For over 70 years the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has represented the Jewish community of NSW. In that time, the community has welcomed refugees from war-torn Europe, fought antisemitism and built bridges to other communities in NSW. The Board’s minutes and other records have been entrusted to the Society for safe-keeping. These are currently being catalogued. A high level listing of topics covered is available.
Please note: some records of the Board are restricted and only available for inspection with prior approval.
Since the institution of its first lodge in 1944, B’nai B’rith has played a vital role in the Australian Jewish community, advocating, promoting and raising funds for causes, facilitating social and cultural participation, providing for the needy, and addressing discrimination and defamation. From this history, the organisation has amassed an extensive archive of materials and documents. This trove is currently held by the Australian Jewish Historical Society and is being catalogued. The collection is available for research purposes.
Please contact the Society if you wish to access the B’nai B’rith archive or contribute any material to its collection.
Without measuring changes in population and attitude, a community cannot clearly see the past or look to the future. The Society maintains a collection of works that detail important statistical research and information about the historical and contemporary Jewish population in Australia. This evidence and analysis of changes in demography and attitudinal trends in the Jewish community is crucial to the study of the Jewish experience in Australia.
Reports include those published by the JCA and Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in 2014 that present the key findings of 2011 Australian National Census.