Harry’s 17th Yahrzeit

Tonight is the 17th yahrzeit of my dad, Cantor Hirsh Zvi (Harry) Rabinowitz

Harry’s abridged ancestral family tree (extends to over 20 generations)

Harry was born in Volksrust, Transvaal,  South Africa on 28 September 1914.

Volksrust – Wikipedia

Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa near the KwaZulu-Natal provincial border, some 240 km southeast of Johannesburg, 53 km north of Newcastle and 80 km southeast of Standerton.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksrust

To hear sound clips of Harry (plus others) including Chief Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz, click on this image below:

Here is a collection of images to remember him on his yahrzeit.

With his parents and two older brothers Leib and Isaac, who were born in Jerusalem.

His two younger sisters Rachel and Sarah were born in Cape Town.

 

Harry was a musician and cantor, a baritone who sang in many languages in concerts, recitals, operattas and on radio

Here is a small selection from his scrapbook:

 

On the radio

He was often accompanied by his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist.

Harry made a record of Popular Yiddish Melodies with Solly Aronowsky’s orchestra on His Masters Voice

Chazonim Oif Probe – an entertaining track from the LP

A review

With my mother, Rachel

With me, my mom, aunty Rachel and my bobba, Chana Chesha Miriam

With other world class chazonim in Johannesburg, including Moshe Stern and Johnny Gluck.

Singing with his choir

His matseva at West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg

With Jill in shul at yahrzeit memorial board

Harry’s 16th Yahrzeit

Today has been the 16th yahrzeit of my dad, Cantor Hirsh Zvi (Harry) Rabinowitz

With Jill in shul at yahrzeit memorial board

Leading Maariv Service at CHABAD Noranda 

Harry’s abridged ancestral family tree (extends to over 20 generations)

Harry was born in Volksrust, Transvaal,  South Africa on 28 September 1914.

Volksrust – Wikipedia

Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa near the KwaZulu-Natal provincial border, some 240 km southeast of Johannesburg, 53 km north of Newcastle and 80 km southeast of Standerton.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksrust

Here is a collection of images to remember him on his yahrzeit.

With his parents and two older brothers Leib and Isaac, who were born in Jerusalem.

His two younger sisters Rachel and Sarah were born in Cape Town.

 

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Harry was a musician and cantor, a baritone who sang in many languages in concerts, recitals, operattas and on radio

Here is a small selection from his scrapbook:

 

On the radio

He was often accompanied by his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist.

Harry made a record of Popular Yiddish Melodies with Solly Aronowsky’s orchestra on His Masters Voice

Chazonim Oif Probe – an entertaining track from the LP

To hear more sound clips, go to the bottom of this page and click on the  image.

A review

With my mother, Rachel

With me, my mom, aunty Rachel and my bobba, Chana Chesha Miriam

With other world class chazonim in Johannesburg, including Moshe Stern and Johnny Gluck.

Singing with his choir

His matseva at West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg

To hear more sound clips of Harry (plus others) including Chief Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz, click on this image below:

Harry’s 15th Yahrzeit

Tonight is the 15th yahrzeit of my dad, Cantor Hirsh Zvi (Harry) Rabinowitz

With Jill in shul tonight

Maariv Service at CHABAD Noranda

Harry’s abridged ancestral family tree (extends to over 20 generations)

Harry was born in Volksrust, Transvaal,  South Africa on 28 September 1914.

Volksrust – Wikipedia

Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa near the KwaZulu-Natal provincial border, some 240 km southeast of Johannesburg, 53 km north of Newcastle and 80 km southeast of Standerton.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksrust

Here is a collection of images to remember him on his yahrzeit.

With his parents and two older brothers Leib and Isaac, who were born in Jerusalem.

His two younger sisters Rachel and Sarah were born in Cape Town.

 

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Harry was a musician and cantor, a baritone who sang in many languages in concerts, recitals, operattas and on radio

Here is a small selection from his scrapbook:

 

On the radio

He was often accompanied by his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist.

