Name:
Henry (Bish) Bishopverder  (new surname Ben Ezra since 1974)
Where I live:
Netanya, Israel since 1974
Married:
I married Ros Freedman at the  Sydney Great Synagogue in May 1967. We both had a short
honeymoon in the Hunter Valley, Randwick and then an extended honeymoon in Kibbutz
Kissufim as volunteers following the 6-day war. We stayed on for 2 years in Israel, mainly in
Nahariya before returning to Sydney in 1969 to complete our studies and begin a family. We
made aliyah in 1974 with two children. We built a house in Netanya in 1975 and moved in and
had a third child in 1976. Our kids are all married and have presented us with seven
grandchildren aged 1 - 14  ( and another one on the way !)
Occupation:
I am now retired having worked as a high school and college teacher of Maths and Computer
Studies, subject master and deputy principal.
Betar History:
Joined the movement after the May 1954 Towlers Bay camp. Our madrichim included Danny
Rosing, Tommy Traurig, Larry Sitsky and the late Brian Addess. Our maon was in a garage
near Strathfield Railway Station, at the Sekels' Orchard St. home and later at the old Strathfield
Synagogue. At a later stage I was in Bnei Kochav with Ian Groden. In 1959 I became a Betar
madrich in Strathfield and later in Allawah, at first with the late Ruth Addess (nee Berkon). As
the years rolled by I led several camps as mefaked machaneh and was elected Rosh
HaHanaga HaArtzit  in 1965 - 1966.
Betar experiences
One of the exciting camp occurrences ( not counting the various camp raids etc ) was the
summer camp at Woronora when the river overflowed its banks and some of the wooden
stretchers were transformed into amphibious ducks floating around without rudders. 

More recently I had the privilege (with Leo Rogovin (Regev) , Miriam Barasch (Gottlieb)  and
Flapper Bomzon) of organizing a Sydney Betar survivor / Kissufim  volunteer reunion in April
2015 for 19 in Tel Aviv and Rosh Pinah.
THEN......
... at a camp in the late 1962
...AND NOW.
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Contributed: 2015