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The vast majority of Jews in Oceania (c. 120,000) live in Australia, with a small population (c. 5,000) in New Zealand. Most are Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern European background, with many being survivors of the Holocaust arriving during and after World War II. More recently, a significant number of Jews have arrived from South Africa and Russia. The official number of people who practiced Judaism in the 2001 census was only 83,459 but this number is expected to be much higher, as it did not count those overseas (ie. dual Australian-Israeli nationals) or many non-practicing Jews who prefer not to disclose religion in the census are more common. The vast majority of Australia's Jews live in inner suburbs of Melbourne (particularly St Kilda, Elwood, Elsternwick, Caulfield and Toorak) and Sydney (Bondi, Dover Heights, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Hunters Hill) with smaller populations in Perth and the Gold Coast. In New Zealand, most Jews live in Auckland and Wellington with smaller populations in Dunedin and Christchurch. Dunedin Synagogue has possibly the world's southernmost Jewish congregation [1]. Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Main article: List of Jews. ... Main article: List of Jews. ... This page is a list of Jews. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This page is a list of Jews. ... Here is a list of some prominent (non Latin-) Caribbean Jews, arranged by country of origin. ... This page is a list of Jews. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World map exhibiting a common interpretation of Oceania; other interpretations may vary. ... Ashkenazi Jews, also known as Ashkenazic Jews or Ashkenazim (אַשְׁכֲּנָזִי אַשְׁכֲּנָזִים Standard Hebrew, Aškanazi,Aškanazim, Tiberian Hebrew, ʾAškănāzî, ʾAškănāzîm, pronounced sing. ... Eastern Europe is, by convention, a region defined geographically as that part of Europe covering the eastern part of the continent. ... “Shoah” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... St Kilda ( ) is an inner city suburb of the Victorian capital of Melbourne, Australia. ... Elwood is a bayside suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Elsternwick is a residential suburb 9 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria . ... Caulfield is a suburb of Australia, in the state of Victoria. ... Toorak is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ... Bondi is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Dover Heights is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Rose Bay is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, located five kilometers to the east of the central business district of Sydney. ... Vaucluse is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... St Ives is a suburb in northern Sydney, Australia, part of the Upper North Shore and 16 kilometers north of the CBD. It is part of the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area. ... Hunters Hill is a suburb of Sydney, Australia and also forms the smallest of Sydneys local government areas. ... The Perth skyline viewed from the Swan River This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... Gold Coast is a city and local government area in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... For other uses, see Wellington (disambiguation). ... Dunedin (Ōtepoti in Maori) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the region of Otago. ... Christchurch (Māori: ) is the regional capital of Canterbury, New Zealand. ...

Here is a list of some prominent Oceanian Jews, arranged by country of origin.



Academic figures

Roy Clive Abraham (16 December 1890, Melbourne, Australia - 22 June 1963, Hendon, London) was a key figure in African language scholarship during the twentieth century. ... Samuel Alexander (January 6, 1859 - September 13, 1938) was an Australian-born philosopher. ... Sir Otto Frankel (4 November 1900, Vienna-21 November 1998, Canberra) was an Austrian-born Australian geneticist. ... Joseph Jacobs (1854, Australia - 1916) was a British literary historian. ... Karl Kruszelnicki holding a copy of his book Sensational Moments in Science at a university open day Karl Kruszelnicki AM (1948 Helsingborg, Sweden) is a scientist, although best known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television. ... Kurt Mahler is a British mathematician and a Fellow of the Royal Society. ... Robert Manne is a professor of politics at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and one of Australias foremost public intellectuals. ... Bernhard Neumann (15 Oct 1909 - 20 Oct 2002) was a German born mathematician who was one of the leading figures in group theory greatly influencing the direction of the subject. ... Professor Sir Gustav Joseph Victor Nossal, AC, CBE, FRS, FAA (born June 4, 1931) is a distinguished Australian research biologist and brilliant communicator. ... For other persons named Peter Singer, see Peter Singer (disambiguation). ...

Business figures

  • Sir Peter Abeles, former chairman of Ansett
  • Rodney Adler, CEO of HIH Insurance
  • John Gandel & Marc Besen, founder/owners of Chadstone Shopping Centre and Sussan fashion chain
  • Joseph Gutnick, mining magnate & ex-President of Melbourne F.C.
  • Frank Lowy, founder of The Westfield Group
  • Sidney Myer, founder of Myer department store & philanthropist
  • Leon & Richard Pratt, founder/owners of Visy Industries
  • Poppy King, cosmetist
  • Rene Rivkin, stockbroker
  • Abe Saffron, nightclub owner
  • Smorgon family, founder/owners of Smorgon Steel and other businesses
  • John Saunders, co-founder of The Westfield Group [4][5]
  • Harry Triguboff, billionaire, Meriton Apartments
  • Sidney Sinclair, AM, OBE, Men's Fashion (including Anthony Squires, Sax Altman, Parini, Martin Wells, Ermenegildo Zegna), Export Development Council, Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee, federal advisory panel on East European countries, founder president of the Men’s Fashion Council of Australia, honorary life member of the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers’ Association, Vice Chairman Austcare, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, A founder president and life member of the Parramatta Synagogue, President and life member The Great Synagogue Sydney, president of the Australian Jewish Welfare Society in NSW, president of the Federation of Australian Jewish Community Services, councilor of the NSW Jewish War Memorial, member Executive Council of Australian Jewry, trustee of the Goulburn Jewish cemetery,

