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Bialik College Hawthorn East 3123, Victoria

Bialik College is Melbourne’s oldest Jewish school and began its existence modestly as a Zionist Sunday school and kindergarten in 1942 in North Carlton. The kindergarten was the first educational establishment in Australia to use Hebrew as a language of instruction. As the local Jewish population grew and developed, Bialik transformed into a modern, vibrant and growing kindergarten, primary and secondary school complex. The College's first Year 12 class graduated in 1990.

Bialik College today is a cross-communal Jewish Zionist school, embracing an inclusive approach to Judaism. All students attend one campus in Hawthorn, creating a close-knit community of students from as young as three years old in the Early Learning Centre, through to Year 12 in the Senior School.

Bialik College's Laura Kipen Memorial Archive is open during the school term and by appointment only.

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429 Auburn Road Hawthorn East Victoria 3123 (map)
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+61 (03) 9822 7981

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During school term by appointment only.

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Free. By appointment only: please call (03) 9822 7981 to arrange a visit to the archives.

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429 Auburn Road Hawthorn East 3123 Victoria

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The Laura Kipen Memorial Archive was established on campus in 2012. The collection houses a unique combination of items which trace the history of the school's early beginnings from a Sunday school based in Carlton in 1942, to the current day as a flourishing school community with over 1,000 students. The collection is housed in a permanent repository in the Bialik College VCE Centre. The College is a cross-communal Zionist school, embracing an inclusive approach to Judaism, and the archival collection is significant in reinforcing the school’s cultural heritage for current students, as well as the community as a whole.

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The Laura Kipen Memorial Archive is open during the school term and by appointment only.

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Newspaper Clipping - "Bargains", The News, 8 May 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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"Bargains", The News, 8 May 1969. "Bialik College Parents' Club is planning its annual jumble sale for May 13 at Richmond Town Hall. Donations of old clothing fabrics toys jewellery and the like should phone Mrs. L. Sommers 49-2819 who will arrange for pick-up. Proceeds from the sale will assist in equipping the college's newly built classrooms."

Photograph - Junior Vocal Ensemble, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Junior Vocal Ensemble, 1995. First Row: Kara Landau, Leah Crossman, Hannah Wollan, Lisa Singer, Carly Bogatin, Shelley Goldwasser, ..., Jinelle Davidson. Second Row: Kate Lewis, Tali Klepfisz, Aimee Marks, Keren Dobia, Hayley Nissen, Romy Rosenfeld, Tammy Dobia, Jonathan Encavey. Third Row: Tobey Hofman, Judith Kirszbaum, Zoe Dorevitch, Anna Landau, Madeleine Jaffe, Victoria Goldberg, Amanda Smorgon, Jade Moldovan. Fourth Row: Hayley Rose, Alissa Smorgon, Vanessa Blode, Emma Fajgenbaum. Teacher (second row): Tomi Kalinski.

Photograph - Hawthorn campus opening, 1980

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Opening of the Hawthorn campus, 1980. Include Principal David Goldsmith (left). Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Football team, 1978

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Bialik football team with coach, 1978. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Documents - Ron Unger architect - Auburn Road

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Box of papers relating to architect Ron Unger's involvement with the Auburn Road campus, including correspondence and plans. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Students performing on stage at a concert, 1976

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Students performing on stage at a concert, 1976. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Newspaper Clipping - "Bialik Appeal", The News, 31 October 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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"Bialik Appeal", possibly published in The Jewish News, 31 October 1969. The newspaper clipping states: " 'Bialik Appeal' Mr. J. Klepfisz will lead the Executive named this week to conduct an appeal for Bialik College in December. Also elected to the Executive were: College President Mr. I. Kipen; Patrons: Mr. M. J. Ashkanasy, Mr. N. Beller, Mr. J. Mercer, Judge Trevor Rapke, Mr. S. Wynn, Vice-Presidents: Mr. N. Zablud. Chairman: Mr. J. Solvey; Vice-Presidents: Mr. P. Block, Mr. W. Fink, Mr. E. Roth, Mr. A. Shefar, Mr. N. Sugarmin. Treasurer: Mr. N. Ashkanasy, Mr. S. Lipshut, Mr. I Spiegel, Mr. Chu. Zuker. Secretaries: Mrs. C. Gross, Mrs. L. Solvey, Mrs. I Zukar."

