Entry Forms Available From:
Mark Rubinstein - 0427 433 200
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 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. A fourth category of photography is open to artists aged 16-18. 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.
The B’nai B’rith Victoria Menorah Awards were established in 1978. They are presented annually to worthy recipients who:
2018 Poster Competition
2017 “Strength in Harmony” Winning Entries
Prize Giving Ceremony 30 May 2017
The B'nai B'rith Showcase (FKA Eisteddfod) is a member of, and has accreditation with,
The Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia Inc.
This is the only Jewish Showcase in Australia and fulfills a specific need - it does not replicate what any other Jewish organisation is doing. Jewish musicians are enabled to compete in an officially recognised Showcase; as most are held on Shabbat, this competition acts as a bridge through all streams of Judaism - covering Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels (ages 8 - 25).
Register now and you too can be part of this exciting event!
Please see the attached files on the right for sign up information or phone the B'nai B'rith Office on
(03) 9523 0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant has been awarded annually since 2004. Jenny Goldberg z"l, who passed away in 2003, was an active volunteer in B'nai B'rith and the wider community.
The grant exists to help improve people's skills as volunteers, which in turn will benefit the community at large.
To be eligible for the $2500 grant, applicants must be Jewish, reside in Melbourne, be under the age of 35, and have a history of volunteering in the Jewish and/or wider community.
Oren Smith wins B’nai B’rith Grant, October 2018
Oren Smith has won the 14th Annual Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant (JGCSG) which was set up as a memory to Jenny who was passionate volunteer within the Jewish and wider communities.
Oren graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Management and he has worked and volunteered in the not for profit community sector using his skills in finance, strategy and operations.
One of the main criteria for the recipient of the JGCSG is that he or she must use the Grant to improve their volunteering capacity, and hence the community at large. Oren plans to do just that. He is intending to do a course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
From Oren’s involvement in B’nai Akiva, his Shule, and the United Jewish Education Board, Oren has learned that to maximise an organisation’s effectiveness, it needs a professional who is well trained in governance and strategy.
To quote Oren: “This course will provide me with the professional knowledge to create the most profound impact I can.”
P P Frieda Shapiro.
Trustee of the JGCSG
BBVIC runs 3-4 main charitable collectathons throughout the year. This year, we had the pre-Pesach Food Collectathon for Impact For Women, and we had a Blitz Winter Clothing and Blankets Collectathon for the Father Bob Maguire Foundation.
Our Hatikvah Unit meet on a regular basis to make calico dolls for the Royal Children’s Hospital, and are currently collecting blankets and linens for the RSPCA Collection.
Unit Akiba are running the Great Book Swap fundraiser in aide of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Gesher Unit are joining with JECO to do a reverse garage sale.
We are also currently having a drought appeal along with BBANZ for the farmers who are going through this terrible ordeal.
Year round we collect glasses to be sent to Israel in conjunction with TBI. If you have any spare specs, visit the BBVic office and we'll collect them for you.
BBVic remains dedicated to raising awareness of important issues and helping out those less fortunate than us.
To find out more about BBVic projects, see below.
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.”
email@example.com 9578 4724 0412 275 623
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.
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.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.