2022 Bernard J. Lustig Memorial Scholarship Winners
B’nai B’rith is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Bernard J. Lustig Scholarship:
Sammy Brygel, Isabel Gelb and Alon Meltzer
Now in its 67th year, the B’nai B’rith Bernard J. Lustig Scholarship seeks to support outstanding tertiary students in the achievement of their potential as scholars and as leaders in our community.
Mt Scopus Jewish Studies teacher Rabbi Sammy Brygel has been awarded a travel grant to enable him to attend Yeshiva Shapell's – Darche Noam for a year. The immersive Yeshiva experience will provide Sammy with professional development as a Jewish Studies teacher. Additionally, Sammy and his wife Esther will be joining the World Mizrachi Shalhevet program - a program designed to train young educator and rabbinical couples as they lead communities in the diaspora.
Isabel Gelb, a student of Monash University, holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees and will be using the Scholarship travel grant to further her studies abroad at King’s College London. She is looking forward to availing herself of the many leadership and volunteering opportunities available in London.
Rabbi Alon Meltzer, Rabbi of Or Chadash Synagogue and the Director of Programs at Shalom, is currently studying a PhD at LaTrobe University's Law School. He has been awarded a research grant to enable him to write his thesis on “Digital Fidelity: how social media has impacted on Modern Orthodox Jews and their relationship with Jewish law and the rabbinic establishment”. This fascinating research will not only inform current research on the trends and impacts of social media across society, but will also delve into its effect on Jewish legal texts and processes.
We wish all our scholarship recipients the best of luck with their travels and their studies.
We look forward to welcoming you to the forthcoming Triennial B’nai B’rith Convention which will be held in Melbourne on 11- 12 September.
B’nai B’rith in our region is facing new challenges. How do we best respond to changing community needs and get more people involved in our activities? Discussion with our guest speakers and workshops on both days of the conference will enable all participants to have input into our future direction.
We are excited to have the international President of B’nai B’rith Seth Riklin join us and participate in the Convention. He has recently had meetings with Arab leaders in the UAE as part of a B’nai B’rith delegation and has also had an audience with the Pope in Rome. He will update us on the work of B’nai B’rith internationally.
We will also hear from Rabbi Alon Meltzer from Sydney’s Shalom College and from Tony Benbow OAM (head of the Lions Foundation) on how their organisations are trying to adapt to change in their communities and among their membership and what we can learn from their research and experience. We will also Zoom in with B’nai B’rith leaders from the UK and Israel. Their ideas will then be discussed at interactive workshops in the afternoon.
The social program has not been neglected. A jazzy cocktail party on Saturday and a sumptuous Gala Dinner on Sunday. Some formality will be restored the next day with the AGM and discussion on reports from projects and the election of office bearers.
Please accept our warm invitation to be part of this important triennial B’nai B’rith Convention. To book your place, just click here. We have tried the cost down as far as possible. A 10% discount for early bird bookings is available until 12 August for the full convention including the gala dinner.
For interstate and overseas guests, we have included a list of nearby hotels for your convenience. Please click here to view these.
SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
7:00 PM COCKTAIL PARTY (Private home)
DAY 1 - SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
9:30 AM OFFICIAL OPENING OF CONVENTION:
Acknowledgement to Country – Dr Lois Peeler
Opening BB Ritual – David Samuels
Official Welcome and Opening - Jim Magee, Mayor of Glen Eira
The Work of B’nai B’rith International – President Seth Riklin
11:30 AM SESSION 1 - ‘The Ever-Changing Jewish Communities’
Prof Andrew Markus
A/P Peter Schattner
3:30PM SESSION 3 – B’nai B’rith Internationally - What We Do
Josh Burns MP
7:00PM GALA DINNER
DAY 2 - MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
9:30AM BBANZ AGM
11.00AM SESSION 4 What can we learn from others?
Tony Benbow OAM
Chairperson, The Australian Lions Foundation
1:30PM SESSION 5 Human Rights Forum
Tony Weldon OAM
Ed St John
3:15PM Convention Wrap Up
David Southwick MP
B'nai B'rith Parents Home is a group of 16 one bedroom self contained apartments for the independent elderly. Situated at 696 Inkerman Road, North Caulfield just a couple of doors from Hawthorn Road and nearby Caulfield Park and local cafes and shops.