Sir Peter Emil Herbert Abeles AC (1924-04-25–1999-06-25) was an Australian transportation magnate. ... Ansett Australia or Ansett was a major Australian domestic and international airline, flying many passengers around Australia and to many destinations in Asia at its height in 1996. ... HIH Insurance was Australias second largest insurance company, which was placed into provisional liquidation on 15 March 2001. ... HIH Insurance was Australias second largest insurance company, which was placed into provisional liquidation on 15 March 2001. ... John Gandel (born 1935) is an Australian billionaire who made his fortune in the real estate industry. ... Chadstone Shopping Centre (also known as Chaddy to local residents) located in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia is the 3rd largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere (behind Knox City Shopping Centre and Westfield Fountain Gate), with nearly four hundred stores and a lettable area of over 137... Joseph Gutnick (sometimes referred to as Diamond Joe) is an Australian businessman. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... Frank Lowy AC (born 1930) is a Jewish Australian businessman. ... The Westfield Group is a multinational company that owns shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ... Sidney Baerski Myer, born Simcha Baevski , (February 8, 1878 Russia. ... Myer Emporium. ... Richard L. Pratt, Jr. ... Poppy King (born 24 May 1972) is an Australian entrepreneur. ... Rene Rivkin (6 June 1944 – 1 May 2005) was an Australian entrepreneur, stockbroker, and investment adviser. ... Abraham Gilbert (Abe) Saffron (6 October 1919 - 15 September 2006), was an Australian nightclub owner and property developer who was widely reputed to have been one of the major figures in Australian organised crime in the latter half of the 20th century. ... The Smorgon family may refer to: Graham Smorgon David Smorgon The family is famous for its establishment of Smorgon Steel. ... John Saunders, is currently a journalist for ESPN and ABC. Before working for ESPN, he worked in Baltimore for WMAR and for City-TV in Toronto. ... The Westfield Group is a multinational company that owns shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. ... Harry Oscar Triguboff A.O (born March 3, 1933) is an Australian property developer and billionaire. ...

Cultural figures

Claudia Lee Black (born October 11, 1972 in Sydney) is an Australian actress, best known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun and Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction television series Farscape and Stargate SG-1 respectively. ... Lily Brett is an Australian writer and expatriate living in New York City. ... Geraldine Brooks is an Australian author, who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney. ... Burmeister as Erica in Hating Alison Ashley Saskia Burmeister (born on February 12, 1985 in New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian actress who is best known for her roles in Wicked Science and Hating Alison Ashley. ... Judy Cassab, (1920- ) Australian painter born in Vienna, twice winner of the Archibald Prize, appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969, and given an Order of Australia in 1988. ... Deborah Conway is an Australian musician who became well known in the band Do-Re-Mi with their surprise hit Man Overboard. ... Isla Lang Fisher (born February 3, 1976) is an Australian actress and author. ... Luke Ford, circa 2000 Luke Ford is a writer, blogger, and pornography gossip columnist known for his salacious disclosures and traditionalist Jewish religious views. ... FourPlay Electric String Quartet is a four-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1995. ... Amelia Frid is an actress who played Cody Willis in Neighbours. ... -1... Renée Geyer. ... Alan Gold, (born Alan David Gold Leicester, UK, 1945) is a novelist, literary critic and human rights activist. ... David Helfgott (born May 19, 1947) is an Australian pianist, born in Melbourne to Polish-Jewish parents, whose life inspired Australian director Scott Hicks Oscar-winning film Shine. ... David Hirschfelder is an Australian composer and performer. ... Elena Kats-Chernin (born 1957) is an Australian composer. ... Ben Lee (born September 11, 1978 in Sydney, Australia) is a ARIA Award winning Jewish Australian musician and actor. ... Lior is an Israeli born, Australian singer-songwriter based in Sydney. ... David Malouf David Malouf (born March 20, 1934) in Brisbane is an Australian writer whose themes encompass Australian history and the Australian landscape. ... Bill Meyer may refer to: Bill Meyer (artist) (b. ... Euphoria was a very popular Australian Pop/Dance music trio from the early 1990s and were based out of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Isaac Nathan is an Anglo-Jewish musician and self-publicist (c. ... Helmut Newton portrait on his gravestone. ... Elliot Perlman is a prize-winning author of two novels and one collection of short stories. ... Roy Rene, also known as Harry van der Sluys (b February 15, 1891 d November 22, 1954) was born in Adelaide, South Australia. ... Lara Sacher (right) with co-star Damien Bodie in a 2005 episode of Neighbours Lara Sacher (born 2 November 1986) is an Australian actress who plays Serena Bishop on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. ... This Australian media personality is not to be confused with the American author Jonathan Safran Foer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Austen Tayshus appearing on Andrew Dentons Enough Rope Austen Tayshus (real name Alexander Sandy Gutman; born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on March 17, 1954) is a Jewish Australian comedian. ... Simon Tedeschi (born 1981) is an Australian Jewish classical pianist. ... Yidcore is a Jewish punk rock band from Australia. ...

