History

Betar was founded by the Zionist youth of Latvia together with Ze’ev Jabotinski in 1923 when they challenged him to come up with a way to save the European Jewry from anti-semitism. They were inspired by his ideas and, with his leadership, formed Brit HaNoar Ha’Ivrit Al Shem Yosef Trumpeldor (The Covenant of the Jewish Youth in the Name of Joseph Trumpeldor). Its acronym is Betar.   By 1927, Betar had taken root in Austria, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany, France and Israel. The Jews were searching for a way to get out of Europe and into Israel and Betar provided training and transport for Aliyah. Naturally, Betar grew substantially in a very short amount of time. At its peak in 1934, Betar Poland had over 40,000 members out of a total of 70,000. Betar organised illegal immigration into Israel for tens of thousands of Jews from all over Europe for the next fifteen or so years.   The 50s, 60s and 70s saw consistent growth for many Betar Maozim. Betar Australia was highly active at this time and then diminished in size in the 80s and 90s. Our numbers hit their lowest point in the late nineties and we have been working hard and yielding significant growth in Betar’s participation since then. We in Betar Australia are proud of our heritage, which we use as a springboard for future development. Betarim at a recent pro-Israel rally in Sydney
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