A Letter to My Daughter Kim before she embarks on the March of the Living

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DEAREST KIM,
THE MARCH OF THE LIVING IS AN EXTRAORDINARY, UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. WITH THOUSANDS OF JEWISH PEOPLE, FROM COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD, YOU WILL SHARE IN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY MARCH THREE KILOMETERS FROM AUSCHWITZ TO BIRKENAU, THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION CAMP COMPLEX BUILT BY THE NAZIS DURING WORLD WAR II. THE MARCH COMMEMORATES YOM HASHOAH, HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. YOU WITH BE THERE – ALONG WITH OVER 8,000 PARTICIPANTS WHO WILL BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT.
AS ONE OF THE MARCHERS, YOU WILL RETRACE THE STEPS OF THE MARCH OF DEATH, THE ACTUAL ROUTE WHICH COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF OUR PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO TAKE ON THEIR WAY TO THE GAS CHAMBERS AT BIRKENAU. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE JEWISH HISTORY WHERE IT WAS MADE. THIS TIME, HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE. IT WILL BE A MARCH OF THE LIVING WITH THOUSANDS OF JEWISH YOUTH, LIKE YOURSELF, MARCHING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT ONE OF THE GAS CHAMBERS/CREMATORIA, IN BIRKENAU, WHICH WILL CONCLUDE WITH THE SINGING OF HATIKVAH, REAFFIRMING AM YISRAEL CHAI – THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIVE.

KADDISH IS A JEWISH PRAYER TO REMEMBER THE DEAD AND NORMALLY SAID BY MEN. IN THE ABSENCE OF A MALE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WHEN YOU PLACE THE THREE JERUSALEM STONES WITH THE THREE BRANCHES OF YOUR FAMILY THAT WERE MURDERED IN THE HOLOCAUST SAY KADDISH OUT LOUD . SAY KADDISH FOR THE DRUES OF KRAKOW AND YOUR GREAT AUNT HADASAEAH THAT DIED IN BELZEC EXTERMINATION CAMP AND ALL THE OTHER DRUES COUSINS OF KRAKOW THAT DIED IN BELZEC,TREBLINSKA AND AUSCHWITZ .OVER 280 DRUES S OF KRAKOW RELATIONS DIED. THERE ARE NO KNOWN SURVIVORS.. SAY KADDISH FOR THE DRUES OF MAJZUGOLA NEAR VILNA WHO DIED IN THE VAIVARA AND AUSCHWITZ CAMP IF THEY WERE NOT MURDERED FIRST IN THE FOREST OF PANERIAI .THERE ARE NO KNOWN SURVIVORS . SAY KADDISH FOR THE SHABELSHOK/FIALKOV FAMILIES OF RIGA WHO WERE MURDERED BETWEEN 30TH NOVEMBER AND 8TH DECEMBER IN THE RUMBULA FOREST NEAR RIGA WITH 25,000 THOUSAND OTHER JEWS FROM LATVIA. SAY KADDISH FOR THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF YOUR GREAT GRANDMOTHER FREDA SHABELSTOK BAKER WHO DIED IN THE FORREST OF RUMBULA . SAY KADDISH FOR SARAH , ROBERT, MICHAEL, DAVID , GREGOR , RACHEL , LAZER, LEAH AND FREDRICH , FREDA AND ROSA SHABELSTOK’S OLDER SISTERS AND BROTHERS AND ALL THEIR CHILDREN AND EVEN GRANDCHILDREN . ALL WERE IN 1941 MARRIED WITH KIDS AND EVEN GRANDKIDS . NONE SURVIVED RUMBULA ( OVER 350 SHABELSTOK/ FIALKOV FAMILY MEMBERS WERE MURDERED AT RUMBULA. SAY KADDISH FOR ALL THE SHABELSTOK/FIALKOV/DRUES COUSINS AND THERE MUST HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS . NONE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE SURVIVED

SAY KADDISH IN TEARS AND THEN SCREAM … “WE SURVIVED AND ARE HERE NOW. AGAIN -NEVER EVER AGAIN” , אנחנו שרדנו והם כאן עכשיו – לעולם לא עוד יהיה שם שואה חוזרת

THOSE THAT SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST BUT DID NOT EXPERIENCE IT FIRST HAND:-
SHABELSKOK: FREDA AND HER YOUNGER ROSA . FREDA WAS IN UITENHAGUE ,SOUTH AFRICA MARRIED TO CHAIM BAKER AND ROSA, HER YOUNGER SISTER IN NORWAY TAKEN THERE BY THE DANISH RESISTANCE WITH MOST OF THE DANISH JEWS.THEY WERE THE YOUNGEST OF 11 SIBLINGS . ALL THE SIBLINGS WERE MARRIED WITH KIDS .

FIALKOV: TWIN BROTHERS MANNY ( MORDECHAI) AND JAY ( JOSEF) IN CAPE TOWN,SOUTH AFRICA . THEY WERE THE YOUNGEST OF 10 SIBLINGS ALL WERE MARRIED WITH KIDS.

DRUES: SAMUEL AND NAOMI IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA AND WILLIAM IN CHICAGO, USA SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST.. THE CHILDREN OF HADASEAH WHO DIED IN BELZEC, SURVIVED IN ISRAEL . THEY WERE FREDA AND HASHYA WHO MARRIED THE KURMAN BROTHERS , MAX AND CHAIM

CELEBRATE THE SHABELSTOK/ FIALKOV / DRUES SURVIVAL WHEN YOU MARCH FROM BIRKENAU TO AUSCHWITZ
XXX
DAD

REFERENCES

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/RUMBULA_MASSACRE

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/AUSCHWITZ_CONCENTRATION_CAMP

HTTP://WWW.JEWISHGEN.ORG/FORGOTTENCAMPS/CAMPS/AUSCHWITZENG.HTML

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/TREBLINKA_EXTERMINATION_CAMP

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/BELZEC_EXTERMINATION_CAMP

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/VILNA_GHETTO#LIQUIDATION

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/KADDISH

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The Origin of almost all Jewish Ashkenazi Surnames .

