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June 2003

ISSN 0814 - 8288

The Casual Bulletin now appears on the Archive website as an electronic journal. Printed copies are mailed out to the Friends of the Archive or on request.

PDF version of Bulletin 35.

Mrs Hemda Patkin died on Friday 29th August 2003, at the age of 96 after a long illness. The archivist had been in constant contact with her. The Ben- Zion papers are housed in the Archive and are a valuable resource for early Australian zionism.


The Archive wishes to acknowledge the work of:

* Sophie Caplan who continues to donate broadsheets, ephemera, journals and newspaper clippings.These contributions have formed the basis of the archive ephemera collection and have grown into a substantial resource.

* Ilana Cohen who is helping in the Archive on an average of once a week in term time and has donated some ephemera.

* Tony Marks donated a reprint of Moritz Michaelis' book Story of My life , as well as a C/D-Rom, after the one hundred and fiftieth celebrations of the descendants of the Michaelis family in August in Melbourne.

* Dr Rod Parker who has donated additional C/D-Roms of images and material he has prepared on his ancestry which links up the Michaelis and Parker families.

Festschrift for Professor Alan David Crown

This is well under way and will be published in the New Year by the Mandelbaum Trust.

Washington Holocaust Museum

In July two members of the Washington Holocaust Museum visited the Archive and organised the microfilming of some of the archive collection. Much of the material in the Archive of Australian Judaica has been donated by Holocaust survivors or their families. they have requested microfilm copies of the records of Dr Max Joseph and would like copies of our Twelfth Hour tapes, recorded between 1988 and 1990. However, there are some problems as to copyright of the tapes to resolve first.

Archive Publications

The sheet music of 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 12: Early Australian Zionism: An Annotated Index of Records in the Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem. Part 2. 50pp are available from the Archivist for AU$10.00 (includes GST) + $1.00 postage (AU$3.00 overseas). In addition, copies of the catalogue will continue to be updated on the internet, as well as some copies printed on request. Monograph no 13 , an update of the catalogue to 2003 has been printed and will be supplied on request price as above). The online catalogue on the web is up to date.

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. A second edition is in preparation. 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

It has been decided to defer publication in hard copy of the Union List of Australian Jewish Periodicals, which was last published in 1986 and incorporated in the 1987 edition of the Bibliography of Australian Judaica. Future plans include installing it on the webpage as pdf files.

We have just recovered the original 1990 disc of the Bibliography of Australian Judaica 2nd Edition, so in 2004, when we update the Archive computer and sofware, we hope put this "on line" as well. Dr Serge Liberman is interested in helping us update the material, as it was last published in 1991. Copies of the 1991 edition are available.

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. Kahan window

The beautiful stained glass window pictured here of Jerusalem was created for the Adelaide Progressive Synagogue, Beth Shalom. It was smashed in an antisemitic act of vandalism in the eighties, but was repaired by the woman artist.

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.

The Archive is closed in January, and the Rare Books Library will be closed (exceptionally) for maintenance between January 13th and March 1st, 2004.


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 Professor in Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies