8 Synagogues in New Zealand
Auckland Hebrew Congregation - Beth Israel Synagogue
As Auckland's only Orthodox Synagogue and Community Centre, Auckland Hebrew Congregation is the hub of Jewish living in New Zealand. The AHC has a main centre in Auckland Central and an Eastern Suburbs Stiebel. Whether you have grown up in Auckland, are a new arrival or just passing through; the Congregation has something for everyone!.
The story of Beth Shalom is a story of passion and commitment, at first shared by a few families in their homes; later in the community’s first premises in 1956 steadily growing to a community of over 200 families whose primary facility is now our home in Manukau Road.
It is perhaps to those families, whose vision over 50 years ago planted the seed of today’s community, which we should look back to as we each consider how we can shape and contribute to the future. Families such as the Pezarro and Stern whose foundation gifts and foresight established a spiritual home for their children and their children’s children into the future. We too can be a part of these unbroken commitments to the future of our community.
Beth Shalom is the biggest Progressive community in NZ, and the 3rd biggest Burial and Benevolent Society and numerous Beth Shalom specialist sub-committees who facilitate a range of T’zedakah, Education, Care and other services for our community and beyond. in the region. We boast a skilled group of lay leaders, a flourishing Hebrew School and the services of regular Rabbinic leadership.
Although in New Zealand we are amongst the most remote communities in term of geography, we are strongly linked to our sister communities in Australia and beyond, under the auspices of the Australasian Union for Progressive Judaism.
Canterbury Hebrew Congregation
Welcome to the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation, serving the Jewish community in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. Our synagogue, Beth-El, is situated in central Christchurch. We offer regular Shabbat services as well as cheder classes, Bar and Bat Mitzvah training, holiday services and a variety of social activities. We are also home to the South Island chapter of Habonim Dror and the Christchurch Council of Jewish Women.
Chabad of New Zealand
The New Zealand Chabad Headquarters, the Chabad House in CHCH, was unfortiunately, severly damaged by the February earthquake and is still in the cordoned off "Red Zone" in the City.
With Hashem's help, we will reestablish a Chabad House in the South Island.
The Chabad Shluchim are now on the North Island where there are two communities and Shuls.
Chabad of Otago
Dunedin Jewish Congregation
Wellington Hebrew Congregation
The Wellington Jewish Community Centre is the focus of Jewish life in New Zealand’s harbour city capital.
The Centre is the home of Wellington’s 170 year old orthodox congregation and a wide range of Jewish community organisations and facilities including a kosher store, a kindergarten, a Holocaust museum and more.
See our community directory for a detailed list of Jewish community organisations in and around the Centre.