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: email@example.com
by the last day of September.
Nominators and successful candidates will be notified in December.
Presentations take place in the following May.
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.
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 purpose of our commission is to:
Chairperson: Yvonne Shapiro
The B'nai B'rith Syd Einfeld Unit is privileged to administer a scholarship trust through bequests from the Sir John Monash Unit and from Catherine Gluck, in memory of her brother, Frederick B. Lamberger.
Application is open to all Jewish students from K-12 and tertiary institutions.
The main criteria for selection are financial need, academic ability and contribution to the wider Jewish Community. The awards are made in $500 instalments for each semester and the student's situation is reviewed by the Scholarship Committee at the end of each semester.
In recent years we have assisted a medical student to graduation, a primary school student with learning difficulties to enable her have specialist remedial tuition, and a talented Fine Arts student to graduation.
The money allocated is used for textbooks, special materials, tuition, transport fares and even accommodation.
Potential applicants can contact the committee in writing, addressed to:
Sir John Monash and Frederick B. Lamberger Scholarship Committee
PO Box 6126
The B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit and JNF Australia are honouring individuals in our community who have made a difference – in the process inspire others to get involved.
Category 1 Research Grant
Category 2 Travel Grant
SIXTY YEARS ON, A LIVING MEMORIAL REMAINS
It happened in 1955. Summer holiday period. Hume Highway. Car, driver, two passengers. The car swerved off the road and hit a tree. A common event, a tragedy, more frequent then than today. Two young men died. The woman passenger survived.
The accident ended the life of Bernard Lustig, a brilliant young barrister, winner of the University of Melbourne’s Supreme Court Prize. He was the older son of Adolf and Kate Lustig, German refugees from Nazism who fled to Australia before the war. As the war ended Adolf helped found the first B'nai B'rith lodge in Melbourne.
Bernard followed in his father’s footsteps as a lawyer, although Adolf’s career in Munich was cut short by the Nuremberg Race Laws. Bernard also became interested in B'nai B'rith in 1951, becoming a founding member of B'nai B'rith Youth Melbourne and one of its earliest presidents.
His death generated a thought among the members of the BBY committee. Let’s establish a scholarship in his memory. Too ambitious, said some. But anyone who knew the late Pauline Richter (later Pauline Glass) would testify that this was a young woman who was motivated, capable and persistent. She won the day.
With financial contributions from B'nai B'rith Melbourne Lodge and its Women’s Chapter, the youth group set up a fund later that year, and awarded the first scholarships, to assist capable Year 12 students about to embark on a university course in 1956.
Six decades have passed, and the scholarship is now the oldest continuing B'nai B'rith project and the longest running scholarship in the Victorian Jewish community. As with any project that survives for so long, it has had to change with the times. The first scholarship was worth ₤50. Today, winners receive $2500. Winners are decided by a long-serving group of trustees comprising senior academics and representatives of the Lustig family.
The administration has changed. BBY Melbourne no longer exists: the scholarship is now a B'nai B'rith Victoria project. Instead of treasurers handling a couple of cheques, the scholarship receives some of its funding from an investment fund managed by the B'nai B'rith Charitable Fund (and from numerous individual donors).
Information technology has wrought changes too. Originally, applicants sent hand-written letters in response to an AJN ad. Now there are detailed guidelines and an extensive application form, submitted by email. Nearly all communications among the trustees are handled electronically.
The purpose of the scholarship has also altered since its early days. The scholarship is now offered in two categories: as a research grant to master’s and doctoral thesis candidates, and as a travel grant to outstanding student leaders at university level, to fund overseas travel to participate in leadership development programs.
Some recent winners have travelled to Israel to participate in short courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Another worked as a deputy speech-writer for the Israeli Mission at the United Nations in New York. A young medical practitioner was assisted to pursue post-graduate research at Harvard University. The major winner in 2017 was a school counsellor researching for a master’s degree in psychology.
Applications open in March each year and close at the end of April. Intending applicants should send an email to the B'nai B'rith Victoria Office, email@example.com, requesting a copy of the guidelines and an application form.
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