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 (a service with musical instruments 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.
The Masorti Beit Din has issued a statement on the recent proceedings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Welcome to Lianne Franco, our new Executive Administrator, who will take over the day-to-day operation of the office beginning on March 23.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for March 2015.
Pesach is coming! Please note the following Pesach items:
Songs From the Seder Family Time, March 29 – Join Art Feinman on Sunday, March 29, from 2 - 4 pm for a family-friendly afternoon of songs from the seder. (Please RSVP to the office for catering purposes.)
Sell Your Chametz (April 2 Deadline) – To meet the requirement to destroy or give away all non-Pesach food (chametz), please complete the required form and return it to the office in person or by email by no later than 1 pm, Thursday, April 2.
Seder Hospitality – If you have extra places at your seders or if you need a place, please let Rabbi Stein know.
Pesach Picnic, April 6 – Come to our Matzo Picnic at Landcox Park in Brighton on Monday, April 6 (Easter Monday) from 12:30 to 2 pm. Everyone is welcome, including family pets!
Everyone is welcome to attend the next Men's Club meeting on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 pm where Kehilat Nitzan member Stephen Joshua will talk about his "Journey to Jewish India." Stephen was born in Calcutta and came to Sydney at the age of 4. (His family traces its roots in India to 1798!) Hear about his experiences on the Joint Mission to India trip last November.
To find out more about the Men's Club, contact Zvi Civins by email or call 0423 169 695.
Torah, Tefillah, and Torte
Our Torah, Tefillah, and Torte group meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services. We will be studying about Pesach on March 28 and then will start studying Pirke Avot, as is traditional between Pesach and Shavuot.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support