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ייִדיש מעלבורן YIDDISH MELBOURNE - INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

Yiddish life in Melbourne has been greatly enriched by many international visitors.  From the early part of the twentieth century until the present day a steady stream of Yiddish academics, writers, actors, singers and political figures have undertaken speaking and performance engagements in Melbourne, many returning on successive tours.  These visitors often performed to full houses and were augmented by local lecturers, writers, actors and singers.  Amongst some of the earliest visitors were the writers Peretz Hirshbein who came to Melbourne in 1921 and Melech Ravitch who stayed in Melbourne between 1934 and 1937 during which time he also became the inaugural Headmaster of the I.L. Peretz School.

Photo of Nign with guest artist Theodore Bikel

Nign with guest artist Theodore Bikel

Photo of poster advertising the performance of Yiddish comedian Shimon Dzigan, 1975

Poster advertising the performance
of Yiddish comedian Shimon Dzigan, 1975

The following table presents a list of those international visitors who contributed to the cultural life of Yiddish Melbourne.
Year Name of person Background What they did in Melbourne Who brought
them out
Source
1921 Peretz Hirshbein Writer from USA Lectured Kadimah Towards a History
1934-37 Melech Ravitch Writer from Poland Wrote, lectured, inaugural Principal I.L. Peretz School Kadimah Towards a History
1955
(First of many tours)
Rosa and Zygmunt Turkow Actors, theatrical directors from Israel Performed in and directed plays; Zygmunt Turkow directed Uncle Moses, Zing Mayn Folk (Sing My People), Goldfaden's Cholem (Goldfaden's Dream), Oyf di Moyrn fun Yerushalayim (At the walls of Jerusalem), Scenes from Sholem Aleichem The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1955 Mr H. Triwaks Lecturer from Argentina Lectured on "Jewish Life in Argentina" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1956 Yankev Pat Bund leader, writer from USA Lectured Kadimah AJN/Kadimah AGM Report
1957 Chayele Grober Actress from Sweden Five performances of her own play Oyf Fridlecher Erd (On Peaceful Soil) and also gave two recitals The David Herman Theatre/Kadimah
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers/Kadimah AGM Report
1957 & 1963 Dov Ber Malkin Academic from Israel On both tours he delivered a series of lectures on a wide range of topics.  In 1957 he delivered ten lectures:
  1. Opening address (untitled)
  2. Sholem Aleichem in a new light
  3. Kiddush Hashem and Heroism in Jewish History and in Jewish Literature
  4. The New Generation in the literature of Israel
  5. Theatre and Cinema and the Man of today
  6. Sholem Asch
  7. The world of today and today's world literature
  8. Theatre in Israel -- achievements and problems
  9. I.L. Peretz
  10. Warsaw, New York, Moscow -- three literary centres
Kadimah
Towards a History/Kadimah AGM Report
1958 Mr Leib Rochman Academic Delivered three lectures:
  1. Facing Galuth
  2. Israel -- a religious or civil state
  3. Jewish concerts in Israel
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1960 Ida Kaminska Actress from Poland Performed in and produced Baymer Starbn Stayendik (Trees Die Standing), Mirele Efros The David Herman Theatre AJN and Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1960 Ruth Turkow-Kaminska Actress from Poland Performed in Baymer Starbn Stayendik (Trees Die Standing), Mirele Efros The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1960 Meir Melman Actor from Poland Performed in Baymer Starbn Stayendik (Trees Die Standing), Mirele Efros The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1960 Karol Latowicz Actor from Poland Performed in Baymer Starbn Stayendik (Trees Die Standing), Mirele Efros The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1960 & 1963 Yankev Malkin Writer from Israel In 1960 delivered two keynote lectures on "Journalistic truth and literary lie in Leon Uris' Exodus" and "Three Literary mirrors of Jewish Catastrophe in Europe."  Also delivered a series of fourteen lectures at the Kadimah on Jewish literature and theatre. 

