Hobart Synagogue was consecrated on July 4, 1845. It’s the oldest Jewish place of worship still in use in Australia. You can read more about our history.
The synagogue is controlled by the Hobart Hebrew Congregation, which was founded in 1842 and has had an unbroken existence since. The congregation became an incorporated body by an Act of the Tasmanian Parliament in 1958.
The governing body of the congregation is a seven-person Board, which in recent times has always included members of both sexes. The Board is headed by the President of the congregation, and is elected at an Annual General Meeting. Other office-holders are the Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The congregation was originally and for most of its existence aligned with the Orthodox stream of Judaism. However, the immigration to Tasmania during and after the Second World War of a number of Jews previously active in the Progressive movement eventually led to a change in its character.
Although the congregation is now affiliated to the Union for Progressive Judaism, we are committed to representing and welcoming as members adherents of all Jewish religious streams. In fact, we’re one of only two Jewish religious communities in Australia to embrace both Orthodox and Progressive members, and to offer services for both.
The congregation is also affiliated to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry Inc. (ECAJ), which is the officially elected representative organisation of the Australian Jewish Community. The president of the congregation is a vice-president of the ECAJ, representing Tasmania.
If you’re interested in joining our congregation, we’d love to have you. You can find an application form on our membership page.