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September 2007

ISSN 0814 - 8288

September 2007

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 42


The Archive wishes to thank:

* John Burgan for the DVD of his 90 minutes documentary Friendly Enemy Alien which relates the story of the Jewish refuges on the Dunera and also that of the MS Tampa disaster. John Burgan made the file to illustrate that while refugees are often seen as a burden, they contribute greatly to the countries in which they settle. The film featured some "Dunera" items held in the Archive and won the prize for the "Best Documentary" in Berlin in May 2006.

* Sophie Caplan who continues to donate journals, broadsheets, and papers on a regular basis. These contributions have formed the basis of the archive ephemera collection,

which is now substantial.

* Yehuda Feher for ephemera, and journals, and pieces from the past from his private collection. There are now 11 archive boxes of his collection in the Archive.

* Phyllis Mattson for her poignant memoirs in her book War Orphan in San Francisco: Letters Link a Family Scaattered by World War 11. Her father was sent to Australia on the "Dunera".

* Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of The Great Synagogue, Sydney for a new DVD on the Great Synagogue.

Judaica Archivist Receives Major Interfaith Award

In July, the archivist Marianne Dacy was awarded the 2007 International Council of Christians and Jews Sir Sigmund Sternberg Award for "sustained intellectual contribution in the furtherance of interreligious understanding, particularly, but not exclusively in the field of Jewish-christian relations". The award citation singled out her directorship of the specialist Judaica Library at "Ratisbonne", Jerusalem and her long term position as archivist and librarian of the Archive of Australian Judaica at the University of Sydney Library. It also mentioned among her many publications Periodical Publications from the Australian Jewish Community (the updated version can be downloaded from this website. See :Periodical Publications and that she acts as honorary Secretary to both the New South Wales Council of Christians and Jews and the Australian Council, and Honorary Treasurer of the Ausralian Association of Jewish Studies. Her contribution in helping to bring about the first ICCJ conference in Australia (under the leadership of the ACCJ President Henry Mendelson) was also cited.

Festschrift for Professor Alan David Crown

The Festschrift is available from the Mandelbaum Trust for $AU22.95 (plus $5 postage within Australia and $AU15.00 overseas).This is a worthwhile publication covering biblical topics, the Samaritans, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish studies and Australian Jewish history, with contributions from scholars all round the world.

Archive Publications

The sheet music of Mi Adir, 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. It is based on an analysis of all the important MSS and accompanied by copious notes on the Arabic original. 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$10.00/AU$20.00 (overseas)

<Bruce Hall. Samaritan Religion from John Hyrcanus to Baba Rabbah. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica no 3. 1987. 300pp (approx). ISBN 0 949269 06 9. This work studies 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, whom the author believes lived in the 3rd century AD. The text makes use of the Greek and Latin fathers, examines the Rabbinic and archaeological sources and gives a general view of Samaritan religious beliefs in the period. AU$37.50. Postage AU$5.00/AU $15.00 (overseas).

Serge Liberman. A Select Bibliography of Australian Judaica (2nd edn) 1991, Laura Gallou (ed). 257pp.ISBN 0 86758 3797. This second 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/AU$15.00 (overseas). Serge Liberman is currently working on a third online edition, in a project with Jewish Australia On Line and has made considerable progress.

Alan D. Crown and Lucy A. Davey (eds). New Samaritan Studies III & IV: Essays in Honour of G. D. Sixdenier 1995. Studies in Judaica No. 5. 618pp. ISBN 0 86758 980 9; 0 86758 981 7. 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). Postage AU$15.00 and AU$30.00 (overseas).

Copies of Glenn Gordon's, Guardians of Zion: the Shomrim in Australia 1939-1944. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 6. 224pp. ISBN 0 646 30043 1. ISSN 0 646 25412 X. 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$15.00 (overseas).

Alan D. Crown. A Bibliography of the Samaritans: Supplement to the Bibliography of the Samaritans (2nd edn) published by Scarecrow Press, 1994. 19pp. ISBN 186451 033 1. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 8. 1996. Cost AU$10.00 (paperback only). Postage AU$5.00 and AU$10.00 (overseas).

Israel Kipen's: Ahad Ha-am: The Zionism of the Future. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 9. 1997. 187pp. ISBN 1 86451 350 0. 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$15.00.

V. Morabito, A. Crown, L. Davey (eds). Samaritan Researches, Vol. 5, 2000. 438pp. ISBN 0 646 40044 4, Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 10. Twenty contributions from world renowned specialists from the last meeting of the Societe d'Etudes Samaritaines in Milan (1996) and of the ICANAS in Budapest (1997). AU$35.00 (paperback). Includes analysis of the bibical texts from the Samaritan perspective, legal and doctrinal elements, liturgy, philology, archaeology. AU$35.00 (paperback). Postage AU$10.00/AU$20.00 (overseas).

M. Dacy, J. Dowling, S. Faigan eds, Feasts and Fasts- A Festschrift in Honour of Alan David Crown, 2005. 376 pp. ISBN 0 646 44422 0. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 11. AU $22.95 (paperback only). Postage AU$5.00/AU$15.00 (overseas).

Anafim: Proceedings of the Australasian Jewish Studies Forum. Held at Mandelbaum House, University of Sydney, 8-9 February 2005. Compiled by Suzanne Faigan. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No 12, 2006, 205pp. ISBN 97806469591/0 646 46959 2 (paperback). Cost $22.95 (paperback only). Postage AU$5.00 and AU$15.00 overseas.


June Ashton. Scribal Habits in the Ancient Near East, 2008. ISBN 978 0 9894722 0 2. Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 13. (Note: now published and available since August 2008)

The Archive continues to attract a wide variety of users including 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.

We wish 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 financial help with the Archive's projects, and in the supplying of records and information.

Shana tova 5768

The image shows the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation Synagogue in 1987 when it was in Arundel Place, before the move to Glenside.


Dr Marianne Dacy

Archive of Australian Judaica,

C/o Rare Books & Special Collections,

Fisher Library, University of Sydney

Fax 61 2 9351 7765

Tel 61 2 9351 4162 mdacy@library.usyd.edu.au

Project Directors: John Shipp, University Librarian.

Alan Crown, Emeritus Professor in Hebrew, Jewish and Biblical Studies and Assoc/Prof Suzanne Rutland. (Hebrew, Jewish and Biblical Studies)