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Kehilat Nitzan was formed in March 1999 by Professor John Rosenberg together with a small group of people interested in establishing a ​​Masorti community in Melbourne

John had been an active participant in the Masorti minyan at the Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney and was interested in developing a Masorti chavurah when he moved to Melbourne. That initial meeting drew 41 participants, and was the start of our community.

For the first six years, we operated on a lay-leadership model, and were blessed to have help and guidance from a number of Masorti rabbis from North America and Israel who visited us for short periods. We held services in the Kadimah Cultural Centre, then B'nai Brith House, and then back to Kadimah before moving into our own building on Hawthorn Road in Caulfield North in July 2013.

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Sadoff and family
Our current rabbi is Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff, who came to us in May 2018 from Congregation Magen Avraham in Omer, Israel, near Beersheva. He received his ordination from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, and also served as the assistant rabbi at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota (near where he grew up). Rabbi Sadoff is joined by his wife Merav and their two daughters Tiferet Tehilla and Maayan Tekhelet.


Kehilat Nitzan - Into the Future

After the arrival of Rabbi Bandel, we saw a steady rise in membership with nearly 600 people attending services on the high holidays. 70% of our members are drawn from mainstream Orthodoxy, 20% from the Progressive movement and the rest were previously unaffiliated. Nitzan means "a bud," and we have now grown to a self-sustaining kehillah of approximately 250 families. Our congregation planted the first seeds of Masorti Judaism in Melbourne and we are continuing to blossom.

Tue, 10 December 2019 12 Kislev 5780