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June 2004

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 36.


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. Valuable archival material is also donated.

* Ilana Cohen who has donated some more ephemera and papers on the Yeshiva school.

* 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. Dr Parker continues to send updates on the history of the Michaelis family on C/D- Rom.

Festschrift for Professor Alan David Crown

This is well under way and will be published in the near future. The book is well over 400 pages and includes authors such as Emanuel Tov and Serge Liberman. Topics covered include Samaritan studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Australiana, and Jewish thought and literature. It will be published by the Mandelbaum Press and is being edited by Marianne Dacy and Jennifer Dowling from the University of Sydney. Copies will be available from the Mandelbaum Trust.

Washington Holocaust Museum

We have begun to microfilm the whole of the Max Joseph Collection for the Washington Museum collection and hope to make copies of our Twelfth Hour tapes. Rosie Bloch from the State Library of New South Wales where the originals of the tapes are housed, expects to have solved the copyright problems in the near future. The Archive holds copies of the tapes and also short transcripts.

Board of Deputies Archives

The archivist has begun work in relocating and organising the archives of the last twenty-five years of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and bringing them to the Archive of Australian Judaica. A selection of the Board's collection of Australian Jewish magazines, eight archive boxes in all, has already been accessioned.

Educating Jewish Organisations

The preserving of records in the Australian Jewish community is still a problem. In this last month, yet another major Jewish organisation has relocated, and dumped its records because of space problems. Fortunately, the archivist was able to rescue a large number of photos and newspaper files, and a few books that were already in the bins awaiting disposal. Other material was not saved and may have included valuable records. Record destruction has continued unabated over the last few decades. Community support or interest in the archives kept by Australian Jewish Historical Society and the Archive of Australian Judaica is not always in evidence. The former has been in existence since 1939 and the latter since July 4th 1982, but the destruction of records has continued. There is an urgent need for an educational campaign and consiousness raising in the community about the importance of preserving and adequately housing archives. Much of the prime source material for the history of the Australian Jewish community is lost when archives are not regarded as a valuable resource.

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. TempleBethIsrael

This stained glass window was created for Temple Beth Israel as one of a series on the Jewish feasts of New Year, Yom Kippour, Succoth, Simhat Torah, Passover, Shavuot, and Hannukah. The images from the Exodus from Egypt and creation feature prominently, as well as water and fish symbols. Jonah and the whale is portrayed in luminous colours and verses in Hebrew from the torah as captions. Rabbi Fred Morgan is in the process of publishing a booklet on the windows. These were completed very recently.

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. TempleBethIsrael


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