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.
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.
Shul Kashrut Policy – Please take a few moments to read our kashrut policy, covering topics such as catered events, shule groups and individuals bringing food into the building, Pesach, and the use of the kitchen.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for September 2015.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing at Gary Smorgon House, 4-8 Freeman St, Caulfield, on Sunday, October 11 (time TBD). If you haven't joined us recently or if you would just like to try it out or even just observe the first time, we would love to welcome you. Rehearsals are at 8 pm the Wednesday night prior to a gig and are really worthwhile, especially for getting one's tongue around the Yiddish and Hebrew words. We are always happy for others to join us – song books provided. For more details, please contact Judy Feiglin.
After all the cooking and preparing for the High Holidays, come and enjoy a relaxing night out for dinner at Hillulim kosher restaurant, 154 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield. Please call the office (9500 0906) to RSVP before midday on Monday, October 12, so we can make an accurate booking.
Now that the time has changed, our musical Friday night services with our talented musicians has returned. Join us at 6:30 pm to bring in Shabbat with ruach!
Marom, our group for young Jewish adults in their 20's and 30's, is starting up again with a vegetarian pot luck dinner this Friday night after our evening Shabbat musical service. If you, a family member, or a friend, or friends visiting from overseas/interstate are interested, please call or message Romi Goldschlager on 0402 285 099 or join the Marom Kehilat Nitzan Facebook group.
After morning Shabbat services and kiddush, our own Sam Lipski will speak on the topic "Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-1989," the subject of his book (written with Suzanne Rutland) published earlier this year by Hybrid Press.
Torah, Tefillah, and Torte (Shabbat Morning Study)
Our Torah, Tefillah, and Torte group meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services. We are currently studying the halacha and choreography of the prayer service and individual prayer.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support