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.
To join Kehilat Nitzan or renew your membership, please fill out and return our membership form (PDF), which includes our membership fees.
Rabbi Stein will be overseas for two weeks, beginning on Monday, January 25, and returning on Wednesday, February 10. See the Contact Us page for emergency contact information.
During this period while many people travel out of town, we hope you can make a special effort to attend our Friday night musical services at 6:30 pm and Shabbat morning services at 9:30 am. These summer Friday nights are also a fun way to introduce the younger set to shul, when they can enjoy listening to the music or take a break in our playroom.
Shul Kashrut Policy – Please take a few moments to read our kashrut policy, covering topics such as catered events, shule groups and individuals bringing food into the building, Pesach, and the use of the kitchen.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for September 2015.
The shiur before Shabbat morning services will not be held between January 23 and February 6. It will resume on February 13.
Kehilat Nitzan is usually the first Masorti synagogue in the world to participate in the World Wide Wrap, a single-day worldwide program, organised by the Conservative movement's Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, to encourage both men and women to wear tefillin. Come to shul at 10 am for the tefillin experience (not obligatory) and morning service, and stay to enjoy the nosh!
Help make up a Kehilat Nitzan team for the Macccabi AJAX Shul Day Lawn Bowls competition on 7 February 2016 at 10 am at Caulfield Park Sports Club. Contact Helen Weiss on 9505 3015 if you'd like to put your name down to play.
Save the dates for an upcoming three-week shiur series beginning Wednesday evening, February 10, on "What Modern Jewish Writers Can Teach Us About Our Jewish Identity" with Carmela Levy-Stokes.
Marcia Pinksier will speak at the Women's Rosh Chodesh group about "A New Vision of Poland: Contemporary Engagement With Jewish Life in Poland" on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:45 pm at the home of Pam Gelfand. Please RSVP to the office and directions will be supplied.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support