Each apartment is approximately 5.5 squares and comprises a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom built around a central courtyard where residents can sit and enjoy the sunshine.
The home also has two apartments at next door 698 Inkerman Road, both two bedrooms.
There is a resident caretaker who is on call to attend to the wellbeing of the property and residents. The caretaker checks on each resident every morning to see that they are well. Residents are aged between mid 60s to 90s.
There is a lovely spirit of camaraderie amongst residents in a safe environment.
A new resident pays an ingoing fee as determined by the Committee of Management which comprises of members of various B'nai B'rith Units, as well as a monthly contribution towards management and outgoings, including maintenance.
Vacancies become available from time to time and preference for residency is given to B'nai B'rith members and an assessment of need.
A list of potential residents is maintained and each is contacted when a vacancy arises.
Interested residents can contact the BB Parents Home at BBPHchair@gmail.com.
The 27th Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Art Competition was a great success.
Thanks to numerous sponsors, over 50 students received awards and prizes across a variety of categories: Sculpture, Mixed Media, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Portraiture / Caricature.
The Morrie Gold Memorial Prize for the Overall Winner was awarded to Chana Pesha Faigenbaum, Year 11 Beth Rivkah student.
The Jewish Theme Prize was awarded to Esti Schachter, Year 11 Beth Rivkah student.
The Thalia Hakin Memorial Prize (Ages 11 - 13) was awarded to Tamar Gold, Year 8 Beth Rivkah student.
The Raymond and Leah Black Prize was awarded to Isaac Cohen, Year 4 Caulfield South Primary School student.
A complete list of the winners are included here.
Click here to view the Competition Catalogue.
Click here to view photos of the winning entries.
"Regality" by Chana Pesha Faigenbaum.
"Kotel" by Esti Schachter
Background to the Competition
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. 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 to 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 four categories, namely, painting and drawing, mixed media, digital, and sculpture. A fifth category of photography is open to artists aged 16-18. Students enter from Jewish day schools such as Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Bialik College, Leibler Yavneh College, Mt Scopus Memorial College, the King David School, Yeshivah College. Students from state schools and other independent schools are also encouraged to enter.
The artworks are judged by a panel of professionals in the arts industry and prizes are offered in all categories and age groups. Over 200 artworks were submitted in 2022.
2021 Showcase Finals Concert Winners:
Overall Winner & Peter Krafel Memorial Prize for Classical Piano: Isabella K
Lustig Memorial Foundation Scholarship for Strings: Gavriel Y
Norman Corry Memorial Prize for Strings: Isaac I
Aria Chava Glaubert Memorial Prize for Classical Vocal: Jodie S
Elaine Blocj Jaffe Prize for Woodwind: Lily T
Aria Chava Glaubert Memorial Prize for Contemporary Vocal: Tia P
Thank you to the 2021 sponsors and supporters:
Flickers, Ian Sharp Jewellery, David Southwick, Josh Burns, JCCV, Eshel Catering,
Elias Rosenberg, Lowe Lippmann, Banner Papers, Nina Taylor, Access Inc. & CSG
2021 Showcase Finals Concert Video Highlights
Past Showcase Winners:
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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. Awards will be offered to individuals who
Nominators of successful candidates will be asked to prepare the citation and a brief talk about the candidate for presentation at the Awards Ceremony in November. Prior to this they are asked to nominate a sponsor, who will prepare the citation for presentation at the Awards Ceremony in November.
CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORM.
Applications close 25 August 2022.
B’nai B’rith Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant now in its 17th year is available again.
The $2,500 Grant honours the memory of the late Jenny Goldberg and acknowledges her untiring volunteering skills, which she gave to B’nai B’rith, the Jewish and the broader community at large.
Eligible applicants must be Jewish, under 35 years of age, reside in Melbourne, and have a history of volunteering in Jewish and wider communities.
Past winners have come from a range of Jewish organisations such as Little Dreamers, AUJS, Stand-Up, Flying Fox, Task Force against Family Violence, Chabad, Jewish musical theatre, and others. For more information, please contact the BBVic office on 9523 0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.