November 2010

ISSN 0814 - 8288

November 2010

The Casual Bulletin now appears on the Archive website as an electronic journal. It is published once or twice a year. It is now twenty-seven years since the Archive of Australian judaica was founded on July 4, 1983.

Why an archive? The Archive was established to halt the deterioration and destruction of records that traced the growth of the Australian Jewish community and to centralise these records in a research repository that would be accessible to researchers. In the course of the years, the Archive has come to house the records including those of some key Australian Jewish organisations including the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies and the Australian Zionist Federation, the records of some 80 individuals who have contributed to Australian Jewish life and the life of the nation. Notable among these are papers and photographs from the acclaimed Australian author Nancy Keesing, the Holocaust survivor Max Joseph and Ruby Rich-Schalit.

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The Archive wishes to thank:

* Sophie Caplan who continues to gather ephemera for the files.

Ilana Cohen for ephemera, some journals and minutes including material on Academy BJE, the Great Synagogue, Judean Scouts, Woman Power and thhe Yeshivah.

* Peter Keeda for a CD of the minutes of the Bridge Street Synagogue, September 1837-December 1845.

* Ruth Latukefu for a folder of papers on WIZO and other Jewish activities from her mother Lotte Fink.

* the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation for a copy of the CD "the Shabbat SErvice in Song" featruing RAbbi Dovid Rubinfeld.

* Paddy Pearl for two letters from Albert Karoly dated 1985 concerning alist of those on the Dunera voyage.

* Gregory Sachs for paying to have the Yiddish manuscripts of his great uncle, Lazarus Sachs copied on to a CD Rom.

* Jeannette Tsoulos for copies of the earliest bulletins of the National Council of Jewish Women, The Council Bulletin(v.1 no 1 (September 1926) - v. 14 no 12 (July 1940).

* Maroubra Synagogue for the booklet Maroubra Synabobue History.

Jewish Folk Centre Yiddish Library

The Archive of Australian Judaica in Fisher Library continues to be the temporary home to the collection of three thousand Yiddish books formerly under the aegis of The Jewish Folk Centre in Sydney.

Journal Bibliography

The Union list of periodical publications was last published in hard copy in 1986 and then incorporated in the first edition of the Bibliography of Australian Judaica. For several years it has been available 'online' on the website. However, a printed version is in preparation to be published by Mandelbaum Press. The archivist is being assisted by Dr Jennifer Dowling.

Zionist Listing

The archivist has compiled a comprehensive listing of early zionist material for a projected publication. While in Israel recently she checked material in the Central Zionist Archives and visited Hadassah Assouline of the Central Archives of Jewish People at the Hebrew University.

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). The online catalogue on the web is kept up to date. Users include students of higher degrees from overseas universities, as well as local students, 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.

Some Sad News

The news of Dr Jennifer Alison's death on 29th July has saddened us all. Though she retired from the library early in 1990, she continued to keep in contact with me in the Archive of Australian Judaica she helped found in 1983. She was one of the original three project directors together with Dr Neil Radford (University Librarian), and Professor Alan Crown. Just recently Professor Alan Crown took ill and was still in intensive care at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. He died on November 2nd. He will be greatly missed.

The image shows the Great Synagogue, Sydney.


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

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)