In 1963 delivered a series of eleven lectures:

  1. The Jew and the man of the world -- yesterday and today
  2. Literature and art in the world of today
  3. Man and woman in the new light of our times
  4. Silent song in the tumultuous world
  5. The great literature of the little man -- Chekhov and Sholem Aleichem
  6. Ilya Ehrenburg -- the most Jewish non-Jew of our times
  7. Modern theatre
  8. Jewish literature in the world and in Israel today
  9. Messiah or Golem -- who will bring salvation?
  10. Man and society in the twentieth century
  11. Eternal Jew -- legend and reality
Kadimah
Towards a History and AJN/Kadimah AGM Report
1960 Sidor Belarsky Singer from USA Performed in several concerts Kadimah AJN
1961 Dr H. Shoskes YIVO Representative from USA Delivered a series of three lectures:
  1. Jewish Life in Soviet Russia
  2. My trip through the Arabic countries
  3. The rising African continent
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1961 Abraham Sutzkever Poet from Israel Delivered a series of ten lectures:
  1. My life and my poem
  2. My meetings with Shlomo Michoels in Moscow 1944-1946
  3. Yiddish writer in Israel
  4. Peretz Markish and his environment
  5. From Vilna till Jerusalem
  6. As a witness at the Nuremberg trial
  7. The fate of the writer group "Young Vilna"
  8. My talks with Ilya Ehrenburg and Boris Pasternak
  9. At the Sinai mountain
  10. The main characteristics of my poetry
Kadimah
Towards a History/AJN/Kadimah AGM Report
1961 Mr J. Artuski Lecturer Lectured on "The Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in Israel" Bund Kadimah AGM Report
1962 Mendel Mann Writer & painter from France Delivered a series of eight lectures:
  1. From Moscow to Berlin
  2. Jewish life in the world -- impressions
  3. My talk with 4 great Yiddish writers -- Sholem Asch, David Pinski, Zalman Shneour, Joseph Opatoshu
  4. From Plonsk to the Arab village Jasur
  5. Among Jewish tribes in Israel
  6. Soviet Jewish literature -- its rise, fall and "resurrection"
  7. Would Israel become the spiritual centre of the Jewish people?
  8. People whom I met on my literary path
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1962,69 1970,79 David Tuszynski
Artist/sculptor
In 1979 lectured on "The Jewish artist in the world of art"
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1963 Jacob Zerubavel
Lecturer from Israel
Lectured on "Yiddish in Israel and the Diaspora"
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1963 Ms Chaike Grossman Former Warsaw ghetto resistance fighter from Israel Lectured Friends of Hashomer Hatzair Kadimah AGM Report
1964 Yosef Shein Theatre director from Israel Directed Blondzhende Shtern (Wandering Stars), Zayn Nomen Redt far Zich (His name speaks for him), Di Tzvay Kuni Lemels (The Two Kuni Lemels)

Delivered two lectures:

