The past twelve months have been full of opportunity and achievements. Our major projects have done very well and our Units have provided an incredibly wide range of functions and social activities. But in the wider Jewish community B’nai B’rith is not well known and most people don’t even know what we stand for.
We have therefore focussed on trying to better define our organisational goals and strategies, even to ourselves, so that we can market ourselves better. We are one of about 60,000 community organisations in Australia that people can join. It’s interesting that some of our synagogues in Melbourne are now repositioning themselves as community hubs and are providing religious, social and benevolent activities. So the competition is strong, but so is the scope for collaboration with other like-minded organisations. One example is the Melton Program - in which we are collaborating with Temple Beth Israel. It is a wonderful and educational program and I encourage you to participate. Please see attached/enclosed flyers.
To clarify our current values and goals, the leaders from District 21 in Australia and New Zealand recently agreed on a new motto. This is now: B’nai B’rith: Jewish Unity. Diversity. Continuity.
My interpretation of this motto is that we want to highlight B’nai B’rith’s role in trying to involve all Jews, irrespective of whether they are orthodox, liberal or secular, whether they vote Liberal, Labor or Green or anything in between. We want to harness this diversity to the community’s benefit – both in the Jewish and non-Jewish setting. The continuity part of the motto acknowledges that we need to work hard to maintain our Jewish identity in the face of assimilation and also to work for continuity of B’nai B’rith itself - we cannot take its long term survival for granted.
Continuity issues can also involve the whole human race with problems such as climate change and the threat of nuclear war. Our new motto gives us a lot of scope to get involved in different issues and to adapt our volunteer base to modern times. What do you think of the motto?
We plan in the coming year to let the Jewish community know, via some type of marketing campaign, what B’nai B’rith is all about.
It now gives me great pleasure to wish you and your family a happy and fruitful 2018 - and to thank our volunteers and staff for their work during 2017 towards making this place a better world. Todah Raba.
Benny Monheit and Tony Weldon modelling the new B’nai B’rith uniform shirts at a recent Courage to Care function.
The colourful checked shirts have just come off the boat from China, come in multiple sizes and were seen last week on sale at a menswear store at Southland.
Congratulations to members and Units who participated in Mitzvah Day this year and made it such a success - from the Fellowship Group Concert, Hatikvah Calico Dolls for the Children’s Hospital to Gesher Unit (together with JECO) Reverse Garage Sale, and finally to all the members who made monetary or donation of goods for our Collectathon for Sacred Heart. Thank you so very much - this is witnessing benevolence at its best!
Also thank you to Discount Chemist - Elsternwick and Your Pharmacy - Caulfield North for their donations of goods.
Programming at Deidre & Allen’s. Phone: 0408 121213
Executive Meeting at B’nai B’rith
Regular Meeting at the Pavilion. Guest speaker & member Rachel Boymal talking about her work as an artist & sculptor.
Book Club at Adele’s. Phone: 9527 9113
Mameloshen at Judy’s. Phone: 9571 9470
Condolences to: Theo Waisberg & family on the sad loss of his brother, David Wise.
‘MAKING A DIFFERENCE’ - Funds raised are used to support Jewish VCE students (from low income families) at Jewish and State schools.
We thank the following for their donations:
Giora & Rifka Hoffman on the occasion of the 80th birthday of their friend in Sydney, Uri Kalisher.
Julie Leder on the occasion of Trish Baitz’s 80th birthday
Julie Leder on the occasion of Jesse Weller’s forthcoming Bar Mitzvah
Judy & David Solomon & Frances Sacks on the occasion of Penina Cotter’s 100th birthday.
If you would like to make a donation please:
- make a direct credit to our “Making A Difference” Account:
BSB: 013 017
Account: 9001 28923
Ref: Your Name.
then email Bette Pulver - email@example.com with your details
- send cheque payable to: “B’nai B’rith Making A Difference” to
c/- Bette Pulver or Martha Vanderhoek
P.O. Box 276 c/- B’nai B’rith Victoria
Caulfield South 3162 71 Kooyong Road
Caulfield North 3161.
Melbourne Mitzvah members (with a couple of ring-ins) having a break before going to see the Archibald Exhibition in Geelong.
Co-Presidents: Paula Messer (9836 9510) & Orly Dar (9850 5623)
Secretary: P/P Claude Fromm (9850 6134)
Preview: Judith Steinberg (9878 7365)
We deeply mourn the passing of our
Sister Heather Kasner
May Her Memory be a Blessing
Welcome Back lunch at the Alexanders’. This will be a BBQ and kosher so no dairy please. Contact Claude to book and organise food on 9850 6134 (not Betty).
Calico Dolls at the home of Gerry & Ken. Please let Gerry know if you are planning to come on: 9857 9909
Regular Meeting at LBC. Avi Dar will be our speaker. Please bring along a small plate to share for supper.
Condolences and heartfelt sympathy to: the family of Heather Kasner.
Happy Birthday Greetings in January to: Cynthia Benporath (9th); Joan Zawatsky (14th); Julian Woolfson (16th); Rita Phillips (22nd); George Deutsch (31st) and in February to: Ruth Taft (8th). Our best wishes for a wonderful year filled with good times and much laughter.
