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305 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield, Vic. Australia 3161

Caulfield Beth Hamedrash

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Updated: 14 October 2020

On 28 September 2020, the Victorian State Government announced the relaxation to Stage 3 Lockdown regulations. Houses of Worship are now allowed to host 5 people + 1 leader OUTDOORS, subject to social distancing and mask wearing, for religious services.  

As Caulfield Beth Hamedrash hosts 3 separate Houses of Worship (Front Succah Minyan, Main Shule & Back Minyan), and given the size of our backyard, we are able to host 3 separate groups, OUTDOORS for Davening. Given the anticipated demand to attend Shabbos Davening, and that as per the DHHS guidelines Religious Services are included in your maximum of 2 hours allowed outdoor recreational activity per day, the Shule proposes to host multiple Minyanim to maximise attendance opportunities as follows: 

Friday Nights (Summer Schedule)

Mincha followed by Kaballas Shabbos                                    7:00pm – 7:45pm 

Shabbos Shacharis
Shacharis followed by Musaph                                                8:30am – 10:15am
Shacharis followed by Musaph                                                10:30am – 12:15pm

Shabbos Mincha (1 hour before Motzei Shabbos)

Mincha followed by Maariv                                                      7:20pm – 8:35pm  

Those wishing to attend Shule, please register your interest for the preferred Tefillah you would like to attend via email to < > by 3:00pm Thursday 15 October 2020.  

Depending on demand, it is envisaged that those registered might be allocated particular services, on rotation, to attend. You will be informed of your allocated Davening which may not be your preferred choice. Attendance preference will be given to Shule members with those saying Kaddish a priority. 

Any person who is feeling unwell or that they are unable to comply with the social distance requirements including mask wearing are not to attend. This is not only for your own health and well-being but for the safety of others as well as compliance with the law. Please also bear in mind that all Religious Services are to take place strictly OUTDOORS only and therefore might not proceed in inclement weather. 

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Caulfield Beth Hamedrash, began as a small minyan in a private house in Caulfield about 1960 and is now B’H home to some 250 members. The membership consists of a diverse collection of religious orthodox people from many backgrounds. The Shule has developed a reputation for a warm and "heimish" atmosphere, where all are welcome and made to feel at home.  

Our Shule was founded by Holocaust survivors, mostly of Polish origin. The popular new Minyan needed a permanent home and a house was purchased in 198 Kooyong Road and converted into a "Shtiebel".

Over a decade later, after continued growth, the Shule moved to larger premises, when a new Shule was purpose built at 305 Glen Eira Rd – the current premises. Later extensions have included the upstairs Womens Gallery and the Youth Minyan Beis Medrash/Sukka.

The Shule serves as a vibrant place of Torah and Tefilla for all of its members. The Nusach of the Shule is Nusach Sefard and the custom of the Shule follows the Chassidic Polish customs in Tefilla and Song.

Two daily Minyonim for morning tefillos are well attended each weekday and held at 6:15AM and 7:00AM. Each day, Mincha at sunset, is followed by a Shiur and then Maariv at nightfall.  

On Shabbos morning, the Shule houses two primary minyanim; the 'Main Shule' and the 'Youth Minyan' - training up the Baalei Tefilla and Baalei Kriah of the next generation.

Many Shiurim are given in the Shule on Shabbos and during the week. These Shiurim, delivered in English or Yiddish are given on a broad range of topics and texts. Some Shiurim have been going for over 40 years. The Shule has many Talmidei Chachomim delivering and attending Shiurim and claims to have one of the highest ratios of members attending Shiurim in all Shules in Melbourne.

Shiurim are given on diverse topics and texts including Gemora incorporating Daf HaYomi, Mishnayes including Mishna Yomi, Mishna Berura, Kitzur Shulchan Oruch, Tanach, Sefas Emes, Yismach Yisroel, Minchas Chinuch, Ein Yaakov and Kli Yokor. The Shule has built up an extensive library of Hebrew and English Seforim, which are well used by members.

The Shule is famous for its prevalent "leibedike" Kiddeishim, with a special mix of lechayims - whiskey, herring, onions, Divrei Torah and nigginim. During Seuda Shlishis, a wide range of local and guest speakers are encouraged to present Divrei Torah.

The Shule also distributes its popular Newsletter - Online and Offline weekly editions with a readership locally and overseas. The Shule website gives details of Tefilla times and current events, as well a pictorial history of the Shule.

Periodically throughout the year, our Shule is host to numerous communal and youth activities including the ever popular Lag B'Omer Bonfire, Melave Malkes, Tikkun Leil Shavuos and Tisha B'Av programs, Simchas Beis HaShoeva celebrations on Sukkos. Our famous Lag Bomer Bonfire extravaganza has grown to be come a communal family event attended by many hundreds of people from all sections of the community.

The Shule also hosts well attended Seudos Mitzva celebrating Siyumim of the various Shiurim or commemorating the Yahrzeits of Chassidic Rebbes.

June 2013: The Stropkover Rebbe Shlit’a visiting from Jerusalem:

The Youth Minyan conducts a childrens' Davenning competition, Shiurim, Yomtov programs, Sukka Hopping, Purim Dressups, Chanuka Soccer Match and BBQ.

The Shule engages in many forms of Chesed. Tzedoka appeals are promoted for worthy causes in Israel, raising thousands of dollars each year. The Shule also operates a Free Loan Gemach and various Tzedoka funds.

A special Yasher Koach to the Gabboim, Board and all the Mispallelim for their unique and valued contributions in making our Shule such a special and treasured place.

Be’ezras Hashem, may we continue to go ‘mechayil el choyil’ - from strength to strength.  See recent videos from different events at the Shule.

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*This website was created by the longstanding Shule member Harry Ciechanowski o"bm, who was also the longstanding volunteer Shule webmaster and the driving force behind many of the initiatives on the Shule website. May his memory be a blessing. *