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APRIL 2005

April 2005

ISSN 0814 - 8288

The Casual Bulletin now a ppears 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 37


The Archive wishes to acknowledge the work of:

* Sophie Caplan who has continued 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 has donated some more ephemera and papers on the Yeshiva pre school.

* Professor Henry Cowan for a box of his personal papers.

* Rabbi John Levi for a box of photocopies of original archival material from files on early Australian Jewish convicts.

* Dr Rod Parker who continues to donate additional CD-Roms of images and material he has prepared on his ancestry which links up the Michaelis and Parker families.

* Mrs Reike Nash and the Australian Genealogical society for three CD roms of the Kosher Koala, vols 1-19 (1993-2003), plus resources in the libraries and archive of the Australian jewish Genealogical Society and Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney 1837-1906.

Festschrift for Professor Alan David Crown

The Festschrift was launched on April 11th at Mandelbaum House. Entitled: Feasts and Fasts. A Festschrift in Honour of Alan David Crown , the book is some 376 pages long and includes the work of twenty scholars including international figures such as Professors Emanuel Tov, Reinhardt Pummer and Ferdinand Dexinger, and Professor(s) David Patterson from the Universities of Memphis and Oxford respectively. Australian scholars whose work is featured include Dr Paul Stenhouse, Prof Suzanne Rutland, and Dr Ian Young (the latter two from Sydney University's Department of Hebrew, Jewish and Biblical Studies). Dr June Ashton has done pioneering work on scribal practices and Rabbi Raymond Apple wrote on the Reverend Davis, a ninteenth century minister at Sydney 's Great Synagogue. Other Australian scholars whose work is featured include Dr Antoinette Collins, Dr Orna Lankry and Dr Tom Kramer. Dr Ilana Beer, who lectured in the Semitic Studies Department at Sydney University for seven years and has now returned to Israel has written on the rights of Jewish women in the talmudic era. The broad ranging topics include: Samaritan Studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, censorship in the Talmud, Australian Jewry, Kabbalah, Hungarian Jewry, two articles on the Book of Exodus, Yiddish literature, and varied aspects of Jewish thought and literature. There is something for everyone. As many of the contributors are former students of Alan Crown, it is also a testimony to his scholarship on a large range of issues. The book, attractively presented, with a Samaritan manuscript featured on the cover has been published by the Mandelbaum Press (Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No 11), and edited by Marianne Dacy, Jennifer Dowling and Suzanne Faigan. Copies are available now from the Mandelbaum Trust for $A22.95 (plus $5 postage within Australia and $12.00 overseas). You are encouraged to apply for review copies, as this is a book worth having on the world market.

Washington Holocaust Museum

We have filmed the Max Joseph Collection for the Washington Holocuast Museum and intend to make copies of the Twelfth Hour tapes available to them. The originals are housed in the State Library of New South Wales with copies in the Archive of Australian Judaica as well as short transcripts. In early August, the archivist hopes to visit the Washington Holocaust Museum.

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. The online catalogue on the web is kept 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

The third edition of Periodical Publications from the Australian Jewish Community which was first published in 1986 and incorporated in the 1987 edition of the Bibliography of Australian Judaica has been posted on the Archive webpage. The second edition (2002) is uploaded as a zip file.

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.

Towards the end of the year the Archive is being relocated to another section of the Fisher Library on Floor 7, where it will have more space. Building will start in the near future. Newcastlewindow

The stained glass window pictured here is from the Newcastle Hebrew Congregation.

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.

We wish our Jewish readers a PESACH SAMEAH for the feast of Passover.


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.