Kehilat Nitzan is the first Masorti (Conservative) congregation in Melbourne, Australia, formed in March 1999. We provide traditional egalitarian services in which both women and men can participate equally. We offer a warm and friendly environment in which you can celebrate our Jewish way of life. Kehilat Nitzan is more than just a synagogue - it is a community.
We are located at 36-40 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North (map).
We offer Shabbat and chagim (festival) services as well as shiurim (study sessions). Services are held every Shabbat evening (beginning at 6 pm) and morning (beginning at 9:30 am). Everyone is welcome to join in our services and activities.
You can also join us to learn about various Torah and prayer (tefillah) topics each Shabbat morning at 9 am before davening with texts in Hebrew and English, lively discussion, and cake!
Kehilat Nitzan is associated with Masorti Australasia. We are affiliated with Masorti Olami, the World Council of Conservative Congregations. You can read about us in an Australian Jewish News story (PDF) about Masorti Judaism in Australia.
To join Kehilat Nitzan or renew your membership, please fill out and return our membership form (PDF), which includes our membership fees.
Welcome to Lianne Franco, our new Executive Administrator, who has taken over the day-to-day operation of the office.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for March 2015.
Our Children's Shabbats are small, informal Shabbat morning activities for parents and children up to the age of 6, held from 10 - 10:30 am. Run by parents, there's a story or two (with pictures), some singing, some fruit and challah, some schmoozing with parents and kids... Families are welcome to stay through the service and kiddush, or leave after 10 if the kids are getting antsy.
All women of the community are invited to hear speaker Sharona Gelfand, a women's health physiotherapist, speak about "The Menopausal Woman," on Monday, May 18.
Join us for Shavuot-related activities!
Shavuot Family Day on Sunday, May 17, 10:30 am – Blintzes, bikkurim baskets, and teen video-making, plus local muso Paul Glass and his piano accordion.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot on Saturday, May 23 – Following Ma'ariv at 7:45 pm, this year's theme for the traditional evening study on the first night of Shavuot is "What Happened at Sinai?" Join us for group text study, a discussion with scholar Paul Forgasz, and some participatory Shavuot Bibliodrama to bring to life the issues raised in earlier discussions.
Shavuot Services, May 24 and 25, 9:30 am – Ice cream and cheesecake kiddush on the first day, Yizkor on the second day
Torah, Tefillah, and Torte
Our Torah, Tefillah, and Torte group meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services. We are studying Pirke Avot, as is traditional between Pesach and Shavuot.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support