Timeline

1904

Consecration Dr Herzl Lodge – 27 November 1904. The Inaugural meeting was held at the Empress Hotel in Marshall Street, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1905

The first concert to raise funds in aid of the Dr Herzl Lodge was held at the old His Majesty’s Theatre on 13 August 1905

1906

The Consecration of the Max Langermann Lodge in Germiston in November 1906.

1907

Consecration Max Langermann Lodge in Germiston, South Africa – November 1907 Consecration David Wulfsohn Lodge in Krugersdorp, South Africa.

1911

Consecration of Sir Harry Graumann Lodge in Benoni, South Africa 15 November 1911

1914

Consecration Otto Warburg Lodge in Pretoria, South Africa – 21 June 1914 Consecration Sir Rufus Isaacs Lodge (renamed Joshua Mazell Lodge) in Boksburg, South Africa

1918

Wor Bro S N Davis becomes Grand President 1918 to 1920

1920

Consecration Dr Max Nordau Lodge in Brakpan, South Africa – 15 February 1920 Consecration Phillip Silbert Lodge in Randfontein, South Africa Wor Bro M L Goodman becomes Grand President 1920 to 1922

1921

Consecration Sir Herbert Samuel Lodge – Springs

1922

Wor Bro O Shoob becomes Grand President 1922 to 1924

1923

Consecration of the A P Bender Lodge in East London, South Africa

1924

First Conference of the Hebrew Order of David – 29 June 1924 Consecrated Witbank Lodge in Witbank, South Africa (later renamed M M Ussishkin Lodge) Wor Bro Louis Faiga, founder of the Order, becomes Grand President 1924 to 1925

1925

Consecration of F C Hollander Lodge in Durban, South Africa Consecration of Sir Matthew Nathan Lodge in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa Consecration of Chaim Weizmann Lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa Consecration of Isaac Ochberg Lodge in Bloemhof, South Africa Consecration of Nigel Lodge – Nigel, South Africa Wor Bro Joseph Distiller, founder of the Order, becomes Grand President 1925 to 1926

1926

Consecration of Morris Kramer Lodge in King William’s Town, South Africa Consecration of Bloemfontein Lodge – (re-named Lodge Israel) in South Africa Wor Bro Charles Spiro becomes Grand President 1926 to 1928

1927

Consecration Achad Ha’am Lodge in Heilbron, South Africa Consecration Kurland and Riga (Lifland) Lodge – Johannesburg, South Africa

1928

Consecration of Lichtenburg Lodge in South Africa Consecration of Kroonstad Lodge in South Africa The Senate was established and Consecrated on 7th March 1928 Wor Bro Charles Spiro becomes the first Principal of the Senate Wor Bro M J Shindler becomes Grand President 1928 to 1930

1929

Consecration of Bernhardt Dworlatzky Lodge in Senekal, South Africa Consecration of Philip Silbert Lodge in Randfontein, South Africa Consecration of Parys Vredefort Lodge in Parys, South Africa Consecration of Sir Moses Montefiore Lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa

1930

Consecration Nahum Sokolow Lodge in Vereeniging, South Africa – 9 March 1930 Consecration Potchefstroom Lodge in Potchefstroom, South Africa Consecration Louis Isaacson Lodge in Kimberley, South Africa

1931

29 November 1931 Consecration of Louis Isaacson Lodge in Kimberley Wor Bro S Friendly becomes Grand President 1931 to 1933 Wor Bro Joseph Distiller becomes Principal of the Senate 1931 to 1932

1932

Wor Bro Louis Faiga becomes Principal of the Senate 1932 to 1934

1933

Wor Bro R N Edelstein becomes Grand President 1933 to 1935

1934

Wor Bro L LeRoith becomes Principal of the Senate 1934 to 1936

1935

Wor Bro I J Balkin becomes Grand President – 1935 to 1937

1936

Wor Bro Henry Blank becomes Principal of the Senate 1936 to 1938

1937

Wor Bro E Melamed becomes Grand President – 1937 to 1939

1938

Wor Bro Joseph Distiller, founder of the Hebrew Order of David, died on 19 August 1938 Wor Bro I J Balkin becomes Principal of the Senate 1938 to 1948 (the War Years)

1939

Wor Bro Louis Faiga, co-founder of the Hebrew Order of David, passed away on 27 December 1939. Wor Bro J A Davidson becomes Grand President – 1939 to 1941

1941

Wor Bro J Nathan becomes Grand President – 1941 to 1946 during the War Years Consecration of Chaim Weizmann Lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa

1943

Consecration of Joseph Distiller Lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa

1946

Wor Bro S J Geffen becomes Grand President – 1946 to 1948

1947

Consecration of Nathan Gamsu Lodge in Nigel, South Africa – 21 March 1947

1948

Consecration of David Ben Gurion Lodge in Krugersdorp – 1 February 1948 Wor Bro J C Lazarow becomes Grand President – 1948 to 1950 Wor Bro Joe Nathan becomes Principal of the Senate 1948 to 1951

