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Shalom Coleman interviewed by Criena Fitzgerald for the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3068113
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Coleman, Shalom, 1918-
Access Conditions Access open for research use, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2003 
5 digital audio tapes (ca. 233 min.) 

Battye Library collection.


Dr Shalom Coleman, Rabbi, speaks about his family background and his early years in Liverpool, England; his university studies and involvement with the zionist movement; his war service with the British Royal Air Force; his recruitment for the Jewish Brigade, Jewish refugees, Balfour Club; his experiences with politics and apartheid in South Africa; his work for the Adult Education Council, South Africa; South African Jewish communities; Sydney Jewish communities; the Rabbinic Assembly; the role of Bnai Brith, freemasons; the importance of maintaining Jewish culture; the impact of the political situation in Palestine; the history of Synagogues in Sydney; the Jewish War Memorial Council, London; the Perth Jewish communities; his career achievements and the controversial issues he faced in Perth; his work in retirement and published works.


Rabbi Coleman, born in Liverpool, England attended the University of Liverpool, graduating with honours and Bachelor of Letters in Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages and Egyptology; during WWII he served with Royal Air Force; in 1944 he became recruiting officer in England for the Jewish Brigade Group announced by Prime Minister Winston Churchill; in 1945 he retured to further studies and worked as Librarian of the University Library of Archaeology; 1947 he relocated to Africa where he served the Jewish Congregations in Potchefstroom in the Transvaal and later Bloemfontein and undertook post-graduate studies in Semitic languages and literature; 1961 Rabbi Coleman and his family emigrated to Australia, where he became Rabbi at the South Head and District Synagogue; in 1965 he took on the position as Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation.


Interview conducted in association with the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History.

Recorded on April 29, 2003; June 17, 2003, June 23, 2003 in Perth, W.A.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Coleman, Shalom, - 1918- - Interviews.  |  Coleman, Shalom, - 1918- - Life is a corridor : an autobiography.  |  Rabbis - Western Australia - Perth - Interviews.  |  Rabbis - Australia - Anecdotes.  |  Jews - Australia - Social life and customs - 20th century.  |  Jews - Australia - Identity.
Occupation Rabbis
Other authors/contributors Fitzgerald, Criena, Interviewer  |  J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History


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