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 (a service with musical instruments 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.
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 2014.
World Wide Wrap, February 1
The World Wide Wrap is an initiative sponsored by the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs that provides an opportunity for everyone — women and men — to lay tefillin. If you've never done so before, this is your chance to learn how to perform this mitzvah. Join us on Sunday, February 1, at 9:30 am for the morning service and a nosh afterward to help us maintain our annual record as the first shule in the world to participate in this event!
If you have your own tefillin, please bring them (and spares if you have them!)
Tu B'Shvat, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is the New Year for trees. The seder for the holiday follows a specific order that includes recitations and songs and also the eating of special fruits and nuts (walnut, date, figs, and grapes). The kabbalist order of the four cups of wine is for the first to be red to symbolise the opacity of the world we inhabit, the next two mixed, and the fourth white, symbolising the clarity of the source of all. Join us at the home of Pam and Warren Gelfand on Tuesday, February 3, at 8 pm, for this special event.
Please RSVP to the office for catering purposes (and to obtain the address if you need it).
The annual Maccabi Ajax Lawn Bowls Shule Day is on Sunday, February 8, at 9:30 am. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch and afternoon tea. KN needs bowlers to make up a 12-member team so contact Helen at 9505 5015 if you are interested.
All members and friends are invited to join us for an informative presentation, "Susie's Stroke," by Susie Shulsinger, an award-winning public speaker, teacher, and stroke survivor, on Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30 pm.
Pstudying the Psalms
Our Torah, Tefillah, and Cake group, which meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services, is studying a psalm a week, delving into various translations and commentaries, and coming up with our own interpretations and meaning for our modern lives today.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support