friday August 3rd editions. Paid for by many of Yosef's
friends, protégés and admirers, most are listed in the condolence notice
but there was also an anonymous donor.
"The passing of a giant" - Yosef Steiner,
a pioneer of Betar in Australia after the second world war, passed away
in Israel on July 23rd, 2012 after an illness - he was 84 years old. He
is survived by his wife of 60 years Dora (nee Hirsh), a daughter Marcelle and son-in-law Arad.
Among the mourners who came to
share their grief, the following Australian Betarim
attended: Jack Hirsh, Shimshon and Perla
Feder with son Danny, Jack and Rosette Mirjam with
daughter Bambi, Theo Balberyszski, Leah Feder,
Frieda Sheiner, Brian and Ilana Addess, Gary Stock,
Solly and Rosalie Goldstein, Leo Regev, Heather and
Danny Rosing. From the USA - Izzie and Sandy Herman. Shimshon Feder
eulogized his long-time friend and a copy of his
remarks appears in the obituary
page along with several
condolences from others.
125 Sorry to
report - Lloyd Samuel passed away
this month after a long illness. His
obituary, published in the Australian Jewish News, was passed on
to us by Aaron.
Adamek submitted several photographs taken in
Sydney in November 2011 and in
Israel in April 2011.
Kornhaber submitted a few photos of her early life. Maybe your image is
Glencoe Film Club -
Very sad news to report. Jack Katz
passed away on December 5, 2011, suddenly, although battling leukemia
for many years. We all send our sincere condolences to his wife Marlene,
his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Burial will be on December
7 at MCK, Browns Rd. Springvale, Vic.
120. Looking for a Betar historian! Raffi Lehrer
has just obtained a quantity of old Betar materials. He has requested
help in finding a volunteer to become the keeper of these publications
for posterity. If anyone would like to fulfill that role, please contact
Raffi directly and send me a note so I can publicise your role.
Vernon Kronenberg and Harry Stuart
re-find each other after over 50 years. The site was the
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' (IAJGS)
convention in Washington, DC on August 13-19, 2011. See the mandatory
118. Site corrected for display with
Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9.
Want to see yourself
50 years ago? Peter Revelman has had some old slides scanned
and if you were in Melbourne during a Kenes or at a party or a camp, you
might be there! And the meeting with Menachem Begin is
documented! (Added: brief descriptions on Mar 11.) See the photos here.
The ACT BETAR REUNION
was Held at Vernon Kronenberg's home on Saturday 12 February, 2011.
See the photos here.
Theo and Anat
Balberyszski visit Melbourne: Photos taken on February 2, 2011 -
thanks to Aaron for forwarding; Eve and Shosh for the photography. See
the photos here.
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BETAR REUNIONS -
two reunions took place this month on opposite sides of the world...
Henry & Ros Ben Ezra in Sydney and Avraham & Raymonde Appel and Henry
Burstyner in Israel. See Sydney
photos from Lizzie Kornhaber
and Israel photos
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2010 Web Site Statistics
Average of more than 2,100 hits/month
during 2010. Total includes some from countries we don't expect would
have much interest in us. However, I suspect that some of the traffic is
from web crawlers.
The stats are generated from the site's host and not from our counter
which appears on this page See News.
BETAR REUNION [in the
ACT] – Evening of Saturday 12 February, 2011
As a side-function to
the Australian Association of Jewish Studies Conference, Vernon
Kronenberg will be hosting a Betar Reunion, with all former Betarniks
and their significant others invited. The Reunion will be on Saturday 12
February at Unit 2/49 Boldrewood St TURNER – internet map is available,
and for those without transport - that can also be arranged. Please let
Vernon know, for catering purposes, whether you intend to attend. He can
be contacted on
Vernon.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0412 150 771.
honours recipients - Peter Keeda reminded me that we don't have a
list of the Betarim who have been honoured by
Government of Australia over the years. We do now and we'll keep it
updated as time goes on. Updated later on the 24th, entries for Larry
Sitsky - thanks to Alex 'Crimebuff' Auswaks for the information!
