South Australia's ONLY orthodox synagogue is at 13 Flemington Street, GLENSIDE, in inner south-east Adelaide. Adelaide Hebrew Congregation, established 1848, opened its first synagogue in Adelaide in 1850. After 140 years of worship in Synagogue Place, the congregation relocated to a beautiful new synagogue built at Glenside. The foundation stone of the new synagogue was laid in 1989. The congregation is one of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth and continues these traditions.
The synagogue can seat 300 people. Our hall has 500 people at Jewish community events and houses a South Australian Jewish History Museum.
The synagogue provides regular prayer services, jewish education, celebration of births, bar/bat-mitzvah and marriages. The Chevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society) operates under our auspices through volunteers. Jewish burial grounds are under our supervision. Our honorary archivist has helped hundreds of people research their Jewish ancestry or find graves.
The Garry and Klee Benveniste Community Library is a large collection of material from kindergarten level to advanced Talmud which, together with our archives of 170 years of South Australian Jewish history, contributes material for display in our museum. There is currently no Jewish school in South Australia so the synagogue is an important resource for Jewish education.
Kosher supplies for festivals such as Matza and candles are purchased for our community and sold by the office from a room known as the Kosher Shop.
We are available to serve all Jews in South Australia, including migrants and visitors. The congregation provides communal fellowship for all ages, whether one is secular or religious. Many of our members are prominent in commerce, arts, science, law, medicine and sport.
AHC Board of Management represents the orthodox Jewish community to government and other organizations. Adelaide Hebrew Congregation Inc is a member of the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Australia Ltd and affiliated through the local Jewish Community Council of South Australia Inc. to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
AHC is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Check any charity is registered by visiting http://www.acnc.gov.au/