Online Showcase 2021 – To all potential contestants, their parents, and music teachers.
Don’t miss out!
You have recently been contacted by telephone and email about our project, BBVic Showcase.
We understand that due to unforeseeable circumstances your lives have been interrupted by a fourth lockdown.
We know that in the past you have expressed interest to continue your music learning and perhaps need the school holidays to gather your resources to join us at Showcase 2021.
To support you, BBVic Showcase will keep the platform open during the school holidays, if you decide to make a late entry.
Go to our webpage at https://www.bnaibrith.org.au/our-projects/showcase
Take the additional link to the Registration form, via Trybooking.
Please note! Although we can accept your Registration, Showcase requires the upload of your video performance by the start of Term 2, 12 July. This enables the adjudication process to commence.
Dear Showcase friends, you have some additional time and a school holiday to plan. Join us!
Let us remind you that this year we will be able to hold a live finals performance and the winners will have a chance to perform at Glen Eira TH on 29 August. There are wonderful prizes to win. Join us!
For additional individual responses send an email to email@example.com.
Music can help raise everyone’s spirits.
Chair of Showcase
0412 610 078
Background and Information:
BBVic Showcase is open to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary solo musicians aged 8 – 25 across piano, strings, vocal, woodwind, brass, guitar and for the first time, percussion. A further new addition is the 'own composition' section. It is recommended that Entrants have completed Grade 3 AMEB or its equivalent.
Given the ever-evolving COVID-19 environment, the committee has elected to conduct the adjudication process to decide the Section winners via video.
As such, all Entrants will be required to submit their piece/s online. This will include the provision of 2 videos plus the sheet music for each performance piece. Very clear instructions will be provided following receipt of this Entry Form.
Entrants should select their correct age group below and then proceed to provide the details as requested, which includes the Instrument Section/s and the pieces that will be performed.
Entries close 25 June 2021.
Our Solo Sections are:
Hebrew and Yiddish Vocal
Woodwind and Brass
The ‘own composition’ section is intended to provide the opportunity for young composers / songwriters to have their original and unpublished works heard by professional, adjudicators and experienced writers Amy Howden and Pablo Cravzov. Showcase designed the section to nurture the musical talent of composers and songwriters on all levels and promote excellence. Winning entries will be offered to publish their work more widely.
Depending on the entry, submissions are judged on the following criteria:
• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
• Overall likeability
The Performance category is judged not only on the songwriting but also on the overall delivery/performance of the song. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this Section will not exclude you from entering other Sections as well.
The B'nai B'rith Showcase 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
JUDY FIRESTONE-PODCAST PROMOTING SHOWCASE ON J-AIR 24/07/20
In 2019, B’nai B’rith Vic celebrated its 27th year of holding the Jewish Youth Eisteddfod and
rebranded its name to ‘Showcase: Fostering Jewish Musical Talent’.
Its first chairperson was Rosalie Maller and its second was Esther Gross, who guided the project through until 2012, when ill health forced her retirement. Until then, it remained a special project of B’nai B’rith Unit Re’ut.
Andrew Kolb took over the chair of the Eisteddfod in 2014, and retired at the end of 2019.
During those 6 years, the Eisteddfod grew to 8 Heats namely: Classical Vocal, Contemporary Vocal, Hebrew and Yiddish Vocal, Woodwind, Classical Strings, Guitar, and Classical and Contemporary Piano.
It was also exciting to see a rapid rise in school ensemble participation.
There were performances from Melbourne’s four Jewish day schools: Mount Scopus Memorial College, Bialik College, King David School and Leibler Yavneh College.
Showcase is made possible by the generosity of the many donors and sponsors, including B’nai B’rith Victoria, the Pratt Foundation and Glen Eira City Council.
The Australian Jewish News kept people informed of our activities via advertising and featured articles.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Zelman Cowen was our distinguished patron. After his death, Lady Anna Cowen AM accepted the offer to become our new patron. This year, she will be joined by Mr
Doug Heywood OAM as Joint patron.
2020 is not like any other year that we have previously faced. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to try new options: Zoom meetings and Online Showcase 2020.
Who could have predicted this only 3 months ago? 2020 will certainly be a different type of Showcase without ensemble participation.
On behalf of the Showcase Committee I would like to thank our new chair Judy Firestone.
We cannot do this without community help and support. Together we can be triumphant.
Chair of Showcase (formerly Eisteddfod) 2014-2019
Welcome to the home of the 26th Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Youth Art Competition
Patron: Lady Anna Cowen AM
The Competition is open to Jewish students aged 11 to 18. Categories include painting and drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital and photography. This year the competition and exhibition are online (as was the case in 2020) due to the statewide lockdown and associated closure of the Glen Eira Town Hall Gallery. Digital photos of all the artworks are on display in several virtual galleries.
Here are the virtual galleries:
Ages 11 – 13
Ages 14 – 15
Ages 16 – 18
Click on the icons below to play pre-recorded videos of the three virtual galleries.
Ages 11 – 13 - HERE
Ages 14 – 15 - HERE
Ages 16 – 18 - HERE
The centre pages of the online catalogue list all the entries. Within each of the three age groups, entries are listed in alphabetical order by student surname. Note that section 11 provides tips for navigating through the galleries.
Video of winning entries
Watch the video below to find out the winning entries in each category as well as the overall winner of the Morrie Gold Memorial Prize for this year’s competition.
Click HERE to watch the video.
Click on the window below to display a virtual gallery of the winning entries
Conditions of entry
Please click Here to see the Conditions of Entry.
Corrections: In two of the pre-recorded videos and in the catalogue, the name of the student who submitted entry number 100 is incorrect. The correct name is: Benji Adelman. Also, the name of the student who submitted entry number 157 is incorrect. The correct name is: Raffi Jenshel.
In the pre-recorded videos and in the catalogue, entry number 325 was the work of two students: Neve Errez and Aviva Broons.
B’nai B’rith Victoria gratefully acknowledges our numerous sponsors whose generous financial support makes this competition possible. They are listed below and are also featured throughout the catalogue.
We congratulate all our talented young artists whose work will be on display in this year's exhibition.
Last Year's Competition:
Below is a brief video of the opening ceremony from last year’s competition, including the official opening by Glen Eira Mayor, Cr Margaret Esakoff, and announcement of the winning entries in each category.
The window below contains a virtual gallery of the all the entries in the 16 – 18 age group. Please wait a short time for the virtual gallery to load.
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 2020.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.