10-15 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.

10-14 Our 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!

10-13 Sorry to report:

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 who passed away on October 9, 2010. See the obits here.- one was recently written and published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

10-12 Brekkie with Betar (Melbourne):

Some of the folks attending the monthly breakfast at Cafe Republica in St. Kilda. Photos by Evie Katz.

10-11 Keith Masnick, PhD:

Congratulations to Keith Masnick who earned a PhD from the University of NSW in September. His thesis was the derivation of an eye care system for Thailand.

10-10 Searching for Reuven Stein:

We received this note from Victoria Stafford who is looking for Reuven. If anyone has any information, please contact Victoria directly.

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.
10-9 Henryk 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

10-08 Scriptwriting Award to Aviva Ziegler:

Congratulations to Aviva Ziegler who won an award for scriptwriting in NSW's 2010 Premier's Literary awards. See article in

10-07 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.

10-06 Theo Balberyszski:

In 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.

Added August 23, 2015:

Stronger Than Iron is available at Amazon.com.

10-05 Just discovered:

There is a FaceBook memorial page for the late Frank Stein (ex-Betar Brisbane) who died last year. Click here  if you wish to visit.

10-04 Sorry 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 family. 

10-03 Shula Endrey-Walder OAM:

Congratulations to Shula 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

10-02 Browser access upgrade:

This website has now been modified to work equally well from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 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'.

10-01 Parents and Friends of Betar New South Wales:

are holding a fund-raising cocktail party on Australia Day, January 26, 2010.
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