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Dr. Shalom Coleman

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Rabbi

Local Address: Western Australia, Australia
Company Description: The PHC was established over 110 years ago and is still as strong and dynamic a community as ever. The Shule was originally located in Brisbane Street, Northbridge....   more
Background

Employment History

  • Honorary Life President
    Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia
  • President
    Australia
  • Personal Representative of the President
    World
  • Rabbi
  • President
    Rotary
  • District Governor
    Rotary
  • Chairman
    Bangladesh Cyclone Warning Project

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Senior Appointments Committee and Chairman
    Perth Dental Hospital Board
  • Member
    Perth Dental Hospital Board
  • Board Member
    Pinarroo Valley Cemetery Boards
  • Member
    Pinarroo Valley Cemetery Boards

Education

  • diploma
    Jews' College
28 Total References
Web References
The Perth Hebrew Congregation
theperthshule.asn.au, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman (1965 - 1985)
This biographical account of and ...
www.vividpublishing.com.au [cached]
This biographical account of and compilation of tributes of the life of Rabbi Shalom Coleman, Australia's most senior Rabbi, has been published to honour the Rabbi on the occasion of his 95th birthday in December 2013.
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman is Honorary Life President of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia and Emeritus Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation. The biographical account of his life commences with the story of his family background and youth in Liverpool, England. His wartime service to the Royal Air Force, and post war dedication to the Zionist movement brings to life first-hand encounters with the early leaders of the modern Jewish State.
His biography then traverses four Rabbinic postings in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein (South Africa), Sydney and Perth (Australia). It was his service to the Perth Jewish Community, his place of residence for almost 50 years that laid the foundation for the religious renaissance and explosive growth of Australia's third largest Jewish community. Rabbi Coleman transformed Perth Jewry by delivering revolutionary educational initiatives and critical infrastructure. He has since had the merit to retire into the flourishing community and witness the fruit of his efforts.
Not content with his accomplishments within the Jewish community, Rabbi Dr Coleman has been a statesman to the broader community, delivering an exhaustive list of public service to charitable organisations and State agencies. He has served as a District Governor of Rotary, a Justice of the Peace, a Grand Master to the Freemasons, and as a Member of the Murdoch University Senate. He was appointed to the Karrakatta Cemetery Board, was Chairman of the Perth Dental Hospital Board, vice chair of the Save the Children Fund, and remains a Patron to the Family Association of Australia. These and many other contributions to the community have earned him a CBE and many other public honours.
The extraordinary level of energy that Rabbi Dr Coleman dedicates to the many thousands upon thousands of lives that he has touched continues unabated today. An active nonagenarian, the Rabbi continues to teach a weekly Talmud class, officiates at the Synagogue of the Maurice Zeffert Home (of which he is an Honorary Life Governor), and is actively engaged by congregants and community groups.
The launch of the book Spiritual Treasure not only recounts a life that has spanned some of the momentous events of modern history, but also serves as an important contribution to the historical literature of Jewish Australia. The personal experiences of Rabbi Coleman have been brought to life by the inclusion of tributes, anecdotes, and testimonials from a broad range of contemporaries, congregants, friends and family members.
Home Site of the Principality of Hutt River - 2013 New Year Honours List
www.hutt-river-province.com, 1 Jan 2013 [cached]
In London, at the end of World War II, Rabbi Coleman joined the Monash branch (named after General Monash, himself a Jew) of the British Legion
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Over the years Rabbi Coleman has held numerous Jewish, academic, civic, community and charitable positions and has received numerous awards and expressions of thanks and esteem for his tireless work for so many different community organisations. Rabbi Coleman is also a patron of the Western Australian Division of the Australian Family Association. Known as "the rabbi who never stops", he was a member of the Karrakatta and Pinarroo Valley Cemetery Boards and wrote two volumes of history for them to commemorate the State's 150th anniversary in 1979 and the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. He was a member of the Perth Dental Hospital Board and became chairman of the Senior Appointments Committee and then chairman of the Board. The Minister of Health renamed the North Perth Dental Clinic "Shalom Coleman Dental Clinic".
Rabbi Coleman has been a Rotarian since 1962, first in Sydney and from 1966 in Perth. He was Rotary President 1985/86 and Governor 1993/9 and personal representative of the World President in 1995, and represented Western Australian Rotary at the United Nations Presidential Conference in San Francisco in 1995. He served as co-ordinator of the District Ethics and Community Service Committees and was chairman of the Bangladesh Cyclone Warning Project, which saved the lives of some 40,000 inhabitants of the chief fishing port of Bangladesh. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation as District Secretary of Probus Centre - South Pacific. He has been a keynote speaker at dozens of conferences in Australia and throughout the world, and is a patron of the Family Association of Western Australia. He was appointed a vice-president of Save the Children Fund in 1967.
