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.
We have been 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. Please share your thoughts about the new siddur through this survey.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for April 2014. NEW!
Pesach is almost upon us and we have some activities and resources for the holiday. Ritual and worship times are on the Worship page.
If you need a place to attend a seder or can host others, please contact the office and we'll try to help make connections.
Joins us for a delicious dinner and a talk by Rabbi Stein on "How to Run the Best Ever Seder" plus children's activities. Cost: $25 per adult; $60 per family. (BYO kosher wine). Please RSVP by April 7. (If you can help plan and prepare this function, please contact Miriam Faine by email or phone 0408 184 505.
Chametz (food not acceptable during Pesach, or materials containing such unacceptable food) should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins. Should this be impossible, the chametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends. Be sure to submit the form to allow Rabbi Stein to act as your agent to sell your stored chametz. Deadline is 1 pm on April 11. You can submit the form as an attachment to an email to the office or drop it off at the shul.
The Rabbinical Assembly Pesach Guide (PDF) provides background information and practical advice for the holiday.
Bring along your matzo hamper and join us on Friday, 18 April, at 12.30 pm, for a picnic among the beautiful autumn leaf trees around the ornamental lake and playground at Landcox Park, Mavis Street, East Brighton. Map Ref: 67 J9. Just turn up with your chair/blanket, basket of food and food for the ducks.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing for the residents of Munzer House at 52 Northcote Ave. in North Caulfield, on Sunday, April 6, at 1 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 p.m. 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.
Join us for a three-part course on "Everything You Wanted to Know About 4000 Years of Jewish History... And More" at the shul from 7:45 - 9:30 pm, taught by shul member Paul Forgasz from the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies at Monash University:
Save the date for an Erev Rosh Chodesh event. For more information about the group, send email to Judy Feiglin or give her a call at 0402 263 806.
Rabbi Stein will be the guest speaker at a Holocaust Memorial Service hosted by the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 pm. See the event page on their web site for more details.
Training on how to use our new automatic heart defibrillator has been postponed until after Pesach.
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.