About us

About ARK Centre

Through our openness and inclusive approach to Judaism, ARK Centre has redefined the 21st Century synagogue within the context of Modern Orthodoxy and with a greater focus on community needs, with our multi-purpose space, that provides a home for enrichment and engagement. The whole community is welcome to come together to participate in all we have on offer.

Over seven years in East Hawthorn, and eight years at Cato St, ARK Centre has grown to be more than just a meeting place, or a shule – it is the centre of Jewish life in our area, stretching out to hundreds of Jewish families who are looking for somewhere to feel free to express their Jewishness in their own unique way.

Fundamentally, we’re delivering to a need / gap that exists in our community. We pride ourselves on not being like everyone else.

If you walk into ARK Centre on a typical Friday night, you will see members of all ages praying, singing, talking, eating and drinking.

Why are they here? ARK Centre gives them a social, spiritual and gastronomic experience that is engaging and attractive, and allows them to connect to their Judaism in a way that is Modern Orthodox, interesting and relevant to them, while still being based on our ancient traditions.

Coming on a Friday night opens the way to a host of other Jewish experiences – an occasional Shabbat morning, coming along to a chag to be part of the service, or to join in one of the many events that ARK Centre has become renowned for, such as Purim, Pesach, Sukkot or Channukah.

Maybe they might now choose to have a bar or bat mitzvah for their child, join in Rabbi Gabi’s discussion groups, join one of our many classes and programs, or become one of our vital volunteers who ensure that every event we hold is well run and successful. There are so many possibilities, and more being added all the time.

For further information or queries, please contact the office on 8658 4044 or email office@arkcentre.com.au

We hope to welcome you soon.