Last Sunday Bialik proudly hosted the ‘Buchenwald Ball’, celebrating 76 years since the liberation of the ‘Buchenwald Boys’. This special gathering was held in the Bursztyn Family Senior Library where more than 200 community members danced and shared the incredible stories of survival of their fathers and grandfathers. We were delighted to see many of our current and past students, parents and grandparents at the event.
The ‘Buchenwald Boys’ are a group of Holocaust survivors who were liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp on 11 April 1945. Their story is one of resilience, friendship, and rebuilding life after tragedy .
The Boys arrived at Buchenwald from different locations in Europe, however their shared experience of survival which eventually landed them in Melbourne in the 1940s, formed the basis for lifelong connections between the Boys, their partners, children and subsequent generations. Each year since arriving in Australia, the Boys have celebrated their liberation at annual event called ‘Buchenwald Ball’.
More information on the Buchenwald Boys can be found here https://www.monash.edu/buchenwald-boys/home.
The Buchenwald Boys website was authored by historian and Bialik grandparent Dr Anita Frayman, and has become a part of the Victorian schools’ curriculum for Holocaust education in Year 10.
Principal Jeremy, was the keynote speaker and explored the concept of remembrance as an expression of Jewish history. He spoke of the important role our Jewish day schools play in keeping our community connected and ensuring the stories of the Survivors are never forgotten. It was an honour and privilege to welcome the Buchenwald Boys and their families to Bialik.
Last week the Bialik College Foundation hosted an intimate breakfast event to thank all those who contributed to the Judith Hellen Children’s Centre. We were delighted to see new faces and old faces come together for a very special morning of celebration.
Designed by Ron Unger Architects, the Bialik Creche is an inspiring and nurturing environment for our youngest children and draws on the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.
“In Reggio Emilia, they say that the youngest and oldest in the community should walk into their buildings – care homes and schools – and say to themselves ‘my community loves me.’ We believe that we are fulfilling this mission,” said Principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.
“School fees and government grants cover the day-to-day running of the school but we rely on our community to support our Bialik College Foundation to ensure that we are able to dream big and continue to provide the very best facilities, programs and opportunities for our children,” said Bialik College Foundation Co-Chairs Stacey Dodge and Michael Carp.
We would like to once again thank all those who supported this project.
For more information on the Bialik College Foundation please contact Tanya Cherny, Foundation Director on 9822 7981 or email [email protected]
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tanya Cherny as Foundation Director for the school’s philanthropic Foundation, B’Yachad. Along with the recent appointment of Foundation Co-Chairs, Michael Carp and Stacey Dodge, the creation of this new role signifies the school’s commitment to ensuring the continuity of Jewish Education.
Affordability of Jewish education remains at the forefront of Bialik’s Strategic outlook. For the last five years, Bialik has met its target of capping fee increases at 2-3%, well below CPI increases in education.
‘We are so lucky to be able to choose from a multitude of wonderful Jewish Day Schools in Melbourne, but we also recognise the increasing stress it places on families. We have worked hard to ensure our school is run efficiently and are proud to be one of the more competitively priced and highest performing Jewish Day Schools in Melbourne,’ said Principal Jeremy Stowe-Linder.
The Bialik Foundation has been the driving force behind many major school initiatives over the last few years including the Primary School upgrade, the development of its new Creche opening in July 2019 and the rollout of the Dogs for Life program.
The Foundation will also be responsible for creating a culture of giving within the school, cultivating awareness, gratitude and social justice for students from Kinder through to Year 12.
‘We want our students to know what a privilege it is to receive a Jewish education and to understand the importance of giving and creating a sense of community’ said Bialik Foundation Co-Chair Michael Carp.
‘Nearly a quarter of Bialik’s students are on means-tested fee assistance and in the current economic climate this is only like to increase,’ explained Bialik Foundation Co-Chair Stacey Dodge.
‘As a Foundation we want to ensure that no Jewish child is denied an outstanding Jewish Education, and we are delighted to have Tanya on-board to help us achieve this goal’ Stacey said.
Tanya brings to the College extensive experience in communications, PR and events and has played an integral role in fund-raising committees for a number of not-for-profit organisations.
As a former Bialik College alumnus (class of 2000) and now a parent of two young daughters at the school, Tanya has a strong connection with Bialik College. Tanya will commence in the role of Foundation Director on 11 June 2019.
“We are so excited that our extensive search has discovered one of our very own Bialik graduates and now parent. Tanya is another wonderful example of our special Bialik community giving back and she will be integral in helping us to guarantee a more affordable Jewish education for the next generation,” said Michael and Stacey.