5a["Melbourne Hebrew School", The Argus (Melbourne), Monday 01 February 1875, page 6]

The first annual distribution of prizes to the pupils of the Melbourne Hebrew School took place yesterday afternoon at the Bourke-street Synagogue.


Mr Louis Ellis, hon. secretary of the school, read a short report which stated that in the early part of 1874 when the state school system was established, the Melbourne Hebrew school became an absolute appanage of the Hebrew congregation and was opened to children of both sexes on payment of a small sum per month for tuition. After mentioning the names of several gentlemen who had offered special prizes for various subjects it went on to say that the total number of children attending the school was--boys 122, girls 30--making a total of 158. The fees received during the year had been totally inadequate to meet tho expenses and immediate steps were necessary to enable the sehool board to extend the benefits of the establishment.


Special Prizes.


Second best Hebrew Scholar (presented by Mr A. Waxman).--Abraham Davis.

...Jane Davis, best in Hebrew of the girls,..

...improvement in grammar, Abraham Davis,..

Boy most regular in attendance during 12 months, Albert Cohen; girl do., Jane Davis.


Master Joel Fredman, the dux of the school, then presented the head-master, Mr. Smyth, B.A.C.E., on behalf of the pupils, a handsome papier-mache inkstand as a mark of their respect.

Mr. Smyth, having expressed his gratification at receiving such a testimonial, said the school from its infancy had maintained its prestige among the schools of the colony. The Government inspectors had always reported favourably of it, and the percentage of averages had always been greater than in any other school in Victoria. Independent of the Hebrew curriculum, which was of a very high order, the standard for other subjects was the same as was adopted in the state schools, besides which other subjects were taught.


5b["Melbourne Jewish School", The Argus (Melbourne), Monday 13 March 1876, page 7]


The annual distribution of prizes to the pupils of the Melbourne Jewish School took place yesterday morning at the Bourke-street Synagogue. It was intended that the proceedings should have been held in the largest of the spacious and well-ventilated rooms which have just been erected for the use of the school, at a cost of 750, but the attendants of parents and friends was so unexpectedly numerous, that an adjournment had to be made to the Synagogue. Mr. Simeon Cohen, J.P., presided. The reports of the examiners, which were read by the secretary (Mr. Nathaniel Levi), were of the most satisfactory character. Of 136 pupils who presented themselves in English, 90.8 per cent, passed, and of 137 who presented themselves in Hebrew, 90.3 passed. The Chairman said he was informed by the principal, the Rev. Raphael Benjamin, B.A., that, notwithstanding the unusual, perhaps unequalled, extent of the curriculum, the percentage of passes in English exceeded that attained by any other school, so far as he was aware. In 1870, the passes in the Government schools of Great Britain were 70 per cent.; in the state schools of Victoria, 1873, 58 percent.; 1874, 61 per cent.; Melbourne Hebrew School, 1875, 90 per cent. (Great applause.) If any reply was wanted to those of the community who did not subscribe to the school, he thought it would be amply found by looking round on that crowded attendance, and he felt sure that many who had not contributed to its support hitherto would do so in future.

The prizes, which mostly consisted of handsome books, the gifts principally of a large number of gentlemen who take a deep interest in the institution, were then distributed by the chairman as follows:--


Dux in Hebrew: Jacob Levy. Behaviour: Abraham Woolf and Julia Phillips. Dux in English and University Subjects: Joel Fredman. Arithmetic: Jacob Levy and Reuben Brasch (equal). Map Drawing: Benjamin Benjamin. Needlework: Louisa Fredman. Hebrew: Abraham Davis. English: Albert Coben and Esther Abrahams. Bible History: Jacob Levy. Hebrew (Dux): Jacob Levy. English: Reuben Brasch. Bible History: Edward A. Benjamin. Grammar: Reuben Brasch. Hebrew Translation: Abraham Davis and Joel Fredman. Writing: Albert Cohen and Jane Davis.


Geography: Reuben Brasch. Keeping First Place (Class VI.): Reuben Brasch. Keeping First Place (Class V.): Benjamin Benjamin and Jane Davis. Hebrew: Simon Moses. Map Drawing (Class IV.): Samuel Benjamin. Improvement (Class V.): Leopold E. Benjamin and David Sloman. Improvement (Class III.): Abraham Woolf and Sophia Pinkus. Improvement (Class II.): Norman Bentwitch and Joseph Levy. Improvement (Class I.): Albert K. Levy, Pinkus Abrahams, Moses Phillips, Dora Abrahams, Rebecca Davis. Combined Prize (Behaviour): Jane Davis.


