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September 2002

ISSN 0814 - 8288

The Casual Bulletin now appears on the Archive website. Libraries already on the mailing list to receive the Casual Bulletin who have not received this edition are invited to email Marianne Dacy and the bulletin will be forwarded as an email attachment. Copies are mailed out to the Friends of the Archive.

PDF version of Bulletin 33.


The Archive wishes to acknowledge the donations of:

* Sophie Caplan for her valuable work in collecting ephemera and sending it regularly to the Archive. Over the years these contributions have formed the basis of the archive ephemera collection.

*Mark and Anne Cherniavsky for a copy of Felix Cherniavsky's: The Chernivasky Trio (Vancouver, Canada, 2001) sent at the request of the author. The story belongs to the first quarter of the twentieth century and details the lives of three gifted young brothers who played the violin, piano and cello. in concerts all around the world. In 1909 they thrilled concert audiences in Australia and New Zealand with their youthful enthusiasm and virtuosity. The author is the son of the youngest brother Mischel.

* The Jewish Folk Centre, Melbourne for Wanderers and Dreamers: Tales of the David Herman Theatre, by Arnold Zable. The author is a writer, educator and story teller. His novel Jewels and Ashes, published in 1991 won five Australian literary awards. This present book is the story of Yiddish theatre in Melbourne and focusses on the David Herman Theatre and its antecedents whose cultural roots can be traced back to the very beginnings of Yiddish theatre in eastern Europe.

* Ilana Cohen for further ephemera to add to the collection.

* Frayda Cooper for all extant copies of the B'nai B'rith Homes newsletter

* Ella Krug for a folder of material concerning her late uncle Kurt Kauffman and photos and information on other family members who migrated to Australia in the nineteenth century.

* Ruth Marksfor additional genealogical material on the Michaelis family which includes a book on Henry Cohen (1790-1867).

* Dr Rod Parker for two CD roms of images and material he has prepared on his ancestry with links up with the Michaelis and Parker families. Like Ruth Marks, he is related to the maternal side of Nancy Keesing's Michaelis family. Nancy Keesing previously donated two large nineteenth century photo albums. Dr Parker is continually updating this material.

* Norman Rothfield for a ninety-one page listing of the papers he has deposited in the Archives Special Collections and Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne.

Percy Marks

The article by Yehuda Feher on Percy Marks has been published as a major feature article in the latest edition of the Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society. A summary of the article is now featured on the archive webpage in the short histories section. http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/judaica/histories/Marks.html

Archive Publications

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.

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

The Union list of Australian Jewish Periodicals, may be downloaded from the archive webpage as a zip file. It has been decided to defer publication in hard copy because of costs.

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 or museum curators and researchers preparing exhibitions.

Louis Kahan

Louis Kahan whose stained glass windows of the seven days of of creation from the Kew Hebrew Congregation have featured in previous bulletins, died in July 2002 at the age of 97. He also designed a set of stained glass windows for the Great Synagogue which were dedicated in June 1988.

After escaping the pogroms of Russia, Kahan's parents settled in Vienna, where his father established a tailoring business. After War Service in the French Foreign Legion Kahan joined his family in Perth, and later moved to Melbourne. He began his professional career as an artist at the age of 49, and has been represented in more than sixty galleries and public institutionsworld wide. Awards included the Archbald Prize in 1962 for his portrait of Patrick White.

The image featured in this bulletin is the Tower of Babel, another of the Genesis windows Kahan designed for the Kew Hebrew Congregation.

A Celebration

On a personal note, the Archive of Australian Judaica and all its readers wish Professor Alan Crown a wonderful birthday on September 28th when he attains the perfect biblical age of three score and ten.

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, both financially and in the supplying of records and information. Kahan window




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)

Project Directors: John Shipp, University Librarian.

Alan Crown, Emeritus Prof. in Semitic Studies.

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