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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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location
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.

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

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Photograph - Staff members on a playground, c. 1980s

Key words

playground
1980s

Historical information

Staff members Judith Phillips, Jean Mapp and Linden Buzwell on a playground, c. 1980s.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Exhibition Panel - 70th Anniversary: The Opening

Key words

wantirna
history
2000s

Historical information

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

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Newspaper article - Welcome reception for Chowers family, c. 1963-1964

Key words

event
principal
1960s
shakespeare grove

Historical information

Newspaper clipping about a welcome reception held for the new headmaster Abraham Chowers and his family, c. 1963. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Students waving Australian flags, 1983

Key words

1980s

Historical information

Students in sports uniform waving Australian flags, Shakespeare Grove, 1983.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Annette Yaffa and Judith Phillips, c. 1980s

Historical information

Staff members Annette Yaffa and Judith Phillips, c. 1980s. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Newspaper article - 'Seder held at Bialik College', 1964

Key words

pesach
judaism
1960s

Historical information

Article from The Australian Jewish Herald, 'Seder held at Bialik College', 24 April 1964. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Booklet - Family Study Mission 1987-1988

Key words

1980s
judaism

Historical information

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

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Staff Photograph, 1996

Key words

staff

Historical information

Staff, 1996. First Row: Caren Silver, Michelle Kornberg, Lynette Gerson, Renee Dabscheck, Marcia Wolman, Zeev Levinson, Genia Janover, Michael Cohen, Lisa Taft, Nina Bilewicz, Naomi Ryan, Caitlin Goldberg, Amber Finkelstein, Paula Taylor. Second Row: Sigal Witkin, Phyllis Tocker, Gita Ramchand, Gilah Levinson, Esther Sherbelis, Tami Shachar, Karen Gordon, Josie Singer, Andrea Gore, Lindy Mahemoff, Helen Lieblich, Yael Glick, Debbie Samuel, Aloma Treister, Jane Robinson. Third Row: Elisabeth Schiller, Yvonne Albury, Brenda Dart, Gillian Kaplan, Bella Machlis, Smadar Lavi, Linden Buzwell, Ingrid Sossen, Vivien Silbert, Julie Vlachos, Amanda Drury, Tomi Kalinski. Fourth Row: Nora Seigel, Sharyn Burns, Debbie Braitberg, Marion Samuel, Sharon Berenholtz, Nadine Judd, Gary Velleman, Gary Hodges, Mark Lenga, Karen Bryant, Tamara Clark, Jodi Reichenberg, Michelle Liberman, Michael Bradley, David Erenboim. Fifth Row: John Pringle, Catherine Appleyard, Paul Velleman, Gary Frankel, John Krzywokulski, Katherine Kyriakou, Sandra Katzew, Joanne Pearson, Frances Brooke, Helene Oberman, Anthony Cavell, Helen Scheuer, Julie Nadler. Sixth Row: Eli Erez, Guy Dvir-Ovadia, Richard Thach, Baruch Moshel, Peter Bramich, Danny Schwarz, Stefan Defranceschi, Julian Adams, Robert Blakis, Len Isakov, Philippe Vallantin, Zvi Civins, John Lindros.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Students at a House Sports Day, 2000

Key words

event
herzl

Historical information

Students at a House Sports Day, 2000. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Board of Governors, Shakespeare Grove, 1961

Key words

elc
early learning centre
1960s

Historical information

Board of Governors, Shakespeare Grove, 1961. Includes Principal Isaac 'Pixie' Ernest.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 10F, 1996

Key words

class photograph
hawthorn east campus
year 10

Historical information

Year 10F, 1996. First Row: Gabrielle Adamson-Pinczewski, Rosalyn Santen, Melanie Lew, Jessica Leski, Tully Zygier, Lauren Goodman, Robyn Cohen, Sarah King. Second Row: Jacqui Zalcberg, Dana Lenko, Esther Justin, Jenny Kravchenko, Lina Maister, Alon Januszewicz, Belinda Benet, Elana Pose. Third Row: Anna Krasnostein, Michelle Atlas, Michael Segev, Adam Rogers, Alex Feigin, Nevo Lavi, Julian Berenholtz, Fred Brodsky, Monique Gringlas, Jana Teper. Teacher (second row): Mr Gary Frankel.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 8V, 1996

Key words

class photograph
hawthorn east campus
year 8

Historical information

First Row: Matthew Topaz, Tal Raymond, Jessica Gomo, Tim Krivitsky, Leigh Fetter, Anna Dorevitch, Marc Berenholtz, Eli Court. Second Row: Carla Silbert, Carli Philips, Kylie Peters, David Shafer, Bec Silver, Joel Sloane, Benjamin Feldman, Natasha Rubinfeld. Third Row: David Guberek, ... , Tanya Hofman, Naomi Onas, Simon Trainor, Adrian Goodman, Kate Stiebel, Elliot Janover, Lauren Velik. Teacher (second row): Mr Gary Velleman.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Students making fairy bread, c. 2000s

Key words

primary school
2000s
cooking

Historical information

Students making fairy bread, c. 2000s. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Photograph - Shakespeare Grove Staff, 1992

Key words

1990s

Historical information

Shakespeare Grove Staff, 1992. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 11P, 1997

Key words

year11
class photograph
hawthorn east campus

Historical information

Year 11P, 1997. Front Row: Gail Lenko, Nicole Silverman, Sarah King, Gabrielle Adamson-Pinczewski, Fiona Rotstein, Jordana Morrison, Belinda Benet. Second Row: George Charkviani, Ben Coleman, Tully Zygier, Alon Januszewicz, Karyn Lurie, Michael Cebon, Rebecca Jaffe. Third Row: Nicky Dobos, Monique Gringlas, David Crafti. Teacher (second row): Ms Jo Pearson.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 1A, 1995