Photograph - Chanukah Production, Shakespeare Grove, 1960s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Students dressed as Maccabees, probably for a Chanukah production, Shakespeare Grove, 1960s. Students are dressed in robes, head pieces, leather sandals with decorative sticks and shields that have the Star of David.

Newspaper article - 'Bialik College Friends' Committee Formed', 1962

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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"Bialik College Friends' Committee Formed", published in unknown newspaper, 12 October 1962. "We aim to make Bialik College a Jewish day school of which the community will be proud, a school where Hebrew will be taught, spoken and loved as a living language and a vital factor in the unity and culture of the Jewish people; where the highest ideals of our Jewish heritage, the beautiful traditions of our people and the great literature and culture of the Jewish people will be transmitted to Jewish boys and girls in the finest surroundings and where every possible modern facility and educational aid will be provided". With these words Mr. J. Solvey, organising chairman of the Friend's and supporters who met last week at the home of Mr. J. Mercer, Bialik College President to formally establish the Friends of the College and to plan for the opening of the school in February, 1963. Mr. Mercer said that the property which the Friends' had purchased at 6 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn, was now thanks to the efforts of a Building Committee being converted in readiness for the opening. He said that the buildings and grounds would provide kindergarten and primary school facilities the equal of any in Victoria, and it was the aim of the College to provide the school, from the very beginning, with the most modern and suitable equipment and educational aids available...."

Newspaper article - 'First At Bialik', Jewish News, 18 December 1970

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Newspaper article 'First At Bialik', published in the Jewish News, 18 December 1970.

Publication - Yearbook, 2012

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Annual Yearbook, 2012. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Program - Goodbye to Shakespeare Grove Final Assembly, 1998

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Goodbye to Shakespeare Grove Final Assembly Program, 1 December 1998.

Photograph - Headmaster Chowers with students, 1964

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Headmaster Abraham Chowers reading Bible stories with new students at the beginning of the school year, 1964. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Newspaper Article - 'More To Judaism Than Just Praying', The Australian Jewish News, 28 November 1969

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Newspaper Article 1, 'More To Judaism Than Just Praying', published in The Australian Jewish News, 28 November 1969. Newspaper Article 2, 'Bialik Aim is $25,000', published in The Australian Jewish News, 28 November 1969. Newspaper Article 3, 'No Force', published in The Australian Jewish News, 28 November 1969. Newspaper Article 1: "Judaism for us does not mean only a necessarily praying in the morning - we have nothing against praying but Judaism is a lot wider than religious life". Assimilationist talk? Religious revolt? Hardly. The speaker Mr. Moshe Meretz Principal of Bialik College discussing his school's curriculum.Free ChoiceThere is no conflict between the school and the home: if a child does or does not want to drive a car on Shabbat it is his or his parents' problem - either way it is alright by the school. The speaker is Mr. Moshe Meretz, Principal of Bialik, must change seem to a refreshing non-religious parents of children at strictly Orthodox day-schools- parents who must "make believe" they are observant or explain to their children what the teacher says doesn't really apply to them. Bialik College aims to give every child a "deep and large background of Judaism"."Judaism" Mr. Meretz says, "is something so wide you can't cut it into pieces". It is a way of behaviour - this is the criteria a way if life of thought of basic moral principle. The school teaches the history of the Jew as a nation and together with it his culture. History: The Jewish people were a free nation for only a short period. The first temple took a long time coming but the state quickly split. The second temple lasted only a few hundred years and usually under the domination of foreign empires; then there was the long Diaspora till modern Israel. Mr M. Meretz said by the end of primary school the child will have been taught of the First and Second temple in Biblical History and Hebrew. The curriculum also covers the development of the nation - Joshua Judges, consolidation of the tribes. In Forms one and two the child is taught the history of the past 200 years - Zionism and development of Jewish orientation to, and beginning of the fight for national freedom. Hebrew is taught as a modern language and culture. Apart from teaching it as a language, in the higher classes half the Hebrew lessons are used to teach other subjects - there are five periods of Hebrew language and five Hebrew periods in general subjects such as geography of Israel." Newspaper Article 2: "Bialik College has set a target of $25 000 for its 1969 appeal which commences on December 1. College President, Mr.I. Kipen, in announcing this said that the last appeal, in 1967, almost reached its target. At this stage, the appeal directorate has provided for only two drawing room meetings relying on personal contact for the bulk of the contributions. Mr. I. Kipen said the College aims to commence building another block of six classrooms next year and this, in fact, will require more than one appeal. The additional rooms will be ready by the 1971 school year. Funds are also required to augment the running cost deficit and to assist in repayment of capital and interest on loans for previous developments." Newspaper Article 3: "Mr. Meretz says this is indicative of the high standard reached in Hebrew. This high standards applies to all subjects - Jewish and general - as is testified by the presence of a number of non-Jewish children at the school. There are 250 children and 23 staff members a ration of one to eleven. The child will not revolt against us as we are not imposing anything Mr. Meretz concluded. "We are interested in the child's feeling of identification with the community, the State ofIsrael, Jewish culture, producing good Australian citizens with a good general education and most of all the child's self confidence. "This way, though I will not say it is the only way Judaism will have a good chance of surviving strongly in the 20th Century in the cultural revolution we are facing". The Bialik College appeal is being conducted through the month of December."

