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April 2001

ISSN 0814 - 8288

The Archive of Australian Judaica is now in its nineteenth year, continuing to function as a special collection within the Rare Books Library of the University of Sydney Library. Requests for information continue to arrive from researchers from other Australian universities, and via email from many locations in Australia and overseas. These include requests for archive publications or copies of material housed in the archive.


The Archive wishes to acknowledge the donations of: * Mrs Sophie Caplan for her valuable work of collecting ephemera and sending it regularly to the Archive. She also gave the archivist a certificate from the Jewish National Fund to say that ten trees have been planted in Israel to honour the work being done in the Archive. * Mrs Ilana Cohen for additional ephemera. * A donor who wishes to remain anonymous who has donated $250 (US) to purchase a scanner which has been used to prepare this bulletin.

Hirsch Munz Collection

This is a particularly interesting and varied collection which has now been catalogued and includes records in Yiddish and the first Jewish cultural conference in Australia, the development of the Australian sheep industry and wartime service in Indonesia in army intelligence in 1945. The originator of the collection also had developed an interest in Australian Jewish history, literature and Jewish culture and combined these interests with his expertise in the wool trade.

There are still two copies of Wolf Matsdorf's: No Time to Grow: The Story of the Gros Breeseners in Australia vipp &, 144pp. (AU$22.00 - includes GST) + postage-AU$2.00 (Australia)-AU$5.00 (overseas). Now sold out.

Biography of Percy Marks

Mr Yehuda Feher has been collecting material on the Jewish intellectual, Percy Marks, for several years, with the idea of writing a biography. The archivist has begun to work with him on this project.

Mi Adir and Sheva B'rochot and Phantasia Judaica (by Boaz Bischofswerder), which was initially composed on the Dunera may be purchased from the Archivist for AU$22 (includes GST) each plus postage (AU$5 local, AU$10 overseas).

Copies of Monograph No 9: Early Australian Zionism: An Annotated Index of Records in the Central Zionist Archives Jerusalem. 50pp are available from the Archivist for AU$10.00 (includes GST) + $1.00 postage (AU$3.00 overseas).

Part 2 has now been printed (Monograph No 12). 67pp. Copies are available for the same price from the Archivist. In addition, copies of the catalogue will continue to be updated on the internet, as well as some copies printed on request. A print -out of Monograph no 13, an update of the catalogue will be available later in 2001 for AU$5.

Available from

Mandelbaum Publishing

There are several publications of the Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica series. These include:

Paul Stenhouse. Kitab al Tarikh of Abu'l Fath: The Chronicle of Abu'l Fath. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 1. 1985. 400 pp (approx). Stenhouse has translated the whole of this most important of the Samaritan chronicles into English for the first time. Although out of print, microfiche copies are available of the doctoral thesis on which the book is based. Fiche price AU$110.00. Postage AU$5.00.

Bruce Hall. Samaritan Religion from John Hyrcanus to Baba Rabbah. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica no 3. 1987. 300pp (approx). This work is a study of the evidence for Samaritan religious practices and beliefs from the time that the Samaritan Temple on Mt Gerizim was destroyed to the period of the great Samaritan reformer and leader Baba Rabbah. AU$37.50. Postage AU$5.00.

Serge Liberman.A Select Bibliography of Australian Judaica (2nd edn) 1991, Laura Gallou (ed). 257pp. This updated edition of the Bibliography of the contribution of Australian Jewry to literature and scholarship forms the definitive guide to literary and social concerns of the Australian Jewish community in its first two centuries. Price AU $65.50. Postage AU$5.00.

Alan D. Crown and Lucy A. Davey (eds). New Samaritan Studies III & IV: Essays in Honour of G. D. Sixdenier1995. Studies in Judaica No. 5. 618pp. (approx). The collection extends the range of studies on the Samaritans and should be an essential purchase for any library with holdings on Samaritan Studies. Price AU$75.00 (paperback only available). Postage AU $10.00 and AU$20.00 (overseas).

Copies of Glenn Gordon's, Guardians of Zion: the Shomrim in Australia 1939-1944 Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No 6. 224pp. and Eliyahu Honig's Zionism in Australia 1920-1939: the Formative Years Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No 7. 1997. 116pp. Gordon's work is the definitive account of the Shomrin youth movement which set the tone for Australian Jewry's involvement in supporting the creation of the Jewish State of Israel. The second work by Eliyahu Honig draws on archival resources in Jerusalem and traces the history of Australian Zionism through the period when the Zionist Federation of Australian and New Zealand was established to its role at the beginning of World War II.

The last two items are priced at AU$40 each. Postage AU $5.00 or AU $12.00 (overseas).

Alan D. Crown. A Bibliography of the Samaritans: Supplement to the Bibliography of the Samaritans (2nd edn) published by Scarecrow Press, 1994. 19pp. (approx). Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 8. 1996. Cost AU$10.00 (paperback only available). Postage AU$2.00 and AU $5.00 (overseas).

Israel Kipen's: Ahad Ha-am: The Zionism of the Future. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica no 9. 1997. 187pp. This work deals in depth with the philosophical underpinnings of Zionism as an interpretation of Jewish history and as a political ideology. Cost AU$20.00. Postage AU$5.00- overseas AU$12.00.

Archive Publications in Progress

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A version of the Union list of Australian Jewish Periodicals may be downloaded from the archive webpage as a zip file. This second edition of the journal bibliography contains over four hundred annotated titles and details as to where they may be found. It is hoped that the bibliography will be published in hard copy in the second half of 2001. It has been a difficult project because of problems with formatting, and some editing is still needed. Individuals or libraries interested in a print-out of the latest interim text should apply to the archivist. The Archive continues to attract a wide variety of users who include students from overseas universities, as well as local users who include authors, writers and researchers preparing exhibitions or museum curators. The Archive wishes to thank the University of Sydney Library for technical support of the Archive, as well as the Mandelbaum Trust for its financial support and the Friends of the Archive for their ongoing support of the Archive's projects.

A Request

Those wishing to receive the bulletin in electronic form are asked to supply email addresses. The bulletin is issued once or twice yearly. Back copies will be supplied on request.

PESACH SAMEAH for 5761 (Passover greetings)


Marianne Dacy
Archive of Australian Judaica, C/o Rare Books & Special Collections,
Fisher Library,
University of Sydney, NSW Australia 2006.
Fax 61 2 9351 2890  
Tel 61 2 9351 4162 (Mon-Wed) and Rare Books 61 2 9351 2992 (Thurs-Frid)
http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/judaica Project Directors: John Shipp, University Librarian. Alan Crown, Emeritus Prof. in Semitic Studies.