Still Friends' 22nd Anniversary
The web site dedicated to the people who established and grew Betar Australia:  1948 - 1965 ... and beyond.
February 21, 2023
To view, click on a collage below.

- Sorry to Report: Perla Feder

Sorry to Report: Perla Feder

With much sorrow we must report that Pearla Feder passed away in Israel last week. Our condolences to Shim and family. Reported by Susan Aufgang.

- Passing Revealed - Leonie Schultz

Varda Eisikovitch has reported that Leonie Costa (Schultz) has passed away in Israel.

- Betar China: The Impact of a Remote Jewish Youth Movement, 1929-1949

Link to document forwarded by Danny Rosing.

Detailed acticle, written by
Yitzhak Shichor, PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science and professor emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, outlines the influence Betar had in China in the period 1929-1949. Mentioned in the article are some Betar members who had a profound influence in the establishment of Betar Australia.

From Danny:
Bob [Shteinman] was only one of many Betarim from China who restarted Betar in Sydney in the early 1950's.
Hans Dreyer was Mefaked Machoz Sydney (after same in Shanghai) before Bob but among the Chinese Betarim there were also Larry Sitsky, Alex Auswaks, Jesse Trantegerz, Gershon Mosesson. Chanichim Mary Gershberg and Irene Saraginsky and later children of also joined, including Sid Agranoff, Leo Rogovin, Larry Levin, Leo Goorevich, David Leymanstein and Norman Sarajinski.

I am sure I have also forgotten some. - Danny.

Download here (500 mb pdf).

See also  article 2018-04.

- Rememberances of Henry Burstyner

Rememberances of Henry Burstyner

Following the consecration of his tombstone, a gathering was held at David Burstyner's home to honor Henry on January 8, 2023. Go here to read/view a couple of the contributions made by his lifelong friends John Goldlust and Harry Stuart. As John characterized it, Henry was 'the most unforgetable character I ever met'.

- Sorry to Report: Diana Rozenman (updated Oct. 20, 2022)

Sorry to Report: Diana Rozenman  (updated Oct. 20, 2022)

Diana Rozenman, or as many of us knew her, Diana Minky Fabian, passed away on April 7, 2022 in Sydney. More details as they become available. Reported by Michael Price.

Diana's obituary was published in the Australian Jewish News on October 20, 2022. It can be seen here. Thanks to Evie Katz and Sid Agranoff for forwarding

- Passing Revealed

Passing Revealed

Sid Agranoff reports that Leonie Costa (known in her youth  as Leonie Schultz) has passed away in Israel. More details when reported.

- Video Selection revamped

Video Selection revamped

To read about the background of all videos made (ranging from 1954 onwards), first click Videos on the menu bar. For direct access to the Celebration videos, see the list further down this home page.

- Search Facility improved

Search Facility improved

The search facility bypassed names in the Bulletin pages. This has now been corrected so that a search will find all the pages that mentions individuals.

- Check out Bulletin Board's prior years

Check out Bulletin Board's prior years

Click on the buttons below to review events from 2002 through 2021.

A word from the Webmaster
A word from the Webmaster Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Our site, which began in 2002, tracks the lives of many of the people who were members of Betar in Australia starting from 1948.

Following the publication of the then current technology of the Betar history CD-ROM in 2000, and with the editorial help of Aaron Ninedek and John Goldlust, I published this website then named "Still Friends after 50 Years" and which morphed into "Still Friends after 60 Years" and now "Still Friends after 70 Years". Hopefully we can make it to the next increment.

Now, as the years go on, sadly our bulletins are filled with the passings of the generations. But the earlier times are still visible in the photographic and videographic records of happier days - reconnections with our friends in many different places, news of honors bestowed to many for the services they performed for their countries, and the ability to look up past friendships.

Many people, including me, were concerned with the longevity of the site after I 'retire'. We can all be encouraged by the solution I came up with and, with the help of many concerned, the funds were raised to continue the life of the site a couple of decades - or more - into the future. My daughter will be the conservator of the site. However there will be no updates past a certain point.

The plan is that the contents of the site will be available for scholars and other generations to access the history of a segment of Australian Jewish youth.

Harry M. Stuart
Betari since 1952

© 2002-2022 Harry M. Stuart
All articles, images, videos on this site are copyrighted.
Permission to reproduce materials contained on this site must first be obtained
in writing from the  webmaster.

Bulletin Board 2022-2023

- Shortcuts to Celebration Videos

To view the background of any video before playing, click Video and scroll down the list of all videos spanning from 1954 through the present.

                                     Direct link

#25 Peter Keeda       

#24 Ron Isaacs               

#23 Les Berger               

#22 Dov Rosenfeld         

#21 Henry Ben Ezra

#20 Ian Groden                

#19 Harry Stuart               

#18 Geoff Williamson      


#16: Miriam  Briggs         

#15: Ed Adamek             

#14: Sid Agranoff             

#13: Danny Rosing (Part 2]        ttps://

#12: David Golomb         

#11: Lionel Bomzon

#10: Adam Graycar         

#09: David Layman                     ttps://

#08: Michael Price (Part 2)         ttps://

#07: Michael Price (Part 1 )        ttps://

#06: Elizabeth Kornhaber           ttps://

#05: Roland Gridiger      

#04: Danny Rosing (Part 1]        ttps://

#03: Judy Behar               

#02: Zvi Berkovic             

- Shortcuts to Downloadable Content

There are many volumes of downloadable items which can be accessed on this site. Here are the direct links to those data for ease of access - listed in chronological order of the addition to the site. All files are PDFs and require Adobe Acrobat to be opened.

The Evolution of a Zionist Movement (1948-56) - Shimshon Feder & Jack Mirjam (147 pp)

2. Survivors and 1967 Volunteers Get Together in Israel - Peter Keeda (5 pp)

3. My Story - Lily Skall (117 pp)

4. A Different Silence: The Survival Of More Than 200,000 Polish Jews In The Soviet Union During World War II As A Case Study In Cultural Amnesia - John Goldlust (48 pp)

5. 40 Years Betar 1964 - Halapid (16 pp)

6. 50 Years Betar - Program (44 pp)

7. 60 Years Betar - Program (10 pp)

8. 80 Years Betar - Program (36 pp)

9. 8th Kenes Artzi - 1960 Sydney (24 pp)

10. 10th Kenes Artzi - 1962 Sydney (29 pp)

11. 12th Kenes Artzi - 1964 Sydney (21 pp)

12. Rinse the Blood off my Kafia - Script (6 pp)

13. Altalena March 1964 - Jabotinsky Remains to Israel (17 pp)

14. My life as an Artist - Jack Mirjam (311 pp)

15. Another Reunion in Rosh Pinah - Peter Keeda (4 pp)

16. The Rare Film that Uncovered the Story of a Family that was Obliterated - Lionel Bomzon (3 pp)        

17. Melbourne Betar Reunion 1988 - Organizing Papers (10 pp)

18. Really Trivial Pursuit - Spouse Edition (1988) - (3 pp)

19. Whatever Happened to Emmanuel? - Peter Keeda (31 pp)  

20. Tales from Old Harbin - Sid Agranoff (2 pp)            

21. A Short History of Harbin and Tientsin Jewry (6 pp)   

22. Historic letter from Betar Harbin China (1938) (1 pp)    

23. Henry Reminiscences - our memories

24. Betar China_ The Impact of a Remote Jewish Youth Movement, 1929-1949 (43 pp)                                                                                                           

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