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jewish surname mapSlateRichard Andree’s 1881 map of the Jews of Central Europe.

Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. Some German-speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so. The process began in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1787 and ended in Czarist Russia in 1844.

In attempting to build modern nation-states, the authorities insisted that Jews take last names so that they could be taxed, drafted, and educated (in that order of importance). For centuries, Jewish communal leaders were responsible for collecting taxes from the Jewish population on behalf of the government, and in some cases were responsible for filling draft quotas. Education was traditionally an internal Jewish affair.

Until this period, Jewish names generally changed with every generation. For example, if Moses son of Mendel (Moyshe ben Mendel) married Sarah daughter of Rebecca (Sara bat rivka), and they had a boy and named it Samuel (Shmuel), the child would be called Shmuel ben Moyshe. If they had a girl and named her Feygele, she would be called Feygele bas Sora.

Jews distrusted the authorities and resisted the new requirement. Although they were forced to take last names, at first they were used only for official purposes. Among themselves, they kept their traditional names. Over time, Jews accepted the new last names, which were essential as Jews sought to advance within the broader society and as the shtetles were transformed or Jews left them for big cities.

The easiest way for Jews to assume an official last name was to adapt the name they already had, making it permanent. This explains the use of “patronymics” and “matronymics.”

PATRONYMICS (son of …)

In Yiddish or German, “son” would be denoted by “son” or “sohn” or “er.” In most Slavic languages, like Polish or Russian, it would be “wich” or “witz.”

For example: The son of Mendel took the last name Mendelsohn; the son of Abraham became Abramson or Avromovitch; the son of Menashe became Manishewitz; the son of Itzhak became Itskowitz; the son of Berl took the name Berliner; the son of Kesl took the name Kessler, etc.

MATRONYMICS (daughter of …)

Reflecting the prominence of Jewish women in business, some families made last names out of women’s first names: Chaiken — son of Chaikeh; Edelman — husband of Edel; Gittelman — husband of Gitl; Glick or Gluck — may derive from Glickl, a popular woman’s name as in the famous “Glickl of Hameln,” whose memoirs, written around 1690, are an early example of Yiddish literature.

Gold/Goldman/Gulden may derived from Golda; Malkov from Malke; Perlman — husband of Perl; Rivken — may derive from Rivke; Soronsohn—son of Sarah.

PLACE NAMES

The next most common source of Jewish last names is probably places. Jews used the town or region where they lived, or where their families came from, as their last name. As a result, the Germanic origins of most East European Jews is reflected in their names.

For example, Asch is an acronym for the towns of Aisenshtadt or Altshul orAmshterdam. Other place-based Jewish names include: Auerbach/Orbach; Bacharach; Berger (generic for townsman); Berg(man), meaning from a hilly place; Bayer — from Bavaria; Bamberger; Berliner, Berlinsky — from Berlin; Bloch (foreigner); Brandeis; Breslau; Brodsky; Brody; Danziger; Deutch/Deutscher — German;Drues ( Drus)… the estate of the Count ( Jewish) of Drues near Villi nus ( Vilna)  ,Dorf(man), meaning villager; Eisenberg; Epstein; Florsheim; Frankel — from the Franconia region of Germany; Frankfurter; Ginsberg; Gordon — from Grodno, Lithuania or from the Russian word gorodin, for townsman; Greenberg; Halperin—from Helbronn, Germany; Hammerstein; Heller — from Halle, Germany; Hollander — not from Holland, but from a town in Lithuania settled by the Dutch; Horowitz, Hurwich, Gurevitch — from Horovice in Bohemia; Koenigsberg; Krakauer — from Cracow, Poland; Landau; Lipsky — from Leipzig, Germany; Litwak — from Lithuania; Minsky — from Minsk, Belarus; Mintz—from Mainz, Germany; Oppenheimer; Ostreicher — from Austria; Pinsky — from Pinsk, Belarus; Posner — from Posen, Germany; Prager — from Prague; Rappoport — from Porto, Italy; Rothenberg — from the town of the red fortress in Germany; Shapiro — from Speyer, Germany; Schlesinger — from Silesia, Germany; Steinberg; Unger — from Hungary; Vilner — from Vilna, Poland/Lithuania; Wallach—from Bloch, derived from the Polish word for foreigner; Warshauer/Warshavsky — from Warsaw; Wiener — from Vienna; Weinberg.

OCCUPATIONAL NAMES

Craftsmen/Workers

Ackerman — plowman; Baker/Boker — baker; Blecher — tinsmith; Fleisher/Fleishman/Katzoff/Metger — butcher; Cooperman — coppersmith; Drucker — printer; Einstein — mason; Farber — painter/dyer; Feinstein — jeweler; Fisher — fisherman; Forman — driver/teamster; Garber/Gerber — tanner; Glazer/Glass/Sklar — glazier; Goldstein — goldsmith; Graber — engraver; Kastner — cabinetmaker; Kunstler — artist; Kramer — storekeeper; Miller — miller; Nagler — nailmaker; Plotnick — carpenter; Sandler/Shuster — shoemaker; Schmidt/Kovalsky — blacksmith; Shnitzer — carver; Silverstein — jeweler; Spielman — player (musician?); Stein/Steiner/Stone — jeweler; Wasserman — water carrier.

