MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT
Firstly mazal tov to President Les Heimann on receiving the prestigious OAM Award in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is a very well deserved honour for a person who has done so much for both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities - Les’ work epitomises what B’nai B’rith is all about.
It is with sadness that B’nai B’rith Victoria acknowledges the passing of one of our stalwart members Past President Masha Zeleznikow OAM. Masha is renowned for all her tireless work for the Jewish community and especially her passion and work within B’nai B’rith Victoria. She was a President, sat on various committees, assisted in establishing the Wallenberg Yad Vashem Teachers’ Seminar, with her husband Avram and with a small group of Wallenberg members founded B’nai B’rith Courage to Care in 1991. They were the energy behind Courage to Care. Masha will be truly missed by her B’nai B’rith family.
July is a very active time in the B’nai B’rith calendar. Sunday, 10th - will be our second Combined Units’ Meeting for the year - world class entertainment by Alan Kogosowski and Elizabeth Lewis. Our Guest Speaker is Dean Cohen, an outstanding young man and the force behind Camp Sababa. He will be speaking on “The New Generation of Jewish Leadership.” See flyer for all details. Fellowship Concert on Monday, 11th - with Piaf style singer Lucymona performing at the Glen Eira/McKinnon Bowling Club. BBVic AGM & Presentation of the Bernard Lustig Memorial Scholarships will be held on Thursday, 14th - at the Caulfield Park Pavilion at 7:30 pm. All members are invited to attend.
The BBVic Annual Reports of all Joint Committees was emailed and posted to all members earlier this month - please read and see all the hard work that has been done for and on behalf of B’nai B’rith. Thank you to all the behind the scenes people who helped to make all these projects and activities the success they are.
The Opening of the 21st - Shalom Menorah Unit Jewish Youth Arts Competition - on Sunday 7th August at the Glen Eira Arts Complex. It is wonderful to see the artistic talent of our youth on display. See flyer for information.
Supporting the Father Bob Maguire Foundation - we are having a tremendous response to this winter collectathon. Thank you to those who have already made donations. As we have been having such cold days and nights - it was decided to donate earlier - and extend the collectathon until Monday, 18th July. So there is still time to go through your cupboards for warm clothing, blankets etc.
Don’t miss out on activities happening in B’nai B’rith Victoria. Take the time to read through Preview and see what other Units are doing - all members are more than welcome to join any B’nai B’rith Units’ events and functions.