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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)
phone
+61 (03) 9822 7981

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Opening Hours

During school term by appointment only.

Entry Fee

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

Location

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.

We recommend viewing the archive items on Victorian Collections using the Internet Explorer browser. It is possible to sort the items under 'Collection Records' by clicking 'Options' on the top right. You can also use the 'Search' bar at the top of the page to search for particular eras, year levels, events and individuals.

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

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Photograph - Staff at school fete, 1985

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Staff members Jan Marshall and Gill Cohen at the school fete, 1985. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Kinder 4, 1978

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Kinder 4, 1978. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Newspaper article - 'Bialik Appeal: Home Must Guide', The Jewish News, 1967

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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"Bialik Appeal: Home Must Guide", published in The Jewish News, 8 December 1967. Bialik College has a different conception of modern Judaism to that of other Jewish day schools in Melbourne. Mr. Joe Solvey, veteran Zionist leader and president of the College's 1967 Appeal, said that this difference has three parts. The college believes that religious observance should be dictated by the home rather than by the school. "We provide the knowledge but we do not believe in enforcement so as to provide a division between the home and the school". Israel is the central theme in the curriculum and Hebrew is taught as a living language to serve as the medium of communication between Israel and the Disapora..."

Booklet - Family Study Mission 1987-1988

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Booklet of activities for the Family Study Mission to Israel, December 1987 - January 1988. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Exhibition Panel - 70th Anniversary: Parents' Association Events

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Panel from the exhibition held to celebrate the College's 70th anniversary in 2012. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Physical education class, undated

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Students in a physical education class. Date and location unknown.

Photograph - Student competing in the high jump at a House Sports Day, c. 2000s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Student competing in the high jump at a House Sports Day, c. 2000s. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Year 3P, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Year 3P, 1997. Front Row: Sam Broder, Sophie Hoffman, Ilana Barmakov, Eden Rose, Ariella Leski, Emilie Zimet, Jeremy Weiss. Second Row: Lauren Lichter, Jessica Cohen, Adam Stone, Asher Rose, Arianne Sackville, Nicholas Marks. Third Row: Mitchell Goldberg, Melanie Paykel, Leora Dobia, Justin Kalus, Zoe Miller, Elliot Rose, Shelley Semo, Guy Silbert, Mikki Palti, Brodee Goldman. Teachers (second row): Mrs Ruth Blum, Mrs Anna Priester.

Photograph - Years 9 and 10 Basketball Team, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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The Years 9 and 10 Basketball Team, 1997. Front Row: Marc Berenholtz, Ben Feldman, Rodney Siegel, Andrew Gonn, Ben Waincymer. Second Row: Robbie Berman, Adrian Goodman, Elliot Goldstone, Simon Dorevitch, Gabi Fraid, Ben Waincymer. Coach (front row): Mr Rob Blakis.

Newspaper article - 'New Bialik Wing', 21 March 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Newspaper article 'New Bialik Wing', published in unknown newspaper, 21 March 1969. " 'New Bialik Wing' Veteran Zionist leader Mr. Samuel Wynn will officially open the new, ultra modern block of classrooms and amenities at Bialik College, Hawthorn, this Sunday, March 23, at 11.00am. Daring in design by today's architectural standards for school buildings, the two storied unit contains four classrooms. Each room is constructed to receive the maximum of light from windows and special overhead skylights and is fully carpeted throughout to obviate noise.The classrooms are accommodating no more than thirty children in each room, to achieve the maximum individual attention for each child.The unit will open for inspection at 11.00 a.m. to be followed by the official opening and refreshments. There will be no appeal.

Photograph - B Grade Debating Team, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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B Grade Debating Team, 1997. Front Row: Anna Krasnostein, Jacqui Zalcberg, Michael Cebon, Fiona Rotstein, Sarah Meyer, Rebecca Jaffe. Second Row: Nicky Dobos, Jake Lazarus, Julian Berenholtz, Ilya Sender, Ben Silverstein. Third Row: Nina Dubowitz, Dion Kagan, Nicole Silverman. Teachers (second row): Mrs Carol Rosenhain, Mrs Anne Soccio.

Photograph - Junior Boys Netball Team, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Junior Boys Netball Team, 1995. First Row: Ben Goldbloom, David Shafer, David Guberek, Ben Waincymer, Dan Krasnostein, Nic Liberman. Second Row: Leigh Fetter, Joel Sloane, Adam Rosenberg, Elliot Janover. Teacher (first row): Ms Nadine Grauman.

Exhibition Panel - 70th Anniversary: The Community That Saved The School

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Panel from the exhibition held to celebrate the College's 70th anniversary in 2012. Newsclipping 1: "Bialik Appeak Success". Newsclipping 2: "Bialik Fights Back...Back Bialik!". Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Primary Newcombe Mixed Team A, 1996

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Primary Newcombe Mixed Team A, 1996. Front Row: Shelley Goldwasser, ... Second Row: Karen Samuel, Jessica Taft, Simon Smith, Rikki Coppel, Natalie Hampel, Ben Froumine, Joel Snyder. Coach: Miss Carla Oldfield.