1949

Consecration of Lodge Zion in Klerksdorp, South Africa

1950

Wor Bro R S Myers becomes Grand President – 1950 to 1952 Consecrated of Lodge Bethal, South Africa

1952

Wor Bro D J Etkind (Tommy) becomes Grand President – 1952 to 1954

1953

Consecration of the Pietersburg Lodge on Sunday 6 September 1953 Wor Bro S J Geffen becomes Principal of the Senate 1953 to 1955

1954

Wor Bro P Rappaport becomes Grand President – 1954 to 1956 Consecration of Lodge Maccabee in Greenside, Johannesburg

1955

Wor Bro J C Lazarow becomes Principal of the Senate 1955 to 1957

1956

Wor Bro F Melnick becomes Grand President – 1956 to 1958 Consecration Lodge Shalom in Welkom, South Africa – 8 June 1956 Consecrated Cyrildene Lodge in Johannesburg, South Africa – 2 September 1956

1957

Wor Bro Ruby Myers becomes Principal of the Senate 1957 to 1959

1958

Wor Bro Jack Sesel becomes Grand President – 1958 to 1960

1959

Wor Bro P Rappaport becomes Principal of the Senate 1959 to 1961

1960

Wor Bro H Schewitz becomes Grand President – 1960 to 1962 Consecration of Hillel Lodge in Port Elizabeth – 26 March 1960

1961

Sir Harry Graumann Lodge celebrated its Golden Jubilee Sunday 26 November

1962

Wor Bro M H Mann becomes Grand President – 1962 to 1964 Sir Harry Graumann Lodge celebrated its Golden Jubilee – March 26 Sunday

1964

Wor Bro Henry Blank tenders his resignation as Grand Secretary on 2 March 1964 after 35 years of service. Wor Bro Sam Jacobsohn becomes Grand President – 1964 to 1966 Wor Bro Joe Nagel becomes Principal of the Senate 1964 to 1966

1965

Consecration of Rev Chaim Katz Lodge in East London, South Africa

1966

Wor Bro Harry Friedgut becomes Grand President – 1966 to 1968 Wor Bro M H Mann becomes Principal of the Senate – 1966 to 1968

1967

Consecration of Lodge Kadimah in Bramley, Johannesburg – 6 April 1967 Consecration of Lodge Sinai in Durban, South Africa – 29 October 1967

1968

Consecration of Lodge Kinneret in Cape Town, South Africa – 1 September 1968 Consecration Rev Chaim Katz Lodge in East London, South Africa – 25 November 1968 Consecration of Lodge Jerusalem in Johannesburg, South Africa – 24 March 1968 Wor Bro F Simon becomes Grand President – 1968 to 1970 Wor Bro J L Fisher becomes Principal of the Senate – 1968 to 1970

1969

Consecration of Lodge Masada, Pretoria, South Africa – 16 November 1969

1970

Wor Bro Jack Ritz becomes Grand President 1970 to 1972 Wor Bro G Lyons becomes Principal of the Senate 1970 to 1972

1972

Dr Herzl Lodge arranged a public meeting to honour Dr Simon Wiessenthal Consecration of Lodge Menorah in Port Elizabeth, South Africa – 6 June 1972 Wor Bro Stanley Distiller becomes Grand President 1972 to 1974 Wor Bro A Nochumowitz becomes Principal of the Senate 1972 to 1974

1973

Changed name from Cyrildene Lodge to Moshe Dayan Lodge – 14 June 1973 Consecration of Lodge Shofar in Johannesburg, South Africa – 2 September 1973

1974

Consecration of Lodge Negev in Sandton, South Africa – 17 February 1974 Consecration of Lodge Golan in Cape Town, South Africa – 31 March 1974 Consecration Lodge Ashkelon in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – 1 September 1974 The 70th Anniversary of the Dr Herzl Lodge held at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa Wor Bro Lester Abrams (Sir Harry Graumann Lodge) becomes Grand President – 1974 to 1975. He serves two more terms from 1984 to 1988 Wor Bro S C Ostrofsky becomes Principal of the Senate 1974 to 1976

1975

Wor Bro Michael Levy becomes Grand President – 1975 to 1977

1976

Consecration of Lodge Eilat, Edenvale, South Africa – 10 July 1976 Consecration of Lodge Haifa, Cape Town, South Africa Wor Bro G Metzger becomes Principal of the Senate 1976 to 1978

1977

Consecration of Lodge Netanya in Harare, Zimbabwe – 27 March 1977 Consecration of the Joseph Stone Lodge in Constantia, Cape Town – 3 September 1977 Wor Bro Bennie Asch becomes Grand President 1977 to 1979

