Perth’s Carmel School sweeps essay field

August 22, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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This year the Australian Jewish Historical Society (NSW) conducted an essay competition which used a theme focused on Jewish servicemen and women from the First World War.

Carmel School - Category: High School 2016-08-22 13-58-33Over open to year 10 students across Australia, Perth’s Carmel Schools provided four of the five winners.

The topic was selected for the following reasons:

2015 marked 100 years since Gallipoli

1916 had the largest number of Jewish casualties in World War1

1750 Jewish Australians served in World War I

Twenty-nine students from various Jewish Day Schools submitted essays which were judged by an independent panel.

The winners are:

Jason Fasser Eliezer Margolin CARMEL SCHOOL
TM Joffe Eliezer Margolin CARMEL SCHOOL
Brandon Kaye Leonard Keysor EMANUEL SCHOOL
Jaden Schaffer Eliezer Margolin CARMEL SCHOOL
Kaylene Schutz


Jewish Religious Representation:

Rabbi David Freedman



Eliezer Margolin was a Russian Jew who joined  the 16th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, as a lieutenant in 1914 from Western Australia at the age of 39. He served at Gallipoli, in France and in Palestine. In 1920 he was appointed the first commander of Judea and the Palestinian Jews appointed him governor of Jerusalem. He returned to Western Australia in 1921 and died in 1944.

Rabbi David Freeman was appointed as a chaplain in the Australian Imperial Force and he served briefly on Gallipoli and in Egypt and France. He was also the Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation.

Leonard Keysor was a British-born Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross. Keysor emigrated to Australia shortly before the outbreak of the First World War and enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force in August 1914. He was awarded the Victoria Cross at Lone Pine [Gallipoli] in August 1915. Following the end of the war, Keysor resided in Sydney from 1918 until February 1919 when he returned to England. In 1927 Keysor re-enacted his exploits at Gallipoli in the film For Valour. He died in 1951 and was eventually buried with full military honours in Israel.

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