Alf van der Poorten:
Dearly loved and
loving husband of Joy, son of Marianne, brother of Rose. Cherished
father of Kate and David, father-in-law of Steve and Lucinda. Beloved
Papa of Elizabeth, James, Gabrielle and Ellie. Forever in our hearts.
So read the death notice of the world renowned mathematician and our
friend - Alf van der Poorten
passed away on October 9, 2010. See the obits
one was recently written and
published in the Sydney Morning Herald.
with Betar (Melbourne) - some of the folks
attending the monthly breakfast at Cafe Republica
in St. Kilda. Photos by Evie Katz.
who earned a PhD from the
University of NSW in September. His thesis was the derivation of an eye
care system for Thailand. Photo in News.
for Reuven Stein: We received this note from Victoria Stafford
who is looking for Reuven. If anyone has any information, please contact
I found someone I have been trying to
find for a long time mentioned on your website and in a photograph,
Reuven Stein. This is the only reference to him on the entire internet.
Do you have any contact information for him? - Victoria Stafford
Kranz's childhood retold in exhibits in the new Jewish Holocaust
Centre in Elsternwick which opened in July. See the article from 'The
Age' in News.
who won an award for
scriptwriting in NSW's 2010 Premier's Literary awards. See article in
Traffic: Travel to and from Israel has accelerated -
Avraham and Raymonde
Appel to Israel for their younger son Yoav's wedding in December
(mazel tov!); Henry and Ros Ben Ezra to Australia and NZ in December; Theo Balberyszski to Australia in Jan 2011 for a wedding - he has
also completed a translation of his father's book Stronger Than Iron
(left) - an eyewitness account of the destruction of Vilna Jewry.
Just discovered: there
is a FaceBook memorial page for the late Frank Stein (ex-Betar Brisbane)
who died last year. The link is
case you wish to visit.
to report: Alan Kohn
perished in an horrific car
accident in Queensland in March this year. His 90-year old mother was in
the vehicle with him but survived. Our belated condolences to his
Glencoe Film Club -
to Shula ENDREY-WALDER on
becoming an OAM this Australia Day. You may remember her as Shula
Rosenfeld from Betar Sydney. Her award reads: "For service to the
community through raising awareness of Tay-Sachs Disease and as the
Co-Founder of Gift of Life Australia." More here. - Submitted by her
proud brother Dov (Los Angeles). Read the article
from J-Post here
97. Browser access upgrade: This website has now
been modified to work equally well from
Google Chrome and
as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer v 5.0 and up. Modifications had
to be made 'at the cellular level' but now everyone can 'have a go'.
Parents and Friends of Betar New South Wales are
holding a fund-raising cocktail party on Australia Day, January 26,
2010. More here....
2009 Web Site Statistics
Average of 1,700 hits/month
during 2009. Total includes some from countries we don't expect would
have much interest in us. But winter time in Egypt can sometimes be
Glencoe Film Club -
We regret to advise that our friend Alan Morris passed away on the 2nd
December) at 3.00 am. The funeral took place on 3rd December, 2009
at 11:00am at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. See
Glencoe Film Club - updated.
An oldie - but you may not have seen it before. Newspaper article from
1992 indicating that the KGB may not have always been on the ball... see
Warren Marshall and Natalie Marshall (Ockrim) will be in Israel from
January 19 to February 8, 2010. Our elder son Harry (צבי) and his wife
Imbar live in Talpiot, southern Jerusalem and are expecting their first
child (and our first grandchild). We'll be in Jerusalem for most of
that time, but also in Be'er Sheva visiting Natalie's mother and her
sister Caroline Irjimovic and family. I may also be visiting a cousin,
Yoram Yeivin, near Tel Aviv.Our time is limited, but we'd love to
make contact with Betar Australia bogrim while we are there. Please
contact me at:
Warren Marshall, President, Parents and Friends of Betar NSW.
89. Very moving eulogy for Bob Shteinman
posted - thanks to Jonathan Shteinman.
Funeral was on Sunday November 1, 2009 at Woollahra.
