Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jabotinsky Memorial 2014

President (and Betari) Reuven Ruby Rivlin speaking

Present were Moshe Arens, Danny Rosing, Micky Bar-Neder, Nissan Teman, Josh and Steve Adler, Chandi Medad and Yisrael Medad (Winkie).


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Abe Foxman - A Betari

For someone born in Poland during the war, who survived the Shoah in Vilna – the ‘Jerusalem of Lithuania‘ – someone whose father z”l was the editor of “Bloy Weiss,” the Zionist revisionist paper in Warsaw, whose father headed “Brith Hatzohar” in a DP camp in Austria from ’46 –’48 and whose “Betar” commander in NYC was Misha Arens. 

Someone who was also suspended from the yeshiva of Flatbush for three days and called a “Jewish fascist” by his principal, because he cut school to welcome Menachem Begin at La Guardia Airport in NYC.

A person who staged a protest in 1958 during a “machon hakaitz” [Summer camp] visit to Acre when the Jewish Agency forbade the group to visit the gallows room, for  someone who was blackballed from becoming the CEO of the KKL-JNF in the USA because he once was a “Betari” – this evening is very, very special...


Friday, April 4, 2014


Salute To Israel Parade 2001

Here are pictures from the Salute to Israel Parade from 2001 showing the Betarim                                      

from  Cleveland - their first parade.  Also in attendance were Aaron and Linda Kinsberg and myself

Tel Hai
Shachna Waxman

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Israel Day Parade

Also from Shachna:


Maccabiah in Canada & At Camp Shomriah 1964/65

Pictures from Chuck Shachna Waxman

Only the 5th picture is from Canada
All the others are from the first US Maccabiah at Camp Shomria 1964 or 1965
On misdar picture: Manny Spring is near soccer goal, and Eli Soloman z'l is holding flag.
Bottom: Mella Pollachek in center
Top: Benny Rosen in military cap, Phyllis Newman behind guy in Hashomer Chultza,  
At backstop - Mel Laytner, behind him Manny Sprung, Wally Chayes, Chaim Hornstein z'l, Yitz Aptowitzer, me at far right
Jerry Gissinger?, Linda (Fuld) Kaufthal, Uriel Messa, Mel Laytner
: ?, Mike Chayes, Jeff Pickel, Tom Kovary, Wally Chayes
Canadian Picture, next to last: Barry Liben kneeling, Moshe Kicsales seated, Josh Scharf standing, George Feldman kneeling, ?


Monday, February 10, 2014

Who Was The Photographer?

I have in my possession several photographs snapped at the Maccabiah held in Canada in the summer of 1968.

Here is one:

Does anyone know who took the picture?


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Photos From the 5774 Azkara for Eli and Chuck, HaYa"D

Just a few of the photos I took at the cemetery.

Forty years.  That means that our friendships are approaching, if not already passed in some cases, a half a century. How could that be?  We're not that old...

יהי זכרם ברוך

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Camp Pictures Required


Back in June 2012 Winkie sent a post to the Betar list about the National Museum of Jewish History. The attached link is a compendium of Jewish Camps all across the US with thousands of pictures- I even found Shomria, Tel Yehudah, Habonim/Dror and Moshava; but not one picture for Camp Betar. Its time we got ourselves included. I have some pictures from camp and will create the account and post what I have but everyone needs to get on the train and add their pictures too - our memories were great and they need to be archived for future generations

Tel Hai


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Yitzchak Kerstein z"l

American Betarim, among them, Chaim and Harriet Fischgrund, Nissan and Rhisa Teman, Reuven Genn, David Sprung, Emily Udler and Yisrael Medad, attended the funeral of Yitzchak Kerstein.

Yitzchak was a former two-term Shaliach with his wife Rivkah and their children Yair, Doron (who passed away many years ago) and Vered in the second half of the 1960s and again in the early 1970s who died at the age of 92 and was buried in Netanya.

Rivkah and Vered.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

No American Betar and Atrocious English

After the Jabotinsky Memorial, the 90th Anniversary Year events were inaugurated with the opening of a photographic exhibit of some 60 photographs of Betar over the years over the world.

Austrian and South Africa were over-represented, Poland was under-represented and among the branches not at all represented were America, Canada and most South American sniffim.

But what was quite unfortunate were many of the captions that seem to have been translated from the Hebrew via Google Translate without any editorial review.  A catalogue was also published and the exhibit will be up for a month.

Some examples:

That should be:

"Betar boxers exchanging blows."  No one was on strike - an ideological no-no.

That should be:

"A group of Eagles, the youngest age division of Betar, at Innsbruck"

That should be:

"Kindergarten children of the League of Herut Women in Betar uniform"


That should be:

"Members of the Plugat HaKotel Unit by their bunk beds".

That should be:

"The 'Federation of Eyeglasses Wearers' of Betar Herzliya at the entrance to their tent"

That should be:

"Bathers watch as the clandestine immigrant ship Parita unloads its passengers."

That should be:

"A boy and a girl holding a doll amongst illegal immigrants"

That should be:

"A Betari from the Plugat Giyus of Shuni in the field, carrying a hoe on his shoulder".

The attendees at the opening:


At the Jabotisnky Memorial 2013

American Betarim present:

(l-r) Nussan Teman, Rina & Reuven Genn, Moshe Arens, Yisrael Medad,
Steve Adler, David Sprung

(l-r) Steve Adler, Rina Genn, Galia & David Sprung, Yisrael Medad

(l-r) Steve Adler, Rina Genn, Baruch Kraus, Galia & David Sprung,
Reuven Genn (in hat)

(l-r) Rina Genn, Bazruch Kraus, Galia Sprung

(l-r)  Steve Adler, Baruch Kraus, Galia Sprung

David Sprung and Reuven Genn

The crowd

The ensign of the Neder

Others included Chaim Fischgrund, Michael Eglash and Aaron Bashani.

And see next post.