The B’nai B’rith Victoria Menorah Awards were established in 1978. They are presented annually to worthy recipients who:
All nominations will be considered by the Menorah Awards Committee, usually in October each year. Awards will be offered to individuals who
The names of successful candidates for the ensuing year are advised to the B’nai B’rith membership at the December Combined Units Meeting. Prior to this they are asked to nominate a sponsor, who will prepare the citation for presentation at the Awards Ceremony in May.
Applications for the 2019 Menorah Awards should be sent to:
Chairperson, Menorah Awards,
B’nai B’rith Victoria Office
71 Kooyong Road,
Caulfield North VIC 3161
or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by the last day of September.
Nominators and successful candidates will be notified in December.
Presentations take place in the following May.
BBVIC - A New Community Service Project
Click and Connect (C&C) is a Melbourne-based organisation that got off the ground in 2016. Their project is already under way, helping students in four schools in various parts of Israel.
Dr Paul Gardner AM has agreed to be the initial liaison between BBVic and C&C. Here are his thoughts about how B'nai B'rith might be able to assist:
“I have met with some of their leadership on two occasions and have been impressed by their vision and their competence. For them to grow, they require more resources, especially human resources. This is a hands-on-the-internet-direct-help project, not a fund-raising exercise.
So, here’s how you might become involved:
Are you a retired teacher willing to spend an hour every fortnight on the internet with a particular child in Israel?
Or if not a teacher, would you enjoy having a conversation in English about any topics of mutual interest? (The aim is not to cover a curriculum, simply to encourage the kid to talk.)
Or, if direct conversation with kids is not your forte, would you be willing to provide volunteer assistance to C&C to help out with managing their project?
Do you know anyone in your circle of family and friends – they don’t have to be B'nai B'rith members – who might be interested in helping out in some way?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES! -- and I would love to get some enthusiastic YES! responses – please contact me.”
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BBANZ is holding a Drought Appeal for farmers who are currently suffering severe hardships. The Appeal will be through the BB Foundation and is Tax Deductible. The farmers are having it tough at the moment so all monies collected will be going directly to them.
The B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Music Eisteddfod is a member of, and has accreditation with,
The Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia Inc.
THE 2018 EISTEDDFOD FINALS CONCERT
B’nai B’rith Victoria invites the public to an afternoon of musical excellence, showcasing the talents of our young Jewish musicians.
The Eisteddfod competition has been a highlight of the Jewish youth music calendar for many years and is the culmination of many months of hard work by our budding musicians.
Date: Sunday, 2nd September 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: See Poster
Phone (03) 9576 1116
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Proudly supported by Glen Eira City Council
Entries are invited for the 23rd Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Art Competition 2018
The Exhibition will be held at Glen Eira Art Gallery, Caulfield.
From Wednesday August 1st to Sunday August 19th
Official opening and presentations on Sunday August 5th at 2pm
Morrie Gold Memorial Prize - $500
B'nai B'rith Victoria Inc. Jewish Theme Prize - $250
Entries close on Thursday the 7th June, 2018
11 - 13yrs; 14 - 15yrs; 16 - 18yrs
Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Digital and Other Medium
Entry Forms Available From:
B'nai B'rith Office, 71 Kooyong Road, Caulfield North (Open 10am - 4pm Monday to Thursday)
Jewish Schools' Art Department
The Lamm Jewish Library and the Australian Jewish News
Leah Black 9531 8837
Morrie Gold was born in 1917 in Warsaw, Poland and immigrated to Australia in 1937.
Always a lover of the arts, his work was furthered by his artistic wife, Marie. As an art benefactor he contributed to the National Art Gallery of Victoria. His interest in fostering art in Jewish youth was prompted by watching his grandson's artistic abilities developing. He realised that to encourage the interest and confidence of children in art there must be interaction with the public.
Having been a member of B'nai B'rith for some time, Morrie felt it was the right organisation to fulfil his wish of running an Annual Jewish Youth Art Competition.
Morrie Gold died in May, 1993 and is survived by his wife Marie, two daughters and grandchildren. This annual Jewish Youth Art Competition was established through a bequest left by Mr. Gold to B'nai B'rith.
B'nai B'rith Shalom Unit has taken up the challenge and organise and hold the exhibition each year. The competition aims to promote artistic competence and a sense of unity among youth of various sections of the Jewish Community.
It is open to Jewish Youth between the ages of 11 and 18. Entries are divided into age groups 11 to 13, 14 and 15, 16 to 18. In each age group there are three categories, namely, painting, other media and sculpture. Students enter from Jewish day schools such as Yeshivah, Beth Rivkah, Yavneh, Bialik, Mt Scopus, King David and Sholem Aleichem as well as independently from State schools.
The artworks are judged by a panel of professional artists and prizes are offered in all categories and all age groups. There is also an overall prize, The Morrie Gold Memorial Prize and a Jewish Theme Prize. Approximately 200 artworks are submitted annually.