I attach a photo from China of Bob in Betar uniform and some other
photos in Australia that are from Betar camps and then one single
I have very little of him actually in Betar in Australia and if anyone
did have photos of him, particularly in uniform, I would love to get
I hope people would recognise him as he was the first Betar Mefaked
in NSW. - Jonathan Shteinman
The photos sent by Jonathan are
here with additional remembrances from other Betarim.
[*Please email photos to
Betar162@162smilingfaces.com - and we will forward.]
to report the passing of one of Betar's founders in Sydney. Bob
Shteinman died peacefully at home on October 29. He was 80 years
old. Danny & Heather Rosing respond to his family:
To Diane and David: (We were) sorry to hear that Bob has passed
away. He had a long life and, in the last 30 or so years, a life
which was made bearable and often full of joy only because of
your and all your family's 24 hours a day love and care.
Bob was my first leader in Betar and then Mefaked Machoz Sydney,
when I was 17. His charm, enthusiasm and warm personality was
infectious and influenced all of us who grew up in Betar under his
May you, Diane and David and all the family know no more sorrow and
may his memory be blessed and you be comforted among the mourners of
Zion, In long and deep friendship,
86. (Re)-meet Ed Adamek - again. We found a "then" photo
from 1961 to contrast the "now" one. See it here.
85. Another photo of
Joe & Patty Grynbaum as they travelled Italy with John and
84. 'New' old camp photos
from Avram Appel. Guess who they are.
83. New link
to the Museum of
American History suggested by Vernon Kronenberg.
Glencoe Film Club -
Wordle (above) of our home page courtesy of
80. (Re)-meet Ed Adamek. Ed's the latest so send us his
bio. See it here.
79. Are you a Melbourne-ite or Sydneysider who finds
themselves in the opposite city? Or are you an overseas-er who is in
either place and you would like to remake some old acquaintances? Then
come to the Breakfast with the Oldies!
is every Wednesday at 7.45 am until 8.30 am. To join the
email Keith Masnick.
breakfast is always on the first Sunday of the month and held
at a St. Kilda Beach restaurant. Contact
Evie Katz (via this site) and we will pass on her
email/phone number to you for details on the next one.
Don't be shy - everyone would love to see you!!
background on the Australian Shaliach Ari Briggs. Why does 'Briggs'
sound so familiar? An explanation from Miriam and
With deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of
Louis Perlen aged 71.
husband of Helen, adored father of Nadine and Steven, much loved father-inlaw
of Susan and Eyal and devoted Papa of Joel, Nathan, Ella & Imogene He
was a very special person whose kindness and generosity touched all who
knew him and who will hold his memory dearly in their hearts. He will be
sadly missed.Rest in Peace. (Tuesday July 21, 2009, The Age.).
adds: He was in the Nudnik film - the bit at the end where we were all
falling into the creek.
He became a pharmacist
and owned the pharmacy on the corner of Hawthorn Road and Glenhuntly
Road. He sold it but continued to work there part-time until recently. I
came across him once or twice about a year ago when I was a volunteer
visiting an old people's home. He was there making up all the pill boxes
for the residents. Eric Aufgang said Louis hadn't been well for some
time. I think he left Betar in 1956.
76. Sydney breakfast exposed. Thanks to Keith Masnick and
Richard Sekel, we are
in possession of a cell-phone picture or two of a regular Sydney
breakfast - July 2009. See both of the pics
Goldlust and Grynbaum meet in Italy. John writes: 'Had
dinner with Joe and Patty Grynbaum today (June 29, 2009) in Civitello
d'Agliano, Lazio Italy. We haven't seen each other for 8 months. Photos
will confirm this event
although they might be fake as no former Betarim could possibly be
enjoying this sort of lifestyle could they?'.
Friends of Betar organizing in Sydney: The Legal, Finance
and Maon Committees held a Combined Committee Meeting, at the
offices of Mr Jonathan Steinman at Bondi Beach. The discussions included
the incorparation of Betar Sydney amongst other topics.
73. "When was the
last tine I saw you?" "1960 at Narrabean camp." "You haven't
changed." - Michael Price and Harry
Stuart re-meet in Florida.
