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.
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 long term executive administrator, Evelyn Rose, has undergone shoulder surgery and will be recovering at home for six weeks beginning the week of October 7. The office is being temporarily run by Susan Meisner. She is in the office from 9 am to 1 pm on every weekday except for Thursdays.
Rabbi Adam Stein will be overseas on annual leave starting Thursday, December 19, and will return to the office on Tuesday, January 14. For shul matters, contact the office at 9500 0906 or by email. For urgent matters such as a death after hours, contact our president, Mark Sokolski, at 0417 502 115.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for September 2013.
Our weekly Wednesday night shiur will meet on December 11 at 8 pm in our shul building on the topic on the topic of "I'm Dreaming of a...Kosher Christmas?" How do we approach Christmas in Australian society? Do we celebrate with our Christian friends and relatives? Have a lunch or dinner with Jewish family and friends? Go straight to Chinese food and a movie? Come discuss our relationship to this major religious and cultural holiday and the new book A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish.
Do you (or family members) have little ones under three or four? Our Tot Shabbats are small, informal Shabbat morning activities for parents and little children from 9:30 to 10 a.m. (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.
This program will be held on the last Saturday of every month in 2014. Contact Rabbi Stein if you are interested or have questions.
We invite you to participate in a Bikkur Cholim (the mitzvah of visiting the sick) training programme beginning in February 2014. Experienced trainers will lead five two-hour sessions for our members who are willing to spend time visiting fellow members in their homes, hospital, rehab, and so on. Ongoing training and supervision will be provided. If you're interested, contact the rabbi or Barie Forbes at 9532 4749.
We are seeking a part-time youth/family program facilitator to work with Rabbi Stein and lay leaders to develop and lead our b'nei mitzvah program and activities for families and youth. Duties include organising holiday, Shabbat, and other activities. The position is for about 10 hours per week for ten months each year, mostly during evenings and weekends.
We are seeking a person with:
If you or someone you know might be interested, please forward a CV and letter of interest to Rabbi Stein or call the office at 9500 0906.
Kehilat Nitzan in conjunction with the New Hope Foundation is urgently collecting canned/packet food for asylum seekers who struggling to buy food and pay rent. Please drop off cans/packets at the shul during office hours or at the homes of members at 10 Bethune Street, East Hawthorn, or 6 Mercer Road, Armadale. For more information, contact Deb Korman at 0418 559 800.