Fellowship Group Concert: provides an outing which includes afternoon tea and entertainment once a month to senior citizens who either come from independent living or aged care facilities. Our volunteers offer transport to the event, where possible.
Volunteers prepare and serve afternoon tea. Many of the entertainers provide their services for free or a reduced rate.
Proceeds go to B’nai B’rith projects.
The Fellowship Group concerts will take place on Mondays:
2018 Mondays (dd/mm): 5/3 14/5 4/6 2/7 13/8 3/9 8/10 12/11 3/12
All photos on this page, thanks to Judi Schiff Photography (click on photo to see the full picture)
B'NAI B'RITH Fellowship Concert - October 2017
B'NAI B'RITH FELLOWSHIP CONCERT - November 2016
Here are some photos of spontaneous dancing (and one shot of a section of the audience) at the BB Fellowship Group Concert on Monday 7 Nov 2016 at the Glen Eira/McKinnon Bowling Club premises
B’NAI B’RITH FELLOWSHIP GROUP CONCERT - April 2016
The B’nai B’rith Fellowship Group concert for senior citizens was held on Monday April 11th at the Glen Eira McKinnon Bowling Club. Husband and wife duo, Ellen and Bill Hundley, known as 2Can Music, had many of the 100 audience members and the volunteers dancing in the aisles to their fabulous music. (The following photos are in gallery format. Click on each photo that you would like to see, alternately Click on the first photo then scroll through the others to see each photo fully)
End of Year / Chanukah Concert - December 2015
B’nai B’rith Fellowship Group held its end of year/Chanukah concert for senior citizens on December 14th 2015. Wonderfully talented young performers: Mother and daughter flautists, Tonia and Bella Barolosky plus singing and instrumental quartet, Michelle and Sienna Ishakbaev, their cousins Anton and Maxim Pokryshevsky with the girls’ mother Renata, as accompanist, enthralled the full capacity audience of 120
All photos on this page, thanks to Judi Schiff Photography
Courage to Care encourages individual acts of courage, social activism, action against apathy, a sense of empathy, a better understanding of history.
Chairman (NSW): Juliet Seifert
Chairman (Victoria): Tony Weldon
Courage to Care is a major outreach program and travelling exhibition, designed to show people of all ages, all races and all persuasions that the individual can make a difference in a society which no longer cares, and that all of us has a personal responsibility to ourselves, our family and our community.
The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) is an Australian Jewish community organisation whose mission is to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, combat the defamation of the Jewish people and Israel, and promote and cultivate respect and understanding between people of all religions and backgrounds.
We are a Jewish communal organisation that works to ensure a safe and fair society for Australians of all faiths and cultures by combating anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms.
Why we do what we do
Jewish communities have deep historical experience of hate and prejudice. To counter anti-Semitism we need to challenge prejudice whenever it occurs, whether it is directed at Jews or at other minorities.
Since 1979 ADC has worked to prevent, understand and counter anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. We build bridges with people outside our community and educate others to respect difference. We work to create a society resistant to hate, both for ourselves and for others.
Anti-Semitism is our top priority but we also act on other areas of racism. We aim to educate both the Jewish and general community about the dangers of racism. Victoria is our focus, but we are also appropriately engaged with Australian and international issues in consultation with other organisations.
The purpose of our commission is to:
BBRV is the largest provider of affordable independent housing for Jewish Seniors in Australia operating since the 1960s. BBRV currently controls two villages: Princess Gardens in Rose Bay and Kadimah Gardens in Wahroonga.
BBRV’s attention has been increasingly focused on assisting Jewish seniors living in rental stress through the provision of truly affordable and secure quality residential housing.
Rental stress occurs where the rent paid for residential accommodation takes up the majority of personal income leaving insufficient money to pay for even the most basic necessities of life, such as food, heating and medicine.
This situation is particularly prevalent in seniors with limited incomes who in many cases are forced to live in sub-standard accommodation such as basements, spare rooms and boarding houses with shared amenities.
Many of the Jewish Seniors suffering rental stress are pensioners while others like many of our parents were, recent arrivals with limited resources and family support, coming to Sydney in search of a better more secure life.
The consequences of property owners seeking to cash in on the recent Sydney property boom has seen many of our older residents being leveraged out of their long term residences, while others, struggling with unsustainable rental costs were forced to cut back on basic daily necessities.
Spiralling levels of enquiry over the last several years has led the BBRV Board to both significantly increase accessibility to accommodation and the level of financial support provided to Jewish Seniors in rental stress.
This support is delivered in the form of rental rebates with those assessed as requiring support paying no more to live in BBRV villages than they would if they were housed in Public or Community housing.
In 2016 around 30% of the BBRV community received some level of support. In recognition of the many Jewish Seniors seeking assistance the BBRV Board had in 2016 voted to increase support to $160,000 per annum.
In keeping with our mission BBRV will continue to support vulnerable Jewish seniors in our community through the provision of truly affordable independent residential accommodation.
B'nai B’rith Retirement Villages Ltd
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.