John Ziegler - Congratulations to John - honoured by Australia on
June 8th by being awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the
Order Australia - "for service to paediatric medicine in the areas of
infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, and immunology and allergy as a
practitioner, researcher and educator".
Henry and Harry
- a few years
later. They shared a hilarious (to them) reconnection on a cruise to the Western
Caribbean in May. Photos and
Yom Haatzmaut in Israel
May 2009. Happy 61st photos at the Mirjams.. Thanks to Henry and Miriam
Stein, 'the face of Australian Jewry in Israel', dies aged 52. See obits
here. Thanks to Avram Appel for
2008 Web Site Statistics
1,400 hits/month during 2008. Total includes some
from China and the United Arab Emirates although the dot-coms win hands
down. See News.
Aaron & Eve
Aaron Ninedek & Eve Tauber visited Israel in October
2008. See the old gang in photos supplied by both Aaron and Hedva
Sheiner. Go to Reconnections in
Henry Ben Ezra
visited Sydney in August, 2008 and reconnected with the gang. See
the photos.in Reconnections in OZ
- Lizzie Kornhaber and Keith Masnick.
Yom Haatzmaut at
reports on the Yom Haatzmaut
get together at the Mirjams on May 7, 2008. It turned out to be
a nostalgia feast - with everyone viewing pictures and movies of
themselves 20 years before. Go to Reconnections in
Schneider - Remember me?
I do not know if you
remember me, Lizzie Schneider from
Sydney. See me now....as
its Maon in Melbourne
During last year, Betar Melbourne turned in its Maon. In case you missed
it, here's the story
in News. - Aaron Ninedek
Danny Hakim's Budo for Peace:
Ex-Oz-Betari Danny Hakim is
inspiring Jewish, Arab and Palestinian youth to "hit the mats" instead
of one another. How apt for these times. Read about it at
Submitted by Henry Ben Ezra. [Note: you may have to
copy and paste this link into your browser. This article may not still
be available for viewing.]
David ben David Eulogies
Following the passing of David ben David, March 29
2008, we belatedly publish his eulogies
as delivered by his son and cousin. Forwarded by Danny Rosing,
for Deborah Cukierman:
Contact made! Although 162 was not responsible for this success,
Gabriella and Deborah were reunited in September!
We sadly announce the passing of David ben David, March 29 2008, after a
long illness. David was buried today at the Savyon cemetery in Israel.
News From Canberra 2008:
Pamela Orr and Vernon Kronenberg are
regular bridge adversaries. There seem to be no pics of young Pamela on
the website, so she has provided 2 pictures of herself in Betar uniform.
These days Pam is a farmer - cattle and sheep - at Bungendore, NSW,
close to Canberra. See Remember Me?
Hi Harry, Its Michael Price writing…..(Betar
Sydney) I’ve recently spent some time with Avraham and
you probably know am in constant touch with Bish.. I went to Sam’s
Minyan and am seriously thinking of going to Israel for Yom Haatzmaut.
I’ve been looking at the 162smilingfaces and now show all my new
friends. You have done a terrific job and I want you to know that that
is what I feel. Its most heart rendering and warm Maybe we can catch up
at some time to really make the connection…. Well Done. Best wishes
56. Sam Offman:
We mourn the
passing of a friend - Sam Offman succumbed to Parkinson's on March 5,
2008 in Melbourne. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Rose; children Daniella
and Kobi, Simone and Jeremy; Arieh and Esther; Ilana and John. Please
view Aaron Ninedek's eulogy, the full death notice and our Tribute to Sam.
Aussie bash at the Bishes.
Quite a number of celebrants at Roz & Henry's on November 24th 2007.
Photos by Bish, Frida and Miriam.
We are sorry to report the death of
Jules passed away on July 2, 2007, aged 60. Loving son of Nan,
husband of Eve and brother of Elisabeth, wonderful father and father-in-
law of Gabi, Jesse and Aaron, adoring Zeide of Saul. (Sydney Morning
Sam Offman's 70th birthday: read the card
that was sent to him by his friends.See News.
