Meetings and Tours 2012

2012 meetings & tours - summaries + info + links.
Also podcasts of meetings when available

Entries arranged in reverse chronological order.

The meetings and tours listed were 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 20121004

On Thursday, 4th October, 2012 at 8.00 pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

Prof Ken Inglis
will speak on
The Dunera Boys In History and Memory
The British ship Dunera
The Dunera
In the more than 70 years since their transportation to Australia as enemy aliens, the experience of the Dunera internees has been the subject of much recollection and research. Books have been written about them. The most widely known account of their odyssey is a telemovie first shown in 1985 and still in circulation on DVD, which mixes fact and fiction, history and legend, in proportions not easily distinguished. The legend is itself part of the story, cherished and sometimes contested by survivors. In this talk, Prof Inglis explores the relationship between history and memory in the making of the Dunera story.

Comments and questions from the audience, with Prof Inglis's responses may be accessed on our podcast page

$8 members    $10 non-members
All relatives and friends warmly welcomed
Meeting on 20120904_The_Forgotten_Zionist-Book-launch.pdf

On Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 7pm
Jewish Holocaust Centre
155 Selwyn Street
Sam Lipski AM
will launch the book
The Forgotten Zionist:
The Life and Times of Solomon (Sioma) Yankelevitch Jacobi
Rodney Benjamin and David Cebon

All members of AJHS (Vic) have been invited to this book launch.

Meeting on 20120517 Egyptian Jewish Emigres in Australia

On Thursday, 17th May, 2012 at 8.00 pm
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda

Egyptian-Jewish Emigrés in Australia - book cover
The speaker lectures at the Jewish Studies Department of Sydney University on the history of the Jews of Egypt from biblical times to the modern period, focusing on the medieval period and the Cairo Genizah. She also specialises in Holocaust studies and has been a volunteer guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum for the past fifteen years, which she considers a labour of love. In the course of her research, she has interviewed a large number of Jews from Egypt now living in Australia – mainly Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide - France, Great Britain, and the United States. They all shared with her the untold story of their “second exodus” and she felt it was a sacred duty to give them a voice and relate that story. She is extremely happy to have been able to do so through her book, based on her PhD thesis, and entitled Egyptian-Jewish Emigrés in Australia.

$8 members    $10 non-members
All relatives and friends warmly welcomed

To hear the podcast of this meeting click the player to the left.
Meeting on 20120426 Arnold Zable speaks on Cosmopolitan Carlton

A public talk by noted writer and chronicler of Carlton

Arnold Zable will speak on
Cosmopolitan Carlton

Podcast of talk plus audience questions is available for instant hearing here:
This talk, presented by the Australian Jewish Historical Society, AJHS (Vic), will take place at
8pm Thursday, 26th April, 2012
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda
$8.00 for members of AJHS (Vic) $10 others
Drawing on his numerous stories, essays, and research projects on Carlton, his own childhood, and his Carlton-based novel Scraps of Heaven, Arnold Zable will discuss the evolution of immigrant communities Carlton in the post-war era. While the talk will partly focus on Yiddish Carlton, including the grand era of Yiddish theatre at the Kadimah, the emphasis will be on the cultural borders that were crossed, making this a vibrant multicultural suburb long before the term was in vogue.

Arnold Zable is one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers and an acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Wanderers and Dreamers, and three novels, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven and Sea of Many Returns. His new book, Violin Lesson, was published in August 2011. Arnold is the author of numerous stories, columns, features, essays, and works for theatre, including co-authorship of the play Kan Yama Kan in which asylum seekers tell their stories. He is president of the Melbourne Centre of PEN International, and has a doctorate in creative arts at Melbourne University, where he has been recently appointed a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow.
Meeting on 20120216

Australia’s Role in the Establishment of Israel

A public talk by Dr. Chanan Reich

Australia played an important role in the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the historical Resolution on 29 November 1947 to partition Palestine to a Jewish and an Arab State. That Resolution also called for the internalisation of the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, with the aim of ensuring free access to the Holy Places for Christians, Muslims and Jews. The latter provision was accepted very reluctantly by Ben-Gurion. But, under Australia's persistence, the UN again passed similar resolutions in 1948 and 1949 recommending the internationalisation of Jerusalem. In 1948 and 1949 Australia also supported Israel's admission to the UN. This largely pro-Zionist policy can be credited to Australia's Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Herbert Vere Evatt.

This talk, presented by the Australian Jewish Historical Society AJHS(Vic) will take place at 8.00 pm Thursday, 16th February, 2012
Jewish Museum of Australia
Gandel Centre of Judaica
26 Alma Road, St Kilda
$8.00 for members of AJHS (Vic) $10 others

Dr. Chanan Reich is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Yizre'el Valley Academic College, Israel, and Adjunct Research Associate at the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. He is the author of ‘Australia and Israel: An Ambiguous Relationship’ (Melbourne University Press, 2002) - which is THE book on the diplomatic-political relationship of Israel and Australia 1946-1969.

The Podcasts
Chanan Reich Talk (36 min)
The opening survey is not included in this podcast.
Click to download Podcast as an MP3

Chanan Reich Talk - Discussion 1 (9 min)
After the talk by Chanan Reich there was a most interesting 9 minute discussion of why Australians, had such a different attitude to the Jews and to a Jewish state from that of the British Government. This was attributed to Australia's WW1 intense involvement in the Middle East, fighting the Ottomans, both the ANZAC brigade at Gallipoli under Monash and the Light Horse fighting from Beersheva to Damascus under Allenby, and to the WW2 experience in the Middle East, where our forces were aided by Jews such as Moshe Dayan, and opposed by Arab nationalists. The first to comment is the Hon Howard Nathan, (retired judge), who was a junior staffer in the Department of External Affairs not long after Evatt was Foreign Minister.
The talk and discussions (which include responses by Chana Reich) are available as MP3 podcasts as follows:

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