The current building in Toorak Road, South Yarra, is a splendid, ornate building often referred to as the “Cathedral Synagogue” of Melbourne.
With a membership of some 1300 people in addition to extended families, the 1300-seat Synagogue runs regular services on Thursday mornings in addition to all other Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Festival services. The Thursday early-morning minyan in particular is a very enjoyable and intimate gathering followed routinely by a catered breakfast in the Synagogue Boardroom, and as with all services, all are welcome. The Synagogue also has over the years played host to many communal and high-profile events.
MHC publishes the high-quality glossy magazine, Destiny, on a quarterly basis, regularly runs Bar-Mitzvah and Bat-Mitzvah classes, and a Rabbinical Shiur, and has also variably run Lecture series and other cultural and sporting events.
Its membership is diverse, spanning families of many generations’ standing with descendants of its earliest members and leaders, through the post-war migration and newer generations, and with a wide occupation base, including business people, a broad spectrum of professionals, students, and retired members.
Its intrinsic beauty and grandeur, its proximity to St Kilda Road, with its increasing residential profile, and the central business district for those who work there or stay in hotels there or nearby as tourists, as well as the south-eastern suburbs, in which much of the Jewish community resides, make it an attractive and logistical choice for membership and attendance.