From Phil Lipshut, Elsternwick

Last weekend [18 February 2017], I had the great pleasure of attending a Shabbat service at the historic Ballarat Synagogue. The synagogue, which is more than 150 years old, has been classified by the National Trust as a historic building. The building itself is well preserved.

I was amused to find that the Prayer for the Royal Family, inscribed next to the Ark, has not been updated since Queen Victoria was on the throne. I wondered if there are other synagogues in Australia continuing to honour Queen Victoria as the monarch.

The synagogue used to only conduct services over the high holydays and when groups visited, but now holds services on a monthly basis and for all the chagim, due to the efforts of chazan Max Lasky and the hard-working committee, led by president John Abraham. During my visit, I met a small but vibrant congregation. I shared with those present my personal link with the synagogue, through Rev Goldreich, who served as minister from 1868 to 1905. Rev Goldreich married a granddaughter of my convict ancestor, Emanuel “Money” Moses.

I thoroughly recommend a visit to anyone with a family link to Ballarat, or who wishes to experience a glimpse of Jewish life in the former central Victorian goldfields.


  • 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

    Alan Jacobs
    (Rosh Hashanah leader)

  • Ba’alei Koreh

    Ami Even-Chaim
    Shimshon Marom






  • Treasurer

    Harry Cook

  • Website administrator

    Gary Mallin
    Mob: 0430 043 706


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