Australian remembered at new museum in Jerusalem

May 15, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Plugat HaKotel Museum will be opened today by Israel’s President Rueven Rivlin and will tell the story of a group of young heroic Betar members who risked their lives to keep a Jewish spark alive at the Western Wall.

David, Diane and Jonathan Shteinman

The museum has been funded by a generous donation from the Shteinman family in Sydney to honor the memory of Diane Shteinman’s late husband Bob and father of David, Jonathan and Ruth.

The story of the Betar youth is often forgotten and seldom mentioned in the annals of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel.

The museum will add to the pages of history the story of the courage and sacrifice of these Jews who defied the British Mandate to restore Jewish sovereignty over the Western Wall, after 2,000 years of forced separation from the holiest site for the Jewish people.

The building has been named the Bob Shteinman Building.
Bob will long be remembered for his involvement with the Betar youth movement in Australia. and his role as one of the founders of Masada College.  The very name of the school was his suggestion.
The museum is being administered by the Begin Centre and is open every day but appointments are necessary.

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