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.
was awarded a certificate of appreciation as District Secretary of Probus Centre
- South Pacific.
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.
shines in the pulpit, and is a very effective chazzan (vocal musician).
services to youth, education and the community he
has received awards from the Queen and the Australian
The University of WA
conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws on him in April 2000.
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