Blake Street Shul
 

Our mission

Blake Street is an inclusive and family friendly Modern Orthodox Zionist shul. We believe by creating spiritual, educational and social experiences, our community will carry members through all ages and stages of life.

Our Leadership

In addition to our dedicated committee, we’re fortunate to have inspiring leaders to grow and support our shul.

 
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Rav noam sendor

Originally from Sharon, Massachusetts, I moved to Melbourne seven years ago with my wife Sara and our three children after receiving rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar in Israel. Beyond my role at Blake Street, I am a teacher at Leibler Yavneh College, a jazz singer with the pioneering Alter Jazz Ensemble and an aspiring novelist. 

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TZACHI SALOMONOVITCH

I was born in Israel, am married to Ilona and have three young children, Lani, Idan and Avishai.  As a member of BSHC for over 12 years, I served on the shul board as Gabbai, Vice President and currently as President.

I am a strong believer in innovation and leadership by example, two core traits essential to managing my construction and development business, as well as leading a community organisation.

As the President of Blake Street, and in partnership with Rav Noam, I aim to lead the Kehillah into a future where BSHC is recognised as a community leader in Jewish learning, spiritual engagement, and traditions.



 
 

Our community

BSHC is in South Caulfield, Melbourne, a beautiful neighbourhood brimming with Jewish life. We are close to Jewish schools, kosher shops and restaurants, community centres and other shuls, maintaining friendly communal ties.  

If you're new to Melbourne or thinking about moving into the area we would love to help make you feel welcome!

Our history

Our shul began in the lounge room of John and Ginette Searle. The first service, held on Parshat Yitro on 10 February 1996, was attended by nearly 100 people and included a baby naming.

No one could have predicted how quickly the shul would grow and a few months later, a meeting to discuss Blake Street’s future was held and the shul’s founding principles were formulated. These principles still guide the policy and decision making of the kehilla.

With the shul fast outgrowing the Searles’ lounge room, new premises were needed and we moved into 936 Glenhuntly Road in time for Rosh Hashanah that year. This was followed soon after by the appointment of Rabbi Yirmi Garfunkel as the shul’s first rabbi. We moved to our current home in November 2005.

Rabbi Ian Goodhardt led the shul from 2008 until 2017, and Rav Noam Sendor was appointed in 2018. Our kehilla continues to grow through meaningful Jewish engagement.

 

 

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