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Dr. Shalom Coleman

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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

Employment History

  • President
  • Personal Representative of the President
  • Rabbi
  • President
  • District Governor
  • Chairman
    Bangladesh Cyclone Warning Project
  • Rotarian Member, President and Governor, Patron
    Family Association of Western Australia

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
  • Member


  • diploma
    Jews' College
27 Total References
Web References
The Perth Hebrew Congregation, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman (1965 - 1985)
In London, at the end of ..., 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
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
Dr. Shalom Coleman
Rotary Club of Heirisson ~ Honour Board, 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman
Rabbi Shalom ... [cached]
Rabbi Shalom Coleman
Australia's most senior Rabbi is celebrating his 95th birthday with the launch of a biography and tribute.
Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman is Honorary Life President of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia and Emeritus Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation. he biographical account of his life commences with the story of his family background and youth in Liverpool, England.
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.
The author of the biography, Andrew Blitz, records that Rabbi Coleman has served as Rabbi to four generations of his family and his profound influence has guided his family through celebrations and bereavement.
Jewgle Perth » Blog Archive » Yisher Koach Rabbi Coleman [cached]
In another "moment in time" for the Perth Jewish community, yet another monumental literary work by Rabbi Shalom Coleman was launched tonight. A large crowd attended a very dignified launch function at the PHC, where the transcript of "They Gave of Their Time - A record of volunteers shaping the Jewish community" was released in electronic format.
In his launch address, Professor Keith Shilkin noted that it was 47 years to the day since Rabbi Coleman arrived in Perth.
It was also noted that the account of Rabbi Coleman as author of the work was modestly recorded. On perusing the text and exploring Rabbi Coleman's previous autobiographies, this turns out to be quite an understatement.
Rabbi Coleman is without question one of the most fascinating and influential people I have met. He represents for me a link to a generation that carried yiddishkeit from the rebuilding of the Holocaust, the establishment of Israel, to the renaissance of Jewish education.
His Rabbinic standing in Australia is marked by his honorary life presidency of ORA, and by the respect that Rabbi Coleman commands from his Rabbinic colleagues.
Outside of the Jewish community Rabbi Coleman's influence has extended far. To cite but a few examples, Rabbi Coleman has been a Rotarian member, President and Governor, patron of the Family Association of Western Australia, Murdoch University Senator and UWA educator and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate, Chairman of the Perth Dental Hospital Board, and vice President of the Save the Children Fund. He has edited the "Listening Post" journal as part of his contribution to the Returned Services League (he was an RAF Radio Operator in World War 2 for the British Army).
From his work to free Russian Jewry, to his Chairmanship of the Bangladesh Cyclone Warning Project that saved the lives of some 40,000 people, Rabbi Coleman has touched the lives of many people who do not know him, and thousands upon thousands of more people who do.
What is however most remarkable is that on any given Shabbat, you can still daven at the Maurice Zeffert Home and experience the pleasure of Rabbi Coleman's chazzanut and the power of his drashot. Into his 94th year he demonstrates an energy and a perseverance that is unlike any other.
It is worth noting that this is poignant as one of Rabbi Coleman's most influential teachers at Jews College in London during the 1950's was blind, but could recall the teachings of Judaism by heart.
Perhaps the greatest reflection regarding Rabbi Coleman's use of technology is to put some further context around the generation he has historically contributed to and recorded, and the generation to which he gifts this transcript. Rabbi Coleman was born shortly after the end of the first world war (his parent's gifted him the name Shalom in deference to the peace of the armistice).
I marvel at Rabbi Coleman, and everything he represents. How he carried communities through a period of sustained growth and upheld a tradition that was not always embraced by his peers, and how his leadership gave a stature and kavod to the Rabbinic profession in a manner that is not commonly seen today.
The collective values of the volunteers who have been profiled by Rabbi Coleman are the essence of our community. Whether it is by ink on a page, or electrons on a screen, we need to digest the importance of the recording of this work, learn from it, and use its inspiration it to shape our own values of community identity and involvement.
Thank you Rabbi Coleman for this wonderful publication.
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