Key words

shakespeare grove
elc
early learning centre
class photograph
year 1

Historical information

Year 1A, 1995. First Row: Emile Zimet, Arielle Leski, Alex Roseby, Daniel Kornberg, Cara Friedman, Gabriel Klepfisz, Ilana Singer. Second Row: Adam Stone, Melanie Paykel, Sasha Fehily, Jamie Smorgon, Stephen Bornstein, Jacqui Kravitsky, Miki Palti. Third Row: Tamara Zimet, Zoe Miller, Jake Smorgon, Leora Dobia. Teacher (second row): Desre Kaye.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 2D, 1996

Key words

class photograph
hawthorn east campus
year 2

Historical information

Year 2D, 1996, First Row: Emilie Zimet, Jeremy Wein, Sophie Hoffman, Cara Friedman, Ashley Bloom, Noa Shtamper. Second Row: Adam Janai, Adam Stone, Nicholas Marks, Stephen Bornstein, Richard Machet, Emil Gros. Third Row: Gabi Klepfisz, Sasha Fehily, Guy Silbert, Jake Smorgon, Zoe Miller, Inbal Vromen, Jacqui Krivitsky, Melanie Paykel. Absent: Or Ida. Teachers: (first row) Mr Danny Schwarz, (second row) Morah Yael Glick, Miss Vered Zinreich.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Newspaper article - 'Prospectus for Bialik', The Jewish News, 1963

Key words

parents association
judaism
fundraising
zionist

Historical information

"Prospectus for Bialik", The Jewish News, 29 November 1963. "Bialik Enrolments", The Herald, 29 November 1963. "College of Harmony", 1963. "Barbecue a Big Success", December 1963. "Bialik College Enrolments", The Jewish News, November 1963. "Bialik College has been an addition and has made a new contribution to the Jewish community" said Mr. M. Ashkanasy Q.C. guest speaker at the first "Speech Day" of Bialik College. In an address directed at the pupils (the oldest being first-graders) Mr. Ashkanasay explained how important it is that their school should be named after a poet; that they should also look to beauty to poetry and to the future. Through a poet's eyes they will see the true spirit of Judaism - the spirit of Bialik the great Hebrew poet. Established this year the college has a roll of 60 pupils and hopes to grow at the rate of a grade per year until it becomes a full primary school..."

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Year 1M, 1997

Key words

elc
early learning centre
class photograph
hawthorn east campus
year 1

Historical information

Year 1M, 1997. Front Row: Gabrielle Himmelhoch, Harry Nissen, Amy Goldenberg, Leah Mand, Colby Vexler, Jae Szental. Second Row: Shani Flynn, Ryan Leon, Aron Lefkovic, Simone Berman, Nicole Rubinstein. Third Row: Oliver Rose, Aaron Nadler, Carly Warson, Daniel Benge, Stephanie Potaznik, April Staurt. Teachers (second row): Mrs Ruth Pojer, Miss Mandy Segal.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Kindergarten Class, 1969

Key words

shakespeare grove
kindergarten
elc
early learning centre
class photograph

Historical information

Kindergarten students, Shakespeare Grove, 1969. Second row, from left to right: Letitia Blachford, Jonathon Finkelstein.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Newspaper article - 'Chowers Farewell', 1966

Key words

shakespeare grove
principal
judaism
1960s

Historical information

Newspaper Article, 'Chowers Farewell', published in unknown newspaper, most likely in 1966. 'Some UJEB Headmasters at farewell to Mr. A. Chowers at home of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Lehrer. Above - left to right: Stabding - Mr. A. Chowers Mr. K. Rathner Mr. R. Star. Seated - Mrs. J. Goldberg, Mrs. E. Ofer, Mrs. R. Sindel. Members of the Executive of UJEB with Mr. Chowers whom they were farewelling: (below) left to right - Mr. P. Symons Mr. A. Chowers, Mr. S. Glass, Mrs. D. Danglow, Mr. D. Marejn, Mrs. P. Lipshut, Mr. R. Lehrer. Mrs. A. Kagan, Mr. S. Lipshut, Mr. K. Bearman.' Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Grade 5, 1976

Key words

class photograph
1970s

Historical information

Grade 5, 1976. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Grade 2, 1970

Key words

1970s
primary school
shakespeare grove
class photograph

Historical information

Grade 2, Shakespeare Grove, 1970. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Sports Day, c. 1980s

Key words

sport
1980s
sports day

Historical information

Sports Day, Hawthorn, c. 1980s. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Publication - Yearbook, 2002

Historical information

Annual Yearbook, 2002. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Staff event, 1979

Key words

1970s

Historical information

Staff event, 1979. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

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Album - Bialik College in the Press, 2010

Key words

2000s

Historical information

Album of newspaper clippings featuring Bialik, 2010. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

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Documents - Bialik in the Media, 2004

Key words

publicity

Historical information

File of newspaper articles featuring Bialik, 2004. Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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

Key words

shakespeare grove
hebrew school
judaism
donors
israel
zionist
community

Historical information

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."

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

Photograph - Hawthorn campus opening, 1980

Key words

hawthorn
1980s

Historical information

Opening of the Hawthorn campus, 1980. Include Principal David Goldsmith (left). Please contact [email protected] to request access to this record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123