Join Us

The Hobart Hebrew Congregation warmly welcomes applications for membership. As a small community it gives us great pleasure whenever newcomers join us, and we encourage their involvement in all facets of shul life.

Anyone resident in Tasmania who is either halachically Jewish or has been converted to Judaism through a Beth Din constituted by a recognised rabbinical authority (Orthodox, Masorti, or Progressive) is eligible to apply.

Applications for membership are considered by the Board of the congregation, usually at its first monthly meeting after being received.

Upon approval, new members are sent a welcome letter and shortly afterwards a Seat Hire (membership fee) notice. The level of fees is decided at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the congregation, normally held in August or early September, and is currently (2017-18) $280 for a family over a full year with appropriate reductions for singles and students.

Benefits of Membership

  • Use of the shul and its resources for simchas (baby-namings, bar/bat mitzvahs, aufrufs etc.) and other lifecycle events is free of charge to members.
  • Priority invitations to official ceremonies involving the Jewish community (in the recent past, these have included morning tea at Government House and a reception at Hobart Town Hall).
  • Discounted prices for concerts or other public events organised through the shul, whose crystalline acoustics have attracted performances by the London Klezmer Quartet and Deborah Conway among others.
  • Discounted prices for congregational activities where a charge is levied to recover costs, such as the annual communal Seder.
  • You will receive Chaverim, the congregation’s newsletter (currently issued three times a year). Among other items, Chaverim contains information about what’s been happening in our synagogue, future activities, and a calendar of services and special events. Contributions from new members are greatly appreciated.
  • The right to attend, vote, and stand for Board positions at AGMs.

 How To Join

If you want to find out more about how to become a member of our congregation, or any other aspect of membership, please don’t hesitate to email our Membership Officer. She will be very happy to assist. Ready to apply for membership straight away? Then print off this membership form, and once completed return it to the Membership Officer (by email or c/o Hobart Hebrew Congregation, GPO Box 128, Hobart Tas 7001)

Launceston Synagogue

Launceston Synagogue

Northern Tasmania

We have a number of members living in the northern part of Tasmania and have appointed a Northern Coordinator to represent their interests and reach out to them. Activities are based in Launceston around the historic local synagogue (established in 1846, one year after Hobart) and include occasional Progressive services run by a lay leader.

Northern members are more than welcome to attend services and events in Hobart whenever convenient, receive all standard membership benefits, and have full voting rights at AGMs.