COVID-19 update

Posted: 28 May 2020

We are pleased to announce that in accordance with government guidelines, we are gradually resuming services at the Hobart Synagogue.

Please ensure you follow the RSVP instructions listed for each service.

At this time, we are not offering tours of the synagogue for the general public, but hope to resume at an appropriate time.

ABC Hobart article on Judah Solomon

Posted: 07 May 2020

ABC Hobart published a long article about the story of Judah Solomon, who donated his land for the synagogue in the 1840s.

Also included are several photos of the synagogue, and information about Ikey Solomon.

Dr. Norman Swan video to Jewish community

Posted: 24 March 2020

175th anniversary event update

Posted: 18 March 2020

It is with regret that we are officially announcing that the Hobart Synagogue’s 175th anniversary events planned for 3-5 July 2020 will not occur due to COVID-19.

We would like to reschedule but will wait to see how things develop.

We hope you stay safe in these challenging times.

Descendant Stories

Posted: 10 February 2020

As we are celebrating our 175th anniversary of the consecration of the synagogue this year, we decided to use our website as a space to share the fascinating personalities and stories that has been so important to Judaism in Tasmania.

Please check out the Descendant Stories page on our website to read these stories! We will be adding more and more during the year.

Travel article features Hobart Synagogue

Posted: 29 January 2020

A recent article in the Australian Jewish News shines a spotlight on the synagogue, along with a couple other items about Hobart’s colonial past.

Thank you to tour guide Daniel Albert for giving a tour to the article’s author.

Mazon appeal

Posted: 28 October 2019

The congregation participated in Mazon Australia‘s Mazon Bag appeal, where 14 synagogues across Australia collected donation bags for people in need between Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot.

We donated 10 Mazon bags to Colony 47, and received a letter of thanks for this important effort:

In our program we support people who are experiencing chronic homelessness with high and often complex needs. Your donation of food is very much appreciated and will be provided to those in need. We often provide non-perishable food such as what you have donated, toiletries and clothing to those that we support and they are very appreciative of this help.

Thanks again for thinking of our clients.

Thank you to our secretary Sean Ladiges for organising this appeal, and to everyone who made donations!

ABC Radio tours the synagogue

Posted: 17 June 2019

ABC Radio Hobart visited the synagogue and interviewed our acting president and long time member David Clark.

Each twelve minute segment has many fascinating historic details about our synagogue.

Part one of the interview.

Part two of the interview.

2019-2020 Board of Management

Posted: 15 September 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation was held on Sunday, 15 September 2019.

The following people were elected to the Board of Management:


President: Jeff Schneider
Vice President: David Clark
Secretary: Sean Ladiges
Treasurer: Laurence Herst

Board Members

Louise Knopman
Phillip Zoldan
Danny Joseph

For more information, please visit the board of management page.

New Prayer Books for High Holy Days

Posted: 15 August 2019

For two years now, those that have been coming to the Progressive High Holy Day services in Hobart have been promised a new machzor (High Holy Day prayer book) for the following year.  Some may have thought it was some kind of lay-leader hoax or practical joke seeing as the promise didn’t seem to come to fruition.  However, it has finally happened!

The new Machzorim are easy to follow and full of thoughtful material appropriate to each part of the service.  They match the Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book in that they have transliterated Hebrew and lots of alternative readings on every second page.  This has made planning our services a little more complicated than usual but hopefully the services will have a lot more to offer. 

The Rabbis who edited the new Machzorim have shared an introduction of the new prayer books.

Kathy, Progressive Services Coordinator