Community directory

Wellington Jewish Community Centre Directory

A wide range of Jewish community organisations use the Wellington Jewish Community Centre. This directory lists them and contact details if you need to get in touch.

Please email requests for directory updates to communications@wjcc.org.nz.

 

Religious services

We are home to Wellington’s only Orthodox congregation.  We hold regular services for Shabbat, chagim, and Monday morning minyanim, as well as catering for all life cycle events from bris milah, to bar/bat mitzvah, to weddings, and burial.

The congregation is affiliated with the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth and follows Ashkenazi customs but has a diverse membership including Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Mizrachim from throughout the Jewish world.

 

Service times

We hold services for Shabbat and chagim as well as additional minyanim. Service times are explained in our news section.

 

Beth El Synagogue

The original Beth El synagogue on the Terrace, Wellington.

Beth El Synagogue is home to our Orthodox congregation, adopting the name of our long-standing synagogue on The Terrace, which had to make way for motorway construction in the 1970s. The main sanctuary and the smaller sanctuary in the neighbouring Van Staveren Room (named for our longest serving rabbi, Rabbi Herman Van Staveren) are used for services.

 

Rabbi

Our rabbi is currently Rabbi Yitzchak Mizrahi and can be contacted at rabbi@wjcc.nz.

 

Mikva

Our mikva is available free for members or by donation to visitors. Contact the Rabbi or Rebbetzin to book the mikva.

 

Chevra Kadisha

We maintain a Chevra Kadisha to assist with funerals and to maintain Jewish cemeteries in the region. Our Chevra Kadisha can assist with funeral arrangements (including tahara) in Wellington and elsewhere around the country if needed. Contact our office if you need the urgent services of the Chevra in the event of a bereavement.

 

Kashrut certfication

The Wellington Jewish Community Centre partners with the Auckland Hebrew Congregation to administer Kosher Kiwi, New Zealand’s only Orthodox kashrut certification authority. See our kosher updates for information about certified products and for information about getting kosher certification.

 

Kosher consumer information

See our kosher updates for the latest Kosher Kiwi guides and product lists. There is also a useful community maintained Facebook group, Kosher Kiwis, for sharing kosher products and queries. (Note that this is a private group for shomer kashrut (or kashrut curious) members of the community.)

 

Kosher Co-op

Our Kosher Co-op sells a range of hard-to-find kosher products, including meat and cheese. The Co-op also arranges supplies of kosher l’Pesach supplies for Pesach.

You can find the Co-op tucked away under the Centre through the carpark, accessed from the Webb Street driveway. The driveway gate will be open during Co-op opening hours.

The Co-op is only open part time so check our news feed for current hours (especially around holidays or Jewish festivals) or contact us on:

View Kosher Co-op related news and updates.

 

Jewish education

 

Moriah Kindergarten

Moriah Kindergarten is an award-winning Jewish kindergarten based at the Centre. It is a warm and friendly community kindergarten popular with both Jewish and non-Jewish parents.

 

Youth education

The Centre runs a Jewish education programme for ages 6 and upwards anchored around children’s services during Torah services on Shabbat and chagim and Orot, a weekly after school programme based at the Centre. Non members are welcome but they are also free to members.

Members also receive free one-on-one rabbinical support for children preparing for bar or bat mitzvah.

There is also a holiday programme based at the Centre with discounts for members.

 

Youth groups

 

Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS)

AUJS is a network of over 20 clubs on tertiary campuses around Australasia, including an active branch at Victoria University of Wellington.

 

Bnei Akiva | בני עקיבא

Bnei Akiva New Zealand is a youth movement for ages 8-15 with the goal of educating Jewish youth with the values of Torah ve’Avodah – combining a deeply rooted association with Israel together with day-to-day life in accordance with traditional Jewish values.

 

Habonim Dror

Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand is a Jewish, Zionist and socialist youth movement run by young adults for children from school years 3 – 13.

 

Adult education

We run a range of adult education programmes, including:

 

Weekly parasha hashavua study group

The Rabbi leads a half-hour study group on the parasha hashavua before Shabbat morning services.

 

Talmud study group

The Rabbi leads a weekly Talmud study group meeting on Monday mornings after the shacharit minyan.

 

Kia Ora TorahKia Ora Torah

Kia ora Torah is an adult education programme that has been running in Wellington since 2012. Every week a new speaker presents on a different topic related to Judaism. It provides a great opportunity for people to get together, enjoy a kosher meal and learn something new.

 

Social support and philanthropic

 

Council of Jewish Women

We’re currently updating our entry on the Council of Jewish Women – in the meantime contact our office to get in touch.

 

Community Safety Group

Our Community Safety Group volunteers assist community groups with security and emergency preparedness advice. The group works closely with local emergency services and other similar groups elsewhere.

The group also collects details of antisemitic hate speech and attacks. Please report any antisemitic hate speech or attacks to csg@wjcc.nz. In an emergency always call 111 first.

 

Jewish Care of the Aged

We’re currently updating our entry on Jewish Care of the Aged – in the meantime contact our office to get in touch.

 

Jewish National Fund (JNF) | קרן קימת לישראל

We’re currently updating our entry on the Jewish National Fund – in the meantime contact our office to get in touch..

 

Deckston Trust

Funds originally contributed in the 1930s by Annie and Max Deckston were used first to maintain an orphanage for European refugee children. The funds have since been used for an Old Age Home and a Jewish primary school. They now support the education programmes run by the Wellington Jewish Community Centre for pre-school, school-age children and adults.

 

Wellington Jewish Philanthropic Society

The Wellington Jewish Philanthropic Society provides financial support to local Jewish families in hardship.

 

Wellington Regional Jewish Council

The Wellington Jewish Community Centre and many of the organisations active at the Centre are members of the Wellington Regional Jewish Council, a body representing the region’s Jewish community. The Council’s current president is David Zwartz.

 

Culture and history

 

B’nai B’rith

B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organisation in the world, has a Wellington unit which often meets at the Centre.

 

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

The Centre houses the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, which aims through testimony and experience to inspire and empower individuals to stand against prejudice and apathy.