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 6:15 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.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for April 2014.
Our Tot Shabbats are small, informal Shabbat morning activities for parents and children up to the age of 6, held from 9:30 to 10 am (while the main service is having its first half-hour of davening). There's a story or two (with pictures), some singing, some food, 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.
Marian and Zvi Civins have recently returned from an incredible visit to the Galapagos Islands. You are all invited to come to the shul and hear about their trip and see some of the amazing sights on Tuesday, September 2, at 7:45 pm.
If you have or take care of young children between 3-6 years old, join us at the synagogue Friday morning September 5 at 10 am to help make Shabbat! We will make challah together (no experience necessary - and you can take it home), sing songs and have a model Kabbalat Shabbat. Parents and grandparents most welcome!
Please let Evelyn or Susan in the office know if you are coming and how many kids you have in your care by calling 9500 0906 or sending email.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing at Gary Smorgon House, Freeman Street, Caulfield South, on Sunday, September 7, at 2:30 pm. 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.
Michael Cohen, master educator at Bialik College for many years and currently at the Holocaust Centre, will be teaching two sessions in our Wednesday short course series.
Session One will seek to address the following:
Session Two will seek to address the following:
Please RSVP to the shul office on 9500 0906 or send email.
Please come along to this important meeting to be held at Kehilat Nitzan, to vote on changes to our new constitution. The current and amended versions of the Constitution (and a marked-up version showing the changes) can be viewed under Links (Constitution). A proxy form is available from the office if you cannot attend the meeting.