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Tree of Life
“Behold, a good doctrine has been given you, My Torah, do not forsake it. It is a tree of life to those who hold it fast, and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace”.

In 1999 the Jewish Community of South Australia curated an exhibition entitled the Tree of Life, for display at the Migration Museum (June to August 1999). We have recreated most of this exhibition on the Adelaide Jewish Museum website as it is an opportunity to add instant historical depth to the site. The exhibition panels were scanned for the website in July 2002 by Terri Matthews from Fuji Xerox Adelaide.

The original exhibition was sponsored by Adelaide City Council; Adelaide Hebrew Congregation; Beit Shalom Synagogue; Council of Christians and Jews, SA; Nyra and Albert Bensimon; Carol and Norman Schueler.

The following people donated their time and services:
I Aarons; S Almond; K Bailey; J Billingsley; G Bloustien; P Goodman; A Lipschitz; D Lipschitz; T Sharp; J Soininen; SA Union of Jewish Students.

Tree of Life Project Committee members:
M Ades; N Bensimon; K Benveniste; T Blumenthal; C Finnimore; K Goode; R Hoenig; M Luno; A Matison; L Ninio; G Rich; H Tversky-Steiner; B Yallen.

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Tree of Life

“For it is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and for them that uphold it, everyone is rendered happy. Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace. Long life is at its right side, riches and honour at its left”.

Proverbs 3:18

The above quotation from the Torah, the guidebook to Jewish life, refers to the study of this vital text. Through the approach suggested in the Torah, we celebrate Jewish existence. The quotation was the inspiration for a fundraising project that includes a major artwork installation called the Tree of Life.

Celebrating over 150 years of South Australia’s Jewish community, the Tree of Life provides sponsors with the opportunity to own part of the Tree by contributing funds to the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. With the kind permission from the AHC and the artist Simon Kessel, the Adelaide Jewish Museum has used the image of the Tree of Life sculpture for its identity and logo. The tree casts a shadow in the form of a menorah, the archetypal symbol of Judaism. This aspect of the design was the inspiration of graphic designers Hollinshead Zikas.

More about the Tree of Life Artwork, and the Artist, Simon Kessel.

Book of Life

This is an opportunity for South Australia’s Jewish community to share stories about their lives and to document their family history. Families that have relocated elsewhere subsequent to living in South Australia are also encouraged to submit their stories.
Email your story to Jewish Museum if you wish to publish it on the Adelaide Jewish Museum website. Photographs and documents can be scanned in to add value to the written word.

The Adelaide Jewish Museum publishes stories from the community on the Museum website. The records are freely and publicly available. However, copyright remains with the author. Anyone wanting to edit, reproduce, publish, broadcast, perform or adapt the records must get written permission from the author first.


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Welcome to the Links section of the Adelaide Jewish Museum.

Here you can find links related to Jewish life in Adelaide and around Australia.

 http://www.jewishmuseum.com.au – The Jewish Museum of Australia
http://www.jewishadelaide.com – JewishAdelaide.com
http://www.jewishaustralia.com – Jewish Australia
http://www.sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au – Sydney Jewish Museum
http://www.join.org.au/a-to-z.htm – A-Z of Jewish Australia on the Internet
http://www.join.org.au/ – Jewish Ozzies InterNet
http://www.jcssa.asn.au/ – Jewish Community Services South Australia?



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