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6 Tammuz 5761 - June 27, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Mr. Yisroel (Izzy) Herzog Honored by the Australian Government
by S. B. Abelesz, Melbourne

Mr. Yisroel (Izzy) Herzog, a prominent member of the Adass Yisroel kehilla, has been honored by the Australian Government with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award.

The Order of Australia awards have, for approximately the past decade, been the Australian version (and replacement) of the British honors and knighthood system -- as the country seeks to slowly untie its knots with the former mother country.

The honor was announced on Monday 11th June, the official Queens Birthday holiday in Australia (which oddly has not yet been abandoned), when Mr. Herzog and a number of other important Australians were so recognized.

It is the first time in the history of this country that a member of a chareidi community has received such an accolade.

Not only has Mr. Herzog been a mispalel of the shul for over 50 years -- since his arrival from Czechoslovakia with his father, Reb Menachem Herzog (today, one of the choshuve baalei batim of Williamsburg) -- but he is also a long-serving member of the Adass Yisroel Shul board as well as serving as its Rosh Hakohol for a number of years. He has also -- for the past two decades -- served as the president of the Adass Yisroel Chevra Kadisha. Additionally he is involved with all undertakings of tzedoko vochesed in the kehilla.

Reb Yisroel was also most instrumental in the establishment of the local Lakewood Kollel and as a true mokir rabonon is very close to many gedolei Yisroel, including the P'shevorsker Rebbe, HaRav Leibish Laizer in Antwerp, the Vizhnitz-Monsey Rebbe, HaRav Y. M. Dushinsky, rov of Jerusalem and HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg.

It is indeed a great kiddush Hashem and an honor for the entire chareidi community that this heimishe and popular baalebos -- whose acts of tzedoko and chesed are so well known amongst acheinu bnei Yisroel -- has now also been recognized by the highest government authorities.

In fact the actual wording of the citation published for his receiving the honor state: "For service to the community, particularly the Jewish community in Victoria, through the provision of funds for education and support for fledgling business enterprises."

The entire community wishes him and his endeavors -- Yisroel oseh choyil -- and further successes meichayil el choyil.


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