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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-11-05

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Today's Jewish community is concen-
trated in the St. Kilda district, home of
the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation,
the oldest and largest synagogue in
the city. The original kehillah that was
formed in 1841 moved into the large,
stately building in 1930, and the
dome-topped, Victorian structure has
been in use ever since. Other syna-
gogues in Melbourne include Temple
Beth Israel, a liberal synagogue that
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seats more than 2,000 people; the St.
Kilda Hebrew Congregation, which is
more in the Old-World style; and the
Kew synagogue, the newest and most
modern-looking temple.
The Jewish Museum of Australia
displays Judaica, ritual objects, Holocaust material and paintings and sculptures by
Jewish authors. The nearby Kadimah Cultural Center shows Jewish and Yiddish drama,
and has a large library of Judaica. There are also kosher restaurants and grocery
stores throughout the St. Kilda area.

The most important Jewish sight
in Sydney is the Great Synagogue.
Built in 1878, the imposing build-
ing is one of the most spectacular
synagogues standing today. Its
four-story pointed towers, arches
and stained-glass clerestory are
prime examples of Victorian archi-
tecture. The building also houses a
Jewish museum and library.
While the Great Synagogue is
located in the center of the city,
most of Sydney's Jews live in the
Bondi and North Shore suburbs.
Bondi features the Hakoah Club,
a casino with a kosher dining room that is reminiscent of Atlantic City. The area,
which overlooks the ocean from a towering cliff, also features kosher restaurants, a
Lubavitch yeshivah and several synagogues.
In North Shore, the Jewish community is more spread out than in Bondi, and
there is no concentrated Jewish shopping area — but there is still plenty to be
seen. The North Shore synagogue is situated on several acres of tropical lawn; the
weekly Kiddush following Sabbath services is referred to as a "garden party." The
suburb also features a Jewish theater, other cultural activities and, of course, miles
of gorgeous beaches.
The recently built Museum of Australian Jewish History and the Holocaust is
located in Darlinghurst. It includes exhibits on the convicts who founded Sydney's
Jewish community and a re-creation of George Street in central Sydney, where a
number of Jewish businesses were located in the mid-1800s.



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