Harry made a record of Popular Yiddish Melodies with Solly Aronowsky’s orchestra on His Masters Voice

Chazonim Oif Probe – an entertaining track from the LP

To hear more sound clips, go to the bottom of this page and click on the  image.

A review

With my mother, Rachel

With me, my mom, aunty Rachel and my bobba, Chana Chesha Miriam

With other world class chazonim in Johannesburg, including Moshe Stern and Johnny Gluck.

Singing with his choir

His matseva at West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg

To hear more sound clips of Harry (plus others) including Chief Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz, click on this image below:

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 Gymnazija in Kedainiai Lithunia, asked whether I could give a talk on Chanukah via Skype to her students,  I would normally have sourced one of the many brilliant articles by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and shared this with them, speaking from my home.

As I only live a minute’s drive from our CHABAD Shul in Noranda, I came up with the idea of enlisting the assistance of Rabbi Shalom White and doing it at the Shul. I also asked a young and talented friend,  Dylan Kotkis, to join us. Dylan has a friendly and outgoing personality together with a beautiful singing voice. He is a 15 year old student at Carmel School, Perth’s Jewish Day School.

Due to the 7 hour time difference between Perth and Kedainiai, 1pm (7pm here) was the best time for Laima and her students, so we held the meeting in the Shul’s library.  A minyan was taking place in the sanctuary at the same time.

Here are some photos and video clips taken  both from the Kedainiai and from the Perth ends.  I synchronised and edited the videos and combined the footage taken by Laima and myself.

Rabbi White, Dylan and I  spoke about the festival and Dylan took the Lithuanian students on a tour of the shul. Dylan sang Maoz Tzur for them.

Photos taken at Atzalyno Gimnazija

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Photos taken on the Perth side

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Screenshots and photos of  the signs the Lithuanian students presented.

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My bond with Atzalyno Gimnazija, a school in Kedainiai

The Internet by Dylan Kotkis

Perth – The First Australian KehilaLink

The first Australian Kehilalink is now up and running.

The new Perth website about Jewish life is now live and can be accessed at:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/perth

or click on this image:

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Thanks to Michelle Urban for the hundreds of  PHC images and to David Adonis for the Maccabi photos.

Some examples of the Maccabi images:

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Images taken in 2012 from the PHC collection.

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Highlights of Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ visit in 2014

Rebbetzin Valerie and Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Rabbi Dovid and Aviva Freilich. Photo by Sas
Rebbetzin Valerie and Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Rabbi Dovid and Aviva Freilich. Photo by Sas

Chief Rabbi Mirvis
Chief Rabbi Mirvis

Rabbi Dovid Freilich
Rabbi Dovid Freilich

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Meeting Rabbi Sholem Coleman

CHABAD highlights of Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ visit in 2014

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Zvi Friedl
Zvi Friedl

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A Lone Soldier From Perth

As seen today on

J-Wire

Jewish Online News from Australia, New Zealand and world-wide

Thanks to Henry Benjamin and J-Wire for permission to reprint

J Wire Front 2

Perth woman talks of her Gaza experience

December 25, 2014 by Eli Rabinowitz

Elle Shmuel spoke to members of the Perth community of her experiences in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.

Yuval, mother Michal, brother Tal, Elle and Rabbi Shalom White    Photo Eli Rabinowitz/J-Wire

The 21-yr-old who was born in Melbourne but moved with her family to Perth at the ages of six was educated at  Western Australia’s only Jewish day school Carmel School.

Shmuel spoke to a packed house at  the Chabad WA Synagogue telling them she made aliyah when she finished year 12 and was conscripted to the IDF.

She said that there were only a handful of women among the thousands of soldiers that had entered Gaza. 

Elle was a paramedic attaining the rank of  Staff Sergeant and became a member of the first combat engineering battalion to be called to the South of Israel. Staff Sergeant Elle knew that she could not stay behind while her soldiers went to battle, and volunteered to join the entering company. Her bravery and commitment have been reported as being exemplary.

