The beautiful East Melbourne Synagogue was built in 1877. Its story is the story of the origins of Melbourne Jewry.
Over time, the community moved South. Yet, the Shul survived, and its doors have been continuously open for over 140 years.
Today, ‘The City Shul’ is re-emerging as a vibrant Jewish hub. For our growing community – the young families moving back to the CBD and the inner North; the university students; the interstate and international visitors, as well as those who work in the city – our shul is a place to be immersed in Jewish culture, thought and history; a place to pray, learn, connect, receive welfare support services and pastoral care.
We welcome visits (individual or group) including from those of other faiths or of no religious affiliation. We regularly host school groups and have an engaging and interactive program for school visits. We also regularly host open days.
We also have a Judaic collection that covers many aspects of Jewish interest, non-fiction and fiction, plus books on various topics written by Australian Jewish writers. We also have some very old & rare volumes, artefacts, Torah scrolls and accoutrements and many other interesting items. There is a separate collection of children’s books and objects.
It would be a pleasure to host your for a visit. If you would like to arrange a visit and chat, whether on your own or with a group, please email our office.