09-19 Sorry to report:
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 condolences.
09-17 Where's Menachem?
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 Where's Menachem?
09-18 Warren Marshall
- (President, Parents and Friends of Betar NSW) 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: email@example.com.
09-16 Sorry to report:
Bob Shteinman died peacefully at home on October 29. He was 80 years old and one of Betar's founders in Sydney. 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 guidance.
09-15 Joe and John:
Another photo of Joe & Patty Grynbaum as they travelled Italy with John and Cathy.
09-14 'New' old camp photos
from Avram Appel. Guess who they are.
09-13 New link
to the Museum of American History suggested by Vernon Kronenberg.
09-12 (Re)-meet Ed Adamek.
Ed's the latest so send us his bio. See it here
09-11 The Breakfasts:
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!
Sydney's breakfast is every Wednesday at 7.45 am until 8.30 am. To join the weekly mail-out, email Keith Masnick.
Melbourne's 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!!
09-10 Shaliach Ari Briggs Some background on the Australian Shaliach Ari Briggs. Why does 'Briggs' sound so familiar? An explanation from Miriam and Henry.
09-09 Sorry to report:
With deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Louis Perlen aged 71.
Beloved 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.).
Aaron Ninedek 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."
09-08 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 here.
09-07 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?'.
09-06 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 incorporation of Betar Sydney amongst other topics.
09-05 "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.
09-04 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".
09-03 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 story.
09-02 Yom Haatzmaut in Israel May 2009.
Happy 61st photos at the Mirjams.. Thanks to Henry and Miriam Briggs.
09-01 Sorry to report:
Frank Stein, 'the face of Australian Jewry in Israel', dies aged 52. See obits here. Thanks to Avram Appel for forwarding.
"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".
From Jonathan Shteinman:
"The 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 portrait.
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 them*.
I hope people would recognise him as he was the first Betar Mefaked in NSW."
Very moving eulogy for Bob Shteinman posted - thanks to Jonathan Shteinman. The photos sent by Jonathan are here with additional remembrances from other Betarim.
[*Please email photos to the WEBMASTER using this contact page - and we will forward.]