Merchants

Garfinkel/Garfunkel — diamond dealer; Holzman/Holtz/Waldman — timber dealer; Kaufman — merchant; Rokeach — spice merchant; Salzman — salt merchant; Seid/Seidman—silk merchant; Tabachnik — snuff seller; Tuchman — cloth merchant; Wachsman — wax dealer; Wechsler/Halphan — money changer; Wollman — wool merchant; Zucker/Zuckerman — sugar merchant.

Related to tailoring

Kravitz/Portnoy/Schneider/Snyder — tailor; Nadelman/Nudelman — also tailor, but from “needle”; Sher/Sherman — also tailor, but from “scissors” or “shears”; Presser/Pressman — clothing presser; Futterman/Kirshner/Kushner/Peltz — furrier; Weber — weaver.

Medical

Aptheker — druggist; Feldsher — surgeon; Bader/Teller — barber.

Related to liquor trade

Bronfman/Brand/Brandler/Brenner — distiller; Braverman/Meltzer — brewer; Kabakoff/Krieger/Vigoda — tavern keeper; Geffen — wine merchant; Wine/Weinglass — wine merchant; Weiner — wine maker.

Religious/Communal

Altshul/Althshuler — associated with the old synagogue in Prague; Cantor/Kazan/Singer/Spivack — cantor or song leader in shul; Feder/Federman/Schreiber — scribe; Haver — from haver (court official); Klausner — rabbi for small congregation; Klopman — calls people to morning prayers by knocking on their window shutters; Lehrer/Malamud/Malmud — teacher; Rabin — rabbi (Rabinowitz—son of rabbi); London — scholar, from the Hebrew lamden(misunderstood by immigration inspectors); Reznick — ritual slaughterer; Richter — judge; Sandek — godfather; Schechter/Schachter/Shuchter etc. — ritual slaughterer from Hebrew schochet; Shofer/Sofer/Schaeffer — scribe; Shulman/Skolnick — sexton; Spector — inspector or supervisor of schools.

PERSONAL TRAITS

Alter/Alterman — old; Dreyfus—three legged, perhaps referring to someone who walked with a cane; Erlich — honest; Frum — devout ; Gottleib — God lover, perhaps referring to someone very devout; Geller/Gelber — yellow, perhaps referring to someone with blond hair; Gross/Grossman — big; Gruber — coarse or vulgar; Feifer/Pfeifer — whistler; Fried/Friedman—happy; Hoch/Hochman/Langer/Langerman — tall; Klein/Kleinman — small; Koenig — king, perhaps someone who was chosen as a “Purim King,” in reality a poor wretch; Krauss — curly, as in curly hair; Kurtz/Kurtzman — short; Reich/Reichman — rich; Reisser — giant; Roth/Rothman — red head; Roth/Rothbard — red beard; Shein/Schoen/Schoenman — pretty, handsome; Schwartz/Shwartzman/Charney — black hair or dark complexion; Scharf/Scharfman — sharp, i.e  intelligent; Stark — strong, from the Yiddish shtark ; Springer — lively person, from the Yiddish springen for jump.

INSULTING NAMES

These were sometimes foisted on Jews who discarded them as soon as possible, but a few may remain:

Billig — cheap; Gans — goose; Indyk — goose; Grob — rough/crude; Kalb — cow.

ANIMAL NAMES

It is common among all peoples to take last names from the animal kingdom. Baer/Berman/Beerman/Berkowitz/Beronson — bear; Adler — eagle (may derive from reference to an eagle in Psalm 103:5); Einhorn — unicorn; Falk/Sokol/Sokolovksy — falcon; Fink — finch; Fuchs/Liss — fox; Gelfand/Helfand — camel (technically means elephant but was used for camel too); Hecht—pike; Hirschhorn — deer antlers; Karp — carp; Loeb — lion; Ochs— ox; Strauss — ostrich (or bouquet of flowers); Wachtel — quail.

HEBREW NAMES

Some Jews either held on to or adopted traditional Jewish names from the Bible and Talmud. The big two are Cohen (Cohn, Kohn, Kahan, Kahn, Kaplan) and Levi (Levy, Levine, Levinsky, Levitan, Levenson, Levitt, Lewin, Lewinsky, Lewinson). Others include: Aaron — Aronson, Aronoff; Asher; Benjamin; David — Davis, Davies; Ephraim — Fishl; Emanuel — Mendel; Isaac — Isaacs, Isaacson/Eisner; Jacob — Jacobs, Jacobson, Jacoby; Judah — Idelsohn, Udell,Yudelson; Mayer/Meyer; Menachem — Mann, Mendel; Reuben — Rubin; Samuel — Samuels, Zangwill; Simon — Schimmel; Solomon — Zalman.

HEBREW ACRONYMS

Names based on Hebrew acronyms include: Baron — bar aron (son of Aaron); Beck —bene kedoshim (descendant of martyrs); Getz — gabbai tsedek (righteous synagogue official); Katz — kohen tsedek (righteous priest); Metz — moreh tsedek (teacher of righteousness); Sachs, Saks — zera kodesh shemo (his name descends from martyrs); Segal — se gan levia (second-rank Levite).

OTHER HEBREW- and YIDDISH-DERIVED NAMES

Lieb means “lion” in Yiddish. It is the root of many Ashkenazic last names, including Liebowitz, Lefkowitz, Lebush, and Leon. It is the Yiddish translation of the Hebrew word for lion — aryeh. The lion was the symbol of the tribe of Judah.

