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.
The history of B’nai B’rith in Australia starts with the institution of the first Lodge in Sydney in 1944, followed soon after by the commencement of the Sydney Women’s Chapter. Melbourne instituted its first Lodge and Chapter very shortly after this. Although, at one stage, Lodges Chapters and Units (where men and women hold equal membership) existed in each State, currently they only operate in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as New Zealand. Activities are very much modelled on the original core values and mission statements and include raising money for worthy causes, both Jewish and non-Jewish, active social and cultural activities such as lectures, art exhibitions etc. as well as a very active Anti-Defamation unit which monitors anti-semitic activities both locally and overseas and a welfare arm. The collection also contains photographicand hardcopy items from the B’nai B’rith Museum.
Series 001 – 084 shows the various activities, functions, transactions and programmes of B’nai B’rith over the decades in Australia. The B’nai B’rith collection has a unique numbering pattern which provides details on its structure (unit/chapter/lodge) and the associated records or series created and retained by the specific unit/chapter/lodge.
The overall date range of the consignments are 1931 – 2016
The Wolper Jewish Hospital was originally established in 1948 as the NSW Jewish Hospital. In 1961 it amlgamated with the AG Wolper Convalescent Hospital and changed its name to the Wolper Jewish Hospital as a result of a bequest from Mrs Gertie Stone. In 2011 it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Wolper has a number of Board Committees that meet regularly to review policies in their area of expertise and make recommendations to the full Board. Wolper delivers services related to the rehabilitation, medical and palliative care of patients; community programmes such as the Community Genetics program and Wellbeing Program as well as healthcare initiatives etc.
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.