About Us

SYNAGOGUE BUILT ON GOLD

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.

HISTORIC IMPORTANCE

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.

The ceiling

contacts


  • President

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

  • Secretary

    Bernard Stone
    Tel: 03 5332 1271

  • Chazan

    Max Lasky
    Mob: 0418 335 446
    Email: maxhsj@gmail.com

    Alan Jacobs
    (Rosh Hashanah leader)

  • Ba’alei Koreh

    Ami Even-Chaim
    Shimshon Marom

 

 

 

 

 

  • Treasurer

    Harry Cook
    Email: leihar25@bigpond.com

  • Website Administrator

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

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