Hobart Synagogue

Hobart Synagogue

Hobart Synagogue
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Thank you for your interest in the Hobart Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Australia. We are delighted to offer tours of the Hobart Synagogue. Curious visitors worldwide and locals join us to learn about the remarkable history of our congregation and Judaism in Tasmania, and to view the unique architecture and artefacts in the 1845 building. You can book tours of the synagogue on our website.
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phil L
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
Australia's oldest continuously operating synagogue!
Apr. 2021
The Synagogue was established in 1845 and is the oldest in Australia. In its earliest days, it had special seating arrangements for Jewish convicts. The many plaques and honour boards provide an insight to its history. It is worth s visit, which can be booked in advance.
Written 18 June 2021
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gitaSydney
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
Well worth a visit
Apr. 2021 • Couples
This synagogue was established in 1845. The oldest synagogue in Australia. Daniel was a very knowledgable guide and very welcoming. Most is still in its original condition and well preserved. It is best to call and make an appointment.
Written 1 April 2021
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Thank you Gita. I am glad you enjoyed your tour and I passed the feedback to Daniel. I’d just to point out to readers that we prefer tour requests to be done via our website.
Written 8 April 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel32,794 contributions
A beautiful synagogue - Australia's oldest.
Oct. 2019
This beautiful little synagogue is actually the oldest synagogue in Australia, dating back to 1845.
We visited the synagogue during a holiday and despite that, there were less than half a dozen people praying, as the Jewish community in Hobart is rather small.
Written 11 January 2020
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1robertboot
Maribyrnong, Australia11 contributions
Hobart synagogue, well worth it,
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Whether for a Jew or Gentile, visiting the Hobart synagogue, Australia’s oldest, is a delightful experience. As is the case with many churches, the membership is very low, the congregation even much less for which this tour was guided by a volunteer whose expectation, quite naturally, is that one leaves a donation. This synagogue has had no rabbi since 1956, and is in need of maintenance. Well worth it.
Written 10 April 2019
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Geoffrey Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
A wonderful tour that embraces Hobart’s history and the story of Jewry in Tasmania.
Feb. 2019 • Couples
Easy to book on line for very personalised tours. Our volunteer guide was informed and engaging and told a multi faceted story of Hobart, Tasmania and Australia from colonial settlement to post WWII, viewed through the prism of Hobart’s Jewish community.
Written 6 February 2019
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We're glad you enjoyed the tour, and thank you for leaving a review!
Written 6 February 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,512 contributions
History Tucked Away
Jun. 2018 • Solo
This building is almost hidden by the police station that surrounds it. Lovely old architecture and it is the oldest synagogue in Australia.
Written 20 August 2018
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA5,640 contributions
Oldest in Australia
Jul. 2018 • Couples
Interesting structure.

Definitely has an Egyptian influence it it’s style of construction.

Still active.

Small Jewish community in Hobart.

Need to make an appointment to get inside.

Worth a stop to see it.
Written 2 July 2018
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Thank you, tours can be booked through our website.
Written 3 July 2018
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Jane K
Daugaard, Denmark34 contributions
Amazing!
Jun. 2018 • Family
My grandmother and I really wanted to see this beautiful old synagogue. Unfortunately we knew we wouldn't be in Hobart for Shabbat, however, the outside was still beautiful.
Written 28 June 2018
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Thank you, though please be aware that tours can arranged through our website.
Written 3 July 2018
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W3557OOpatrickc
Hobart, Australia390 contributions
Not your usual curch
May 2018 • Friends
This is a beautiful iconic style building serving the local community. Build in an Egyptian style and is classed as the oldest synagogue in Australia. Not open all the time to non-Hebrew, the outside is worth seeing for the unique style.
Written 12 May 2018
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Thank you. In response to your comment about the building being "Not open all the time to non-Hebrew", all visitors are welcome to book a tour through our website.
Written 3 July 2018
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Welcome to the Hobart Synagogue
Jan. 2018 • Couples
I had make a appointment to see the oldest synagogue in Tasmania. We came on time and we were greeted by one of the congregation. He was very nice and shared everything with us, explaining everything we could see.

On Sabbath, the men come inside at the first floor. The women and kids go to the balcony.

There are two groups of Israelites that come here, The Progressive and the Orthodox.

The Progressive are the first ones that worship here. The orthodox come later, as they will not use a car, walking will take more time.

However, both groups work well together.

Our guide even showed the room where they make decisions.

I learned so much here and I appreciated our guide.

I enjoyed this place. It was really worthwhile!
Written 11 April 2018
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Thank you for your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your tour. A little correction - women and kids do not go to the balcony for all services.
Written 5 February 2019
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