Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea

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The crowds and sculptures of Sculpture by the Sea 2006

The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney and Perth is Australia‘s largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. This exhibition was initiated in 1996, at Bondi Beach and it featured sculptures which were made by both Australian and overseas artists. In 2005 a companion event was established at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia. In 2009 it was announced that Aarhus in Denmark would host the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition outside of Australia.

Sculpture by the Sea is held annually during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 50 local, interstate and international artists participate in this exhibition every year.

In June 2009 crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik of Denmark initiated a biannual Sculpture by the Sea event in the city of Aarhus(Denmark), inspired by the exhibitions in Australia; Mary’s country of birth. ‘Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus – Denmark’ is financially and legally independent of ‘Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated’ and is being produced by the city of Aarhus in collaboration with ARoS Aarhus Artmuseum. The first two exhibitions attracted around half a million visitors. [1]


Pretty women by the sea

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1996 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi and is now an annual event. In 1995 David Handley was living in Prague and visited an outdoor sculpture park in Klatovy, Northern Bohemia. He was inspired to do something similar in Australia. The works are spread right across the cliff from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via Tamarama Beach. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk.



Marks Park

Path from Marks Park to Tamarama


Virtual Shtetl – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews


By Eli Rabinowitz

My name is Eli Rabinowitz. I live in Perth, Australia.  My three siblings live in New York, Israel and South Africa. I am married to Jill Reitstein (originally Rotzstejn, from Nasielsk). Our sons are Dean, married to Tami Sokol (grandparents from Bialystok), living in Sydney, and Neil, also married, living in New York. We have, therefore, strong ties to Poland.

My story is one of Jewish migration and re-migration and a journey to reconnect with my roots in Poland.

I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1952. My father was the first of his siblings to be born in South Africa. His brothers and mother were born in Palestine. His father was from Orla, Poland (or Russia as it was known then), his maternal grandfather from Lithuania. My mother was born in Latvia.

My journey to Poland began with a simple short message on JewishGen and a unexpected response to it by a non-Jewish Polish researcher, Wojciech Konunczuk.

My family connections with Poland stretch back to the 1500s to my 12thgrandfather, Shaul Wahl Katzenellenbogen,  “The King of Poland for a Day”.

From Wikipedia:

Saul Wahl (c. 1542—1622[1]) was a wealthy and politically influential Polish Jew.[2]According to legend, he was king of Poland for a single day August 18, 1587. Wahl had numerous children, including the renowned Polish rabbi, Meir Wahl.

King of Poland for a day

The fact that Saul was king of Poland is not well-supported by historical data, but it gained a firm place in the folk beliefs of the Jewish people.

And from Jewish Encyclopedia:

The version set forth in the Jewish Encyclopedia is as follows:

At a point in his life, Lithuanian Noble Mikołaj Krzysztof “the Orphan” Radziwiłł (1549–1616) wanted to repent for the numerous sins he committed when he was younger. He commenced a pilgrimage to Rome in order to consult the pope as to the best means for the propitiation of his misdeeds. The pope advised him to dismiss all his servants and to live for a few years as a wandering beggar. When the prescribed period ended, Radziwill was penniless in the city of Padua, Italy. He pleaded for help, but his claims of being a noble fell on deaf ears. Radziwiłł decided to appeal to Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen, the rabbi of Padua. Katzenellenbogen treated him nicely and provided him with means to return to Lithuania. To repay the favor, Katzenellenbogen requested that Radziwiłł find his son Saul, who years before had left to study in ayeshiva in Poland. When he visited Poland, he checked yeshivas until he found Saul in Brest-Litovsk (now Brest, Belarus). Upon meeting and getting to know Saul, Radziwiłł was very impressed with his intellect and offered to provide Saul for boarding in his own castle where Saul can pursue his studies. Radziwill’s court personnel were similarly impressed with Saul, and his reputation spread throughout Poland. Stephen Báthory, who was King of Poland died in 1586, and the Poles were split between being ruled by the Zamoyski familyand the Zborowskis. Under Polish law at that time, if electors could not agree upon a king, an outsider should be appointed “rex pro tempore” (temporary king). Radziwill proposed that Saul Wahl be appointed the temporary king and Wahl was elected to this high office to shout of “Long live King Saul!” The length of his reign range from one night to a few days. During the short reign, Wahl passed numerous laws, including laws that eased the conditions for Polish Jews. The name “Wahl” was given him from the German word Wahl (meaning “election”).

