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.
Both of our office administrators, Lianne and Evelyn, will be gone for the month of November. However, the office will be open from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm with dedicated member volunteers taking calls and relaying messages.
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.
After morning Shabbat services and kiddush, Rabbi John Borak will speak on the topic "Why I Gave Up Christian Salvation to Become a Jew." He will teach general methods for discussing our faith concisely, meaningfully and effectively, and answer your specific questions about discussing Judaism with friends, family, and neighbours.
On Sunday, November 29, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black of Leo Baeck Centre, will be speaking about "Ecology From a Jewish Perspective," followed by a picnic lunch at Caulfield Park. (Enter the park from Balaclava Rd and go to the car park adjoining the Pavilion building, then proceed to the nearby children's playground (Melways 59 B 12). Please bring a milchik picnic lunch and the usual items like cutlery, plates and (if you can, folding chairs/tables).
Join us on December 10 at 6 pm to eat fresh latkes, light the chanukiah, sing songs, and socialise with fellow congregants. There will also be a seasonal dinner, musical performances, and special activities for children provided. Donation requested to cover food: $10 per person; $20 per family.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support