Class V.:Maurice Goldsmith, Louis Blashki, Henry Cantor, Reuben Israel, and Sidney Ellis. Class IV.: Leopold Emanuel Benjamin, Simon Moses, David Sloman, Emanuel Phillips, Maurice Lederman, Philip Cohen, Ellis Levy, Maurice Davis, Solomon Marks, Samuel Benjamin, Solomon Ellis, Rosina Marshall, Rosella Marks, Rosa Bernberg, and Matilda Levy. Class III.: David Hyams, Heonry Burnett, Amelia Cohen, Sophia Pinkus, Anne Abrahams, Bessie Levy, Sarah Phillips, Phoebe Josephson, and Rebecca Marks. Class II.: Joseph Levy, David Davis, Norman Bentwitch, Edward Caspar, Alfred Mendoza, Ada Krakowski, Sarah Phillips, and Ida Lewis. Class I.: Moses Phillips, Albert Edward Levy, Julia Josephson, Dora Abrahams, and Rebecca Davis.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZES. Abraham Davis and Henry Blashki.

The children having sung "Charming May" in a very pleasing manner, promises of prizes to the extent of 35 guineas were read from gentlemen present. The Chairman said the present efficient state of the school, which be considered second to none in the Australian colonies, had to a great extent been brought about by the exertions of the principal, the Rev. Raphael Benjamin. Since he had been amongst them he had done a large amount of work, and as soon as he had more time to devote to the school, he felt sure they would have even more reason to be proud of him and the school. (Applause.) He therefore proposed that a cordial vote of thanks be given to Mr. Benjamin for his assiduous attention to the school during the past year.

Mr. L. MYERS seconded the motion, which was carried by acclamation.

The Rev. R. BENJAMIN, B.A., said he was happy to inform the meeting that during the past year the school had made very great improvement indeed, especially in Hebrew. They were now acting under a system of gradations, and he believed if he received, as hitherto, the cordial and sympathetic support of the executive and of the community, so far as funds were concerned, the school before many years would hold a position of which the Jews of Melbourne would be proud.

Mr. L. Myers proposed, and the Chairman seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. J. T. Smyth, B.A., C.T., to whose exertions the earlier success of the school was mainly due, and to his assistants.

This having been carried and responded to, a similar compliment was passed to the examiners, the Rev. E. Blaubaum, Messrs. S. Leon, LL.B., and M. Moses, B.A.

The CHAIRMAN announced that Mr. M. Capers had kindly promised to provide all the refreshments needed by the children at a picnic, to be given to them on the 22nd inst., at Brighton, where Mr. J. Black had offered the use of his paddock, and to supply gratis as much milk as the children required. These announcements were received with applause, and the proceedings terminated by the children singing the National Anthem.

5c["The Melbourne Hebrew School", The Argus (Melbourne), Monday 19 March 1877, page 7]

The Melbourne Hebrew School.

The annual distribution of the prizes to the pupils of the Melbourne Hebrow School took place yesterday in the Melbourne Synagogue in the presence of about 5OO ladies und gentlemen. Mr. Louis M. Myers, president of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, occupied the chair, and read the following report:--

"The Melbourne Hebrew School, which was formerly a state school under the education department, was dissevered from Government control at the commencement of 1874, and since then has been maintained as a Communal Institution by the Jewish inhabitants of Melbourne and suburbs. It is satisfactory to note that whilst during 1873 (the last year of its connexion with Government) the average attendance was 101.83; since then, whilst charging school fees, and having to contend against the free education of the State, the attendances have been:--For the year 1874, average attendance, 94.65; for the year 1875, average attendance, 142.03; for the year 1876, average attendance, 170.98; for two months of 1877, average attendance, 195.80. So that now with an average attendance of about 200 pupils and with school fees bringing in about 300 per annum, the school may be regarded as in a highly flourishing condition.



The Hon. Edward Cohen, M. L. A., offered a prire of 10 guineas to the first pupil who would matriculate from the school. This prize has consequently been gained by Joel Fredman.


The chairman then proceeded to distribute the prizes as follows:--

Special Prizes --

Matriculation (10 guineas), Joel Fredman;

dux, English (five guineas), Albert Cohen;

improvement Hebrew, Rosetta Marks;

improvement English, Simon Moses, Sigismund Sehlam (equal);

needlework, Matilda Levy;

improvement English, Abraham Davis and Maurice Lederman;


Hebrew translation, Abraham Davis;


music, Isaac Bennett, Abraham Davis (equal);


Hebrew, Abraham Davis;