Jewish Multimedia Library

About Us

The Jewish Multimedia Library of Melbourne, formerly known as The Jewish Tape Library, was established in 1996 as an independent library and community service for the purpose of providing an important resource, which provides a great benefit to the Jewish Community in Melbourne and abroad.

Its main goal is the professional recording, editing, cataloging, collecting and organizing of many scholarly talks, speeches, lectures, seminars, and addresses at communal gatherings and events held throughout the years in and around Melbourne by and on behalf of the Melbourne Jewish community.

This library is proud to make available its entire collection of valuable resources to the entire community. This is made available via the additional service of a not-for-profit lending library, which has now moved on line and can be accessed via our new website

Prominent amongst these recordings are those recorded at the annual Yarchei Kallah learning weeks hosted each year by Kollel Menachem Lubavitch, a post graduate institute of Jewish studies in Melbourne. These take place during the December-January summer holidays, for which we provide a professional service each year, by ensuring every single one of the many lectures are properly and professionally recorded edited and very promptly made available to the entire community. Back in 1996, our initial collection consisted of 250 recordings of lectures dating back to 1982. Today this has grown to over 800 lectures and continues to grow every month! 

Prominent amongst these lectures are those which were given by our very own local talent. These are Rabbis who have had very great appeal and impact on the Melbourne Jewish community. Most prominent amongst these are those given by our very own Rabbi Chaim HaKohen Gutnick OB"M and Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Groner OB"M.

Our collection includes many lectures given by scholars who have studied in the Kollel as well as many others who have come to visit our shores over the past four decades. Amongst these are many talks given by the much respected halachic authority, Rabbi Feitel Levin, who currently serves as Dean of the world renowned Semicha Program - Rabbinic Ordination Seminary, founded by the world renowned philanthropist Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak HaKohen Gutnick of Melbourne. This is in addition to many others given by scholars who have impacted the Melbourne community through their much sought after lectures such as Rabbi A. Glick, Rabbi M. Krasnjanski, Rabbi Y. Hecht, Rabbi Y. Gordon, and Rabbi L. Broh.

Other popular lectures include those given by former kollel member, Rabbi Yosef Y. Chazan, currently rabbi of the Holy Law South Brighton Congregation in Manchester, England. Visiting distinguished guest lecturers include: Rabbi Y. Jacobson from New York, Rabbi A. Shishler from Johannesburg, South Africa, Rabbi Dr. J. Immanuel Schochet, and Rabbi Y. Farkash.

We were also privileged to host and record lectures by Rabbi H. Greenberg of Buffalo, New York, Rabbi Dr. N. Mangel of Brooklyn New York, and Rabbi Levi Wineberg of Johannesburg, South Africa. These are all in addition to the many others, too numerous to be listed here individually, who through their talks and lectures made major contributions and achieved much impact.

The vast array of topics include:

Halachah-Jewish Law and Tradition as it pertains to practical observance in many areas including Ethics, Medicine, Science, Technology, Business, and all areas within the Jewish Lifecycle.

Self-Help in the light of Torah in important and critical areas such as Effective Relationships in Marriage, Dealing with Problem Teenagers and Effective Parenting, Effective Education, Psychotherapy, Matchmaking and Finding a Suitable Marriage Partner.

Others popular topics include:

Kabbalah, Chassidic Philosophy/Jewish Mysticism, Advanced Talmud, Prayer, Music, Faith in the Modern Era, Jewish History, Holocaust and Human Suffering, Moshiach and the Future Redemption, etc.

This rich collection is Melbourne's proud heritage and something which will enrich and enhance the lives of all those who tap into it and choose to benefit from this great resource.

We fondly remember Mr. Yisroel (Izzy) Herzog OB"M, who has been the pioneering philanthropist which has enabled us to convert our entire original collection from tape cassette to digital format.

With the kind and generous support of our sponsors and donors we look forward to ensuring this service remains free and accessible to all. We eagerly look forward to you signing up for a free membership today. Once you're signed up, you will be able to download as many files as you wish to from our vast collection.

We are also greatly indebted to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Eliezer Kornhauser and Family whose support is in Memory of his father Mr. Eddie Kornhauser OB"M

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