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 6:15 pm) and morning (beginning at 9:30 am). Everyone is welcome to join in our services and activities. (Starting October 24, Shabbat evening services will include musical instruments and begin at 6:30 pm.)
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 September 2014. NEW!
The Women's Group will be holding a discussion at the shul on Thursday, October 23, at 7:30 pm about how our roles as Jewish women inform our approach to tikkun olam, and shedding light on a little-known Jewish heroine, Ernestine Rose.
For more information about the group and its next meeting, send email to Judy Feiglin or give her a call at 0402 263 806.
Join us at 6:30 pm on October 24 for the first musical-instrument Kabbalat Shabbat service of the year!
Kehilat Nitzan is joining in with the Shabbat project in offering a Shabbat lunch for Noam and other post-b'nei mitzvah teens at the home of Rabbi Adam, Tamar, and Eli Stein in honour of the madrichim who helped make our High Holidays such a great success. Lunch will follow services (and a walk to the rabbi's home) on October 25. Please RSVP to the office for catering purposes by Wednesday, October 21.
If you are interested in joining the conversion students for the Hebrew education portion of their classes, a few slots are open. The Hebrew class meets on most Thursday evenings from 7-7:45 pm. Call the office for more information.
Join visiting congregants from the Masorti congregation at Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney for a conference at our shul on the weekend of October 31 – November 2 to strengthen our connection and consider the nature of Australian Masorti and what the future of the movement in Australia should look like. For more information, see the program and online registration form on the Masorti Australasia web site.
In a joint program with the Mormon church across the road from the shul, we will be meeting at 4 pm on Sunday, October 26, for a "get to know you" session. First we will host a tour of our shul followed by a walk across to the Latter Day Saints hall around 4:45 pm. At 5:30 pm, light refreshments will be served during an information Q&A discussion until 6 pm.
Magen David Adom has again joined Kehilat Nitzan for our Mitzvah Day Blood Drive. Contact Barie Forbes at 9532 4749 or by sending email to register for one of the 35 slots or to get more information.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support