Hirsch means “deer” or “stag” in Yiddish. It is the root of many Ashkenazic last names, including Hirschfeld, Hirschbein/Hershkowitz (son of Hirsch), Hertz/Herzl, Cerf, Hart, and Hartman. It is the Yiddish translation of the Hebrew word for gazelle: tsvi. The gazelle was the symbol of the tribe of Naphtali.

Taub means “dove” in Yiddish. It is the root of the Ashkenazic last name Tauber. The symbol of the dove is associated with the prophet Jonah.

Wolf is the root of the Ashkenazic last names Wolfson, Wouk, and Volkovich. The wolf was the symbol of the tribe of Benjamin.

Eckstein — Yiddish for cornerstone, derived from Psalm 118:22.

Good(man) — Yiddish translation of the Hebrew word for “good”: tuviah.

Margolin — Hebrew for “pearl.”

INVENTED ‘FANCY SHMANCY’ NAMES

When Jews in the Austro-Hungarian Empire were required to assume last names, some chose the nicest ones they could think of and may have been charged a registration fee by the authorities. According to the YIVO Encyclopedia, “The resulting names often are associated with nature and beauty. It is very plausible that the choices were influenced by the general romantic tendencies of German culture at that time.” These names include: Applebaum — apple tree; Birnbaum — pear tree; Buchsbaum — box tree; Kestenbaum — chestnut tree; Kirshenbaum — cherry tree; Mandelbaum — almond tree; Nussbaum — nut tree; Tannenbaum — fir tree; Teitelbaum — palm tree.

Other names, chosen or purchased, were combinations with these roots:Blumen (flower), Fein (fine), Gold, Green, Lowen (lion), Rosen (rose), Schoen/Schein (pretty) — combined with berg (hill or mountain), thal (valley), bloom (flower), zweig (wreath), blatt (leaf), vald or wald (woods), feld (field).

Miscellaneous other names included Diamond; Glick/Gluck — luck; Hoffman — hopeful; Fried/Friedman — happiness; Lieber/Lieberman — lover.

Jewish family names from non-Jewish languages included: Sender/Saunders — from Alexander; Kagan — descended from the Khazars, a Turkic-speaking people from Central Asia; Kelman/Kalman — from the Greek name Kalonymous, the Greek translation of the Hebrew shem tov (good name), popular among Jews in medieval France and Italy; Marcus/Marx — from Latin, referring to the pagan god Mars.

Finally, there were Jewish names changed or shortened by immigration inspectors or by immigrants themselves (or their descendants) to sound more American, which is why “Sean Ferguson” was a Jew.

Let us close with a ditty:

And this is good old Boston;
The home of the bean and the cod.
Where the Lowells speak only to the Cabots;
And the Cabots speak Yiddish, by God!

A version of this post originally appeared on Jewish Currents.

Bennett Muraskin is a contributing writer to Jewish Currents magazine and author of The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories and Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman, among other books.

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Whow. What Incredible Results Cape Town’s United Hebrew Day School Network. www.Herzlia.com Matric Results ( by Stephen Darori a Alumni of the 80’s)

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Jewish Academic Excellence is a 2000 Year Old Tradition

Dear Friends of Herzlia

After what seems like an interminable wait, we are delighted to announce the results of HERZLIA’s Matric Class of 2013 and to confirm that our pupils have once again excelled.

Please note that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results are reported as follows:

  • There are no aggregates
  • The term ‘Matric Exemption” has been replaced by ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS’
  • ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS DIPLOMA’ indicates admissions to various diploma courses.

Following is a summary of the HERZLIA Matric results for 2013:

115 Matric candidates

100% pass rate – academically inclusive school

112 admissions to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS (Matric Exemption) = (97.4%)

337 Subject Distinctions

2 candidates, Hannah Delit and Kezia Varkel, achieved 100% for Economics.

92 out of 115 candidates achieved one or more distinctions (80%)

1 candidate achieved 10 out of 10 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 9 out of 9 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 8 out of 8 distinctions

3 candidates achieved 7 out of 8 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 7 out of 7 distinctions

8 candidates achieved 6 distinctions

10 candidates achieved 5 distinctions

19 candidates achieved 4 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 3 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 2 distinctions

16 candidates achieved 1 distinction

DETAILS OF SUBJECT DISTINCTIONS

SUBJECT

DISTINCTIONS

NO. OF CANDIDATES

ACCOUNTING

9

13

ADVANCED PROGRAMME MATHEMATICS (APM)

