“An immensely readable book . . . Anyone who thinks Australian history, and especially religious history, is dull, should read this book to have his or her opinions changed. The book is beautifully produced with colour plates and is clearly based on the most painstaking research.” —The Canberra Times
About the Author
John Levi was the first Australian to be ordained a rabbi. He is rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, having served there as rabbi from 1960 to 1997. He has a master of arts degree from Monash University, and a master of arts in Hebrew letters and doctor of divinity from Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. In 1998 he became regional director of the Australian, Asian and New Zealand Union for Progressive Judaism. He is a president of the Council of Christians and Jews, honorary president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, and member of the governing body of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. George Bergman was born in Germany in 1900, studied economics, history, and law at four universities and graduated as a doctor of economics and then as a lawyer. He left Germany in 1933 and served in the French Foreign Legion and the British Forces during World War II. He settled in Australia in 1947, where he joined the Public Service. His many published articles on Australian Jewish history include 40 in the Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society and a number of contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Dr. Bergman died in 1979.