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.
The Conservative Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards recently issued a teshuvah addressing the exemption traditionally given to women from positive time-bound mitzvot and concluded that this exemption was based on women's subordinate status. Because Jewish women's overall role in society has dramatically changed and women's ritual involvement has also significantly changed, the teshuvah concludes that women are equally obligated to observe mitzvot. For the full teshuvah, see the PDF at the Rabbinical Assembly's web site.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for April 2014.
Please join us at 5 pm for a wine, cheese, and nosh get-together followed by a d'var Torah from the rabbi and an early Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Join us on Shabbat morning to help honour our long-serving gabbai Trevor Corran, who recently retired from the position. The kiddush is co-sponsored by the shul in Trevor's honour and by Stephen Joshua (in honour of a special birthday!)
The Women's Group will be holding a discussion at the shul on the role of women in Judaism, which is the subject of a recent teshuvah (PDF) by the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. Led by Judy Winikoff and Rhona Rosenberg, the group will look at the origins of issues relating to orthodox women's "exemptions", which often led to exclusions from Jewish life. Topics will include prayer, being called to the Torah, studying Torah and other issues relating to religious observance. The discussion will also include history and legal issues such as being a witness, marriage, and divorce. Please join us for what should be an enlightening discussion.
For more information about the group and its next meeting place, send email to Judy Feiglin or give her a call at 0402 263 806.
Please attend the next Family Committee meeting on Monday, 28 July, at 7:30 pm at the shul and provide your input to help plan services and other events that our children will enjoy, particularly now that we're in the lead up to the High Holy Days. RSVPs to Youth Director Amy Bachrach are appreciated but not necessary. Another meeting will be held on Monday, 28 July.
Following Shabbat morning services and kiddush on August 2, Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, current principal of Bialik College and founding principal of London's first pluralistic Jewish day school, will be speaking on the topic of "Who Owns the Torah: Why Common Ownership Is How It Used to Be."
Join us at 6:15 pm for a combined Tisha B'Av service with Melbourne's Progressive congregations. A brief Ma'ariv service will be followed by the chanting of Eicha (Lamentations) and communal text study led by the rabbis, cantors, and lay leaders of our community. Many commentators mention sinat chinam (baseless hatred) among the Jewish people as a primary cause of the destruction of the Second Temple so it's especially appropriate that different Jewish movements come together in harmony on Tisha B'Av.
The Kehilat Nitzan Annual General Meeting will be held on August 17. One agenda item is a special resolution: "That the Community agree to accept all of the proposed amendments to Kehilat Nitzan's rules for consistency with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012". These proposed amendments are the result of a review of our Constitution by the Board to make sure it is in compliance with this Act. Please review the PDF versions of the proposed amended Constitution and the current Constitution before the meeting.