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Maccabi WACelebrates 60 Years at Memorial Park

Posted: 06-Feb-2013 by Maccabi WA

Maccabi celebrated its 60th year at the Grounds held on Sunday 4th November . The evening was highlighted by a no-holds-barred and emotional speech by Abe Schneider of how he brought BMX racing to the Olympics.

Guests arrived to be handed a colourful brochure covering the last thirty years of the organisation and then a tour of the exhibition of memorabilia now adorning the walls of the Gordon Bloomfield Hall. The once bland surroundings have been elevated to a grand display of delightful memories and history of the organisation.

Entering the main gymnasium the transformation into a function area was complete. A video of rare footage of the original teams working on the Grounds played on two giant screens. The professional staging was reminiscent of Maccabi’s Inaugural Hall of Fame celebration. Timed to the minute the MC, Caroline Winter, daughter of Maccabi heroine, Joan Hillman, led the audience through the programme keeping us entertained throughout.

Starting off we were privileged to be introduced to Rafe Snader and Mick Goulburn who with Joe Rosen were the driving forces behind the purchase of the Maccabean Memorial Grounds over 60 years ago. Both gentlemen were honoured with JNF Tree certificates by Maccabi WA President Jeremy Raiter as mementoes of the night.

Major donors Dr Jack Faigenbaum for Jack’s Bar in the Gordon Bloomfield Hall and the Einihovici and Raiter families in the small gym were thanked. Mrs Laura Raiter daughter of Dr Arum and Mrs Idyss Einihovici was presented with a plaque to be mounted in the small gym.

Successive speakers, Jeremy Raiter, MAI President Lisa Borowick, and JCCWA President an d Maccabi Life Member Tony Tate spoke of their involvements and hopes for the future of the Maccabi organisation, with thanks to the organisers of the 60th Anniversary celebration. Tony Tate unveiled a granite plaque to be mounted in front of the Gordon Bloomfield Hall in commemoration of the evening.

A special guest Blair Evans, Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist was then interviewed by Caroline Winter and gave a lively account of her life in swimming and her future in the sport. She is a charming and confident 21 year old bound to further the successes of Australian swimming over the coming years.

At the end of the night, Marc Adonis, Chairman of the 60th Anniversary committee announced that through the generosity of daughter Joanne Rosen Grozovski, the Grounds are to be named the “Joe (Yossi) Rosen Grounds”. Joe Rosen a legend of Maccabi WA’s name is engraved in the history of the organisation as a father figure and one of the co-instigators of the purchase of the Grounds over 60 years ago. An emotional Joanne was proud to accept the honour in her father’s name.




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