She spoke of her experiences both from the perspective of a soldier and as a young woman. Eli Rabinowitz told J-Wire: “Elle addressed the large crowd with confidence and maturity beyond her years and answered questions from the floor after her talk. Elle told us about life in the IDF and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza:

How she coped being far away from her parents here in Australia and what she could or could not tell them;
Her feelings about knowing that she had entered Gaza;
Life inside the Puma armoured vehicles the members of the Engineering Corp “lived in”;
Transporting explosives, describing the tunnels and blowing the tunnels up;
The sound and affects of shells exploding around them
How she treated the injured and coped with the death of fellow soldiers in their brigade.
Elle did tell as that there were strict rules imposed on what she was allowed to say.”

More photos:

Chief Rabbi Mirvis Feels At Home In Perth!

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has visited CHABAD WA on his first tour of Australia and NZ.

Rabbi Mirvis CHABAD

He was welcomed into a shul community made up of over more than 95% ex pat South Africans and felt immediately at home.

Zvi Friedl played the Simchat Torah niggun on his violin, followed by Julian Todres who duvened Mincha. Young Dylan Kotkis sang Oseh Shalom and Adon Olam and Simon Lawrence recited Tehillim.

Rabbi White introduced Chief Rabbi Mirvis, who responded with a his address.

See the video.  It will be particularly appreciated by all South Africans and ex pats.

A tea was held afterwards where the Chief Rabbi was able to meet members of the community, including three other “old boys” of Herzlia High School in Cape Town

In the photo: Daniel Oblowitz, Ivor Kosowitz, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Julian Todres, who all went to Herzlia High School, Cape Town

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 To coincide with the Chief Rabbi’s visit to Perth,  the new Cape Town Kehilalink for JewishGen is now live.

Kehilalinks are Jewish community websites written for JewishGen.org, the world’s largest Jewish genealogical organisation.

We look forward to your photos and stories of Jewish life in Cape Town, past and present.

Click on the image below for the link!

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s page on the Cape Town site:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/capetown/Mirvis.html

To visit my other kehilalinks click on the images below:

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New Sefer Torah for Brisk after 75 years

Festivities in Brisk – Brest

PRESENTATION OF A NEW SEFER TORAH AFTER 75 YEARS

From Rabbi Chaim Rabinowitz, CHABAD of Brisk

Hundreds of citizens –members of the Jewish community in Brisk celebrated the presentation of a new Sefer Torah, the first after 75 years, to the Brisk-Brest Synagogue.  This  was presented by the Mizrachi, Leselbaum and Perrin families in the illustrious memory of their dear father Reb Pinchas ben Yitzchak Mizrachi of Blessed Memory.

The ceremony of writing the last letters was held in the Hall of the previous Great Synagogue where the renowned Rabbis of Brisk , amongst them the late Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik ע”ה  davened.  This ceremony started with the showing of a video explaining the essence of the Sefer Torah and terminated when members of the Mizrachi family and honored members of the Community were given the Zechus of writing the last letters.

I then  spoke and emphasized the historic occasion – using the Chabad expressions “דידן נצח ‘We have Succeeded’.  In spite of the fact that both the Communists and the Nazis rose up against the Jewish people, and in spite of all that occurred in the past, we celebrate here today the writing and presentation of a new Sefer Torah which signifies that the Jewish people in Brisk are proud of their roots and reawakening their traditions.  We are most grateful to the honorable  Mizrachi Family and warmly thank them for their generosity in presenting this Sefer Torah, the Emblem of Judaism.

 Mr. Yitzchak Mizrachi spoke warm words of encouragement on behalf of the family.

Among the participants in the festivities were Mr. Yitzchak Mizrachi the family representative, my  father-in-law, Rabbi Zusha Goldstein and his family who came from Israel especially to participate in this historic occasion.  The Chabad  Shaliach from Grodna Rabbi Yitzchak Kaufman,  Rabbi Moshe Fima from the town Pinsk who came with the students from the Pinsk Jewish School, the renowned Scribe the Sofer Rabbi Yosef Westman, and  Mr. Shalom Milenkin, Director of the Jewish Congregation.  Dignitaries from the Municipality including the Regional Ministry of Religion,   the representatives from the Brisk Municipality, the Consuls of Poland, the Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan, were also present.