For more details:

However, it was my grandfather, Nachum Mendel Rabinowitz, who was born in Orla, Grodno Gubernia near Bialystok on 2 Elul 5647 (22 August 1887), who brought me on this journey back to Poland.

In November 2011, I received an email from Wojciech Konończuk, who wrote me the following:

Dear Eli Rabinowitz,

I found a short piece of information about “Rabinowitz family originally Skarasjewski from Orla near Bialystok” on this website

I research the history of Jews in Orla, preparing a book on this subject, and I’m very interested in any testimonies, photos or other materials concerning this issue. Maybe you will be able to provide me some new information about Jewish people from Orla?


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New Wroclaw Kehilalinks

Hi All
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I visited Wroclaw, Poland in May this year.

It was formerly known as Breslau, when it was part of Germany.

This city boasts 11 Nobel Prize winners, 4 of whom were Jewish.

The composer Johannes Brahms was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university and wrote the Academic Festival Overture in return!

A kehilalink is a set of webpages about a Jewish community, which contains information, photos, stories or memoirs, written by volunteers. Wroclaw is the latest of my eleven kehilalinks I have written. The next is Lublin.

For the full list, visit:

The kehilalink network is part of, the largest Jewish Genealogical organisation, based in New York.
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C0ordinates  51°06′ N, 17°02′ E

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International Jewish Cemetery Project

Report on the Wrocław Cemetery

Jewish Wrocław

Wrocław – The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe

Jewish cemetery of Wroclaw – YouTube

Wroclaw – Jewish Cemetery at Lotnicza Street

The White Stork Synagogue in Wrocław – You Tube

Rebirth in Wroclaw – A Jewish wedding in Poland celebrates more than marriage

Ken Arkwright of Perth, born in Breslau

Jewish Population in  1880 was 17500 and in 1933 was 19722

In SW Poland, the historical capital of Lower Silesia. Largest city in western Poland

Nearby Jewish Communities:

  1. Oleśnica 17 miles ENE
  2. Prusice 19 miles N
  3. Środa Śląska 19 miles WNW
  4. Bierutów 22 miles E
  5. Brzeg 26 miles SE
  6. Żmigród 26 miles N
  7. Twardogóra 26 miles NE

Sea Point Boys’ Reunion – another place, another time!

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What happens when you meet two school buddies 44 years after your matric, in another country?

You have a reunion.

This happened in Sydney when I met up with Rodney Goldberg of Sydney and Phillip Levy of Kochav Yair, Israel at Icebergs, at the southern end of Bondi Beach. We had attended Sea Point Boys’ High in Cape Town, South Africa, matriculating in 1969!




Rochelle Levy, Phillip’s wife, me, Phillip & Rodney at Jed’s in North Bondi

What happens when you discover the next day that you missed out another class mate who lives in Sydney?

You have another reunion!

I bumped into Stan Zets the day after our reunion at Bondi Beach. So back to Bondi, this time to gertrude & alice bookstore in Hall Street. The four of us  met at the back of the store in the Psycho Dept. Photo taken by Belinda.


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Me, Phillip, Stan & Rodney

Lots of old stories to tell after 44 years.

This encouraged me to dig up some old stuff which I have hidden away for 44 years!




We made the front page of the Argus!  Sammy and me behind him.




And after the final exams!  Alan, Sammy, Richard, Phillip, Basil and me in disguise at the back.


We are planning to meet again in 44 years when we are 105!  Don’t miss that one! Invitations are in the mail!