(Organized by Danny Rosing)
52. Photos from
Aussies celebration this year of
Yom HaAtzmaut at the Mirjams
in Israel. (Hedva Sheiner)
2006 Site Visitor Report.
Again, we have visitors from some obscure and unlikely places - Morocco
and Fiji to name a couple.
50. A newly
from the files of Sid Agranoff. It was previously emailed to a few
individuals by Peter Keeda. We share it here. If you were in Sydney at that time (and
in the photo) you might recognize yourself.
49. Rudzki takes charge. Melbourne's Brian
Rudzki takes over as an executive director of the St. Kilda Hebrew
Congregation. See News
48. From the
'interesting sites' department: take a look at
http://www.jewishhistory.org.il/history.php. (Henry Ben Ezra).
Banned from Amazon and Google, Sampson Blinded:
Keith Masnick reports on
Sydney meetings: Every Wednesday morning around 7.45 some of the old
(and I mean old) Sydney Betarim do breakfast at roving locations.
Regular frersers are Keith Masnick, Richard Sekel, Peter Keeda, Jan
Podebsky and Norman Sarajinsky. Michael Price drops in occasionally as
does Adam (Ari) Graycar, Brian Pelerman, Moses Aaron, Les Berger, Shula
Endrey Walder (Rosenfeld) and brother Dov, Judy Kovendi, Ruth Ratner (Eisokovits)
and Liz Kornharber (Schneider). D. Golomb esq and H. Ben Ezra (Bish)
have also been known to attend. Anyone interested can email Keith and
he will pass on the next location
46. Masnick opens album. After a 40+ year wait, Keith Masnick is sharing
some of his photos which he secretly took at some of the Melbourne and
Sydney camps. See them here.
later fold them into their appropriate sections on the site.)
45. Congratulations to
he has won Australia's 2007 Clunies Ross Medal. The ATSE Clunies
Ross Awards go to scientists and engineers from Victoria, Western
Australia, ACT, Queensland, and New South Wales - people who have
persisted with their ideas - often against the odds - to the point that
their innovations are making a real difference to Australia:
economically, environmentally, and/or socially. See
Gottlieb in News.
44. Quick Quiz:
In the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, the statue of which Melbourne Betari
of the late 1950s was erected in his honor in 1994? He was a
prominent figure in the Melbourne arts for many years. Give up? Read his
obituary here - and thanks to
Aaron Ninedek for the photos
Leo Regev and Aviva Ziegler's
visits to Melbourne sparked a couple reunions - a
40 year reunion
for John Goldlust, Leo Regev (Rogovin) and Henry
Berkovic in - of all places - Pellegrinis (a favourite haunting ground
of the 1950s and 1960s - and it hasn't changed since then) AND a
reunion for Leo, Aviva and Evie
in what looked like Kinglake West.
Immanuel Holding 1924-2006.
latest Larry Sitsky portrait
has been hung
at Australian National University's School of Music.
Vernon Kronenberg sends photo of Larry and Larry.
Mick Price visits Israel.
These photos and others sent by Bish.
39. Brisbane Betar to celebrate 50th anniversary.
Call for articles, photos from Ben Klug, Mefaked Betar Queensland, and
Tara Avrahami. A short history of the establishment of Betar 50 years
ago is provided by Sue Doobov (Gans).
Melbourne's Sunday Breakfast
August 6, 2006. Photos of the monthly event provided by Aaron Ninedek.
The Mirjams in Melbourne
June, 2006. Photo record of the memorable events held at the homes of
the Appels and Aufgangs.
Vernon Kronenberg visits Israel
- photos of the celebrants at Frida Sheiner's home on May 27, 2006
35. Betty Levy wants to be updated. In fact, thanks to the wonderful photos,
she is. Please view the latest
visits Israel and we get another dispatch from Frida!
33. Aussies celebrate
Yom HaAtzmaut at the Mirjams
in Israel. Photos from Frida!
publishing rampage: This week two of the members of the Glencoe
Film Club launched books -
John Goldlust co-authored "Unravelling Identity" and
"An Anzac Zionist Hero". (See the
News page for articles and
descriptions). Both have published books on previous occasions. In
addition, another of our group, Anna Blay, published a book a couple of
years ago. There is no truth in the rumour that membership of the Film
Club will require a book being published. - Aaron Ninedek.