  1. S. Michoels
  2. The revolt of the Soviet youth after the Stalin epoch
The David Herman Theatre
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers /Kadimah AGM Report
1964 & 1976 Prof Eliezer Knox Academic from USA Delivered a series of fourteen lectures in 1964 on literature, religion, philosophy and Israel:
  1. The meaning of Judaism today
  2. Literature and life
  3. The Negro crisis in America
  4. Jewish humour
  5. Jewish religion-what makes it Jewish and Universal
  6. Masterpieces of Jewish literature
  7. Democracy and Dictatorship
  8. Jewish life in the USA
  9. Sholom Asch
  10. Chassidism and Chassidic Motives in Jewish Literature
  11. Tradition and secularism in Jewish life
  12. Judaism and Christianity in connection with the Ecumenical Council
  13. The meaning of life
  14. The State of Israel and the Jewish people
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1965 Dr Berel Frimer Academic from Israel Delivered a series of five lectures:
  1. The Jewish map in 1965
  2. Soviet Russia and Soviet Jewry
  3. Israel today -- Dangers and prospects
  4. Jewish life in North and South America
  5. Cultural life in Israel
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report & AJN
1965 & 1975 Szymon Dzigan Comedian & satirist from Israel In 1975 performed in Vu Zenen Mayne Zibn Gute Yor? (Where are my seven good years?) Kadimah & The David Herman Theatre AJN & Event Program
1966 Levi Shalit Writer & editor of Yiddish newspapers from South Africa Delivered a series of four lectures:
  1. The melody of the Eastern European Jew
  2. The Jew and the modern world
  3. The urge to redemption in H. Leivick's dramas
  4. Jews in South Africa
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1966 Abba Kovner Writer & ex-partisan fighter from Israel Guest speaker at Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration.  Lectured on "The Time of the Khurbn and resistance and their reflection in literature" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1967 Eve Rosenfarb Morgentaler Poet from Canada Guest at Warsaw ghetto uprising commemoration and delivered four lectures:
  1. Sholem Asch and Bashevis Singer
  2. Theatre today
  3. Pseudo art and Art
  4. H. Leivick and his drama in the days of Job
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1967 Dora Kalinova Actress from USA Gave 6 performances Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1967 Prof B. Sherman Academic from USA Lectured on "Soviet Jews 50 years after the Revolution" M. Sharett Foundation Kadimah AGM Report
1967 Mr A. Lis Writer from Israel Lectured on "Yiddish in Israel in previous years and today" State Zionist Council
of Vic
Kadimah AGM Report
1967 Prof A. Kahan Academic from USA Lectured on "USA on the crossroads" Bund Organization Kadimah AGM Report
1968 Prof Samuel Rozanski Writer, journalist, academic from Argentina Guest at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration.

Delivered a series of five lectures:

  1. Why is Sholem Aleichem so popular?
  2. Israel in Yiddish literature and Yiddish literature in Israel
  3. Parents and children in Yiddish literature
  4. Youth in Yiddish literature
  5. State of Israel and the Jewish world
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1969 Mr Pesach Burstin Lecturer Guest at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "Israel after the Six Day War" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1970 (Prof) Israel Gutman Academic & former Warsaw Ghetto fighter from Israel Guest at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "How has Israeli youth been affected by the Six Day War?" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1971 Abraham Shulman Lecturer from USA Delivered a series of six lectures:
  1. Social elements in Jewish humour
  2. Isaac Bashevis Singer in the Jewish and World literature
  3. The Negroes and Jews in America
  4. Theatre of the Absurd
  5. M. Nadir and Sholem Aleichem
  6. The tales of Chelm
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1971 Shalom Grajak Lecturer & former Warsaw Ghetto Fighter from Israel Guest at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "Israel's present political and military situation" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Moshe  Warshavsky Actor & director Performed and directed Shalom Israel, Kaynmol Nisht tzu Shpet (Never too late), Geshosn un Getrofn (Shot and hit the target), Fun Alem tzu Bisleh (A Little of Everything) The David Herman Theatre
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1972 Mordechai Tsanin Newspaper editor from Israel Delivered a series of seven lectures:
  1. Aliya from Soviet Russia and the place of the Jewish writer in it
  2. One hundred years of Yiddish literature
  3. Socialism and reality in Israel
  4. Hebrew and Yiddish literature in Israel
  5. From nation back to tribes
  6. The heritage of East European Jewry without an heir
  7. Israel as a laboratory for culture and civilization
Kadimah
 Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Dr Samuel Pisar Academic from France Lectured on "With weapons of Peace" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Dr Alexander Rosenfeld Representative Brit Ivrit Olamit Lectured on "The Jewish nation between faith and sceptism" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Nathan Spiro Actor Performed in revues and plays Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Lola Sheinfeld Actress Performed in revues and plays Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1972 Miriam Naaman Actress Performed in revues and plays Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1973 Toivie Maizel Lecturer from Mexico Delivered a series of seven lectures:
  1. Jews in Mexico
  2. The specific way of the Jewish people in World History
  3. The demographic explosion in the world
  4. Land and Nation
  5. Jews in the World
  6. Education and Culture
  7. Jewish Folklore
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1973 Faivl Zigelboim Writer from Israel Lectured on "World themes in Manger's Ballads" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1973 & 1977 Leah Koenig Actress Performed in Bereshis (The Beginning) in 1973 The David Herman Theatre (1973)
S. Migdalek (1977)
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
S. Migdalek biography
1973 & 1977 Zvi Shtolper Actor & director Performed and directed in Bereshis (The beginning) in 1973 and the revue Nor Oyf Simchas (Only at Celebrations) The David Herman Theatre (1973)
S. Migdalek (1977)  
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
S. Migdalek biography  
1974 Dinah Halpern Actress & director Performed and directed in Di Kishefmacherin (The Witch) The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1974 Mr I. Kersh Lecturer from Israel Lectured on "Isaac Bashevis Singer -- singer, writer of our generation" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1974 Mr I. Stolarski Lecturer from Israel Lectured on "Jewish life in Diaspora -- present and future" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1974 Mr J. Papiernikow Poet from Israel Lectured Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1974 Ms Sonia Lisaron Singer from Israel Gave 3 concert recitals Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1975 Abram Stuczynski Lecturer from Israel Lectured on "Is a war in the Middle East unavoidable?" Kadimah

