Name:
Noni Gordon (Noni is sometimes spelled Nonny & that’s how it is pronounced).
Previous Name:
Noni Ochert (most people in Betar never knew that my real name is Naomi).
Years in Betar:
1955 - 1969 (Brisbane)
1969 - 1971 (Melbourne).
Positions held:
Madricha, Maskira, Mefakedet Qld.
Earlier life:
Born and educated in Brisbane, moved to Melbourne in 1969 after marrying Joshua Reich,
Betar Shaliach at that time. (Then we lived in a flat around the corner from the Dickens Street
Elwood Maon).
Current marital status:
Now married to Oded Gordon, not a Betari but his father was a Revisionist. Oded was deeply
moved by the massive Betar reunion in Melb. in 1992 and proposed that night!
Family:
Daughter of Miriam (who cooked at many Betar camps) and Morris Ochert, better known as
Uncle Morry to Betarim & friends (who set-up, schlepped, repaired, and generally provided
enormous assistance for Betar Camps.)  Sister of David Ochert who was a Madrich in  the
years after I left Brisbane. Mother of Ari (32), Alon (27), Nathan (25) & stepson Nimrod (21).
Grandmother of 4 gorgeous girls Cousin of Regina Wachtel (List)  z"l.
Peers in Betar:
Have a look at the big Samford Valley camp photo on the CD-ROM.
My Madrichim:
Included David Bennett, Sue Gans, Brian Grayson, Les Guralnek, Minky Fabian Marta  Grech.
Schlichim in my era:
Gad Pedhazur, Chaim Golovesky z"l, Shim  Feder, Yerucham Yarden z"l, Yehoshua Reich.
Camps attended:
Yearly Brisbane/Queensland winter camps from the age of 8, plus several Sydney camps and
one in Ballarat. Also attended several Knassim  In Melbourne & Sydney.
Memorable Shmira partners:
Shall remain unnamed.
Current contacts:
Avraham & Raymonde (Strzyg) Appel, Evie Katz (Skall), Aaron Ninedek, Eve Tauber,  Rachel
& Eric Aufgang, Henry Burstyner, Shosh Janoshewitz, John Goldlust, Brian Rudzki, Anne &
Raphy Star, Sam & Ruth Parasol, Tami & Louis De Vries, Anne (Lipski) & David Bennett, Gad
Keeda (Peter Cohen), Lionel (Flapper) Bomzon, Henry Ben Ezra (Bishopverder).
Profession:
Occupational Therapist, a career spanning 35 years  covering Rehabilitation, Gerontology, 
Community Care, Management. (Many skills carried over from Betar). About to move into 
Consultancy.
Interests:
Israeli Folk Dancing 3 times a week plus dance camps & workshops. Have used dance in
therapy by Choreographing dances and running workshops for wheelchair dancers.
Photography…contributed a large number of photos to Betar CD-ROM.
Comments:
The CD-ROM & Website are marvelous for nostalgia lovers like myself. Very cleverly &
professionally done, thanks to Harry, John & Aaron.
THEN......
... at Israel's 12th Yom Ha'atzmaut, Brisbane 1960
...AND NOW.
... with Oded
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Noni Gordon
Contributed: 2003