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  • Maurice Smith 100
    Written on November 23, 2023

    Maurice Smith 100

    Maurice Smith (Szmitler) has celebrated his 100th birthday on the 15 th November 2023, we at VAJEX Australia are thrilled to be able to share this special moment with his family and friends and to wish him the best on this unique milestone.

    Maurice was born on the 15 th of November 1923 to Samuel David Smith and Nina Smith (nee Langy). Maurice’s parents were also born in Melbourne with Nina’s paternal linkage going back to Portugal. Maurice had his Bar Mitzvah at the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation in November 1936 officiated by Rabbi Brodie. and grew up and was educated in Melbourne.

    At the age 19 Maurice enlisted, and in 1942 and was sent to Calgary Canada to train for the Air Corp, once he had achieved the required level of knowledge, he was sent to Montreal in 1944 to train other air crews.

    Whilst in Canada Maurice was able to contact members of the Jewish community in each city who invited him to attend their Seders at their homes, he showed his ability by singing the traditional songs from the Haggadah but with an Australian Accent.

    Maurice was transferred to England for combat duties in 1945 and assigned to the 9th Air Crew Holding Unit. Maurice attained the rank of Flight Sgt and became a Warrant Officer; his duties were as an Air Gunner and wireless operator. He first flew in Wellington Bombers and then transferred to Lancaster Bombers.

    Maurice recounted his memories of the war, as Jew when they flew missions over Europe, he was to remove his dog tags that showed his religion as Jewish.

    He recollects the fear in England from the German bombing especially the Buzz Bombs. At the end of the war Maurice was de mobbed in Perth in 1946. He worked as a manager in companies such as Colonial Mutual Life Insurance, The Weiss Foundation and as an Accountant for The Colliers Foundation Fund.

    Pictured here with his son Ross Smith OAM and Marvin Bude President VAJEX Australia at this years Remembrance Commemoration

  • Germany Honours Garry Fabian
    Written on August 12, 2021

    garry fabian VAJEX AustraliaVAJEX Australia Board member, Garry Fabian, has been honoured by the German Government with the prestigious Verdienstorden (Order of Merit) of the German Republic, recognising his service to the citizens of Baden-Wurtenberg over many years.

    Baden-Wurtenberg's Secretary of State, Winifred Kretchmann, nominated Garry for "sharing his experiences and personal story and building bridges of understanding." Garry has visited Germany many times over the last 30 years, often speaking to schools, educators and community groups about his war experiences, particularly during his family's time in Theresienstadt Ghetto. Garry's memoir, A Look Back Over My Shoulder, was reprinted in 2014, the same year he received the Gold Staufer Medal for his educational services to the state.

    The German Embassy in Canberra will facilitate the award presentation.

    Source: St Kilda Hebrew Congregation's newsletter

    Click link below to view the Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein:
    Speech in Parliament by Tim Wilson MP

  • It's a Boy - Harvey Flynn
    Written on August 12, 2021

    boy 02Dora (Klein-Gelbak) and
    David Beaconsfield

    together with big brother

    welcome with love

    Harvey Flynn
    הלל אריה

    Born 2nd August 2021

    beaconsfield howardDelighted grandparents
    Lara Gelbak
    Sharon & Peter Beaconsfield

    Dora ע"ה Ephraim ע"ה Gelbak
    Norma & Howard ע"ה Beaconsfield
    Carol Hammerman ע"ה & David Lapidos ע"ה

    Named in memory of Howard who served in the Australian Army WWII in Port Moresby, New Guinea

    Mazal tov to our member Norma Beaconsfield
    Two great-grandchildren born on the same day!

    Source: AJN

  • It's A Boy - Noah Avraham
    Written on August 12, 2021

    boy 01PROKUPETS (Schmidt)
    David & Mandy

    are thrilled to announce the birth
    of their beautiful son

    Noah Avraham
    נח אברהם

    Born 2 August 2021

    Named in loving memory of
    Alfred ע"ה Schmidt and
    Abraham ע"ה Shtalman

    Grandson of
    Michael & Maria Prokupets,
    Lynne & David ע"ה Schmidt

    Great-grandson of
    Sura ע"ה & Abraham ע"ה Shtalman
    Lev ע"ה & Channa ע"ה Prokupets
    Norma & Howard ע"ה Beaconsfield
    Steffi ע"ה & Alfred ע"ה Schmidt

    Mazal tov to our member Norma Beaconsfield
    Two great-grandchildren born on the same day!

    Source: AJN

  • Bar Mitzvah - Toby Asha Gelbart
    Written on August 9, 2021

    Bar Mitzvah mazal tov to Toby Asha GelbartMazal tov to

    Toby Asha Gelbart

    on his bar mitzvah
    7 August 2021

    Belinda, Dave,
    Aiden, Joel & Jade

    are so proud and excited.

    As are Toby's loving grandparents
    Ian & Rita Gelbart | Mike and Eve Brown.

    Mazal tov to our member Mike Brown.

    Source: AJN

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