Events  2020


Saturday February 8, well-attended interfaith nature service and lunch. Malmsbury Botanical Gardens. Service led by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black. Lovely day, beautiful prayers and readings from our interfaith guests. 

The seder planned for April was cancelled.

Sunday May 24, 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. For recordings of this day please email us, giving your name.

Sunday June 21, 2 pm either at West End Hall (Castlemaine) or on-line: 'Coffee, cake and chat'. A social event. Email us to register.

Sunday August 23, from midday, AGM and lunch.  Restaurant venue to be announced, or on-line. Email us to register.

Saturday September 26, 10 am study session, 11 am shabbat shuvah service, 12.30 kiddush and  lunch, Rotary Gateway Park Function Centre, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo. 

Saturday November 21, 10 am study session 11 am shabbat service,  led by Rabbi Fred Morgan (Union of Progressive Judaism), 12.30 lunch, then discussion session. Rotary Gateway Park Function Centre, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo


These dates are reasonably well fixed.  Any changes of date or venue will be notified by email, as well as updated here.

There are also informal social, educational, and cultural  events between these dates.

Enquiries to or David Kram (0412 114 725)

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. 

Shavuot themed Shabbat service in Castlemaine. 

Thanks to those who made 2019 
such a success.


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

Botanical Gardens.


Megillah reading in Bendigo.

White Hills Cemetery prayers, Bendigo


Seder night in Castlemaine. led by Cantor Michel Laloum (Temple Beth Israel)

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. (


Shavuot theme. Study group in Bendigo, led by Elisabeth Holdsworth

CONTACT US or (0412) 114 725 (David)


Study session and service in Bendigo, led by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, then lunch and AGM


Shabbat Shuvah in Castlemaine. Study session and service led by Dr David Kram, then lunch.


Study session, torah scroll service, lunch and discussion  in Bendigo, led by Rabbi Fred Morgan.


Supper and chanukah candle lighting in Malmsbury.

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