Events  2021


Saturday February 13, POSTPONED OWING TO LOCKDOWN interfaith nature service and lunch. Malmsbury Botanical Gardens, Service led by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black. Lovely venue with cedar and cypress, beautiful prayers and readings from our interfaith guests, then kiddush and lunch (BYO veggie plate). Malmsbury Gardens is in the main street near the Shire Hall just past the post office. If coming from Melbourne or Bendigo, exit Calder Freeway at Malmsbury and drive into village. There is a train station (Bendigo Line). 

Sunday February 28, 2 pm - 4 pm, Purim picnic in Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Near kids' play area on Downes Rd near corner Froomes Rd. If coming from Bendigo, turn right at Downes Rd. If from Castlemaine centre, turn left at Parker St then right into Downes Rd. BYO everything.

Sunday March 13, 3 pm - model seder, venue tba in mid-February


Further events in 2021 will also be posted in mid-February.

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kehillat s'dot zahav (KSZ) is an incorporated association of Progressive Jews and those identifying with Progressive Judaism in or associated with the Goldfields region of Central Victoria, Australia. KSZ is affiliated with Progressive Judaism Victoria and the Union of Progressive Judaism. It is a small community with around eight events per year, held in community halls, members' homes or the open air. Members and visitors come from Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat area, Kyneton area, Melbourne and Shepparton. KSZ, with a strong interfaith remit,  also offers events  geared towards interfaith participation.
kehillat (from kehillah) = community or congregation
s'dot = fields
zahav = gold

Tu B'Shvat Shabbat in the Malmsbury Botanical Gardens with Rabbi Jonathan Keren Black. 

2019 - Shavuot themed Shabbat service in Castlemaine. 

Thanks to those who made 2020 
such a success.


Interfaith nature- and Tu B'Shvat-themed Shabbat in the Malmsbury

Botanical Gardens.


Purim party in Castlemaine - fancy dress, Haman tashen and megillat ester reading in English

Phone: 0412 114 725 (David)

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What is Judaism?

Jewish conception of God: One and indivisible, transcendent and immanent, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Source of the Moral Law; a God of justice and mercy Who demands that human beings shall practise justice and mercy in their dealings with one another. (Tobias. P/Keren-Black, J: A Judaism for the Twenty-First Century (2011)

What is Progressive Judaism?

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), established in London in 1926, is the international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries. (


Discussion day (inspired by shavuot) went on-line via Zoom. KSZ's consulting rabbi Cantor Michel Laloum (Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne) led an inspiring discussion with the theme of faith (based on the scroll of Ruth in the tanach), as well as an examination of modern-day significance of the Hebrew words olam, nefesh and neshamah


Shabbat shuvah was an online event for members with study session on 'olam' led by Jerome Winston, then shabbat shuvah service followed by kiddush, then an afternoon lecture and service based on the afternoon service of yom kippur. Many musical video clips from Israel, the US and other countries featured in this event


Another on-line event - repeat of the Sept 26 afternoon service, which includes video music clips, another discussion forum, havdalah and KSZ' annual AGM 

CONTACT US or (0412) 114 725 (David)


Chanukah-themed picnic in Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

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