Back after a Corona break, it seems only two US Betarim veterans made it to the ceremony, Steve/Shmuel Adler and Chaim Fischgrund:
We have received word that Yitz Apowitzer of Betar Canada has passed away.
Yitz was a leader of Betar Montreal, a stalwart of regular Betar activities in Canada and attended Camp.
Barak Koffler sent this picture of him.Barak adds:
He came to Camp Betar from Betar Montreal in the mid-1960s.
He worked with the Yarden group for at least one summer, maybe more.
Yitz moved to western Canada a little later in life and took over a western-style (“cowboy”) hat manufacturing plant which he ran for many years.
Some of those hats were made for and worn by several U.S. Presidents. His hats were sold all over the world, and to foreign tourists who visited western Canada.
He eventually sold that business and moved to Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two children. They lived in Thornhill, at the north end of the city.
Some years ago, he became a teacher at a Jewish religious school and as far as I know was still teaching there.
Yitz was always very jovial and the life of the party. He could be counted on to tell an endless stream of jokes and funny stories, many from personal experience, including family stories and travel stories.
We attended dinners at his place and he attended a get-together at our home, with several of the old chevrei from Toronto Betar and other friends. Lots of jokes from Yitz – he was the life of the party!
We will all miss him and his outgoing personality very much.
Here in Montreal in the summer of 1970, showing Yitz Aptowitzer with Harriet and Chaim Fishgrund.
At the time of the war in '67, there was a call for people from North America and elsewhere to prepare and come to Israel and assist.Arrangements were made with a Toronto army surplus store to loan Toronto Betar a dozen war surplus .303 British Lee-Enfield rifles and about 500 rounds of .303 ammunition in clips and bandoleers--at no charge.
Via Steve Adler:
From the JTA, June 27, 1948
And mentioned here:
Confidential British Foreign Office political correspondence [mikroform] : Palestine, 1947-1948 / project coordinator Paul Kesaris.Public Record Office (Kew, London) FO 371/68668
E 8726/6090/31/48 series of meetings between Israeli representative to U.K. and Foreign Office Minister of State on oil supplies for Haifa refinery, five British citizens arrested for espionage in Israel, conscription of British citizens living in Israel, and Egyptian use of Gaza airfield; and possible British diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv. Also covers Altalena (ship) and Kfar Vitkin incidents involving armed clashes between Irgun Zvai Leumi and Haganah. Includes Brith Trumpeldor (Betar) demonstration on Altalena incident in New York offices of Israeli government, effect of Altalena incident on U.S. Zionists and on international recognition of Israel, speech by David Ben-Gurion on issue, and inability of Haganah to control operations of Stern Group and Irgun in Jerusalem.
Attached are some pictures.....
Bunk Picture 1963...
Beit Sefer 1963....
Back Row - Levi Silverman, Benny R., Alan B., Chaim Frydman, Yona Ferman, Nissan Teman, Baruch Kraus, David Sprung, Chuck. Middle Row - Tzvi Neuwirth Joey G., Michael C., Eli Solomon, Danny F. Front Row - Elinoar Sprung, Marci Rosen, ?
1964 The Yarden.....
Back Row - Tom Kovary, Wally C., ?, Michael C., Benny R., Chuck, Chuck Marsden, Joey G., Jeff Pickel. Middle Row - Center: Malka Meizahav, 2nd from right Linda Fuld. Front Row - Rafi Gleich, Ehud Sperling, ? Uriel M., Mel Laytner, Me.
1964 Bunk Rak Kach - The Waiters...
Second from left Danny Epstein, 4th from left Me, Chuck, Uriel, Last on right David Blobstein
Digging trenches for hot water pipes for boys campus...
?, Chuck, Uriel, Me
Counselor Pic... Visiting Day?
Yishy Lerman, Jerry Gissinger, Yitz Aptowitzer, Naomi Franklin?, Eddie Rosen.
Mella Polacheck, Chuck, Ellen Leventhal
Seidman of New York City have leased from Carl Meltzer of Middletown the one-hundred-acre children's camp at Grahamsville formerly known as Camp Betar, the Morris Rattner Agency announced today.