Rabbi Coleman led several educational tours to Israel for non-Jewish clergy and teachers, lectured to religious groups, schools and service organisations and wrote booklets to help people of all faiths to understand Judaism and the Jewish people. Talks with the Minister of Education led to the establishment of a Committee of National Consciousness in Schools, of which he was chairman; his work was described by the Minister as "invaluable".
Rabbi Coleman was a foundation member of the Perth Round Table, established as a luncheon club, was the inaugural lecturer and set out their guidelines. He has been an honorary military chaplain for many years and was a member of the executive of the veterans' organisation, the Returned Services League, and edited the RSL "Listening Post" from 1989-91.
He is currently honorary Rabbi at the Maurice Zeffertt Centre for the Jewish Aged and was made a Governor of the Perth Aged Home Society in 2004. After several years as president of the Australian and New Zealand rabbinate his colleagues appointed him honorary life president. Several times he went to New Zealand to serve as interim Rabbi for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. He shines in the pulpit, and is a very effective chazzan (vocal musician).
For his services to youth, education and the community he has received awards from the Queen and the Australian Government. The University of WA conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws on him in April 2000. He is still, despite his age, a prolific speaker and writer; he continues to travel widely and his services are in constant demand.
Rabbi's involvement with HRH Prince Leonard (who is proud to call him a friend) and the PHR goes back a long way, in fact Rabbi was an officiate, attending the opening of the Chapel of Nain, the Government Offices & Post Office in the PHR in November 1973. In return HRH Prince Leonard was an invited guest of Rabbi Coleman to attend the opening of the New Perth Hebrew Congregation (Synagogue) in 1974 .
Rabbi Coleman is well versed in the mathematical field of Gematra, as is HRH Prince Leonard and they have often corresponded together on the subject, working together many times when major resolvements have come about. In fact HRH credits Rabbi with stopping him from throwing in the towel as far as Gematra is concerned, telling the story of how many years ago he had come up with resolvements that he did not like or believe could be correct, as a result of his findings he sent them down to Rabbi who returned to him congratulating him on his findings and confirming that all was correct. As a result of this confirmation and support, Prince Leonard failed to "give-up" and in fact continued on with his workings which continue to today and led to many world leading and important mathematical findings in the spiritual.
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman can be easily seen as a most humble yet most effective man, one whose friendship is much appreciated by HRH Prince Leonard who finds it well past time to now be recognised for all of his contributions to humanity, the Principality of Hutt River and Prince Leonard himself by the rare awarding of the highest honour that the Principality can give, that being the Grand Cross of Hutt.
Photo: Courtesy Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman
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Dr. Shalom Coleman
Rotary Club of Heirisson ~ Honour Board
www.heirisson.org.au, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman
Shalom Coleman – a ...
www.oztorah.com, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Shalom Coleman – a rabbinic dynamo OzTorah > Blog Archive > Shalom Coleman - a rabbinic dynamo
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Shalom Coleman - a rabbinic dynamo
Small in size but giant in stature - that describes some of the greatest figures in the world of Torah.
A noteworthy example is Rabbi Shalom Coleman, who changed the face of Judaism in Western Australia. Thanks to his refusal to give up or give in, a sleepy, distant community was set on the path to become one of the liveliest centres of orthodoxy in the world, with Jewish learning and Jewish living flourishing to the envy of larger communities in many other places. This month he will reach the age of 90, with at least another three decades of work for Judaism still ahead until he reaches the proverbial 120.
Born into an orthodox family in Liverpool, England on 5 December, 1918, Rabbi Coleman combined the roles of student and man of action from his youth. He gained university degrees as a Bachelor of Arts with honours, and Bachelor of Letters in Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages and Egyptology, at the University of Liverpool. His education was interrupted by World War II when he served with the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator/air gunner on missions in France and Western Europe. In 1944 he was recruiting officer in England for the Jewish Brigade Group. He returned to university life in 1945 as a tutor, review writer and librarian, and at the same time worked for the final certificate of Jews' College, London, where he gained his rabbinic ordination in 1955, ahd he took postgraduate studies in Semitic languages at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
