Rabbi Shalom Coleman Turns 100 Today!

5 December 2018

Rabbi Shalom Coleman – 100 – Mazeltov!

The People’s Rabbi

Rabbi Shalom Coleman

Who Am I!

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The Community Rabbi
With Rabbi Dan Lieberman
With Rivka Majteles
With Rabbi Dovid Freilich and the Blitz Family
With Rabbi Marcus Solomon, Eli Rachamim & Eli Rabinowitz
With Eli Rabinowitz & Joanna Fox

Spiritual Treasure – Book Launch at the Perth Hebrew Congregation

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Rabbi Coleman and The Bloemfontein Reunion

Rabbi Coleman and Bloemfontein Reunion

Rabbi Coleman reminisces about his time in Bloemfontein as Jewish Spiritual Leader – 1949 to 1959.  Perth, Australia 3 February 2016

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In The News

The Maccabean Newspaper – 20 April 2018

Photos by Sas Saddick

See some videos of the commemoration here:

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth 2018

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth 2018

  Yom Hashoah Perth Commemoration Sara Kogan-Lazarus sings Tsi Darf Es Azoy Zayn Sara Kogan-Lazarus sings Tsi Darf Es Azoy Zayn Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth, Australia 15 April 2018 Yiddish Sour…

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A punk version of Zog Nit Keynmol by Yidcore

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth 2018

Rifka Majteles with Rabbi Shalom Coleman
Michael Zusman with Valmae & Geoff Morris
Rabbi Dan Lieberman & Rabbi Shalom Coleman

Yom Hashoah Perth Commemoration

Simone Bloom
Harry Hoffman

Sara Kogan-Lazarus sings Tsi Darf Es Azoy Zayn

Sara Kogan-Lazarus sings Tsi Darf Es Azoy Zayn

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth, Australia 15 April 2018 Yiddish

Source: youtu.be/iOZqDWK0AkE

The Partisans’ Song, Zog Nit Keynmol, written by Hirsh Glik, age 22, in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, is one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written.

After music was added, it became the hymn of the Jewish Partisans, the rallying cry to never give up hope and to continue fighting the Nazis.

It was the anthem of those incarcerated in the ghettos and in the camps, and since the end of the Shoah, it has been sung around the world as the Holocaust Survivors’ anthem.

In 1972 Leizar Ran wrote:

“Glik wrote a poem dedicated to the Jewish catastrophe, resistance and perseverance.

Now the poem belongs to the young post-war generations of proud Jews who accept the torch of Jewish continuity and survival into their hands.”


So what happens now as our survivors depart the centre stage? The next generations will need to embrace Hirsh Glik’s legacy!


In January 2017 I was invited by King David Schools in Johannesburg to address their 1000 high school students to explain the meaning and significance of the Partisans’ Song, which is recited in Yiddish at their Holocaust commemorations.

I achieved this by using short video clips and other social media to bring it to life.


The Partisans’ Song Project was born.

Through the support of World ORT, schools in the Former Soviet Union added their own videos to the project and participated in online collaborations hosted by Herzlia School in Cape Town.


The project continues to grow through the activities of these schools and the availability of the resources on my website.


The Partisans’ Song resonates with the broader community as well. Paul Robeson sang it in Yiddish as a protest song at his concert in Moscow in 1949. Others have also adopted the song.


Presentations to black school students in South Africa, and to student teachers at Edith Cowan University, are important recent additions to the project.


Now please turn your attention to the short video created specially for tonight’s commemoration.

Please give meaning to the significance and context to the Partisans’ Song, written by Hirsh Glik 75 years ago. Please ensure that your children and grandchi…

Source: youtu.be/Yq7SrTNZPaI

As we sing Zog Nit Keynmol, now with a better understanding, let us all actively ensure that our children and grandchildren embrace this legacy of hope for peace, and for a better world for all!

Zog nit keyn mol, az du geyst dem letstn veg,
Khotsh himlen blayene farshteln bloye teg.
Kumen vet nokh undzer oysgebenkte sho,
S’vet a poyk ton undzer trot: mir zaynen do!

Fun grinem palmenland biz vaysn land fun shney,
Mir kumen on mit undzer payn, mit undzer vey,
Un vu gefaln iz a shprits fun undzer blut,
Shprotsn vet dort undzer gvure, undzer mut!

S’vet di morgnzun bagildn undz dem haynt,
Un der nekhtn vet farshvindn mit dem faynt,
Nor oyb farzamen vet di zun in der kayor –
Vi a parol zol geyn dos lid fun dor tsu dor.

Dos lid geshribn iz mit blut, un nit mit blay,
S’iz nit keyn lidl fun a foygl oyf der fray,
Dos hot a folk tsvishn falndike vent
Dos lid gezungen mit naganes in di hent.

To zog nit keyn mol, az du geyst dem letstn veg,
Khotsh himlen blayene farshteln bloye teg.
Kumen vet nokh undzer oysgebenkte sho –
S’vet a poyk ton undzer trot: mir zaynen do!

Zog Nit Keynmol – Sarah Kogan-Lazarus

Zog Nit Keynmol – Sarah Kogan-Lazarus

The Partisans’ Song Yom Hashoah Perth Jewish Community 15 April 2018

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The full video on Zog Nit Keynmol presentation

The intro by Simon Bloom

Intro by Eli

Zog Nit Keynmol by Sara Kogan-Lazarus

Zog Nit Keynmol – The Partisans Song Simone Bloom Eli Rabinowitz Sara Kogan-Lazarus 15 April 2018

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Lore Zusman – Kristallnacht

Lore Zusman – Kristallnacht

Yom Hashoah 15 April 2018 Perth Australia

Sorry for the camera focus issues in the middle of this video!

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Sara Kogan-Lazarus Sings Friling – Springtime

Sara Kogan-Lazarus Sings Friling – Springtime

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Perth, Australia 15 April 2018 Yiddish

Source: youtu.be/hGTcZVdYp_w

With Rabbi Shalom Coleman
With Sara Kogan-Lazarus
With Lynda Fisher
Sol Majteles, Simone Bloom, Debbie Majteles and Sara Kogan-Lazarus
Lore Zusman and family

Thanks to Sas Saddick for the photos and helping with the video

Rabbi Coleman and the Bloemfontein Reunion

Bloem Choir 82

The choir in 1982 – thanks to Marc Kopman, top row middle.

A Bloemfontein reunion Shabbat dinner will be held in Johannesburg on Saturday February 20.

Last night in Perth, Australia, Rabbi Shalom Coleman reminisced about his years as the Jewish spiritual leader in Bloemfontein from 1949 to 1959

Those of you who do not know Rabbi Coleman, he has the most phenomenal memory, and recently celebrated his 97th birthday!


Rabbi Coleman with his book: Life Is A Corridor which includes photos and stories from his time in Bloemfontein.


Here is the video clip in which Rabbi Coleman talks about Bloemfontein:

Visit the Bloemfontein KehilaLink. If you have photos and stories connected to Jewish Bloemfontein, please email me at eli@elirab.com


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