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 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.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for March 2015.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing at Arcare, 141 Kooyong Rd, Caulfield North, on Sunday, August 2, at 2 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.
Dr. Bryan Conyer, our congregant and Director of Jewish Life at The King David School, will lead a two-part shiur series on key aspects of Jewish identity through the last three major periods of Jewish transition, continuing on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to the office by calling 9500 0906 or send email.
Bring the family along for a heymishe family-oriented Friday night service beginning at 5:30 pm and ending around 6 pm, with singing and interaction with Rabbi Stein. We'll also have pre-service nosh for adults and kids before beginning our regular Kabbalat Shabbat service at about 6 pm.
Miriam Faine on Sunday, August 9, at 2:30 pm will present a cooking demonstration of artichokes and other Italian vegetables, part of a series of cooking demonstrations by various members.
Join Rabbi Stein on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:30 pm for the first of three hour-long sessions exploring personal journeys through the reflective month of Elul leading up to the High Holidays, and gain tools and practices for this traditional contemplative period.
Debbie Rosenberg will lead an evening of creative fun by facilitating a Jewish-themed craft project.
After morning Shabbat services and kiddush, Liam Getreu, Executive Director of the New Israel Fund (NIF) Australia Foundation, will speak about "Taking Responsibility for One Another – How Our Generation Will Shape Israel's Jewish Future." Liam will focus on the Israeli Masorti movement's project Al Mishmar HaKnesset ("Jewish Pluralism Watch"), which tracks the actions of politicians with regard to the core issues related to religious freedom in Israel. He will also address the movement's involvement with the Tag Meir project, which tracks the Jewish response to anti-Arab racism in Israel.
Please attend the AGM on Sunday, August 16, at 7:30 pm. If you want to nominate for a Board position, please complete a nomination form and submit it to the office no later than 12 noon on Friday, July 31.
Torah, Tefillah, and Torte (Shabbat Morning Study)
Our Torah, Tefillah, and Torte group meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services. This week, we will begin studying a new subject: the halacha and choreography of the prayer service.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support