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.
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.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for April 2014.
Dr. David Breakstone, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and founding director of its Herzl Museum and Educational Centre and a member of the The Jewish Agency executive, will be speaking at a public event hosted by Kehilat Nitzan on Thursday, August 21, at 7:45 pm on the topic "My Wife Is a Bigamist: Religion and State in Israel Today."
Following Shabbat morning services and kiddush on August 23, Dr. David Breakstone will speak on "Next Year in Jerusalem: Fact, Fiction, Fantasy, or Farce?" Dr. Breakstone will be visiting us from Israel over Shabbat.
The Women's Group will be holding a light-hearted social evening at the shul at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 25, to chase away the winter and other blues.
For more information about the group and its next meeting, send email to Judy Feiglin or give her a call at 0402 263 806.
On Tuesday, August 26, at 8 pm, our shul is hosting a talk by author Dr Michael Kagan on the Biblical and Jewish approach to our relationship with the earth, "Is Conquer and Dominate Really the Biblical View Towards Nature?". Entrance is a $10 donation.
Our Tot Shabbats are small, informal Shabbat morning activities for parents and children up to the age of 6, held from 9:30 to 10 am (while the main service is having its first half-hour of davening). There's a story or two (with pictures), some singing, some food, some schmoozing with parents and kids... Families are welcome to stay through the service and kiddush, or leave after 10 if the kids are getting antsy.
If you have or take care of young children between 3-6 years old, join us at the synagogue Friday morning September 5 at 10 am to help make Shabbat! We will make challah together (no experience necessary - and you can take it home), sing songs and have a model Kabbalat Shabbat. Parents and grandparents most welcome!
Please let Evelyn or Susan in the office know if you are coming and how many kids you have in your care by calling 9500 0906 or sending email.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing at Gary Smorgon House, Freeman Street, Caulfield South, on Sunday, September 7, at 2:30 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.