3

5

AFRIKAANS

27

109

BUSINESS STUDIES

21

37

CAT

3

5

CONSUMER STUDIES

2

21

DANCE

1

1

DESIGN

4

8

DRAMATIC ARTS

23

30

ECONOMICS

17

27

ENGLISH

26

115

GEOGRAPHY

2

2

GREEK

1

1

HEBREW

4

7

HISTORY

34

56

IT

18

28

LIFE ORIENTATION

67

115

LIFE SCIENCES

18

58

MATHEMATICAL LITERACY

9

18

MATHEMATICS

17

96

MATHEMATICS PAPER 3

5

30

MUSIC

1

1

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

17

41

TOURISM

1

4

VISUAL ARTS

10

16

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

10 out of 10 Distinctions

Saul Bloch

9 out of 9 Distinctions

Tamsin Kantor

Joshua Stein

8 out of 8 Distinctions

Cleo Candy

Jamie Froman

7 out of 8 Distinctions

Gary Finkelstein

Tao Klitzner

Kezia Varkel

7 out of 7 Distinctions

Richard Harrisberg

Georgia Saacks

6 Distinctions

Rael Alexander

Micaela Jacobson

Daniel Marcus

Ben Rubin

Nicole Saacks

Rachel Serraf

Levi Todes
Sarah Zinn

5 Distinctions
Lauri Epstein

Zachary Fleishman

Adam Kaliski

Aviva Lerer

Joshua Luck

Shane Robinson

Adam Rosendorff

Gabriella Tadmor

Kayo-Fay Tilley

Asher Woolff

4 Distinctions

Adam Alhadeff

Talia Anstey

Aidyn Breiter

Jesse Brooks

Nicholas Carson

Ricky Conn

Hannah Delit

Mira Friedman

Alison Goldstein

Jamie Goldstein

Ryan Jones

Lauren Kawalsky

Raphaella Lewis
Gadiel Margolin

Martine Sandler

Kayla Shaban

Tevya Shapiro

Lisa Stein

Aaron Weinstein

3 Distinctions

Jesse Copelyn

Jason Cumings

Adam Edelberg

Joshua Grant

Brandon Hall

Lauren Joffe

Ryan Kopping

Lebone Matshitse

Gina Reingold

Ariel Rubin

Miron Sarembock

Aiden Suskin

Carly Sutherland

Jasmine Waynik

2 Distinctions

Emily Bagg

Abigail Berkovitz

Mark Borland

Rachael Coxen

Steven Fine

Daniel Horwitz

Sasha Johns

Talia Kadish

Sean Kopman

Mika Marcuson

Simone Metz

Joshua Michelson

Matthew Miller

Daniel Sack

1 Distinction

Joseph Ackerman

Jenna Arnsmeyer

Joshua Berkman

Lauri Burke

Jarrod Burts

Hadar Gerassi

Zachary Helfrich

Jason Holzberg

Lindi Levin

Savannah Marescia

Brad Reingold

Gabbi Sank

Gabi Slotow

Sivana Stevenson

Chanan Suiza

Alexa Venter

Faye Zachariadi

I am delighted with these results: they are outstanding!

It is clear that right across the spectrum of these results, the class of 2013 and their teachers have worked extremely hard, tirelessly in fact, to achieve so brilliantly.  This would not be possible without the excellent educational foundation that was laid from Pre-Primary level upwards.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the teachers involved.

Mazeltov to the Matrics of 2013 and their parents.  They have definitely done HERZLIA and their community proud.

MARIANNE MARKSPRINCIPAL, HERZLIA HIGH SCHOOL

MH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3300  Fax: +27 21 461 8834
Email: mmarks@herzlia.comWeb: http://www.herzlia.com

GEOFF COHENDirector of EducationMH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3304  Fax: +27 21 461 8647Email: mailto:geoffc@herzlia.com Web: http://www.herzlia.com

 

Dear Friends of Herzlia

After what seems like an interminable wait, we are delighted to announce the results of HERZLIA’s Matric Class of 2013 and to confirm that our pupils have once again excelled.

Please note that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results are reported as follows:

  • There are no aggregates
  • The term ‘Matric Exemption” has been replaced by ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS’
  • ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS DIPLOMA’ indicates admissions to various diploma courses.

Following is a summary of the HERZLIA Matric results for 2013:

115 Matric candidates

100% pass rate – academically inclusive school

112 admissions to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS (Matric Exemption) = (97.4%)

337 Subject Distinctions

2 candidates, Hannah Delit and Kezia Varkel, achieved 100% for Economics.

92 out of 115 candidates achieved one or more distinctions (80%)

1 candidate achieved 10 out of 10 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 9 out of 9 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 8 out of 8 distinctions

3 candidates achieved 7 out of 8 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 7 out of 7 distinctions

8 candidates achieved 6 distinctions

10 candidates achieved 5 distinctions

19 candidates achieved 4 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 3 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 2 distinctions

16 candidates achieved 1 distinction

DETAILS OF SUBJECT DISTINCTIONS

SUBJECT

DISTINCTIONS

NO. OF CANDIDATES

ACCOUNTING

9

13

ADVANCED PROGRAMME MATHEMATICS (APM)