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More info and photos:

Sea Point Boys’ famous alumni:

Sir Anthony Sher

Sir Ronald Harwood

From Facebook:

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Sea Point

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sea Point

Aerial View of Sea Point

Sea Point is located in South Africa

Sea Point

 Sea Point shown within South Africa

Coordinates: 33°54′55″S 18°23′33″ECoordinates33°54′55″S 18°23′33″E
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Cape Town
 • Total 1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 13,332
 • Density 8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 18.0%
 • Coloured 7.7%
 • Indian/Asian 2.8%
 • White 67.5%
 • Other 4.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 68.6%
 • Afrikaans 13.3%
 • Xhosa 3.6%
 • Other 14.5%
Postal code(street) 8005
PO box 8060

Sea Point (Afrikaans: Seepunt) is one of Cape Town‘s most affluent and densely populated suburbs, situated between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean, a few kilometres to the west of Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD). Moving from Sea Point to the CBD, one passes through first the small suburb of Three Anchor Bay, then Green Point. Seaward from Green Point is the area known as Mouille Point (pronounced MOO-lee), where the local lighthouse is situated.

Sea Point is the only sea-side suburb of Cape Town with significant high-rise development and this, along with other factors, has made it a very popular residential area, or for investing in first or second homes and apartments. Before the most recent surge in property values, the suburb used to be regarded as a dangerous area, in part because some apartment blocks had been neglected by absentee landlords. Many foreign and local investors now see it as a place of urban rejuvenation and there are many DutchGerman and British owners.


The area was historically classed as an abode for whites only during the apartheid era, when formal classification of people by race was introduced into the South African political system. With the collapse of apartheid and especially from the late 1990s, a diverse mix of purchasers became active in the property arena and changed the demographic mix. Today Sea Point is home to a more diverse set of cultures. There is a cosmopolitan mix of Capetonians and international visitors.

Layout and lifestyle

Sea Point Beach Front with Lion’s Head as a backdrop

Sea Point is a suburb of Cape Town and is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Cape Town’s well known Lion’s Head to the south-east and the Atlantic ocean to the north-west. It is a high density area, where space is at a premium. Houses are built in close proximity to one another towards the surrounding mountainside, while apartment buildings are more common in the central area and toward the beach-front. An important communal space is the beach-frontpromenade, a paved walkway along the beach-front used by residents and tourists for walking, jogging or socialising.

Along the litoral of the Sea Point promenade, the coastline has varied characteristics. Some parts are rocky and difficult of access, while other parts have broad beaches. Sea Point beach adjoins an Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool, which had served generations of Capetownians since at least the early fifties. Another fine beach further towards the city is known as Rocklands.

The Sea Point Pavilion Swimming Pool

Adjoining Sea Point is Three Anchor Bay. The beaches along this stretch are in the main covered with mussel shells thrown up by the ocean, unlike the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, which are sandy. The rocks off the beaches at Sea Point are in large part basaltic, of late Precambrian age and internationally famous in the history of geology (vide infra).

There are extensive beds of kelp offshore. Compared to the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula, the water is colder (11°C – 16°C).

Sea Point Beach with the Beach Front Promenade

Further along the coast, going towards Clifton, there is a plaque overlooking the rocks. This commemorates Charles Darwin’s observation of a rare geological interface, where igneous rock has invaded, absorbed and replaced metamorphic rock.

The community of Sea Point was the subject of a 2008 documentary film directed by François Verster, entitled Sea Point Days.[2]

Local Schools

Some of the schools to be found in the area include Sea Point Primary and Herzlia Weizmann Primary. The high school is Sea Point High (formerly Sea Point Boys’ High school).


Early map of Sea Point and its infrastructure. ca. 1906.

