These are the names

June 14, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Rabbi John Levi has chronicled in detail the lives of more than 1500 Jewish men and women who settled in Australia between 1788 and 1850 either as convicts or free settlers in his new work “These Are the Names”.

tartnThis important biographical dictionary presents the details—occasionally sketchy but sometimes extensive—of more than 1500 of these pioneers.

Rabbi John Levi’s painstaking research through the fragmentary and often contradictory colonial records has culminated in an invaluable reference work and resource. A wealth of information, including birth names, extra names, nicknames, aliases and maiden names, together with details of marriages, children and occupations, makes These are the Names a major contribution to an important but little-recognised aspect of Australia’s settlement history.

John Levi was the first Australian to be ordained as a rabbi and to return to work in the land of his birth. He was named Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne in 1997, served as Senior Rabbi of the Victorian Union for Progressive Union from 1974, and was elected Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry in 2005. He is a Patron of the Council of Christian and Jews, an organisation he helped to found

in 1963, and a member of the governing body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, 1974 to 1998. Rabbi Levi was one of the founders
of Melbourne’s King David School. His publications include Australian Genesis (1974), The Forefathers (1976), Rabbi Jacob Danglow: Uncrowned Monarch of Australian Jewry (1995), The Musical Tradition of the Berlin Reform Synagogue (1998) and A Passover Haggadah (2002). He is a Member of the Order of Australia. Monash University awarded Rabbi Levi the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) for his contribution to the community and to Australian Jewish history in 2006.

Published by Melbourne University Publishing  mup-info@unimelb.edu.au

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One Response to “These are the names”
  1. john says:

    a fine book but a little to shallow about the whole jewish community

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