3

5

AFRIKAANS

27

109

BUSINESS STUDIES

21

37

CAT

3

5

CONSUMER STUDIES

2

21

DANCE

1

1

DESIGN

4

8

DRAMATIC ARTS

23

30

ECONOMICS

17

27

ENGLISH

26

115

GEOGRAPHY

2

2

GREEK

1

1

HEBREW

4

7

HISTORY

34

56

IT

18

28

LIFE ORIENTATION

67

115

LIFE SCIENCES

18

58

MATHEMATICAL LITERACY

9

18

MATHEMATICS

17

96

MATHEMATICS PAPER 3

5

30

MUSIC

1

1

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

17

41

TOURISM

1

4

VISUAL ARTS

10

16

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

10 out of 10 Distinctions

Saul Bloch

9 out of 9 Distinctions

Tamsin Kantor

Joshua Stein

8 out of 8 Distinctions

Cleo Candy

Jamie Froman

7 out of 8 Distinctions

Gary Finkelstein

Tao Klitzner

Kezia Varkel

7 out of 7 Distinctions

Richard Harrisberg

Georgia Saacks

6 Distinctions

Rael Alexander

Micaela Jacobson

Daniel Marcus

Ben Rubin

Nicole Saacks

Rachel Serraf

Levi Todes
Sarah Zinn

5 Distinctions
Lauri Epstein

Zachary Fleishman

Adam Kaliski

Aviva Lerer

Joshua Luck

Shane Robinson

Adam Rosendorff

Gabriella Tadmor

Kayo-Fay Tilley

Asher Woolff

4 Distinctions

Adam Alhadeff

Talia Anstey

Aidyn Breiter

Jesse Brooks

Nicholas Carson

Ricky Conn

Hannah Delit

Mira Friedman

Alison Goldstein

Jamie Goldstein

Ryan Jones

Lauren Kawalsky

Raphaella Lewis
Gadiel Margolin

Martine Sandler

Kayla Shaban

Tevya Shapiro

Lisa Stein

Aaron Weinstein

3 Distinctions

Jesse Copelyn

Jason Cumings

Adam Edelberg

Joshua Grant

Brandon Hall

Lauren Joffe

Ryan Kopping

Lebone Matshitse

Gina Reingold

Ariel Rubin

Miron Sarembock

Aiden Suskin

Carly Sutherland

Jasmine Waynik

2 Distinctions

Emily Bagg

Abigail Berkovitz

Mark Borland

Rachael Coxen

Steven Fine

Daniel Horwitz

Sasha Johns

Talia Kadish

Sean Kopman

Mika Marcuson

Simone Metz

Joshua Michelson

Matthew Miller

Daniel Sack

1 Distinction

Joseph Ackerman

Jenna Arnsmeyer

Joshua Berkman

Lauri Burke

Jarrod Burts

Hadar Gerassi

Zachary Helfrich

Jason Holzberg

Dear Friends of Herzlia

After what seems like an interminable wait, we are delighted to announce the results of HERZLIA’s Matric Class of 2013 and to confirm that our pupils have once again excelled.

Please note that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results are reported as follows:

  • There are no aggregates
  • The term ‘Matric Exemption” has been replaced by ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS’
  • ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS DIPLOMA’ indicates admissions to various diploma courses.

Following is a summary of the HERZLIA Matric results for 2013:

115 Matric candidates

100% pass rate – academically inclusive school

112 admissions to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS (Matric Exemption) = (97.4%)

337 Subject Distinctions

2 candidates, Hannah Delit and Kezia Varkel, achieved 100% for Economics.

92 out of 115 candidates achieved one or more distinctions (80%)

1 candidate achieved 10 out of 10 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 9 out of 9 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 8 out of 8 distinctions

3 candidates achieved 7 out of 8 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 7 out of 7 distinctions

8 candidates achieved 6 distinctions

10 candidates achieved 5 distinctions

19 candidates achieved 4 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 3 distinctions

14 candidates achieved 2 distinctions

16 candidates achieved 1 distinction

DETAILS OF SUBJECT DISTINCTIONS

SUBJECT

DISTINCTIONS

NO. OF CANDIDATES

ACCOUNTING

9

13

ADVANCED PROGRAMME MATHEMATICS (APM)

3

5

AFRIKAANS

27

109

BUSINESS STUDIES

21

37

CAT

3

5

CONSUMER STUDIES

2

21

DANCE

1

1

DESIGN

4

8

DRAMATIC ARTS

23

30

ECONOMICS

17

27

ENGLISH

26

115

GEOGRAPHY

2

2

GREEK

1

1

HEBREW

4

7

HISTORY

34

56

IT

18

28

LIFE ORIENTATION

67

115

LIFE SCIENCES

18

58

MATHEMATICAL LITERACY

9

18

MATHEMATICS

17

96

MATHEMATICS PAPER 3

5

30

MUSIC

1

1

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

17

41

TOURISM

1

4

VISUAL ARTS

10

16

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS

10 out of 10 Distinctions

Saul Bloch

9 out of 9 Distinctions

Tamsin Kantor

Joshua Stein

8 out of 8 Distinctions

Cleo Candy

Jamie Froman

7 out of 8 Distinctions

Gary Finkelstein

Tao Klitzner

Kezia Varkel

7 out of 7 Distinctions

Richard Harrisberg

Georgia Saacks

6 Distinctions

Rael Alexander

Micaela Jacobson

Daniel Marcus

Ben Rubin

Nicole Saacks

Rachel Serraf

Levi Todes
Sarah Zinn

5 Distinctions
Lauri Epstein

Zachary Fleishman

Adam Kaliski

Aviva Lerer

Joshua Luck

Shane Robinson

Adam Rosendorff

Gabriella Tadmor

Kayo-Fay Tilley

Asher Woolff

4 Distinctions

Adam Alhadeff

Talia Anstey

Aidyn Breiter

Jesse Brooks

Nicholas Carson

Ricky Conn

Hannah Delit

Mira Friedman

Alison Goldstein

Jamie Goldstein

Ryan Jones

Lauren Kawalsky

Raphaella Lewis
Gadiel Margolin

Martine Sandler

Kayla Shaban

Tevya Shapiro

Lisa Stein

Aaron Weinstein

3 Distinctions

Jesse Copelyn

Jason Cumings

Adam Edelberg

Joshua Grant

Brandon Hall

Lauren Joffe

Ryan Kopping

Lebone Matshitse

Gina Reingold

Ariel Rubin

Miron Sarembock

Aiden Suskin

Carly Sutherland

Jasmine Waynik

2 Distinctions

Emily Bagg

Abigail Berkovitz

Mark Borland

Rachael Coxen

Steven Fine

Daniel Horwitz

Sasha Johns

Talia Kadish

Sean Kopman

Mika Marcuson

Simone Metz

Joshua Michelson

Matthew Miller

Daniel Sack

1 Distinction

Joseph Ackerman

Jenna Arnsmeyer

Joshua Berkman

Lauri Burke

Jarrod Burts

Hadar Gerassi

Zachary Helfrich

Jason Holzberg

Lindi Levin

Savannah Marescia

Brad Reingold

Gabbi Sank

Gabi Slotow

Sivana Stevenson

Chanan Suiza

Alexa Venter

Faye Zachariadi

I am delighted with these results: they are outstanding!