Photograph - Students and teacher at a House Sports Day, c. 2000s

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Students and teacher at a House Sports Day, c. 2000s. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Years 9 and 10 Boys Table Tennis Team, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Years 9 and 10 Boys Table Tennis Team, 1997. Front Row: David Zeimer, Gabi Burman, Ari Sharp, Robert Davidov, Arthur Shisman, Matti Rose, Jono Black.

Photograph - Itsak Meron, c. 1984

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Music teacher Itsak Meron, 1984. Also known as Itzik or Itzhak. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Year 4S, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Year 4S , 1997. Front Row: Ron Glick, Lanie Lipson, Anna Kutner, Adi Zayon, Natasha Aaron, Samantha Duzenman, Andrew Goldsmith. Second Row: Jonathon Dreyfus, Adam Paykel, Carly Velik, Danielle Frankel, Rani Olstein, Joshua Pinch. Third Row: Noah Warren, Noach Kronich, Carolina Thaler, Marc Unger, Deanna Korman, Luka Tremback, Dan Swart, Sam Abay, Gideon Rozner, Ben Engel. Absent: Marni Peters, Jamie Nadler. Teachers (second row): Ms Helen Scheuer, Morah Ruth Blum.

Photograph - Kindergarten students outside, Carlton, 1946

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Kindergarten students outside, in the streets of Carlton near the Drummond Street campus, 1946. Known students: Anne Lewin (to the right of the teacher). Teacher: Sara Segal.

Photograph - ELC classroom, c. 1990s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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ELC students in a classroom, c. 1990s. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Book - 'I Love to Eat Jewish' cookbook

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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'I Love to Eat Jewish: A collection of home-tested Jewish Recipes compiled by Bialik College mothers.' First published in 1968. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Year 2S, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Year 2S, 1995. First Row: Stephanie Wester, Adam Rischin, Katie Sheppet, Andrea Zivin, Candice Sandor, Lawrence Lifson, Samantha Duzeman. Second Row: Dan Swart, Marc Unger, Deanna Korman, Andrew White, Luka Tremback, Daniel Rychter. Third Row: Lionel Rifkin, Jamie Nadler, Rani Olstein, Adam Broons, Anna Kutner, Maxim Karlik. Fourth Row: Carolina Thaler, Jessica Zukerman, Noah Kronich, Sam Abay. Absent: Danny Lichter. Teachers (second row): Miss Debbie Samuel, Miss Helen Lieblich.

Photograph - Years 7 and 8 EIS Touch Football Team 1996

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Years 7 and 8 EIS Touch Football Team, 1996. Front Row: Anna Dorevitch, Ella Rose, Sarah Gory, Melanie Pose, Elissa Smorgon, Jasmine Feldy, Sarah Engel. Second Row: Romy Kamien, Tanya Zwier, Bethany Sackville, Gali Shohat, Kylie Peters, Carla Silbert. Third Row: Tamara Glasberg, Tanya Hofman, Naomi Onas, Kate Stiebel, Allana Coppel, Lera Poel. Teachers (second row): Miss Marissa Sarif, Mr Stefan Defranceschi.