Another reunion - after 42+ years,
Jack Katz and Harry Stuart "find"
each other - in Denver. Jack's wife Marlene, who has visited Harry and
Elaine in Philadelphia in the last couple of years - arranged a surprise
reunion - on April 21, 2006.
Aussie" Betarim have a get together in
on April 22, 2006. Hedva Sheiner has the 'piccies'...
remade some acquaintances at Solly and Rosalie's home in Hod HaSharon
today (March 18, 2006). See Bish's photo
28. Some faces
from the monthly Melbourne Sunday breakfasts. Started in 1998, these
get-togethers of old - sorry, older - friends and exBetarim occur
regularly the first Sunday of every month. This month, they welcomed
Michal Enk (Mary Shaw). Thanks to Aaron for the
and Evie for the report.
Grandchildren special report: Congratulations to grandparents Avraham and Raymonde Appel and Shoshana
Jordan - recently grandparents for the first time. And by the way, to
Michal Enk (Mary Shaw) who is a grandparent 13 times over!
Kronenberg will be visiting Israel from 16 May to 7 June,
his third visit. He hopes to have the opportunity to get in touch with
old Betari acquaintances. The official events coordinator appointed for
this visit is Hedva Sheiner. Enquiries may also be directed to Heather
and Danny Rosing, or Sue and Mervyn Doobov.
For those who don't
know what he looks like now (and that includes him!) see the photos of
He has just been awarded
the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and now joins past recipients
Sue and Mervyn Doobov (Israel) in this distinction. Read all about it
Thanks to Aaron Ninedek for the info.)
Congratulations to Paul Gottlieb. He has also been
honoured in the Australia Day Honours list with an AM - Member of the
Order of Australia. His citation reads: "For
service to science and technology through the development and marketing
of equipment and software for use in particle analysis and
identification in the minerals processing sector." (Thanks to Evie
Katz for this update.)
more congratulations to
of Canberra who was also honoured with an OAM in the general division
"for service to the community through support for the Australian War
Memorial as a volunteer and guide, and to the Jewish community". (Thanks
to Sid Agranoff for pointing this out.)
for Deborah Cukierman: A correspondent in Orbe, Peru has
requested to be put in contact with Deborah Cukeirman (maiden name) who may be the daughter of
the late David Cukierman.
Jim Appel, aka Chot Stuff, and lately aka Grump, is now a double Grump.
Having gone in for a check-up to the hospital, he wasn't allowed out
till he had a quadruple by-pass. He's not handling pipe withdrawal well.
Get well wishes with jokes will be appreciated provided they only make
him smile, as laughing hurts a lot at present, virtually four weeks out
of hospital - Refuah Shlema
Translation: Avraham Appel is recovering from a quad bypass. Raffi
Lehrer contributed this news and hopes that we will help degrump the
20, Anne (Entenberg)
and Rodney Gouttman visit the folks in Israel -
taken at her place
on November 19th, 2005 - by Frida - grace our pages.
19. We forgot to
mention earlier- congratulations to Dora Steiner who recently
celebrated her 75th birthday!
18. When David
and Helen Leyman(shteyn) visited Israel in September, another
place at Bish's home
on 17th September.. Thanks to Henry Ben Ezra for
Shoshanna Jordan had an exhibition of her work in Melbourne. Get details
16. Reconnection in the US:
Palumbo (Jessy Rosmarin)
and Harry Stuart get together after 40 years.
the Schmendrik Camper, is on a world tour.
Follow his antics
as he passes through Philadelphia and Israel..
Aaron's Israel memories have been added.
Words discovered - we have the
answer to Avraham's dilema: As noted yesterday: "Somebody tore the pages out of my song book!
Appeal from Avraham
Appel: Does anyone have the words to the song "Young souls, old
souls, everybody come, to our little Sunday school and have a tot of
lyrics added by Sid Agranoff. See
it all here!
