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    Family Biographies

    Adela Kamionsky

    Written in her own hand-writing 20.9.1983 with photos below.

    My late grandfather was a Talmudist and Hebrew scholar and very well known man.

    Zionist work has been the focal point of my life – I could have sent you cuttings of functions I’ve arranged or participated in e.g. I was “Shekel” (spel?) Convener for Bulawayo in 1964; Yom Haatzmaut functions, Editor of the Chovevei Zion Gazettee and was secretary of the Chovevei Zion society for a number of years. I was cultural convener of the Bulawayo Women’s Zionist Society when I came back here in 1963 ; gave this up when I was working full-time ; I still do collections for the society ; I have given papers for Leadership Courses and World Wizo Bible day. I actually organized the 1st Wizo Bible Day in Bulawayo. I have spoken to a Branch of the Women’s Institute on Jewish Customs, Ceremonies and Festivals, also to a Church Women’s Group. Two years ago I was very proud to receive the Rebecca Seiff Award for the Pesach Programme broadcast in March 1977. I accompanied the Cantor in Pesach songs.

    I have been Hon Secretary of Savyon Lodge for 13 years only just having given it up – I have also served on the Chevre Kadisha Ladies committee.

    My brother Gerald (Aberman) founded “Rhodesia Calls” and Roblaw Publishers – he was also connected with Property and Finance.

    My sister Phina and her late husband Max Rosin left their mark in the bowling world – my late brother in law was very well known in Insurance being with the Prudential Assurance Co.

    To see more on the family's early days in Shabani - click here

    click on pictures below to enlarge

    Adela's father talking to Prince George in Lusaka



    Adela talking to Prince George in Lusaka


    Adela's parents

    Habonim Bulawayo 1936 with Mrs Brodetsky (Adela sitting on right ?)







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