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 6:30 pm) and morning (beginning at 9:30 am). Everyone is welcome to join in our services and activities.
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.
We will soon be using a new siddur for Friday nights, Siddur Lev Shalem, which is in the style of the Machzor Lev Shalem some of you have been using for the past few years. On recent Friday nights, congregants have had the opportunity to take it off the shelf and get a feel for it during services. Come by and take a look! For more details, see this informative video.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for September 2013.
Come learn about various Torah and prayer (tefillah) topics each week with Rabbi Stein before davening. We'll have texts in Hebrew and English, lively discussion, and cake!
Purim begins on Saturday evening, March 15. Shabbat ends at 8:25 pm, after which we will daven ma'ariv and hold a megillah reading.
We need volunteers to make our Grand Purim Party on the morning of March 16 a success. We will have a quick Shacharit and Torah service beginning at 9:30 am, with children's activities (costume parade, facepainting, arts and crafts) beginning at 10 am, and a megillah reading at 11 am. Please send email to the office or call if you can help on the day or leading up to the holiday.
Post-b'nei mitzvah youth are invited to join in a reunion dinner after Friday night services. For more information, check the Noam Facebook page and RSVP for catering purposes. Feel free to bring a friend (post b'nei mitzvah up to year 11/12)!
Throughout the Shabbat morning service, we will be honouring groups and individuals who are current and recent volunteers with the shul. A special kiddush will follow, and then a talk by Father Bob Maguire, with whom we partner on our food van, and who is a true exemplar of the Tikkun Olam ideals that we hold dear.
The groups that we hope to honour are:
If a volunteer activity has not been included, or you are involved in the listed groups but don't receive an email invitation closer to the event, please let the office know.
A women's group is being formed that will host speakers and activities on topics of particular relevance to women as well as social outings. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 8 pm at the home of Pam Gelfand, 2 Lempriere Avenue, St Kilda East. Guest speaker Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tepper will speak about "Telling 'the Story' Through Telling Our Stories." As we begin the journey toward Passover and the retelling of our people's epic story from slavery to freedom, from potential to self-actualization, we will gather to explore how our own stories can illuminate this ancient tale and how our ancient story is connected to our lives today.
Please bring a picture and/or object connected to an important and unsung woman in your life OR a book or story that has influenced your sense of self. For more information about the group, send email to Judy Feiglin or give her a call at 0402 263 806.
Learn how to use our new automatic heart defibrillator and brush up on your CPR skills. Our shul is privileged to be one of the first organizations to be given this state-of-the-art lifesaving device that talks you through each step of its use. An expert trainer from Hatzolah will run the sessions for us on the evenings of March 19 and 26 free of charge. The session lasts 3-4 hours and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the office by email or phone 9500 0906.
The Zionist Council of Victoria is holding a Celebrate Israel Family Festival for Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Our member, Eileen Freed, is the festival coordinator. The celebration will take place Tuesday, 6 May, from 4-7 pm at Beth Weizmann, and is geared towards families with children and anyone who wishes to celebrate Israel's birthday.
We are keen for Kehilat Nitzan to be a partner in making the event a huge community-wide success. There is a need for volunteers to help with setup (during the day), cooking and serving festival food (before and during the festival), and clean up (7-9 pm). If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, please contact Eileen by email.
Rabbi Stein is planning a small interfaith trip to Jerusalem. The group will consist of twelve people, four from each of the three Abrahamic faiths, comprising clergy and lay people, men and women. Dates: Sunday, 18 May, to Tuesday, 27 May 2014.
The purpose of the trip is to visit each other's sacred places in Jerusalem, to study texts from our sacred writings, to discuss points of agreement and disagreement, and to sense the religious experience that is proper to our faiths. The group will come together several times before the trip and also, following the trip, communicate the impact of their experiences with their respective religious communities and the broader community.
Contact Rabbi Stein for more information and/or if you or anyone you know might be interested in participating.