Tribute to Yiddish teacher

September 6, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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The Sydney Jewish community will honor the memory of one of its best known teachers…Aliza Siderowitz.

Aliza Siderowitz

Aliza Siderowitz

Siderowitz taught Yiddish and Hebrew at Sydney’s Moriah College for over 20 years, making a lasting impression on almost every pupil who shared a classroom with her.

The Holocaust survivor who passed away in also conducted a Shabbat segment on an ethnic radio station.

Fay Sussman, a member of the steering committee for the B’nai B’rith “Day of Jewish Culture” on October 25, told J-Wire: “I accepted the position on the committee on the condition that the fabulous contribution Aliza Siderowitz made to the Sydney community would be officially recognised.”

Naomi Jones is compiling a series of anecdotes and memories of the fabled teacher who shared with her pupils her passionate love of both Yiddish and Hebrew literature and poetry. The contributions will take shape as “Devarim LeZichra Shel Aliza” –  a series of stories and memories from students and staff whose lives were touched by Siderowitz. The presentation will be produced by Yiddish singing star Fay Sussman and will feature Donna Jacobs Sife, Dahlia Dior, Len Mahemoff, Shirley Politzer, Carla Sperling, Nogah STrum and Bettina Bock.

The Moriah College Primary School Prize for Jewish Continuity will be launched in honour of Aliza Siderowitz.

Aliza Siderowitz passed away in Sydney a year ago.

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