Photograph - Years 7 and 8 Boys Volleyball Team, 1996

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Years 7 and 8 Boys Volleyball Team, 1996. First Row: Adam Czarny, Derryn Krapes, Marc Bernholz, Joshua Pura. Second Row: Bradley Janovic, Benjamin Waincymer, Raphael Elisha, Ariel Sharp, Marc Jurblum, Benjamin Pryor. Coach (first row): Miss Marissa Sarif.

Photograph - Kinder 4, 1978

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Kinder 4, 1978. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Documents - Life-Governor certificates, 1964

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Certificates granted to 'Life-Governors of Bialik College' Mr and Mrs S, Susskind and Mr and Mrs Thoedore Berman, 15 November 1964. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Grade 3, 1976

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Grade 3, 1976. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photographs - Students in a classroom, 1960s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Students and teachers playing in a classroom, c. 1960s. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - School camp students, c. 1980s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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School camp students, Wantirna, c. 1980s. From left to right: Darren Krongold, unknown, Wayne Krongold, Jason Middler, James Schwartz. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Prep R, 1995

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Prep R, 1995. First Row: Andrew Lenga, Lauren Coleman, Rachel Marin, Sophie Swart, Lucy Rosenberg, Rachel Krasky, Joel Davis. Second Row: Talya Savion, Casey Mrocki, Jordan Tonkin, Adam Ross, Daniel Rutman, Kimberly Broons. Third Row: Shaynie Ashkenazi, James Pinch, Jacqueline Binder, Joel Feldman. Teachers (second row): Batia Azaria, Robyn Klein.

Award - Education and Department of Culture in The Diaspora Yom Haatzmaut, 1956

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Award from the Education Department, Department of Culture and the World Zionist Organisation presented to Bialik College in 1956 in honour of Yom Haatzmaut. Signed 16 April 1956. Student Memorabilia collected from the Education Department and the Department of Culture in the Diaspora in 1956.

Photograph - Visitors to classroom, 1971

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Visitors to classroom, 1971. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photograph - Year 9V, 1997

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Year 9F, 1997. Front Row: Dan Krasnostein, Mary Kishenevsky, Jono Black, Anna Dorevitch, Jo Rosenberg, Eli Court, Talia Krape, Ben Glick. Second Row: David Zeimer, Jordan Silverstein, Tanya Zwier, Natasha Rubinfeld, Emily Bock, Daniel Rawicki, Georgia Nowak, Amina Silman. Third Row: Bethany Sackville, Ben Epstein, Bec Silver, David Gould, Adrian Goodman, Leigh Fetter, Robbie Berman, Joel Sloane, Gali Shohat. Teacher (second row): Mr Gary Velleman.

Photograph - Kindergarten student on playground, Carlton, 1940s

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Kindergarten student Ettie Knobel (nee Kanatopsky) standing on play equipment at the Drummond Street, Carlton campus, c. 1945.

Newspaper article - 'MLA at Bialik College', The Eastern Suburbs Standard, 27 April 1965

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Newspaper article 'MLA at Bialik College', published in The Eastern Suburbs Standard, 27 April 1965. The newspaper clipping states: 'Mr. Walter Jona, MLA, paid an official visit to Bialik College, Hawthorn, at the invitation of the headmaster (Mr. Abraham Chowers). During a tour of classrooms, Mr. Jona pointed out to the children the extent of the electorate of Hawthorn in which the college is situated. Right, Mr. Jona points to the map watched by (left to right) Ricky Kausman, Chaim Krigel, Roark Muhelm, David Goodman, Mr A. Chowers and Mark Ashkanasy'. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Newspaper Clipping - "Bialik College", The News, 14 March 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Newspaper article regarding the opening ceremony of the 'Samuel and Margaret Wynn House' at the Shakespeare Grove campus, possibly published in The Jewish News, 14 March 1969. "Bialik College, the community is invited to the Official Opening of the Samuel and Margaret Wynn House. A new, ultra-modern buidling consisting of four classrooms and facilities, on Sunday, March 23, at 11a.m. In the College grounds, 6 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn. The opening ceremony will be performed by Mr. Sam Wynn. No Appeal"

Newspaper article - 'Educator He Taught Arms Too', 1963

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Newspaper article, 'Educator He Taught Arms Too', published in unknown newspaper (possibly the Jewish Herald), August 1963. 'I am an educator by profession, not a Hebrew teacher', said Mr. Abraham Chowers early this week...' Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Newspaper article - 'Purim at Bialik', 21 March 1969

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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'Purim at Bialik', published in unknown newspaper, 21 March 1969. The newspaper clipping states: "Bialik College Pupils celebrated Purim with a puppet show, fancy dress, parade and songs. Here some of the children are shown watching the puppet play, Little Red Riding Hood. And pupils of Grade II were fascinated by the "evil wolf". Photographer: H. Leder Photos." Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Photographs - Succoth, c. 1963

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Photographs of students and teachers celebrating Succoth, c. 1963-1964. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.