This final lecture in the Highlights of Australian Jewish History series examines the years between the 1930s to 1960s. In this podcast episode, David Solomon discusses the contributions made by a number of the key rabbis of this period. He also explores the debate within the Australian Jewish community around Zionism; its response to Jewish migration from Egypt and Eastern Europe; and the remarkable impact of the Jewish day school movement on the community.
The ‘Golden Age’ of Jewish life in Australia began, appropriately, in the 1850s with the start of the gold rushes, a phenomenon that was to triple the size of the Jewish population in the colonies. This podcast episode, the third in this series on Australian Jewish History, explores the stories of Australian Jews over the 80 years that followed – including their involvement with the growth and federation of this new nation; participation in its civic and cultural expansion; and the enormity of the First World War. David focuses on a range of remarkable Jewish figures who made significant – and sometimes extraordinary – contributions to the building and development of Australian society and nationhood.