Blake Street Shul


baR and bat mitzvah at blake street 2019

Join Rabbi Noam Sendor, Cohava Rubenstein-Sturgess and Daniel Jaffa for BBB. Sessions run Mondays during the school year from 5:30-6:30pm for students in their Barmi or Batmi year. Designed with students from all backgrounds and affiliations in mind, BBB will include hikes, shabbat meals, shabbaton, guest speakers, excursions, learning with parents or a special someone, a closing ceremony and more. 

Exploring topics such as…

Who am I and where do I come from? What does it mean to be Jewish? Understanding Jewish History. Learning from Holocaust Survivors. What does it mean to be a leader? Inner strength. Healthy relationships. Healthy bodies. Israel advocacy. Looking after the world. Caring for the environment & connection to nature. Finding our creative spark. Kosher cooking. Understanding prayer. What are mitzvot? The gift of shabbat. Jewish festivals. Why keep kosher? Why does a shul look the way it does? Tefillin and shabbat candles. Exploring our connection to the land of Israel. Learning how to be kind to ourselves — an introduction to Jewish meditation. What does real friendship look like? Exploring tzedaka and chesed. Connection to indigenous Australia. Volunteering in the community.


Meet the team

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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. 


cohava rubenstein-sturgess

Cohava is a proud graduate of Leibler Yavneh College (2016) and Midreshet Lindenbaum (2017) in Jerusalem, a high level women’s learning institute. Living in the small Jewish community of Canberra from the age of seven to fourteen was formative to Cohava’s Jewish Australian and global identity. Currently a Madricha for the Year 6 girls at Bnei Akiva, Cohava is passionate about Jewish education. She is currently studying Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Philosophy. Cohava loves reading, the beach, kicking a footy and being outside.


daniel jaffa

I grew up around the Blake Street community, starting out my leadership journey as a senior player on the Blake Street foursquare court. Since then I have combined my love for Judaism and desire to educate into running the Ohr Chadash kids’ service. In my final year at Yavneh (2017) I held the role of Jewish Life and Zionism Captain. I spent my first year out of school in Yeshivat Har Etzion in the Gush in Israel. I hope to inspire the BBB kids as they enter a key formative stage of their lives. I can’t wait for this crazy year.

For more information please email the shul or call (03) 9530 0685.

Or email Rabbi Noam Sendor or call him on 0415 072 181.