With the 1862 opening of the Sea Point tramline, the area became Cape Town’s first “commuter suburb”, though the line linked initially to Camps Bay. At the turn of the century, the tramline was augmented by the Metropolitan and Suburban Railway Company, which added a line to the City Centre.[3] During the 1800s, Sea Point’s development was dominated by the influence of its most famous resident, the liberal parliamentarian and MP for Cape Town, Saul Solomon. Solomon was both the founder of the Cape Argus and the most influential liberal in the country – constantly fighting racial inequality in the Cape. His Round Church (St John’s) of 1878 reflected his syncretic approach to religion – housing 4 different religions in its walls, which were rounded to avoid “denominational corners”. “Solomon’s Temple”, as it was humorously known by residents, stood on its triangular traffic island at the intersection of Main, Regent and Kloof roads, a centre of the Sea Point community, until it was destroyed by the city council in the 1930s.[4]

The suburb was later classed by the Apartheid regime as a whites-only area, but this rapidly changed in the late 1990s with a rapid growth of Sea Point’s black and coloured communities.

Ships entering the harbour in Table Bay from the east coast of Africa have to round the coast at Sea Point and over the years many of them have been wrecked on the reefs just off-shore. In May 1954, during a great storm, the Basuto Coast (246 tonnes) ended up on the rocks within a few metres of the concrete wall of the promenade.[5] A fireman who came to the assistance of the crew was swept off the wall of the swimming pool adjacent to the promenade by waves and was never seen again. The vessel was soon thereafter salvaged for scrap. In July 1966 a large cargo ship, the S.A. Seafarer, was stranded on the rocks only a couple of hundred metres from the Three Anchor Bay beach. The stranding was the cause of one of Cape Town’s earliest great environmental scares, owing to the cargo including drums of tetramethyl lead and tetraethyl lead, volatile and highly toxic compounds that in those days were added to motor fuels as an anti-knocking agent. The ship was gradually destroyed by the huge swells that habitually roll in from the south Atlantic. Salvage from the ship can still be found in local antique shops.

In the mid to late 1990s the area experienced a rise in crime as drug dealers and prostitutes moved into the area. However due to the aggressive adoption of broken windows municipal management spearheaded by then area councillor Jean-Pierre Smith the crime rate declined throughout most of the 2000s.[6]

Famous people from Sea Point

The New Dresden Kehilalink

Hi All

Those who follow my blog will know that I visited Dresden Germany in May this year.

It is a fascinating city that was virtually flattened by the Allies in WWII. Now a major centre of art and culture in modern Germany, Dresden has a synagogue built on the site of its predecessor, burnt down on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

A kehilalink is a set of webpages about a Jewish community, which contains information, photos, stories or memoirs, written by volunteers. Dresden is the latest of my ten kehilalinks I have written.

For the full list, visit:

The kehilalink network is part of, the largest Jewish Genealogical organisation, based in New York.

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Here is a short clip of Abe Sher talking about the bombing of Dresden in February 1945, when he was held as a prisoner of war nearby.
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Click here:

A note of explanation from Julian Sher, Abe’s son:

My dad, Abe Sher was in a camp known as Stalag IVC on the outskirts of the town of Bruex in the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, on what was the border area with Germany up to 1938  – as it still is. In March 1938 the Sudetenland became part of the Greater German Reich ie it was incorporated into Germany.

The Czech word for Bruex is Most. It means bridge.  The town was literally relocated by the Russians after the war to a nearby site. During the war and in fact to this day, Most had a petrol refinery just like Sasol. It manufactured petrol from coal. In my dad’s time this was owned and run by the Reichswerke Hermann Goering. That is where my dad worked from 1943 to 1945.

Most was and is close to Chemnitz, which is but 50 or so kilometres from Dresden. In terms of WW2 bombing accuracy, this distance is negligible and within the target.  You will see on the map that the three cities of Most, Chemnitz and Dresden form an equilateral triangle.

Apart from the night of the Dresden raid, my dad was bombed day and night from 1943 to the war’s end in May 1945. He was liberated on the last day of the war which was his birthday. The best birthday present?

Julian Sher

Perth, Western Australia

16 October 2013