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.
Get in-depth news and see photos of our congregational activities in the Kehilat Nitzan Newsletter for September 2014. NEW!
If you are interested in joining the conversion students for the Hebrew education portion of their classes, a few slots are open. The Hebrew class meets on most Thursday evenings from 7-7:45 pm. Call the office for more information.
Join visiting congregants from the Masorti congregation at Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney for a conference at our shul on the weekend of October 31 – November 2 to strengthen our connection and consider the nature of Australian Masorti and what the future of the movement in Australia should look like. For more information, see the program and online registration form on the Masorti Australasia web site. You can register and pay online through Thursday, October 30.
Kiddush lunch and the program items on Shabbat afternoon are open to the public and include:
Following Shabbat morning services and kiddush on November 8, Rabbi Fred Morgan will speak about the "Jewish Dreaming" tour he recently led in the Kimberley. The group explored ideas of country and land, aboriginality and indigenous cultural tradition against a Jewish backdrop, and an experience of the Northern Australian outback.
Blood Drive – Magen David Adom has again joined Kehilat Nitzan for our Mitzvah Day Blood Drive. Contact Barie Forbes at 9532 4749 or by sending email to register for one of the 35 slots or to get more information.
Nitzanim Singers – Bring cheer to the people in residental care at Arcare, 141 Kooyong Road, Caulfield, at 2 pm. No experience necessary. (A voluntary rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, November 12.) For more information, call Judy at 0402 263 806.
Kehilat Nitzan appreciates and acknowledges the support