After the letter writing ceremony, a wonderful colorful and lively parade escorted the Torah throughout the streets honoring and glorifying in the name of the Almighty.  The entire program was covered by the local newspaper and television, who were overjoyed to be able to report on such a unique occasion.  The most lavish banquet  thanking and giving recognition to the donators was held in the ballroom in of the community as befitting such an occasion.

With blessings

Rabbi Chaim Rabinowitz

If you wish to join and be a partner in the revival of the Jewish Community of Brest please press here.

 

Rabbi Chaim Rabinowitz
Chabad of Brest – Belarus
375-29-6102770

 

www.fjc.ru/brest

For more images, see the JewishGen Kehilalink:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/brest/New_Torah.html

Also The Yiskor book just published:

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Brest-Litovsk – Volume II
Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora
(Brest, Belarus)
Published by the Yizkor Books in Print Projectpart of Yizkor Books Project of JewishGen, Inc.

Translation of Brisk de-Lita: Encycolpedia Shel Galuyot
Original Yiddish Volume Edited by Elieser Steinman Published in Jerusalem, 1958
498 pages, 8.5″ by 11″, hard cover, including all photos and other images

 

Details:This is the translation of the Memorial (Yizkor) Book of Jewish community of Brest-Litovsk, Belarus.The name of the town, Brest-Litovsk, indicates its link with Lithuania. Although founded by the Slavs in 1017 and invaded by the Mongols in 1241, it became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1319, and in1569 it became the capital of the unified Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.The town is also known as “Brisk,” in Yiddish to the Jews who lived and thrived there for six centuries. Jewish “Brisk” had an illustrious history; the famous Brisker Yeshivah attracted scholars from all over Europe. The list of Rabbis of Brest includes such famous rabbis as Solomon Luria and Joel Sirkes in earlier periods, the Katzenellenbogens, and three generations of the Soloveitchik dynasty in more recent times. Brest also produced Jacob Epstein the great Talmudist at the Hebrew University, Menachem Begin, and many other major religious, literary and political leaders.In 1923, Jews, made up 60% of Brest’s population of 60,000.This book was written by Brest survivors and former residents from many countries who contributed their memories of their hometown as a record for future generations, and as testament and loving tribute to the innocent Victims of the Shoah. It is a must read for researchers of the town and descendants of “Briskers.”

Brest, Belarus is located at 52°06′ North Latitude and 23°42′ East Longitude 203 mi SW of Minsk.

lternate names for the town are: Brest [Belarussian], Brest Litovsk [Russian], Brześć Litewski [Polish], Brześć nad Bugiem [Polish, 1918-39], Brisk [Yiddish], Brasta [Lithuanian], Brest Litowsk, Brisk Dlita, Brisk de-Lita, Brześć-Litewsk, Brist nad Bugie, Bzheshch nad Bugyem, Bieraście

 

Nearby Jewish Communities:

Terespol, Poland 6 miles WSW Chernavchitsy 8 miles N Kodenì, Poland 14 miles SSW Zhabinka 15 miles ENE Piszczac, Poland 16 miles SW Volchin 21 miles NW

Zamosty 21 miles NNE – Kamyanyets 21 miles NNE – Janów Podlaski, Poland 22 miles WNW Charniany 23 miles ESE – Vysokaye 23 miles NW – Biała Podlaska, Poland 24 miles W

Abramovo 25 miles N – Domachėvo 25 miles S – Sławatycze, Poland 25 miles SSW Łomazy, Poland 27 miles WSW Niemirów, Poland 27 miles WNW Malaryta 27 miles SE – Konstantynów, Poland 27 miles WNW Wisznice, Poland 29 miles SW – Kobryn 29 miles ENE – Rossosz, Poland 30 miles SW

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