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  • Greg Sher

    Greg Sher

    Private Gregory Michael Sher Z"L
    1978-2009 On the 11th January 2009, over 2,000 mourners filled the Chevra Kadisha Cemetery at Lyndhurst to pay their last respects to Pte Greg Sher, who was fatally wounded seven days earlier in Afghanistan. Among the mourners to share their grief of the nation was the Prime Minister, the...

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  • Dov Ryzman

    Dov Ryzman

    Dov Ryzman – A True Gentleman GUNNER DOV RYZMAN AIF VX123381 (V158326) VAJEX Member
    Passed away 25th December 2008 Dov Ryzman grew up in Melbourne and was always actively involved in sport and community. He was a good honest family man who could always be relied on to lend a helping hand. A warm-hearted man of great intellect...

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  • Asaf Ramon

    Asaf Ramon

    Captain Asaf Ramon Z"L Asaf Ramon, the son of the late Colonel Ilan Ramon Z″L, who lost his life in the illfated US Space Shuttle COLUMBIA on 1st February 2003, was killed on a training flight on Sunday 13th September 2009, while piloting an F16 fighter aircraft. He was aged 20.  Asaf received his wings...

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  • Gwidon Gottlieb-Borucki

    Gwidon Gottlieb-Borucki

    Gwidon Gottlieb-Borucki 1912 ~ 2009 VAJEX member Gwidon Gottlieb-Borucki passed away on 31th December 2009 and, but for the many articles and tributes posted on the web (in the Polish language), his lifetime achievements would never have been known to most of us. The last occasion that I spoke to Gwidon was at our Remembrance Day...

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  • Frank Slutzkin

    Frank Slutzkin

    Frank Albert Slutzkin 16 Jan 1924 ~ 5 Dec 2009 A FULFILLING LIFE WELL LIVED Frank Albert Slutzkin was born on 16th January 1924 to Sholom and Gladys Slutzkin in Melbourne. He had five older brothers: Leo, Ivon, Alan, Peter and Bob, an older sister Shirley, twin sister Valda and younger sister Nona. Only Bob, aged 92,...

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  • Raye Smith

    Raye Smith

    Raye Smith nee Crafti In the Smith and Crafti families, VAJEX has been a long standing  family institution. So when Rachael Smith passed away on 14 June 2010, VAJEX mourned her loss as part of her extended family and numerous friends. Raye had other siblings and family who were members of VAJEX:     brother, Mocky (Matthew) Crafti...

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Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen

It is with deepest sadness that we farewelled our beloved Patron-In-Chief
Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC

7-10-1919 ~ 8-12-2011
May His Dear Soul Rest In Peace
Lest We Forget

Tributes To

The Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen

AK, GCMG, GCVO, Kt, PC, KStJ, GCOMRI, DCL,
Hon LLD (HK, Qld, Melb, WA, Turin, ANU, Tas, VUT, Deakin, Monash),
Hon D Litt (UNE, Syd, JCU, Oxford),
Hon D HL (Hebrew Union College, Redlands),
Hon D Univ (Newcastle, Griffith, Sunshine Coast),
Hon D Phil (Hebrew University Jerusalem & Tel Aviv University)


By Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen

Rabbi Dr Shimon CowenMuch has been said and is known about how my father treated, and how he was loved by, people. Instead I want to speak about the spiritual dimension and significance of the service of humanity, which was his life. On the face of it, G-d must come into the story of his life, since, our Sages tell us that “with whom people are happy, G-d is happy”. G-d was happy with Dad. That’s from G-d’s perspective. But what about from Dad’s perspective?…

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