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The Ballarat Synagogue is closely connected with the history and growth of Ballarat. Gold was found in Ballarat in 1851 and lured young men of the Jewish faith from around the world to “golden Ballarat”.

The new citizens involved themselves in the business, professional and public life of the young town. Many became prominent and esteemed citizens in civic affairs serving as councillors and mayors of Ballarat East and the City of Ballarat, and played a prominent role in moulding the history of Australia.

The present synagogue, the oldest on the mainland of Australia, is undoubtedly the most historic, and one of the most precious buildings associated with Australian Jewry.

In 1854 came the “Affair of Eureka” and Charles Dyte, a leading member of the community and later MLA for Ballarat, took a prominent part with Peter Lalor in obtaining justice for the miners.

When he was president of the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation, Dyte laid the foundation stone of the present synagogue in 1861.


The Ballarat Synagogue is classified by the National Trust of Australia and has been recorded as a historic building that must be retained. Although this gives us no monetary help, it recognises the importance of this sacred edifice and the part played by pioneers of the congregation in Ballarat’s history.


Part of the rich history of the Ballarat Hebrew Congregation is the story of its many officer bearers, particularly Rabbi Zalel Mandelbaum (left, with his wife, Freda) in the early to mid-20th century.

Read more about Rabbi Mandelbaum in this address given by Rabbi Raymond Apple to the Australian Jewish Historical Society in November 2015. This was published on OzTorah.

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John Abraham
Mob: 0414 714 851
Tel: 03 5333 4941



Michelle Challis



Our services are all lay-led except for a Shabbaton with a visiting rabbi.

Ba’alei Tefillot                                                               Ba’alei Koreth
Max Lasky                                                                     Ami Even-Chaim
Mob: 0418 335 446                                                Shimshon Marom
Email: maxhsj@gmail.com
Alan Jacobs




Harry Cook

Board members

Bernard Stone, Patrice Braun, Malcolm Brown.

Website administrator

Gary Mallin
Mob: 0430 043 706
Email: gmallin@iinet.net.au


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