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Rabbi Coleman was chairman of the Adult Education Council (English Section) of the Orange Free State and vice-president of the Victoria League and introduced essay and oratorical contests for schools. As a military chaplain he was active in ex-service affairs and was awarded the Certificate of Comradeship, the highest award of the MOTHS (Memorable Order of Tin Hats). He edited a Jewish community journal called "HaShomer" and an anniversary volume for the 150th anniversary of the Orange Free State.
In January, 1961, Rabbi Coleman came to Sydney as rabbi of the South Head and District Synagogue. He was a member of the Sydney Beth Din, vice-president of the NSW Board of Jewish Education and founding director of the David J. Benjamin Institute of Jewish Studies, for whom he edited three volumes of proceedings. He established a seminary for the training of Hebrew teachers, with successful candidates receiving a diploma from Jews' College. He lectured in post-Biblical Hebrew at the University of Sydney and wrote a thesis entitled "Malachi in Midrashic Analysis" for a Doctorate of Literature.
In 1964 he received the Sir Robert Waley Cohen Scholarship of the Jewish Memorial Council, London, using it for research into adult education in South-East Asia, Israel and the USA. In 1965 he became rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation in Western Australia and held office until his retirement in 1985.
He carried out a systematic program to turn Perth into a "Makom Torah". He obtained land as a gift in trust from the State Government for a new synagogue, youth centre and minister's residence in the more concentrated settlement of the Jewish community in Mount Lawley. The original Shule had been in the downtown area and few of his members were Shom'rei Shabbat. Further initiatives he took led to a kosher food centre in the Synagogue grounds; a mikveh at the Maccabi Sports grounds, later replaced with a larger mikveh in the synagogue grounds; a genizah at the local cemetery for the burial of outworn holy books and appurtenances; a Hebrew Academy which met daily for the training of high school students throughout the metropolitan area; and supplementary classes four days a week at a nearby state school.
Outside the Jewish community, Rabbi Coleman taught for the Department of Adult Education of the University of Western Australia and served on the Senate of Murdoch University. At the same time he was an honorary professor of post-Biblical Hebrew at Maimonides College in Canada, where he lectured during the Australian December recess.
Rabbi Coleman led several educational tours to Israel for non-Jewish clergy and teachers, lectured to religious groups, schools and service organisations and wrote booklets to help people of all faiths to understand Judaism and the Jewish people. Talks with the Minister of Education led to the establishment of a Committee of National Consciousness in Schools, of which he was chairman; his work was described by the Minister as "invaluable".
Known as "the rabbi who never stops", he was a member of the Karrakatta and Pinarroo Valley Cemetery Boards and wrote two volumes of history for them to commemorate the State's 150th anniversary in 1979 and the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. Even this does not exhaust his record of public service. He was a member of the Perth Dental Hospital Board and became chairman of the Senior Appointments Committee and then chairman of the Board. The Minister of Health renamed the North Perth Dental Clinic "Shalom Coleman Dental Clinic".
Rabbi Coleman has been a Rotarian since 1962, first in Sydney and from 1966 in Perth. He was Rotary President 1985/86 and Governor 1993/9 and personal representative of the World President in 1995, and represented Western Australian Rotary at the United Nations Presidential Conference in San Francisco in 1995. He served as co-ordinator of the District Ethics and Community Service Committees and was chairman of the Bangladesh Cyclone Warning Project, which saved the lives of some 40,000 inhabitants of the chief fishing port of Bangladesh. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation as District Secretary of Probus Centre - South Pacific. He has been a keynote speaker at dozens of conferences in Australia and throughout the world, and is a patron of the Family Association of Western Australia. He has been a vice-president of Save the Children Fund since 1967.
Rabbi Coleman was a foundation member of the Perth Round Table, established as a luncheon club, was the inaugural lecturer and set out their guidelines. He has been an honorary military chaplain for many years and was a member of the executive of the veterans' organisation, the Returned Services League, and edited of their "Listening Post" from 1989-91.
He is currently honorary rabbi at the Maurice Zeffertt Centre for the Jewish Aged and was made a Governor of the Perth Aged Home Society in 2004. After several years as president of the Australian and New Zealand rabbinate his colleagues apppinted him honorary life president. Several times he went to New Zealand to serve as interim rabbi for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. He shines in the pulpit, and is a very effective chazzan.
For his services to youth, education and the community he has received awards from the Queen and the Australian Government. The University of WA conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws on him in April 2000. He is still, despite his age, a prolific speaker and writer; he continues to travel widely and his services are in constant demand.
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Jewish and non-Jewish colleagues, congregants, admirers and friends join in congratulating Rabbi Coleman on his 90th birthday and wishing him many more years of energy and good hearlth.
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