President: Rosa Schattner (9576 9220)
Secretary: Annette Gladwin (9563 9959)
Preview: Henry Gladwin (9563 9959)
Dates for your interest and enjoyment
8:00 - 9:30pm
The Jewish Non-Fiction Book Club. The meeting will review the book “Rav Kook” by Yehudah Mirsky. Presenter and host: Rita Phillips. Contact person: Peter on 9576 9220 (AH) or firstname.lastname@example.org. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
Morning walk followed by brunch. Details to be advised by separate email. Contact person: Kath on 9505 7767 or email@example.com.
Welcome Back Soirée at Evi’s, with musical entertainment, supper and “regifting raffle”. Cost: $30 pp. Please book with Fay by Saturday February 10th on 9597 9590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th
Weekend Away at the Mercure Resort, Portsea. For further information, please contact Henry on 9571 7987 or email@example.com.
Happy Birthday Greetings in January to: – Helen Fisher (4th), Jenny Blakeley (12th), Sue Winfield (18th), Evi Morawetz (20th) and Rita Phillips (22nd); and in February to: Stephen Lucas (6th), Mark Haskin (7th), Peter Schattner (9th), Herman Klein (16th), Henry Winfield (17th) and Esther Lewin (20th).
Mazal Tov to: Tanya and John Tescher on the wedding of their son Paul to Chantelle Brott.
Thinking of you: We wish a Refuah Sheleymah to those of our members who may be unwell at present, and hope to see you joining us again very soon.
Akiba members meeting after movies at the Dendy Deli
All functions will take place at the Caulfield Park Pavilion unless otherwise stated.
Raoul Wallenberg Commemoration Ceremony @ St Kilda Town Hall
Regular Meeting. Speaker to be announced. Memorial Service for P/P John Learmont and Silvia Migdalek.
12 noon &
Programming Meeting @ 71
Executive Meeting @ 71
Teachers’ Welcome Home @ Beth Weizmann
and coming up in March:
Heritage Night. Speakers: Irene Bud, Sol Bud and Barbara Wolfson.
Mazal Tov to: Prof. Andrew Markus on becoming Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation; Lorraine Abel on the marriage of her granddaughter; Renate Linton on the marriage of her granddaughter; Vera Medding on the marriage of her grandson; Rena Rabin on the birth of her great grandson; Josy Salomon on the birth of her great granddaughter.
Condolences to: Susi Breit-Learmont and family on the passing of John Learmont & to the family of Silvia Migadek.
Raoul Wallenberg Unit from: Alan & Claire Markov
Food for Israel from: Jenny & Ian Meltzer
Raoul Wallenberg Unit Study Grants for Yad Vashem from: Josy Salomon
Join Yitzchak Rabin Unit for a Maribyrnong River Cruise
(2 hours up river & back) on the Blackbird Ferry.
Meeting at the Caulfield Park Pavilion for carpooling OR
You can go directly to 1 Maribyrnong Street Footscray @ 11:45 am.
BYO Lunch - friends are welcome. Note: Maximum capacity 28 people. Cost: $30 pp. Contact Leon on: 0418 563 091 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday 16th January. Download the flyer here.
Coffee and cake schmooze. Contact Karin - see above.
Visit to Amy Winehouse exhibition at the Jewish Museum
and coming up in March:
Tentative: Coffee and cake schmooze. Contact Karin - see above.
and in June:
To be rescheduled: Barefoot Bowls at Caulfield Park Bowling Club.
The Holocaust Centre here has taken the initiative of bringing together the various organisations involved in Holocaust displays, education and research. The initial meeting of representatives of these organisations from around Australia and New Zealand was held recently. This group will potentially allow larger organisations to assist smaller ones and create a strong network. We have already held discussions with relevant people in Adelaide and New Zealand and offered our support for their efforts.
Courage to Care has been approached by a senior member of the Victoria Police and we have, at short notice, developed a relevant presentation that is being considered for incorporation into their Professional Development Program. This offers another avenue for us to deliver our fundamental message while continuing to use the example set by the Righteous Among the Nations.
Fundraising – Raheen
Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC once again hosted us in her home for a delightful concert of Musical Theatre Show Stoppers featuring two star performers from the Jeanne Pratt Production Company. All present thoroughly enjoyed familiar favourites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others while contributing generously to the work of Courage to Care.
The end-of-year Volunteer Celebration was held on Sunday December 10th generously hosted by Mrs Vivienne Fried at her beautiful Caulfield home and garden, with almost a hundred people thanked by Tony Weldon for their participation as volunteers during this very busy year.
Viv and Alan Davis received the Emeritus Award which cited their diligent work in setting up school visits for the Program. Peter Gaspar spoke of his extremely rewarding trip to New Zealand to learn of the very effective school programs being carried out in Auckland and Wellington.
Nicole Scott of Alkira College spoke of the annual Holocaust Remembrance at the College and an Alkira student, Casey Poussard recited a moving poem she had written about the Holocaust.
A sumptuous afternoon tea concluded the festivities.
Picture: Alkira College student Casey Poussard
Recognition of Iain Messer
Iain Messer, long-serving member of the Courage to Care Management Committee and involvement first as a Committee member, then Vice Chairman and long-standing representative at BBV is stepping down. He has been much appreciated, and we welcome his ongoing commitment to our work, now in a role as part of a Volunteer Liaison Group.
Any members intending to travel to Israel who can take a 500g pack of glasses frames for the Re-Specs Project - please contact Judi Cohen on 0411 438 907.
A Re-Specs representative in Israel will arrange collection from you on arrival.
You will be performing a great mitzvah as the frames get recycled to provide glasses for the financially disadvantaged, currently struggling without corrective eyewear.