Why join Hobart Synagogue?

Because we need you and because you’ll make a difference.

Your membership of our congregation will keep the oldest synagogue in Australia, that has been holding services continuously since 1845, proudly continue its traditions.  Your membership will help us grow and develop into the future.  Your membership will help ensure all Tasmanian Jews have a spiritual, community and educational home.

Membership fees enable us to:

  • Celebrate events that bring Jews of Tasmania together—major holidays, Shabbat dinners, family simchas, and social gatherings.
  • Bring Rabbis from various Jewish traditions to help us celebrate major Jewish holidays and to provide education programs.
  • Maintain our heritage-listed historic synagogue.
  • Provide subsidies for attendance at mainland Jewish youth group camps and participation in other Jewish educational opportunities for children.
  • Allow us to continue our memberships with Australian Jewish organisations.
Members at Hanukkah picnic listening to a visiting Rabbi

Members at Hanukkah picnic listening to a visiting Rabbi

Who can join?

Any Tasmanian resident 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 (2019-20) $340 for a family over a full year with appropriate reductions for individuals ($190) and students ($45).

Benefits to Members

  • The opportunity to take on leadership roles within a small community; several of our members lead services, serve on the board, and contribute to congregation initiatives
  • Free use of the shul for lifecycle events.
  • 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.
  • Discounted prices for congregational activities where a charge is levied to recover costs, such as the annual communal Seder.
  • 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, you can complete an online application for membership.
If you prefer, you can 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).

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.