Honouring SA’s Jewish ANZACS, 100 years on

14 April 2016

South Australia’s Jewish ANZACS will be honoured in a special event as part of the national Centenary of ANZAC Jewish Program at the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation at 2 pm on April 17.
Chair of the Program in South Australia, Professor Larry Lockshin says it is not well known but Adelaides tiny community of not many more than 2000 made a significant contribution to the war effort in the First World War.

More than 60 Jews from South Australia’s community served in WWI, including two who died at Gallipoli and six who died on the Western Front, he says.

They are remembered on a Board of Honour which was transported from the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation’s first premises in Synagogue Place to its current home in Glenside.

Prof Lockshin says many relatives and descendants of SA’s Jewish soldiers will be attending the Centenary commemoration.

Around the nation, more than 1800 Australian Jews served in WWI and some 200 made the supreme sacrifice, with 40 of them dying in the Gallipoli campaign, Prof Lockshin says.

Our community is proud to honour these Jewish diggers 100 years after their contribution.

The Adelaide program will include the lighting of the same candles used in Sydney to commemorate the four generations since WWI.

Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC will present the keynote address.

A national exhibit of photographs and panels of the Jewish ANZAC Historical Exhibition from the Sydney Jewish Museum will be on show in the Synagogue hall after the ceremony.

Guests and speakers include Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Martin Hamilton-Smith; Melbourne Jewish neurosurgeon Major-General Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM OBE and Peter Allen, the two Patrons of the Centenary of Anzac Jewish National Program.

The Centenary of Anzac Jewish Program was initiated by three peak organisations within the Australian Jewish community: The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the Federation of Australian Jewish Ex-Service Associations (FAJEX), and the Australian Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).

The Program is helping to highlight contributions of key figures such as Sir John Monash, perhaps our best-known Jewish Anzac, who served at Gallipoli as a Brigadier, before going to the Western Front where he made a huge contribution to the struggle for freedom and the Anzac tradition.

One Australian Jewish soldier – Lieutenant Leonard Kaysor, who left from Sydney, – was awarded the Victoria Cross, the country’s highest military honour, for his exceptional bravery at Lone Pine.

The South Australian Jewish community is holding this commemoration prior to ANZAC Day, because it falls on the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach) the following week.

When: Sunday 17TH APRIL 2016 at 2:00PM
Where: Adelaide Hebrew Congregation, 13 Flemington Street,  GLENSIDE

Media contact:
Prof Larry Lockshin, Chair of the South Australian Program. Mobile 0417 891 732

Email Larry.Lockshin@unisa.edu.au

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