Western Australia

Rosa Smith – On A Mission To Help Others

Rosa Smith nee Enriques was born in Jamaica, the descendant of Sephardi Pirates. She worked tirelessly for the Fremantle community, founding The Sailors’ Rest, an organisation designed to provide opportunities for seamen to spend their leisure hours in comfortable and inviting surroundings.

1894 Rosh Hashanah in Coolgardie

Possibly one of the most unique High Holiday services ever held in Australia took place in 1894 in Coolgardie WA for Rosh Hashana. The services were not held in a synagogue, nor in a home — in fact, not even in a building. The service, in which eleven men participated, just surpassing the bare minimum required, was held in a tent during the time of the WA’s gold rush period.