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Press Release – 7 June 2011

Family name for the Jewish Library of Australia

The executive of the Zionist Council of Victoria has welcomed the exciting news that Rafi Lamm together with his parents Drs Danny and Rolene Lamm have generously agreed to become the community’s major donors to the soon to be founded Jewish Library of Australia.

The library will be known as the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia.

The Lamm Jewish Library of Australia will see the merger of Makor Jewish Community Library with the communal libraries of Kadimah, the Holocaust Centre and the Jewish Museum, as well as the archives of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society and the Australian Jewish Historical Society. The newly expanded library will be housed at 304 Hawthorn Road, in the property adjacent to Beth Weizmann Community Centre.  The new facility will provide improved access to all library collections, increased programs for the community and will serve as a hub for communal educational and cultural activity.

The State Government under former premier John Brumby gave its seal of approval to the JLA project in November last year when it presented the Zionist Council with a $1 million dollar grant for the expansion of the current Makor Jewish Community Library to 304 Hawthorn Road. The grant was conditional upon matching funds being provided and the generous donation by Rafi Lamm and his parents Danny and Rolene has more than met that condition.

Dr Danny Lamm, immediate past president of the ZCV and current president of the ECAJ, said “The Lamm Jewish Library of Australia is poised to be a cornerstone of Jewish communal life and our family is delighted to be directly involved in its foundation and future development. The JLA is a major project that has been several years in the making and we can now secure its completion.”

ZCV president Sam Tatarka thanked the Lamm family for their great generosity. “Dr Danny Lamm has been at the forefront of the Zionist community for many years and was the driving force behind the acquisition of 304 Hawthorn Road and the establishment of the Jewish Library of Australia.  Rafi and Rolene have now joined together with Danny to support his vision and in doing so the Lamms have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community and its future.  The Zionist Council of Victoria is thrilled to be able to acknowledge the singular contribution of the Lamm family. We look forward to working together to achieve a major communal resource that will serve the community for generations to come”.

For more information contact:
Dr Danny Lamm – Chairman, Beth Weizmann Community Centre 0408 408 929

Sam Tatarka – President, Zionist Council of Victoria 0412 362 500

The Zionist Council of Victoria leads and encourages Jewish and Zionist activity and expression within Victoria, to represent the Jewish community, to promote and communicate Israel’s interests within the broader Victorian community and to promote Victoria’s relationship with Israel. For more information, visit the Zionist Council of Victoria website www.zionismvictoria.org.au

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