TOM REISNER’S SPEECH AT BHC, 7TH DAY PESACH, 17 APRIL

How MAD would we like to be? BHC member Tom Reisner was guest speaker on Monday, 17 April, the seventh day of Pesach.   Chag sameach everyone. I would like to dedicate my presentation today to the memory of 10-year-old Thalia Hakin, who sadly died in the Bourke Street Mall tragedy, on the 20th January … Read more

SYNAGOGUES360

The fantastic website SYNAGOGUES360 provides an interactive 360-degree panoramic view of synagogues from around the world. The website features Ballarat Synagogue, including photos, general and historical information. Click on this link TOM REISNER Melbourne

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 … Read more

The Bernstein tree

The Bernstein tree was planted eight years after the Ballarat Synagogue’s foundations were laid in 1861.                   BHC supporters: J-AIR’s TenKradius presenters Max Lasky, Nathan Mond and Gary Mallin enjoy the fruits of the Ballarat Synagogue’s sukkah.

Our Story in The Courier

The Courier newspaper

You can read Jessica Black’s story, “Oldest synagogue sees congregation resurge”, in The Courier, published on 22 October 2016. Or here is the story in full below: Oldest synagogue sees congregation resurge By Jessica Black, 22 October 2016 Mainland Australia’s oldest synagogue opened its sukkah – a hut built for the Jewish harvest festival of … Read more

Synagogue Maintenance & Restoration

The responsibility for the continuation of Jewish life in Ballarat has fallen to a dedicated few, who alone cannot maintain the complex of buildings. Since the death of our last full-time minister in 1941, we have been fortunate in always having someone to officiate at services and keep the flag of Judaism flying. Complete restoration … Read more

A new chapter for Ballarat Hebrew Congregation

Ballarat Synagogue

Ballarat Hebrew Congregation goes online. This is an exciting venture for Australia’s oldest operating synagogue on mainland Australia: the historic mixes with the new. We have created ballaratsynagogue.org to help be more accessible to our members and patrons, as well as the wider Jewish community so that current and next generations get benefit from the … Read more