 

Kadimah AGM Report
1975 & 1978 Prof Arthur Lermer Academic from Canada Delivered a series of ten lectures in 1975:
  1. Vilna-New York-Jerusalem
  2. Three philosophies of Jewish life
  3. Franz Kafka and H.D. Nomberg
  4. Principles of Cultural Pluralism
  5. Perspectives for Jewish Life in North America
  6. The danger of extinction of Western Civilization
  7. Role of organized communities in Jewish life
  8. The quality of life and the socio-economic crisis of today
  9. The tragedy of Moshe Kulbak
  10. Dynamics of the Jewish Cultural life in Canada

Delivered a series of six lectures in 1978:

  1. The decline of Western Civilization and the impact on World Jewry
  2. The rainbow theory of Jewish survival
  3. Secularity in modern Jewish life
  4. J.J. Trunk and his epic on Polish Jewry
  5. Is there a solution to the world crisis?
  6. Ups and downs of creativity in modern Jewish life
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1976 Jacob Rotbaum Theatrical director and artist Directed theatre Production Di Yorshim (The Heirs), held a painting exhibition and delivered 2 lectures and 2 concerts:
  1. Shloime Michoels -- the man, Jew and artist
  2. Our Sholem Aleichem (in concert)
  3. Theatre miracles
  4. Struggle, Heroism and Uprising (in concert)
The David Herman Theatre
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers/Kadimah AGM Report
1976 Yitzhak Korn Chairman World Conference for Yiddish & Jewish Culture in Jerusalem Lectured on "Is a world conference on Yiddish culture necessary?" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1976,77,79 Mike Burstyn Singer Performed in concerts S. Migdalek/Kadimah S. Migdalek biography/Kadimah AGM Report
1976 Jan Pierce Singer Performed in concerts S. Migdalek S. Migdalek biography
1976 Chaim Lazar Former Warsaw Ghetto fighter Guest speaker at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "Political and cultural life in Israel" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1976 Rabbi David Hollander Lecturer Lectured on "The Jews and Judaism in Russia" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1976 & 1977 Micha Alexandrovich Singer Performed classical songs in concert Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1977 Ethel Kovenski & Lev Kogan Singer & musician Performed in six concerts Kadimah AJN
1978 Schmuel Atzmon Actor & director from Israel Performed and directed in Motke Ganev (Motke the Thief),  Dos Himel Bet (The Four Poster Bed) The David Herman Theatre
Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1978 Leah Shlanger Actress from Israel Performed in Motke Ganev (Motke the Thief),  Dos Himel Bet (The Four Poster Bed) The David Herman Theatre Zable, Wanderers and Dreamers
1978 Vladka Meed Lecturer & former Warsaw Ghetto resistance fighter from USA Guest speaker at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "Jewish people after the Holocaust" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1978 Zenia Kessler & Shura Greenhouse Entertainers Performed in two concerts:
  1. Zing un lacht mit unz (Sing and laugh with us)
  2. Zu Zingen un zu zogn (To sing and to say)
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1979 Joseph Kerler Former Soviet Yiddish poet from Israel Delivered a series of seven lectures:
  1. The National Freedom movement of Soviet Jewry
  2. Yiddish literature after the October Revolution
  3. With love from Israel
  4. Poetry readings
  5. Mass murder of Yiddish culture in Soviet Russia
  6. The last encounter with the Jewish writers-martyrs
  7. The absorption of Russian Jewish Writers in Israel
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1979 Dov Shilansky Lecturer from Israel Guest at Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemoration and lectured on "Israel -- the centre of Jewish life" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1980 Israel Berkowicz Lecturer & theatrical director Delivered a series of thirteen lectures:
  1. Yiddish life in Rumania
  2. Jewish poetry from its oldest sources to the present day
  3. 100th birthday of Eliezer Steinberg
  4. Curiosities in Yiddish Cultural Relations
  5. Itzik Manger
  6. Sholem Asch: The controversial writer
  7. Bashevis Singer -- The Nobel Prize Winner
  8. Sh. Anski
  9. Chaim Nachman Bialik -- The bilingual poet
  10. Jacob Gordin -- The reformer of Yiddish theatre
  11. I.L. Peretz
  12. Abraham Goldfaden -- The father of Yiddish theatre
  13. Humour in Yiddish Folklore
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1988 Theodore Bikel Actor & singer Performed Kadimah & Friends of the Hebrew University Program published for Nign
1988 & 1991 Prof Gershon Winer Academic from Israel Delivered a series of ten lectures in 1988:
  1. Worldly and secular: one and the same?
  2. Religious experiences in secular kibbutzim
  3. Yiddish and modern Hebrew
  4. The humour of Sholem Aleichem
  5. Bashevis Singer -- A Jewish writer or a writer amongst Jews?
  6. Rashi for the secular Jew
  7. Eretz Israel in the poems of Sutzkever and Grade
