Jewish Spirituality Australia helps students and seekers explore answers to big questions. We’ll help you chart your unique path through spiritual traditions, teachings and great Jewish Texts as you discover greater understanding, meaning and connection. Our Hebrew Classes and Text Studies are unparalleled. We welcome all – if you are Orthodox and Searching, Progressive and Pondering, Christian and Considering Conversion to Judaism, Committed to Other Faiths and interested in Text Studies, Hebrew Skills or “Old Testament” Studies- if you are exploring, expanding, and or celebrating, you are welcome.
Available world-wide via Skype – and housed in Australia – we wrestle with received rules and rituals, revitalize traditions for the times and seasons of our lives and distill ancient wisdom to help sustain our modern world. No-one guides seekers through spiritual teachings and traditions like Jewish Spirituality Australia. Distance Learners and Neighborhood students become friends and a community of learners through JSA.
Through Jewish Spirituality Australia, students of all ages can Explore Jewish Heritage or learn more about Blessings and Challenges of Interfaith Families and Relationships. You can study Beginners’ Hebrew, find a Hebrew Tutor, Learn to Read Torah and Hebrew Bible or take a Hebrew for Tourists Course. We offer a 5-Hour-Learn-To-Read- Hebrew-Miracle as well as Conversational Hebrew Classes and English Classes for Hebrew Speakers. We explore Jewish Teachings from Adam and Blessings through to Yom Toivim (Holidays) and Zohar. Courses and Tutorials in Chumash and Commentaries, Midrash and Mishnah, Law, Lore and Jewish Spiritual Practice can be scheduled to match your interests and schedule.
Our Nefesh Chavurah gathers for Shabbat and Holiday celebrations in the Progressive mode – enriched by Reconstructionist Sensibilities and select Orthodox Practices which enrich our egalitarian, eclectic, open community. Teens, young adults, singles and families of every age and stage enjoy creative, inspiring programs. We support each other through life changes and celebrations. We learn towards Bar- and Bat- Mitzvah, conversion and beyond. We are life-long learners.
Outreach to those of Jewish Heritage is a cornerstone of Jewish Spirituality Australia, as is facilitating multiculturalism and interfaith understanding and collaboration. We offer speakers, classes, seminars and workshops in classroom, community, and congregational settings. We provide consultation and leadership training to Zionist Youth Groups and their “madrichim.” We’ve offered scholarly papers and seminars across Australia and the West Coast of the USA. We’ve partnered to create M’SEG: Multi-Faith Spirituality Exploration Group aiming to increase peace through increasing interfaith understanding.
Through Rivka’s Bookshelf, a Hebrew and Heritage mini-library, we support parents and grandparents in providing a firm foundation of faith, heritage, tradition and spiritual strength for the teens, youth, and children they love. We enrich families through Teen and Youth-Friendly Shabbat Celebrations, World Cafe, and Kids’ Craft Cafe – and we hope you will soon enrich our JSA family!
About Rabbi Sheryl Nosan
Rabbi Sheryl is a dynamic teacher with a unique background. Described as “a skilled teacher with a passion for the Hebrew language and culture. I find Rabbi Sheryl an engaging, energetic and innovative… educator who is able to relate to and encourage children of all ages as well as adults in their language learning” (S. Higgs, Principal, Heritage College Perth).
Rabbi Sheryl, founder of Jewish Spirituality Australia, has celebrated over twenty years in the congregational rabbinate. Growing up in small-town Michigan, her parents instilled a love of Hebrew and Blessings, Mitzvot and Menchlikite. The family moved to San Diego, California during Sheryl’s high-school years. Rabbi Sheryl collected degrees in Psychology, Hebrew Letters, and Jewish Education before her ordination from HUC-JIR in New York. Her passions include bringing Jewish Texts to Life in Modern Life, while supporting individuals, families of all sorts, groups, organizations and communities to nurture their spirits through engagement with our ancient tradition. Through innovative teaching including ancient chevruta and modern technology, Rabbi Sheryl facilitated by connection, reflection, technology and innovation.
Rabbi Sheryl is a skilled classroom teacher, passionate about engaging teens. She mentors and teaches Jewish Studies through both traditional and innovative modalities, like Skype. “It’s nearly miraculous to share Judaism ‘virtually in person’ with students from Honduras to Tasmania, as well as with local learners with limited mobility,” she says. “Pairing Technology and Tradition certainly increases the light of Torah throughout the world!”
How Does This Work?
Tutoring, courses, coaching, workshops, professional development and pastoral care are available on-line via ‘skype’ and ‘group skyping,’ as well as in-person with the Rabbi. Along the way, precious and enlivening relationships grow and all are enriched. If you want to join the next wave of an existing course or consider an alternative course, contact us to design a program for you or your group.