Riding horses, walking miles to a country school and swimming in irrigation channels are not usual pursuits for orthodox Jewish boys, but for Aaron Feiglin growing up on an orchard outside Shepparton in the 1920s, it was all part of the life he loved. At the same time, he was part of the close-knit Jewish community his parents had helped to create. On a visit to London, he met and married the beautiful Ruth Kanarek, a refugee from war-torn Europe. They returned to Shepparton, where Aaron managed the family orchard for five decades.
There is no longer a Jewish community in Shepparton, so these lively stories provide a rare insight into a little-known chapter of Australian social history, in which a rural Australian community lived and worked in amity with its Jewish neighbours.