  8. H. Leivick's spiritual struggle
  9. I.L. Peretz: Chassidism and Grade's following
  10. My 18 years in Israel
Delivered a series of four lectures in 1991:
  1. Impressions of Moscow conference on Yiddish culture
  2. The controversy surrounding Bashevis Singer
  3. Two contradictory ideas in Judaism
  4. Untitled
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1988 & 1993 Prof Wolf Moskowicz Academic Delivered a series of eight lectures in 1993:
  1. Jewish surnames of Eastern Europe, their origin and history in Yiddish
  2. The 13th tribe by Arthur Koestler and the problem of the origin of Eastern European Jews.
  3. Jews and Tanach in Slavic Folklore and Literature
  4. Repeat of lecture 1.
  5. A new wave of anti-semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe
  6. The influence of Yiddish on modern Hebrew
  7. Untitled lecture
  8. Immigration and absorption of Russian Jews
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1989 Prof Israel Gutman Academic and former Warsaw Ghetto resistance fighter from Israel Guest at Yom Hashoah commemoration and lectured on:
  1. The Emmanuel Ringelblum archive
  2. The Jewish Youth Movement and their attitudes to the Holocaust
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1989 Prof David Miler Academic from USA Delivered a series of five lectures:
  1. Language as a way of life
  2. The recent events in China
  3. Yiddish at the universities
  4. Don't force me to tell you the endings
  5. Bashevis Singer
Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1989 Yosl Birstein
Writer (formerly of Melbourne) from Israel
Lectured "With a smile along the little streets of Jerusalem"
 Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1989 Hadassa Kestin Lecturer Delivered four lecturers on the "Pearls of Yiddish poetry and prose" Kadimah Kadmah AGM Report
1989 Yaffa Yarkoni Singer from Israel Performed in three concerts Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1991 Melekh Frydman Lecturer from Argentina Delivered a series of nine lectures:
  1. The Jewish community in Argentina
  2. The Jewish writer as mirrored by Yiddish literature
  3. The soul of the Yiddish Folksong
  4. "Bialik"
  5. Sholem Aleichem through tears and laughter
  6. The writer Avraham Reisen
  7. The tragedy of Soviet Yiddish literature
  8. The life and creations of Yosef Papiernikow
  9. S. Anski from a Narodnik to Messenger
Kadimah 
Kadimah AGM Report
1991 Judith Lechter Singer Performed Yiddish and Hebrew classical songs Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1991 & 2008 Michael Alpert Klezmer musician from USA Performed and lectured on "Grandfather's song" Kadimah 1991 & Limmud Oz 2008 Programs produced for both events
1992 & 1994 Prof Dov Noy Academic from Israel Delivered a series of ten lectures in 1992:
  1. Today's Israeli and American Yiddish Folklore
  2. What makes Jewish Folklore Yiddish?
  3. If there is a God cult in Judaism?
  4. Jewish Folk Religion against the Roman influence
  5. Jewish humour
  6. Folklore on Chanukah
  7. Folklore of the Jewish people
  8. Folk element in the modern Jewish novel
  9. Jews and Judaism in the creativity of modern Israeli writers and poets
  10. The wives of Bobba Mayses: Female secrets passed on from one generation to the next
In 1994 lectured on "Lag B'Omer and Shavuout in Jewish Folklore"
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1995 Prof Avrom Nowershtern Academic from Israel  Delivered a series of seven lectures:
  1. The State of Israel and the Diaspora
  2. Deliverance and Motif in Yiddish literature
  3. YIVO from Vilna to New York
  4. Parents and children in Yiddish literature
  5. Yiddish writers between the shtetl and the big city
  6. Women writers in Yiddish literature
  7. Israel where old and modern cultures meet
Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
1996 Itka Shamir Lecturer from Israel Lectured on Yiddish Culture in Israel Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1997 Eliyahu Honig Academic from Israel Lectured on Yiddish Folksongs in relation to life in Eastern Europe and current events in Israel Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1997 Maria Ajzen Yiddish volunteer worker from Mexico Lectured on Jews in Mexico Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1997 & 2003 Adam Gruzman Academic from Israel Delivered a series of eight lectures in 1997 on Jewish history and its personalities.  In 2003 he lectured on the history of Ashkenazi Jewry, Yiddish literature and anti-Semitism Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1998 Genia Fajerman Entertainer Performed in concert Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
1998 Jacob Levin Actor Performed a solo word concert Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
2000 & 2002 Prof Eugene Orenstein Academic from Canada Delivered a series of four lectures in 2000:
  1. Ehud H'am and Shimon Dubnov
  2. The Roots of Modern Zionism
  3. The comedy of Sholem Aleichem
  4. Warsaw, Vilna and Odessa