It is clear that right across the spectrum of these results, the class of 2013 and their teachers have worked extremely hard, tirelessly in fact, to achieve so brilliantly.  This would not be possible without the excellent educational foundation that was laid from Pre-Primary level upwards.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the teachers involved.

Mazeltov to the Matrics of 2013 and their parents.  They have definitely done HERZLIA and their community proud.

MARIANNE MARKSPRINCIPAL, HERZLIA HIGH SCHOOL

MH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3300  Fax: +27 21 461 8834
Email: mmarks@herzlia.comWeb: http://www.herzlia.com

GEOFF COHENDirector of EducationMH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3304  Fax: +27 21 461 8647Email: mailto:geoffc@herzlia.com Web: http://www.herzlia.com

Lindi Levin

Savannah Marescia

Brad Reingold

Gabbi Sank

Gabi Slotow

Sivana Stevenson

Chanan Suiza

Alexa Venter

Faye Zachariadi

I am delighted with these results: they are outstanding!

It is clear that right across the spectrum of these results, the class of 2013 and their teachers have worked extremely hard, tirelessly in fact, to achieve so brilliantly.  This would not be possible without the excellent educational foundation that was laid from Pre-Primary level upwards.

Congratulations and thanks to all of the teachers involved.

Mazeltov to the Matrics of 2013 and their parents.  They have definitely done HERZLIA and their community proud.

MARIANNE MARKSPRINCIPAL, HERZLIA HIGH SCHOOL

MH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3300  Fax: +27 21 461 8834
Email: mmarks@herzlia.comWeb: http://www.herzlia.com

GEOFF COHENDirector of EducationMH Goldschmidt Avenue, Highlands Estate, Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3508, Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 464 3304  Fax: +27 21 461 8647Email: mailto:geoffc@herzlia.com Web: http://www.herzlia.com

Stephen Darori on Mandela's South African Jews

Dear Friends of Herzlia

After what seems like an interminable wait, we are delighted to announce the results of HERZLIA’s Matric Class of 2013 and to confirm that our pupils have once again excelled.

Please note that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results are reported as follows:

  • There are no aggregates
  • The term ‘Matric Exemption” has been replaced by ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS’
  • ‘Admission to Higher Education – PASS DIPLOMA’ indicates admissions to various diploma courses.

Following is a summary of the HERZLIA Matric results for 2013:

115 Matric candidates

100% pass rate – academically inclusive school

112 admissions to Higher Education – PASS BACHELORS (Matric Exemption) = (97.4%)

337 Subject Distinctions

2 candidates, Hannah Delit and Kezia Varkel, achieved 100% for Economics.

92 out of 115 candidates achieved one or more distinctions (80%)

1 candidate achieved 10 out of 10 distinctions

2 candidates achieved 9 out of…

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NO LOVE AT RHODES UNIVERSITY?

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There’s a widely used quote by Martin Niemöller that I love: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

I was reminded of this quote as I read Larissa Klazinga’s article in the SA Jewish Report titled: “Rhodes University: Not a Home for All”. I am not interested in much of Klazinga’s article per se but more the extent to which her story offers an important teachable moment about white masculinist racism, whiteness and privilege and how it is as harmful to white women as it is to black people. Klazinga’s story is a clear example of how it’s only when whiteness rejects them, that many white women start speaking out about exclusionary processes and silencing done by white men at predominantly white spaces like Rhodes.

Klazinga in the seven page piece chronicles her two year journey as a self-identifying “Jewish lesbian” and the “anti-Zionism” she has encountered leading to her leaving Rhodes in 2013. A self-identified “Zionist”, Klazinga says she was not prepared for the “bigotry” and “the vitriol directed [at her] over the past two years” and is in shock.

While working at Rhodes for over a decade “conceptualising and organising a myriad of transformation initiatives [aimed at] highlighting gender-based violence, xenophobia, racism and other human rights abuses” she managed to displease Roger Adams (the Deputy Dean of Students) by her support of Israel. What interested me the most is Klazinga’s conclusion that Rhodes “has become a totalitarian institution” and that she was shocked that she was not “allowed to speak, even in private … At Rhodes. In 2012.”

This is something many black Rhodes alumna have been saying for years (myself included) for we know Rhodes is not a home to all. We also know the violent silencing that often occurs at predominantly white institutions of higher learning in SA, the “Ivory towers of white supremacy”.

The Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) at Rhodes faced disciplinary action, were convicted and had to do community service for inviting the ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, in 2010. When they were going to bring Julius Malema, Rhodes called the police and surrounded the venue with heavy police presence (although he didn’t eventually come). In their statement at the time the PYA noted that while leaders from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of the People (Cope) could come and talk at Rhodes without hassle, there was always contention, fear and resistance with the ANC. They concluded that Rhodes University “is led by counter-transformation forces … because Rhodes University is still run by the same ‘old boys club’ that subscribes to the racist philosophies of Cecil John Rhodes …”

This was in 2010, and one of the reasons I am interested in understanding why Klazinga who held such an important office at Rhodes only realised in 2014/2013 how autocratic the university is when so many black students have been saying this for years. Part of the answer to this lies in that many white women only speak out about oppressive white (male) systems and institutions, not when they still enjoy white privilege, but after that system rejects and turns on them.

In her pioneering Stanford Law Review article “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color”, Professor Kimberle Crenshaw writes about the importance of intersectionality especially the intersection between gender and race. While Klazinga claims to have been doing intersectional work at Rhodes, her article exposes her white privileged gaze and how oblivious she is to the authoritarian treatment many black students are continuously subjected to, how they are silenced and often excluded from the university for their political views and associations.