1978

Consecration of Lodge Moledet in Ra’Anana, Israel Wor Bro J Blumenau becomes Principal of the Senate 1978 to 1980

1979

The 75th Anniversary of the Dr Herzl Lodge was held on the 26th May 1979 Wor Bro Astor Freedman (Lodge No 5 Pretoria) becomes Grand President

1980

Wor Bro H Gordon becomes Principal of the Senate 1980 to 1982

1982

Amalgamation of Lodge Masada and the Otto Warburg Lodge to form the Masada-Warburg Lodge No 5 – 10 November 1982 Wor Bro Charles Loeb, Lodge Jerusalem, becomes Grand President 1982 to 1984. He served a second term fro 1998 to 1999 Wor Bro Joe Cronson becomes Principal of the Senate 1982 to 1984

1983

Merger between Joseph Distiller Lodge and Lodge Maccabee to form the Distiller-Maccabee Lodge

1984

Wor Bro S Symon becomes Principal of the Senate 1984 to 1986

1986

Consecration of Lishkat Ir David in Jerusalem, Israel Wor Bro Bernard Shull, Lodge Shofar, becomes Grand President 1986 to 1988 Wor Bro B Abramowitz becomes Principal of the Senate 1986 to 1988

1987

Consecration of Lodge Hillel-Menorah in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1988

Consecration of Lishkat HaSharon in Netanya, Israel Consecration of Lodge Hatikvah in Johannesburg, South Africa Wor Bro Morrie Mindel becomes Grand President 1988 to 1990 Wor Bro R Neuhaus becomes Principal of the Senate 1988 to 1990

1989

Lodge Waratah Consecrated 19 March 1989 in Sydney, Australia

1990

Wor Bro Selwyn Fein, Lodge Negev, becomes Grand President 1992 to 1994 Wor Bro H Lochoff becomes Principal of the Senate 1990 to 1992

1991

Wor Bro Con Travis (Lodge Negev) becomes Grand President 1981 to 1982

1992

Consecration of Lodge Jaffa in Durban, South Africa Consecration of Syd Enfield Lodge in Sydney, Australia Consecration of Simon Wiessenthal Lodge in Sandton, South Africa Consecration of Lodge Ilan in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa – 9 May 1992 Wor Bro Bernard Joffe becomes Grand President 1992 to 1994 Wor Bro H Levin becomes Principal of the Senate 1992 to 1994

1993

8 August 1993 Consecration of Cyril Pearlman Lodge in Perth, Australia

1994

Wor Bro Markham Becker becomes Grand President 1994 to 1996 Wor Bro Charles Loeb becomes Principal of the Senate 1994 to 1996

1995

Consecration of London UK No 1, England, United Kingdom

1996

Wor Bro Julyan Amler (Lodge Jerusalem) becomes Grand President 1996 to 1998 Wor Bro David Godfrey becomes Principal of the Senate 1996 to 1998

1997

Consecration of London UK No 2, England, United Kingdom

1998

Wor Bro C Zaiden becomes Principal of the Senate 1998 to 2000

1999

Consecration of London UK No 3, England, United Kingdom Consecration of Lodge Carmel in Atlanta, USA on 30 May 1999. The fist Lodge to be Consecrated in the United States of America Wor Bro Rolf Neuhaus (Lodge Jerusalem) becomes Grand President 1999 to 2001

2000

Wor Bro E Mandelstam becomes Principal of the Senate 2000 to 2004

2002

Wor Bro J Celine becomes Principal of the Senate 2002 to 2004

2003

Wor Bro Marc Goldberg (Dr Herzl Lodge) becomes Grand President 2003 to 2005

2004

Consecration of London UK No 4, England, United Kingdom – 4 June 2004 Wor Bro G Stein becomes Principal of the Senate 2004 to 2006

2008

Wor Bro M Goldberg becomes Principal of the Senate 2008 to 2010

2009

Consecration Lodge Bezalel in Marietta Atlanta USA – 30 August 2009

2010

Consecration Lodge Tamir in Boca Raton in Florida USA – 18 April 2010

2011

22 May 2011 Consecration Lodge Ilan Ramon in Toronto in Canada

2012

Consecration Lodge Magen David in Atlanta – 19 August 2012

2014

Consecration Lodge Shimshon in Alpharetta Atlanta – 7 September 2014 Consecration Lodge Shimon Peres in Dallas, Texas – 2 November 2014

2015

Consecration Lodge Galil in Houston Texas – 8 November 2015

2016

31st of January 2016 Wor Bro Michael Margolis invested as Grand President

2018

Consecration of Lodge Edmond J Safra in San Diego, California, USA – 15 April 2018 18th of March 2018 Wor Bro Alan Rubenstein invested as Grand President

2020

8th March 2020 Wor Bro Avron Krasner invested as Grand President