We are pleased to announce that we now have a new website and new
email address

Please enter on your BOOKMARK list,

Our new email address is -

The Committee of AJGS (Vic) wish to express our sincere appreciation
to our Treasurer,
Kurt Friedlaender who, with assistance from his grandson Joel, have
maintained and
updated notices on ( ) for over ten years. A job
well done.

Please note that you can access the National Conference website
through a link on

Lionel Sharpe, Hon. Secretary



Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Victoria), Inc
Established as a branch of the AJGS, 1995. Incorporated in Victoria, August, 1998

Address: PO Box 189, Glenhuntly, Victoria, 3163, Australia.
Telephone: 61 3 9523 6738


President: Allan Jankie ( )
Vice-President: Debbie Jurblum ( )
Treasurer: Kurt Friedlaender ( )
Hon. Secretary: Lionel Sharpe OAM ( )

Dr. David Cohen      ( )
Rodney Eisfelder ( ).
Russell Feldman ( )
Liz James  ( )
Enid Yoffa-Elton (

Phil Lipshut (

Kaye Quittner (

Ian Samuel OAM ( )
Leonie Fleiszig Makor Library Liaison  ( )

Newsletter: Jewish Genealogy Downunder - issued quarterly.

Editor Lionel Sharpe  OAM (
Assistant Editor
: Kaye Quittner ( )



The resource collection is housed at the Makor Jewish Community Library, 306 Hawthorn Rd., South Caulfield, 3162 and is accessible to the public, Monday - Thursday 9.00 am - 5.00pm and Sundays ,2.00-5.00pm.. Phone 61 3 9272 5611 for further information.

Membership continues to grow and it has now reached over 150. A monthly lecture program attracts good attendances at the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre in South Caulfield where all meetings are held. Regular beginners' workshops are held during the year as well as information displays at public events.

The Society is active in helping overseas enquiries in search of Holocaust survivors who may have migrated to Australia.





                            The following are a listing of 1000 death certificates of Jews who died

                    in NSW and Victoria between 1870 and 1980. They were placed in our care

                              by the Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic). These certificates

                             were purchased by Professor Bill Rubinstein in the early 1980s for a

                            sociological study he conducted on the occupational status of Jews in

                              NSW and Victoria. He presented these certificates to the AJHS in

                                                                  September 1984.


                                The random sample was drawn from the following time periods.

                             1870-1874, 1900-1903, 1928-1932, 1950-1951 and 1979-1980.


                          If you wish to receive information about or a copy of a particular

                           certificate, please contact the Society on <> giving

                                  the name of the deceased and specify NSW or Victoria.


Click here to view death certificates for Victoria & New South Wales

Click here to download an Excel file of Victorian Death Certificates (may be quicker)

Click here to download an Excel file of NSW Death Certificates (may be quicker)





Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Vic)

in association with the Makor Jewish Community Library invite you to hear  


   Liz James -     Elizabeth James and the Second Crusade


After finding a mysterious photo album dating back to 1860 and using three popular 

genealogical websites, it was possible to trace my ancestry to a dynasty of rabbinical 

scholars who trace their lineage back to the 11th Century at the time of the Second Crusade.

Even though the 'tree' was well documented and spanned 29 generations, linking the 

first seven generations to the last twenty-two generations took many years of research. 

Fortunately I had three important documents that provided  the information I needed to 

make this link. Join me in my quest to find out who my medieval ancestors were.   

  Liz James is honorary secretary of the Australian Jewish Historical Society (Vic) and a 

       member of the committee of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Vic). She is a 

       tenacious  researcher and leaves no stone unturned in her quest for family history.

Tuesday, 24th November 2009 at 7.30 pm  

Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Rd., South Caulfield 3162

Enquiries:   03 9523 6738  All welcome - Members: $4.00  Non-members: $6.00








The Second Australian National Conference on Jewish Genealogy

will be held from

 Sunday 7th March to Tuesday 9th March, 2010 in Melbourne,

Conference theme:

'Our Jewish Roots'

The conference will be hosted by the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Vic.)

in association with the Makor Jewish Community Library.


The conference will be held at the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre in South Caulfield.

It is expected to attract attendees from Australia and New Zealand, as well as overseas visitors.

The program will feature lectures, panel discussions and Special Interest Group meetings, along

with visits to Jewish institutions and public genealogical resources.

To indicate an 'expression of interest' and to receive further information as it comes to hand,