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November 2005

ISSN 0814 - 8288

The Casual Bulletin now appears on the Archive website as an electronic journal. Printed copies are mailed out on request. It is published once or twice a year.

PDF version of Bulletin 38


The Archive wishes to acknowledge the work of:

* Sophie Caplan who continues to donate broadsheets, ephemera, journals and newspaper clippings and papers. 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.

* Haim Oppermann who has donated eight large boxes of archives from the SBS Jewish Radio Hour(Hebrew and Yiddish) and Sydney University Jewish education files.

* 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.

Festschrift for Professor Alan David Crown

The Festschrift, entitled: Feasts and Fasts. A Festschrift in Honour of Alan David Crown was launched at Mandelbaum House earlier in the year. 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 a review copy, as this is a worthwhile publication that embraces the fields of biblical, Samaritan studies, Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish history.

Washington Holocaust Museum

We have filmed the Max Joseph Collection for the Washington Holocaust Museum and are copying the Twelfth Hour tapes. The tape transcripts have been copied on to a DVD. In early August the archivist visited the impressive collections of the Washington Holocaust Museum near Smithsonia Square.

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:

Mandelbaum Publishing

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. Access is with an Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Archive continues to attract a wide variety of users who include museum curators, students of higher degrees from overseas universities, as well as local users who include authors, film makers, journalists, writers and researchers preparing exhibitions.

In about May 2006, according to the the latest estimate, the Archive is being relocated to another section of the Fisher Library on Floor 5, where it will have more space. Work will start in the near future on the new law library.

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 help with the Archive's projects, financially and in the supplying of records and information.

In late November the archivist will be taking three months long service leave to be in Israel, and will be replaced by Ilana Cohen.


The window depicted is another from the recently installed series of windows on the feasts at Temple Beth Israel. This window depicts the Feast of Sukkot.


Dr 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, Jewish and Biblical Studies.