10 Tevet

Holocaust Memorial, Vandziogala, Lithuania

Tenth of Tevet

Tenth of Tevet – Wikipedia

Day of general kaddish

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel chose to observe the Tenth of Tevet as a “general kaddish day” (yom hakaddish ha’klalli) to allow the relatives of victims of the Holocaust, and whose yahrtzeits (anniversaries of their deaths) is unknown, to observe the traditional yahrtzeit practices for the deceased, including lighting a memorial candle, learning mishnayot and reciting the kaddish. According to the policy of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel, the memorial prayer is also recited in synagogues, after the reading of the Torah at the morning services.[11][12] To some religious Jews, this day is preferable as a remembrance day to Yom HaShoah, since the latter occurs in the month of Nisan, in which mourning is traditionally prohibited.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_of_Tevet

Partisan Memorial, Warsaw Cemetery

HET Readings For Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

The project started at KDHS Johannesburg

The HET – Holocaust Education Trust in the UK has included The Partisan Song and the link to my project “Don’t Give Up Hope” in its Readings for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2018.

Don’t Give Up Hope is an inspiring project which encourages students around the world to learn and sing Glik’s anthem” says HET’s Martin Winstone.

Martin Winstone | Education Officer

Holocaust Educational Trust

With Martin Winstone

Holocaust Educational Trust – Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: Guidelines and Suggested Readings – download here:


The song is on page 12 and the notes for it on pages 24-25.

Hirsh Glik 1922 – 1944

Don’t Give Up Hope

Don’t Give Up Hope

 Activities for your school, choir or community group for Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2018.  A short video explaining the project The Power of Words: learn about the meaning, context and sign…

Source: elirab.me/hope/

What is HET?

Holocaust Educational Trust – Wikipedia

Holocaust Educational Trust – Wikipedia

The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) is a British charity, based in London, whose aim is to “educate young people of every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.”[1] It was founded by the Labour MP Greville Janner and the former Labour Home Secretary Merlyn Rees in 1988. One of the Trust’s main achievements was ensuring that the Holocaust formed part of the National Curriculum for history, as it continues to do so.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_Educational_Trust

Holocaust Educational Trust – International Partnerships

Holocaust Educational Trust – International Partnerships

Source: www.het.org.uk/about/international-partnerships

Holocaust Memorial Day

The most public form of Holocaust education is the annual commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). The day is marked on 27th January each year – the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – and was first held in 2001. Britain was one of the first countries in the world to hold such an event.

HET News & Events


Chanukah In The Park

With Mickey Shaked
Rabbi Shalom White lighting the first candle

The lighting of the first candle was watched by students at the Atzalynas High School in Kedainiai, Lithuania. I used skype and my iPhone to stream this back live to Laima Ardaviciene and her class. This is the second year in a row we have engaged Laima and her class on Chanukah.

Viewing it all from the classroom in Kedainiai, Lithuania

I introduced my friend Heiny Ellert to the class. Heiny, 95, is a Holocaust survivor from Neishtot-Tavrig, today Žemaičių Naumiestis, in Lithuania.

With Heiny Ellert earlier this year

See Heiny Ellert’s Testimony

Heiny Ellert’s Testimony

Heiny Ellert, a Lithuanian Holocaust survivor, tells his story to Eli Rabinowitz. Accompanying him is his wife Toby, also from Lithuania, but who escaped to …

Source: youtu.be/118HN2_NYHs

Žemaičių Naumiestis

Žemaičių Naumiestis

Žemaičių Naumiestis Town in Lithuania Žemaičių Naumiestis is a town in Klaipėda county, Šilutė district municipality. It is located in western Lithuania between Klaipėda and Kaliningrad Oblast. The…

Source: elirab.me/zemaiciu-naumiestis/

The miracle of Chanukah and the miracle of survival for Heinry Ellert!

This is a second year in a row that:

Maoz Tzur Sung in Perth Heard in Keidan

Maoz Tzur Sung in Perth Heard in Keidan

Just think of this – when was the last time Maoz Tzur was heard in Keidan, Lithuania, sung by a Jewish kid? Maybe 75 years ago! When Laima Ardaviciene, the English teacher at Atzalyno Gymnazi…

Source: elirab.me/maoz-tzur-sung-in-perth-heard-in-keidan/

A Visit to the SABC Sound Archives

Solly Aronowsky & The Jewish Guild Orchestra

Marc Latilla and I visited the SABC earlier this year. We were given a tour by Florence Moshatana, the music archivist.

I was looking for recordings of my dad, Harry Rabinowitz, a cantor and singer, and his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist. Both were both featured on the radio and concerts on the SABC over many years.

Here are some of the items in my dad’s  scrapbook:

Peter Lotis on the cover

Vos Is Gevoren Fun Mein Shtetele

Harry’s 15th Yahrzeit

Source: elirab.me/harrys-15th-yahrzeit/

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Source: elirab.me/rachel/

We were not successful in finding any recordings of Harry or Rachel. The closest I came to Harry was Harry Rabinowitz, the conductor and arranger who passed away  in the UK in 2016 at the age of 100.

Harry Rabinowitz v Harry Rabinowitz

Harry Rabinowitz – Wikipedia

Harry Rabinowitz MBE (26 March 1916 – 22 June 2016) was a British conductor and composer of film and television music. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was the son of Israel and Eva Rabinowitz. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Rabinowitz

It was a most interesting tour and my thanks goes out to Florence for showing Marc and me around. Here are some of the photos and information from the visit.

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is the state broadcaster in South Africa, and provides 19 radio stations (AM/FM) as well as 5 television broadcasts to the general public.[2]

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Broadcasting_Corporation


RADIO BROADCAST FACILITIES exists primarily to provide the technology infrastructure on which radio programmes are created – from studio broadcast/recording and outside broadcasts all the way through Radio Main Control (RMC) to broadcasting via Sentech.

Source: web.sabc.co.za/sabc/home/bf/medialibraries/details?id=e1d3bcaa-c1a9-416c-bed8-d7e574112721

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Florence looking up Harry
Unsorted media
Still around?

Harry Rabinowitz interviewed by Paddy O’Byrne

Labels on audio media in archives


Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

A bird’s eye view of Springbok Radio of yesteryear, and of Springbok Radio Revisited, today.

Source: youtu.be/7k4U661TZIQ

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syd Nomis onderskep ‘n aangee van Brian Lochore en hardloop deur vir die finale punte in die 1e toets op 25 Julie1970 teen die All Blacks. Die Springbokke he…

Jan Ellis Try – Gerhard Viviers at his best!

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Arthur Frederick Fortune (1906 – 22 November 1994) was a South African sport broadcaster and writer, especially noted for his cricket commentaries on radio.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fortune

Charles Fortune

LM Radio – Wikipedia

Not part of the SABC, but after closing became Radio 5 in South Africa.

It relaunched as LM Radio in 2010.

LM Radio – Wikipedia

LM Radio is a radio station based in Maputo, Mozambique. Historically it was a shortwave station broadcasting to South Africa and Rhodesia from Lourenço Marques, the colonial era name of Maputo, hence the name “Lourenço Marques Radio” from 1936 to 1975 when it was shut down by the government of the then newly independent country.[1] In 2010, following political reforms and economic development in Mozambique the station was relaunched with the brand “Lifetime Music Radio”.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LM_Radio

LM Radio

LM Radio Museum

LM Radio Museum

Source: www.lmradio.org