Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria)

Special Publications

Cover of My Dear Friends My Dear Friends: The life of Rabbi Dr Herman Sanger is the story of how a newly ordained young rabbi, came to Melbourne as the first permanent rabbi of a tiny pioneering reform congregation, within a very small Jewish community. Over his long career Sanger firmly established reform aka as progressive Judaism as a major component of the growing Jewish Community of Australia, which with the influx of holocaust survivors, refugees from Arab lands, and later inflows grew to become of international Jewish significance. This biography was written by Rabbi John Levi, the first Australian-born rabbi, who was the immediate successor to Rabbi Dr Herman Sanger at Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne. Rabbi Sanger came to Australia when there was not a single Jewish school in Australia; when he retired the King David School was being established in Melbourne.
My Dear Friends was issued free to members of the AJHS (Vic) in lieu of the 2009 Melbourne edition of the AJHS Journal.
  • This volume, hardbacked with a dustcover, of over 250 pages may be purchased a small number of booksellers and from AJHS (Vic) directly.
  • Copies -- if still available -- may be obtained by post within Australia by sending a cheque for $40.00 in favour of AJHS (Vic) to AJHS (Vic), Post Office Box 8420 Armadale Victoria 3143.
  • Copies -- if still available -- for overseas destinations can be obtained for A$30 plus postage. Please contact our secretary, Ms Liz James, by Email at after altering AT appropriately
  • Copies -- if still available -- may be obtained postfree for $30.00 at meetings of AJHS (Vic)