Political figures

The Australian National University, or ANU, is a public university located in Canberra, Australia. ... Moses (Moss) Henry Cass (born 18 February 1927) is a former member of the Australian House of Representatives. ... Ian Cohen (born 1951) is an Australian politician, he has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1995 , for New South Wales. ... Rt. ... Michael Jeffery, the current Governor-General of Australia The Governor-General of Australia is the representative in Australia of Australias head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, who lives in the United Kingdom. ... Michael Danby Michael David Danby (born 16 February 1955), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of Melbourne Ports, Victoria. ... Australian House of Representatives chamber Entrance to the House of Representatives The Australian House of Representatives is one of the two houses (chambers) of the Parliament of Australia. ... Marcus Richard Einfeld AO QC is an Australian lawyer, judge and social activist who served as Justice of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory as well as the President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity... Dr. Martin Indyk (born July 1, 1951, London, England) is a former American ambassador. ... Sir Isaac Isaacs Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, KBE, PC (6 August 1855 - 12 February 1948) Australian judge and politician, was the ninth Governor-General of Australia, the first Jew, and the first Australian to occupy that post. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sir John Monash General Sir John Monash, GCMG, KCB, VD (27 June 1865 – 8 October 1931), Australian military commander of the First World War, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to parents of Prussian-Jewish origin (the family name was originally spelled Monasch). ... Eric Roozendaal (born 16 March 1962), Australian politician, was born in Sydney and educated at Macquarie University. ... James D. Wolfensohn (2003) James Wolfensohn KBE AO (born December 1, 1933) was the ninth president of the World Bank Group. ...

Religious figures

  • Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, emeritus senior rabbi of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Senior Rabbi to the Australian Defence Force, Registrar of the Sydney Beth Din, and author of OzTorah http://www.oztorah.com.
  • Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Rabbi of the Yeshiva Centre.
  • Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, director of many Chabad operations in Victoria.
  • Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, late chief Rabbi of Victoria & president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria.
  • Mr Abraham Rabinovitch, philanthropist and founder of Sydney's main Orthodox Jewish educational institutions.

Rabbi, in Judaism, means a religious ‘teacher’, or more literally, ‘great one’. The word Rabbi is derived from the Hebrew root word , rav, which in biblical Hebrew means ‘great’ or ‘distinguished (in knowledge)’. Sephardic and Yemenite Jews pronounce this word ribbÄ«; the modern Israeli pronunciation rabbÄ« is derived from a... A beth din (בית דין, Hebrew: house of judgment, plural battei din) is a rabbinical court of Judaism. ... Rabbi Pinchus Hakohen Feldman OAM (born 1945) is the Chabad Chief Rabbi and first shaliach (emissary) of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement in New South Wales, Australia. ... Yeshiva Centre was established in 1956 by Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, Mr. ... Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner is the head Chabad shaliach (emmisary) to Victoria, Australia, and the director of numerous Jewish schools through the Yeshivah Centre. ... Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, born 1921 in Ukraine and died 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, was Chief Rabbi of Victoria, Australia, the president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria, and the longstanding rabbi at Elwood Hebrew Congregation. ... Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place to Be Motto(s): Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Constitutional monarchy Governor David de Kretser Premier Steve Bracks (resigning effective 30th July 2007) (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 37  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05... Abraham Rabinovitch is a well respected pioneer of the Sydney Jewish community. ...

