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 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.
During March, we ran a trial of following the full annual cycle of Torah reading rather than our usual triennial reading. Thank you to those that replied and gave their feedback. Most of our community wanted to retain our tradition of the triennial cycle. In its May meeting, the Ritual Committee formally decided to keep our tradition of the triennial cycle, based on on community feedback and other factors. As always, we welcome feedback about any part of our service. Feel free to speak to our gabbai (Sammy) or send him an email.
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 April 2016.
Torah, Tefillah, and Torte (Shabbat Morning Study), May 21
The Torah, Tefillah, and Torte group meets on Shabbat morning from 9 - 9:30 am before services. Newcomers and those with varying levels of Hebrew/study knowledge background welcome! With Rabbi Stein's departure, this week we will be discussing the future direction of this session - please join us!
Join our member and local educator Zvi Civins for a three-part shiur on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm, beginning on May 25, on why love is expressed in the Tanach as it is, and why it is often absent from the text. We will consider the nature of relationships and the role of love starting from creation, and continue by looking at our patriarchs' and matriarchs' lives and loves, the relationships of their descendants and more.
After morning Shabbat services and kiddush, Batya Fonda, whose beautiful voice graces our services when she visits from Israel, will present an iyun shiur on literary and musical analysis of the psalms, especially Psalm 114 ("B'tzeit Yisrael"), one of the psalms in Hallel. She will also lead us in singing well-known and not so well-known renditions of the psalm.
Join us on Sunday, June 5, at 11 am for the latest in our "Cooking With Friends" series, featuring yummy vegetarian treats for Shavuot.
In keeping with tradition, on Saturday night, June 11, at 8 pm, we will have an evening of learning on the first night of Shavuot, exploring what many Jews regard as the essence of Judaism, namely the 10 Commandments. Jim Landau, Bryan Conyer, and Sid Bloch have each selected their "favourite" commandment and will share their ideas on its meaning and implications for us. Come for the study, stay for the cheesecake!
Shavuot Services and Yizkor
The first and second day of Shavuot, June 12 and 13, we will have morning services at 9:30 am. Note that the morning service for the second day of Shavuot, June 13, also includes the Yizkor memorial prayer, and you don't even have to skip work because it's the Queen's Birthday (observed)!
The Nitzanim troupe will be performing at Gary Smorgon House, Freeman Street, Caulfield, on Sunday, June 5, 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.
Mark your diaries now, our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, July 10, at 7:30 pm.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support