Documents - Parents' Association, 1960s-2000s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Bag of Parents' Association material, including correspondence, event and promotional materials and photos, 1960s-2000s. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Grade 2A, 1978

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Grade 2A, 1978. Please contact archives@bialik.vic.edu.au to request access to this record.

Photograph - Years 7 and 8 Soccer Team, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Years 7 and 8 Soccer Team, 1995. First Row: Dan Krasnostein, Einav Braun, Tal Raymond, Jonathan Epstein, Matthew Rose, Zoe Horton, Matthew Topaz, Ben Glick. Second Row: Elon Rosen, Olga Petrov, Gena Kotliar, Ben Matters, Adam Milgrom, Julian Feldman, Joel Finkelstein. Teacher (first row): Mr Masaya Fujino.

Photograph - 'The Inspector General' Cast and Crew, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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'The Inspector General' Cast and Crew 1997. Front Row: Carla Silbert, Libby Bezoza. Second Row: Alistair Marks, Jesse Velik, Beth Sackville, Emily Bock, Raffy Vajda, Tully Zygier, Gali Shohat. Third Row: Danny Stuk, Paul Glezer, Ben Waingymer, Matti Rose, Ben Goldbloom, Amina Silman, Lauren Velik. Fourth Row: Elise Hearst, Jo Rosenberg, Simon Dorevitch, Mikhaela Musat, Anna Dorevitch, Tal Krape, Mary Kishenevsky, Alexis Palmer, Dan Krasnostein, Elliot Cyngler. Fifth Row: Jason Blankfield, Arik Blum, Jordy Silverstein, Bec Silver, Michelle Zeimer, Natalie Stone, Gregory Frid, Natasha Rubinfeld, Nathan Richter. Teacher (second row): Mr Eli Erez (Director).

Photograph - Kindergarten 3Z, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Kindergarten 3Z, 1995. First Row: Arielle Rutman, Zachary Cooper, Jasmine Kalus. Second Row: Jake Lew, Cara Nestadt, Rowan Bustin, Kimberley Fayman, Gideon Reisner. Third Row: Gabrielle Bornstein, Ariel Palti, Sophie Snow, Eve Hupert, Ronnie Binder, Lexie Mand. Absent: Daniel Wirth, Nikki Silman. Teachers: Yael Glick (assistant), Zia Freeman.

Photograph - Year 11, 1996

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Year 11, 1996. First Row: Noa Zur, Yelena Beylin, Melanie Neistat, Sarah Krasnostein, Suzanna Khait, Shelley Krape, Naomi Cuckier, Romy Susskind, Lisa Muller. Second Row: Elan Kaplan, Rachel Banky, Gaby Wolkenberg, Simi Birnbaum, Gaby Nowak, Emily Fishman, Rimma Medres, Diana Movshovich. Third Row: Gideon Blecher, Danielle Siegel, Belinda Feldman, Rachelle Levy, Davina Shinewell, Gary Israelsohn, Natalie Kluska, Natalie Segmen, Vera Segal, Rebekah Santen, Lisa Naphtali. Fourth Row: Ben Grunfeld, Mark Mandel, Mark Unger, Ro'ee Kohn, Gideon Borden, Boris Vainberg, Darren Rutko, Alex Grinstein, Adam Glezer. Fifth Row: Ben Klein, David Shafir, David Slowo, Ben Elbaum, Josh Onas, Nir Privman, Gennady Kleiner, Evan Goldman, Daniel Rayne, Barak Shohat. Absent: Melanie Rozen, Joshua Bernshaw, Natalie Gonn, Jordana Zulfi, Tanya Lvov. Teachers (second row): Mr Mark Lenga, Ms Jo Pearson.

Photograph - Years 7 and 8 Boys Hockey Team, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Years 7 and 8 Boys Hockey Team, 1997. Front Row: Ben Jaffe, Ben Kands, Josh Cukierman, Adam Sacks, Danny Van Baken, Simon Blacher, Jeremy Opat, Josh Goldsmith.