Lectured in 2002 on S.H. Anski Folklorist, his contribution to Modern Jewish Culture

Kadimah
Kadimah AGM Report
2003 Prof Ruth Wisse Academic from USA Lectured on the occasion of Abraham Sutzkever's 90th birthday Pratt Orator University of Melbourne/Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
2003 Prof Martin Peretz Academic from USA Lectured Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
2009 Dr Zachary Berger Academic from USA Delivered a lecture on "Is medicine a Jewish profession?" Kadimah Kadimah AGM Report
Photo of Kadimah committee with visiting Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, 1961

Kadimah committee with visiting Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, 1961

The following table shows the number of public functions held at the Kadimah over a 20-year period and the number of attendees during that period (Kadimah AGM Report).
Date Number of public functions at Kadimah Number of attendees
1950 213 41,900*
1951 40 (Kadimah functions only) 11,850
1952 42 (Kadimah functions only)   9,980
1953 157 43,200*
1954 116 33,600*
1955 134 35,780*
1956 109 30,860*
1957 129 41,430*
1958 108 30,000*
1959 97 20,000*
1960 79 22,700*
1961 68 16,800
1962 57 13,020
1963 52 16,350
1964 72 17,500
1965 68 17,360
1966 40 15,400
1967 50 13,440
1968/69 (up to 2/3/69) 34 13,250
1969/70 (two-year period) 73 21,040

*Includes attendances in newspaper/reading room and club room