Sports figures

  • Michael Klinger, cricketer
  • Albert Rosenfeld, rugby league player
  • Lionel Van Praag, speedway champion
  • Riley Toms, racketball champion of NSW
  • Peter Fuzes, soccer goalkeeper for Hakoah and Australia, Maccabi Hall of Fame 2003. Played 1st grade 1964 till 1976; International career From 1966 to 1972, against Scotland 1967, Greece 1969, Israel 1969 & 1972. Played against various European club sides including AS ROMA 1966, Manchester United at the time of Bobby Charlton & Dennis Law.
  • Todd Goldstein, Australian rules footballer
  • David Zalcberg Australian jewish Olympic Table Tennis Player. Also an ex collegian at Mount Scopus Memorial College.
  • John Stark, Butterfly 200 metres swimmer. Tokyo Olympics 1964, National 200 m. champion, Maccabian gold medallist 1965. Maccabi Hall of fame inducted 1999.

Michael Klinger (born 1980) is a first-class cricketer in Victoria, Australia. ... Australia rugby league footballer Albert Aaron Rosenfeld (1885-1970), born in Sydney, Australia. ... Lionel Maurice Van Praag, GM (17 December 1908 – 1987) was an Australian motorcycle speedway champion, who won the inaugural Speedway World Championship in London on 10 September 1936. ... Todd Goldstein, born 1 July 1988 is an Australian rules footballer playing for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the Australian Football League. ... David Zalcberg ([zaltsberg]?) (born May 4, 1981, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian tennis player. ... // MOUNT SCOPUS (or MSMC) was opened on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for its first school year in 1949, taking its name from Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, which remained in Israeli control during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. ... General John Stark John Stark (August 28, 1728 – May 8, 1822) was a general who served in the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. ...

French Polynesia

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New Zealand

Political figures

Other city mayors include: For the Australian/New Zealand actor see Francis Bell (actor) Sir Francis Henry Dillon Bell, GCMG, KC (1851 – 13 March 1936) was the first New Zealand-born Prime Minister. ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is most senior officer in the Government of New Zealand. ... Mark Blumsky Mark Blumsky QSO is a former Mayor of Wellington (1995 to 2001) and a current member of New Zealand Parliament for the National Party. ... For other uses, see Wellington (disambiguation). ... John Phillip Key (born 9 August 1961, in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand politician. ... The Rt Hon Sir Michael Myers, GCMG, PC, KC Inner Temple (b. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (15 June 1901 - 14 August 1989) served as Mayor of Auckland from 1959 to 1965 and from 1968 to 1980. ... Sir Julius Vogel Sir Julius Vogel KCMG (February 24, 1835 - March 12, 1899) was New Zealands only practicing Jewish prime minister. ...

  • Auckland: Henry Isaacs (1874), Sir Ernest Davis (1935-1941) and Colin Kay (1980-1983)
  • Christchurch: Charles Louisson (1888-1889, 1898-1899)
  • Invercargill: Eve Poole
  • Wellington: Ian Lawrence (1986-1989)

Other figures

  • Sir Louis Barnett, surgeon
  • Esmond de Beer, historian, collector, philanthropist
  • Ethel Benjamin, first woman lawyer in the British Empire
  • Charles Brasch, poet, literature patron
  • Angela D'Audney, television anchor
  • Benjamin Farjeon, writer
  • Willi Fels, philanthropist and collector
  • Bendix Hallenstein, clothing manufacturer and merchant
  • Wally Hirsch, former Race Relations Conciliator
  • Michael Hirschfeld, businessman, activist & Labour Party president
  • Pei Te Hurinui Jones, Ngati Maniapoto leader & scholar (Jewish father)
  • Josh Kronfeld, rugby player
  • Joseph Nathan, founder of GlaxoSmithKline

Sir Louis Edward Barnett, CMG (1865 – 1946) was a professor of surgery and founder of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. ... Charles Orwell Brasch (27 July 1909 - 20 May 1973) was a New Zealand poet, literary editor and arts patron. ... Benjamin Leopold Farjeon (12 May 1838, London, England-23 July 1903 in Hampstead, England) was an English playwright, printer, journalist, and author, known for his huge output. ... Bendix Hallenstein Bendix Hallenstein (1835 (January 24?) - January 6, 1905) was a merchant, statesman, and manufacturer from New Zealand. ... The New Zealand Labour Party is a New Zealand political party. ... Joshua Adrian Josh Kronfeld (born June 30, 1971) is a former international rugby union player for the New Zealand All Blacks. ... GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK NYSE: GSK) is a British based pharmaceutical, biologicals, and healthcare company. ...

See also

This page is a list of Jews. ... The history of the Jews in Australia began with the transportation of several Jewish convicts aboard the First Fleet in 1788 when the first European settlement was established on the continent in present-day Sydney. ... This is a list of well-known people associated with New Zealand. ...


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ "Something Jewish" article
  3. ^ Berry, Ruth. "Will the real John Key step forward", The New Zealand Herald, 2006-11-25. Retrieved on 2006-11-27.  "my mother was Jewish which technically makes me Jewish"

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