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 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) at Kadima, 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick (Map) Everyone is welcome to join in our services and activities.
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.
Our new synagogue building is nearing completion and barring any unforeseen glitches, it will be completed on time by mid-July. To celebrate this important milestone, we will hold a building dedication on September 1, commencing at 2:30 pm. More information to come.
Rabbi Ehud Bandel, our rabbi for five years prior to the appointment of Rabbi Stein, and his wife Avital will be attending our building dedication. Rabbi Bandel will then remain with us over the High Holidays and will assist Rabbi Stein and our lay leaders from the bimah.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for March 2013.
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing for the residents of Regis (Dandenong Road opposite Emmy Monash) on Sunday, June 23, 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.
Our weekly Wednesday night shiurim will be led by Zvi Civins on the subject of the story of creation in Bereishit, primarily based on the interpretation in The Seven Days of the Beginning by Eli Munk, as well as a range of midrashim and tradition interpretations. Shiurim are held at 2 Lempriere Avenue, East St Kilda, at 8 pm.
Pick up some innovative Tupperware products for yourself or as gifts and help raise funds for the shul on Wednesday, July 3, at 8 pm at 2 Lempriere Avenue, East St Kilda. A percentage of sales will go to Kehilat Nitzan to help the shul purchase items for our new kitchen. Please RSVP to Pam Gelfand. Brochures are available from the shul office if you want to take a peek before the function.
Our next Shabbat Iyun will feature human rights lawyer Melinda Jones speaking about Jewish views of disability after the Shabbat morning service. Melinda was at one time Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at University of NSW and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Human Rights. The focus of the talk will be on "the role of Judaism in the lives of people with disability, the conception of disability within a human rights framework and within Jewish thought, and the implications this might have for the Jewish community generally and Jewish organisations in particular."
The next KN Lit Club will be held on Sunday, July 21, at 12 Ward Avenue, Caulfield, with guest speaker Richard Freadman speaking about "The Many Lives of Life Writing." Richard is the recently retired Professor of English and Director of the Unit for Studies in Biography and Autobiography at La Trobe University, and the author of books on autobiography.
Our very own building is scheduled to be ready (b'h) by July!