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Letters from Jewish Australia - Education

1. Mandelbaum House - A Second Jewish Residential College in Sydney

2. Australian Association for Jewish Studies 9th Annual Conference - Melbourne

3. The Archive of Australian Judaica

Mandelbaum House - A Second Jewish Residential College in Sydney

It is expected that a second Jewish residential college will be opened in Sydney by the end of 1995. Mandelbaum House, currently under construction in Abercrombie Street, Darlington, is on the campus of the University of Sydney. It will comprise accommodation for 39 people with kosher dining room, seminar and recreational rooms, and a library and resource centre.

The running of the college is in the hands of a company, Mandelbaum House Ltd., on which are represented the University of Sydney, the Jewish community, University of Sydney Jewish students, and the trustees of the late Rachel Lipton.

Rachel Lipton, who graduated from the University of Sydney in 1915, bequeathed most of her estate for the purpose of erecting a college named after her parents, Zallel and Freda Mandelbaum. The purpose of the college, as stated in her will, is to provide "a focal point for Jewish learning and for the study of the vast riches of Jewish thought throughout the ages to the present day".

After Mrs Lipton died in 1978, the trustees of her estate began building up the financial resources to enable the construction of Mandelbaum House. The original trustees included her husband, Harry Lipton, who, when he died in 1986, bequeathed part of his own estate to assist the project.

In planning the facilities and programs of Mandelbaum House, the trustees have been in regular contact and consultation with major centres of Jewish scholarship, in particular the Oxford Centre, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and the Israeli universities. Various academics and research workers in the field of Judaic studies have already expressed an interest in spending time at Mandelbaum House as scholars-in-residence.

Professor Alan Crown, head of the Department of Semitic Studies at the University of Sydney, and Rabbi Raymond Apple, senior rabbi of the Great Synagogue, will be the inaugural honorary principals.

*Applications are invited before June 1st, 1995 for the full-time position of deputy principal/administrator to manage the day-to-day affairs of the college and look after the welfare of the residents Salary package (including residence) will be by negotiation.

Like Shalom College, on the campus of The University of New South Wales, which was founded in 1973, Mandelbaum House is open to scholars-in-residence and undergraduate and graduate students of any faith. So, although there is full occupancy of Shalom College, not all places are taken by Jews. Unlike in the U.S.A., Australian students generally remain at home and go to local universities rather than exploring their options in other places.

However the increased vibrancy of Jewish life and scholarship in Sydney and wide success of the Jewish Day School movement in Australia plus the growth of Jewish communities away from the Australian capital cities are good omens for future Jewish enrolment. More overseas students may also be tempted to study here as Jewish Australia becomes better known through the global, Jewish computer network.

The trustees believe that the new college will be an asset to the academic community, and will foster the study of Judaic civilisation, which is one of the great streams of human culture.

* Application and enquiries should be directed to:

The Chairman of Council,
Mandelbaum House Ltd,
166 Castlereagh Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
Fax: 61 2 264 8871

Australian Association for Jewish Studies 9th Annual Conference - Melbourne 9-11 July 1995

The 9th Annual Conference of the AAJS to be held at the KimberleyGardens Conference Centre in Melbourne will cover topics such asZionism and Israel, Antisemitism and Philosemitism, Jewish Education, The Jewish Press, The Holocaust, Jewish Museums and Educational Resources, Australian Jewish Life, Jewish History, Jewish Film, Jewish Literature in German, Hebrew and English - and for the first time in Australia - Jewish Studies and the Internet.

Professor Hans Mommsen (Ruhr-Universitat, Bochum) will lead the first day's exposition of Holocaust related papers with "The Impelementation of the Final Solution in the Context of Heinrich Himmler's Resettlement Policy in Eastern Europe". That evening, as an adjunct to the conference, Professor Konrad Kwiet of Macquarie University, formerly the Official Consultant Historian to the Polykhovich war crime trials, the AAJS in conjunction with the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre, will be offering a public screening and commentary of the official videodocumentary on the recent exhumation of the grave site at Serniki (Ukraine) by Australian forensic examiners.

On Day 2, in addition to the many Australian presenters and wide variety of topics, overseas scholars Professor John Efron (Indiana University) and Christine Winter (University of Hamburg) will be speaking respectively on Haskalah and Healing: Jewish Medicine in the Age of Englightenment and "The Compound Leaders were very helpful": Australian Authorities and Nazi Organisations in Internment Camps During World War Two. Both afternoon sessions will move on to the present and into the future with "Jewish Life, Thought and Culture on the Internet" scheduled just before Afternoon Tea.

Day 3 covers a broad range of political perspectives finishing with Professor Livia Kathe Wittmann (University of Canterbury) and Dvir Abramovich (Melbourne) addressing Jewish/female identity and literary representation.

With over thirty presenters, the conference is an opportunity to flesh out one's knowledge of Australian/Jewish scholarship. It is also an opportunity for me to promote the use of the internet for sharing knowledge and maintaining important professional contacts.

The importance of Jewish Studies to the community cannot be underestimated and JOIN provides an opportunity for increased access to such scholarship in a medium increasingly attractive to the young.

Some of you may recall Letters from Jewish Australia - No.2 June,1993 titled "The Jewish Modem" which noted that, in attempting to look at the future and Jewish Continuity, the establishment totally ignored the likely impact of new communications technology and the opportunities it presents to Australian and World Jewry. Two years later, The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is inviting submissions on the means of preventing and dealing with assimilation (deadline July 21, 1995). JOIN will be making a submission and welcomes help from anyone interested in its preparation.

While in Melbourne I hope to meet many JOINers, almost all of whom I have only met in cyberspace. I am arriving there on Thursday 6th July and staying an extra day after the conference for just this reason.

Please email me if you are attending the conference or think that there is a chance for us to say hello in Melbourne. I will take my pager - 016 286 238 - for easy contact and will also have a laptop with me.

If you would like more conference details - sorry folks - they only use faxes!!!! - contact The Conference Convenor, Dr Paul R Bartrop, 03 9882 0259

If you would like a copy of "The Jewish Modem" simply email with modem in the subject line

The Archive of Australian Judaica

The Archive of Australian Judaica was established at Sydney University in July 1983 to provide a central repository of material for research on the Australian Jewish community, and to arrest the deterioration of records that did not have proper storage.

At this time Marianne Dacy took up her appointment as archivist, librarian and research assistant. It is operated from within the Rare Books Library. The present Project directors are Prof Alan Crown, of the Semitic Studies Department and Dr Neil Radford, the University of Sydney Librarian.

In the ten years since its establishment the Archive now houses the records of over 50 individuals, papers of some thirty or so Australian Jewish organisations and synagogues, and receives journals and annual reports from Jewish organisations and communities from round Australia.

A major focus is the microfilming of Australian Jewish newspapers, and bibliography. The Archive has also begun to locate Australian material overseas. In 1993, an index of early Australian material in the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem was compiled, and is available from the Archive for $5 + postage ($2), as well as Woolf Matsdorf's" No Time to Grow: the story of the Gros-Breeseners in Australia ($20 + $2.00 postage).

The Archive provides assistance to researchers from Sydney, interstate and overseas - theses writers, authors, film makers and the like.

If you would like any further information please contact: Marianne Dacy phone: 02 692 4162 fax: 02 692 2890 internet:

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