An Egyptian-born Australian has been awarded a medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (Order of Australia) for service to the Jewish community of Sydney. (With thanks: Vernon)
Racheline Barda is a lecturer in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney and the author of Egyptian-Jewish Emigres in Australia (Cambria Press). She has also written extensively for the Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal and on Jews of the Islamic World.
In 2020 she was Consulting Curator for the Jews from Islamic Lands Exhibition, Sydney Jewish Museum where she has served as a volunteer guide for 25 years.
She was a speaker at the International Congress of the Jews of Egypt in Israel in 2006 and at the
The Jews of Egypt in Modern Times, Bar Ilan University, Israel in 2004.
Racheline Barda told J-Wire: ‘I’m overwhelmed. I really never thought that I would get such an award and I don’t think I’m so special. I got so much joy and pleasure out of I what I’ve been doing that it’s not fair to be recompensed for something you enjoy doing.’