The big lesson here is the importance of intersectionality and that whites should not wait to speak when out against injustice and white authoritarianism when their privilege is threatened. Klazinga herself says she never thought her Zionism would be the reason she left Rhodes, and this is because she saw her struggle narrow and isolated for instance from the struggles of the (mostly black) PYA members.

But Klazinga is marinated in white privilege and will do just fine as a white woman with incredible social capital (including an attorney), a generous settlement with Rhodes and higher education, which is more than I can say for the many young black women and men I saw continuously silenced and excluded from the university in debt, without degrees and quite frankly depressed. No one spoke out for them.

JEWISH MAFIA “But He Was Good To His Mother”

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English: Mugshot of Jewish-American mobster Be...

English: Mugshot of Jewish-American mobster Benjamin “Bigsy” Siegel in the 1920s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JEWISH MAFIA

“But He Was Good To His Mother”

A short and very interesting little article about why Jewish gangsters fascinate him and how Jewish gangsters differed from their Italian counterparts. In a nutshell, Jewish mobsters were a product of their times (1920s and 1930s) and did not continue their legacy after that one period, while Italian gangsters handed their “profession” to each succeeding generation.

What follows is a side of Jewish history you may have missed.

There are few excuses for the behavior of Jewish gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. The best known Jewish gangsters – Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Longy Zwillman, Moe Dalitz, David Berman were involved in the numbers rackets, illegal drugdealing, prostitution, gambling and loan sharking. They were not nice men.

During the rise of American Nazism in the 1930s and when Israel was being founded between 1945 and 1948, however, they proved staunch defenders of the Jewish people.

The roots of Jewish gangsterism lay in the ethnic neighborhoods of the Lower East Side; Brownsville, Brooklyn; Maxwell Street in Chicago; and Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Like other newly arrived groups in American history, a few Jews who considered themselves blocked from respectable professions used crime as a means to “make good” economically. The market for vice flourished during Prohibition and Jews joined with others to exploit the artificial market created by the legal bans on alcohol, gambling, paid sex and narcotics.

Few of these men were religiously observant. They rarely attended services, although they did support congregations financially. They did not keep kosher or send their children to day schools. However, at crucial moments they protected other Jews, in America and around the world.

The 1930s were a period of rampant anti-Semitism in America , particularly in the Midwest . Father Charles Coughlin, the Radio Priest in Detroit , and William Pelley of Minneapolis , among others, openly called for Jews to be driven from positions of responsibility, if not from the country itself.

Organized Brown Shirts in New York and Silver Shirts in Minneapolis outraged and terrorized American Jewry. While the older and more respectable Jewish organizations pondered a response that would not alienate non-Jewish supporters, others–including a few rabbis–asked the gangsters to break up American Nazi rallies.

Historian Robert Rockaway writing in the journal of the American Jewish Historical Society, notes that German-American Bund rallies in the New York City area posed a dilemma for mainstream Jewish leaders. They wanted the rallies stopped, but had no legal grounds on which to do so. New York State Judge Nathan Perlman personally contacted Meyer Lansky to ask him to disrupt the Bund rallies, with the proviso that Lansky’s henchmen stop short of killing any Bundists.

Enthusiastic for the assignment, if disappointed by the restraints, Lansky accepted all of Perlman’s terms except one: he would take no money for the work. Lansky later observed, “I was a Jew and felt for those Jews in Europe who were suffering. They were my brothers.”

For months, Lansky’s workmen effectively broke up one Nazi rally after another. As Rockaway notes, “Nazi arms, legs and ribs were broken and skulls were cracked, but no one died.”

Lansky recalled breaking up a Brown Shirt rally in the Yorkville section of Manhattan : “The stage was decorated with a swastika and a picture of Hitler. The speakers started ranting. There were only fifteen of us, but we went into action. We threw some of them out the windows…. Most of the Nazis panicked and ran out. We chased them and beat them up…. We wanted to show them that Jews would not always sit back and accept insults.”

In Minneapolis , William Dudley Pelley organized a Silver Shirt Legion to “rescue” America from an imaginary Jewish-Communist conspiracy. In Pelle’s own words, just as “Mussolini and his Black Shirts saved Italy and as Hitler and his Brown Shirts saved Germany ,” he would save America from Jewish communists. Minneapolis gambling czar David Berman confronted Pelley’s Silver Shirts on behalf of the Minneapolis Jewish community.

Berman learned that Silver Shirts were mounting a rally at Lodge. When the Nazi leader called for all the “Jew bastards” in the city to be expelled, or worse, Berman and his associates burst into the room and started cracking heads. After ten minutes, they had emptied the hall. His suit covered in blood, Berman took the microphone and announced, “This is a warning. Anybody who says anything against Jews gets the same treatment. Only next time it will be worse.” After Berman broke up two more rallies, there were no more public Silver Shirt meetings in Minneapolis .

Jewish gangsters also helped establish Israel after the war. One famous example is a meeting between Bugsy Siegel and Reuven Dafne, a Haganah emissary, in 1945. Dafne was seeking funds and guns to help liberate Palestine from British rule. A mutual friend arranged for the two men to meet.

“You mean to tell me Jews are fighting?” Siegel asked, “You mean fighting as in killing?” Dafne answered in the affirmative. Siegel replied, “I’m with you.”

For weeks, Dafne received suitcases filled with $5 and $10 bills – $50,000 in all – from Siegel.

No one should paint gangsters as heroes. They committed acts of great evil. But historian Rockaway has presented a textured version of Jewish gangster history in a book ironically titled But He Was Good to His Mother.

Some have observed that, despite their disreputable behavior, they could be good to their people, too. A little interesting bit of Jewish history.