Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria)

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Just on 100 years ago the foundation stone was laid for a synagogue at Broken Hill in far western New South Wales -- assuredly the most remote and distant synagogue in the entire Jewish Diaspora.

This is the lovingly prepared account of the history of this Synagogue, and of the Broken Hill Jewish community, from the laying of the foundation stone in November 1910 to the centenary in November 2010. As the spiritual home of the Hebrew Congregation on Wolfram Street, it passed through four epochs, documented in stories, documents, photographs and sketches.

The Jewish community of Broken Hill was never large but the very existence of an organized community strikes deep resonances within the Australian Jewish community, such that over 200 attended the centenary celebrations. Co-author Suzanne Rutland relates the history of the Broken Hill congregation to the history of other synagogues established in rural Australia, of which, ironically, Broken Hill was the last to be established.

This amazing book which was released at the Broken Hill Synagogue Centenary Celebrations completely sold out in the initial print run. In view of the demand, further copies have been printed. These copies are available for $20 plus postage. Contact our Secretary, Liz James by Email to lizronjamesAThotmail.com making the usual substitution for AT. Note that postage within Australia is $6.50.

Jews of the Outback: The Centenary of the Broken Hill Synagogue 1910–2010 Suzanne D. Rutland, Leon Mann and Margaret Price ISBN: 9781921665202