13. We are getting older - even the younger ones....
Viewable photos of John Goldlust (aka John Gold Desire - see
What's in a Name?)
and friends of the extravaganza held in Melbourne in April.
Access to photos taken by Aaron Ninedek ...Click on
to view the photos!
12. Searching for Cukierman: We received a request from
Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe in Peru for information regarding the
daughter of a David Cukierman - is this the same David Cukierman we
read the correspondence
to Gabriela if you know of Barbara Cukierman...
Frida's clicking again.
Photos taken at Theo and Anat's on March 12, 2005.
Included - an exclusive shot of David ben David who some of us outside
Israel haven't seen since the 1950's!...
to Miriam's commentary and adds important information on how to contact
Immanuel. Also, sad news that Edith Dreyer, widow of Hans Dreyer, a
founder of Australian Betar, has passed.....
on Alex Auswaks' Canberra article by Miriam Barasch (Gottlieb) provides
a different perspective...
the record straight: Letter from volunteer care giver Helen Yarad
testifying that the passing of Immanuel Holding, as referenced in
2004 visitors report
- the monthly visits to our site keep increasing... but the origins of
some of them is rather surprising...
6. For those of
you who remember him, a recently discovered obituary of
has been posted...
Goldstein in Melbourne: Frida Goldstein (AKA Hedva
Sheiner) arrived in Australia early November 2004 for a visit and left
mid December. A cacophony of photos mark the occasions of twenty, thirty
and even forty year reunions with those she grew up with. Additionally,
Frida took some photos at
Betty Levy's daughter's wedding.
Those have been added at the end of the collection...
Where We Are
pages have been reorganized
and/or streamlined - faster loading for those without broadband.
section has been completely updated. Both historical
artifacts and your photo albums have been blended into
chronological order. This section now includes Betar's 80th as
celebrated in Melbourne in March 2004...
and Eddie Price
meet in Sydney...
Origins of Canberra Betar
by Alex Auswaks...
2002 - 2004
Miscellaneous articles archived:
"Letter from Camp" (2004)
Snow in Sydney (2004)
A Personal Journey to Reconnect with our Olim
Betar's 80th Anniversary (2004)
50th Wedding Anniversary of
Steiners is Celebrated in Yaffo (2002)
Where We Are...
Where We Are:
Read about the lives of those that you grew up with - where they are,
what they have become, their families, their accomplishments.
Some of us got together with our friends after 30, 40 or 50 years. Some
and others in
Australia or the
Articles from the press on Betar-related people.
Interested in the history and growth of Betar in the 1940s through the
1960s? Interested in seeing how you looked in those years - or, for the
younger generation, how your parents looked? This section includes the
Photos of Betarim from 1948-1965 era shown from 1948 to the present
year; artifacts from that era reflecting some of the history of the
establishment of Betar; a summary of the remembered camps held in
several states. photos of the attendees of the 30th, 50th, 60th and 80th
anniversary celebrations of Betar in Melbourne.
Some of us have stories to tell. They revolve around our activities
either in Australia or Israel. Some of the tales are humorous and some
serious. These contributors want to share their experiences:
Aaron Ninedek; Alex Auswaks; Sid Agranoff; Betty Levy; Frida
Goldstein; Harry Stuart.
Many Betarim have been taken from us well before their time. We
recognize and remember their blessed memory.
Glencoe Film Club: The
Glencoe Film Club started in July 1999 in Melbourne and meets monthly to
screen and critique movies. This is their home page and lists the
members and the viewed films.
The Jabotinsky Institute acknowledged receiving a copy of the CD-ROM
"Betar Australia- A Personal History" which it has made available for
research purposes to its members.
What's in a
What's in a Name?:
Ever wonder what foreigners see when they read your name? Since a
lot of our names are derived from German, when the CD-ROM's "Who's On
It?" list was accessed in Google, the translation link produced a very
humorous result. Knowledge of German or Yiddish required to get a kick
out of this.
Search is currently not functioning - there is a technical
problem which is being investigated. Sorry.
Links: Links to
sites of Betar or general Jewish interest.
Articles previously featured on this site.