Diary of Meetings and Tours
Future meetings & tours - dates and other details.
Past meetings & tours - summaries + info + links.
Also podcasts of meetings 2011+

Entries arranged in reverse chronological order.

The meetings and tours listed are organised by or in conjunction with AJHS (Vic) the
Australian Jewish Historical Society (Victoria)

Meetings are held in Melbourne, and usually take the form of evening presentations, and occasionally are forums or min-conferences . We also organise full and half-day guided tours to Jewish Historical sites in Victoria.

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Meeting on 20101205 Jewish Walk in Melbourne General Cemetery
On Sunday December 10 AJHS (vic) president Dr Howard Freeman will lead a tour of the Jewish section of the Melbourne Jewish Cemetery in Carlton. The tour is limited to 40 participants, who MUST book in advance as explained in the flyer.
Meeting on 20101128 Centenary of Broken Hill Synagogue
There will be three days of events in Broken Hill on November 27-29 2010 to mark the centenary of the Broken Hill Synagogue. The celebration is jointly organised by the AJHS in conjunction with the Broken Hill Historical Society.
Meeting on 20101127 Centenary of Broken Hill Synagogue
There will be three days of events in Broken Hill on November 27-29 2010 to mark the centenary of the Broken Hill Synagogue. The synagogue is undoubtedly the most remote synagogue in the world today. The building is well preserved but no longer functions as a synagogue except in the special circumstances of this celebration. The centenary celebration is jointly organised by the AJHS in conjunction with the Broken Hill Historical Society.

The book, Jews of the Outback, was launched at the celebrations. The first edition sold out!
Meeting on 20101007 MJCCFAS ( Philip Mendes )
In this talk well known political scientist Philip Mendes will explore the history of the Jewish Committee to Fight Fascism and Anti Semitism (JCCFAS) from 1942, explains why the Council rose to a position of influence in the Melbourne Jewish Community, and equally how the Council disintegrated in 1952-53. This fascinating history of the Council is placed within the context of broader reflections on the dilemmas facing Jewish Left groups, historically and today
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Included in this recording are comments from significant participants in the events discussed.
Meeting on 20100715 Sidney Meyer - a Life of Legacy ( Stella Barber )
In a talk entitled, Sidney Myer - a Life a Legacy, Historian Stella Barbers will discuss the history of the Myer store and its founding family, Three of her eight books deal with the Myer family and the famous store: Sidney Myer: a life, a legacy (2005); Myer: celebrating 100 years of fashion (2008); and Your store Myer: the story of Australia’s leading department store (2009). in 1998 she was commissioned by the Myer family to write Sidney Myer’s biography. Stella will also touch on her research into the Russian background of the Baevski-Myer family, how she went about it, and what she discovered.
Meeting on 20100527 A Golden Reception to honour Rabbi John Levi
Members of the AJHS Vic Inc are cordially invited to A Golden Reception to honour Rabbi Dr John S Levi AM DD PhD on the 50th anniversary of his rabbinic ordination. There will be music by The King David School, lively speeches, and a very nice supper to follow. The proceeds of the evening will help to establish a fund for the John and Robyn Levi Bursary in Australian Jewish History. The income from the fund will be awarded annually to a KDS school student or students for interest and originality in their studies of Australian Jewish history.
Meeting on 20100408 Flats and Flat-dwellers in Melbourne - 1920on ( Seamus O Hanlon )
At this meeting Monash urban historian Dr Seamus O'Hanlon will uncover the history of flat and apartment living in Melbourne, especially the role that Jews as residents, owners and developers have played in creating and perpetuating this market. The talk begins after 1920 when newly-arrived migrants sought to create a little bit of Europe here.
Meeting on 20100304 Meet the Weintraub Syncopators ( Kay Dreyfus )
The Weintraub Syncopators was one of the best known jazz bands in Berlin in the 1920s and featured in the classic movie The Blue Angel. Excluded from employment by the Nazi regime, the musicians left Berlin in 1933 and set off on an epic four-year journey that took them across Russia to Japan, and Sydney. Arriving in 1937, most applied to remain in Australia but their wartime experiences in this 'safe haven' were at times very difficult. The original band broke up when three of the musicians were interned in June 1940. The lecture will be illustrated with contemporaneous film footage of the band in performance, with historic photographs, and examples of the Weintraubs' many gramophone recordings.
Meeting on 20100204 Northern Territory ( Rabbi Raymond Apple )
The Northern Territory has never had a synagogue or stable Jewish community. But this lecture uncovers a remarkable story which ranges over such fascinating subjects as Black Solomon, Brasch of the Outback, the first Jewish woman in the Territory, the rabbi at the Rock, and the mohel who went to Darwin.
The speaker, Rabbi Raymond Apple, AO RFD, is emeritus rabbi of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, and well known to our members as a past president of the NSW branch of the Australian Jewish Historical Society. He has researched, recorded and indeed made Australian Jewish history.

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Revised HAC 4/8/2013