Religious Leadership


Rabbi Asher and Rachel Oser


Originally from Australia, Rabbi Oser was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary-Yeshiva University where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Prior to ordination, he studied at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Jerusalem and Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion. He holds a B.A. from the University of Sydney and a M.A. from McGill University. He is a doctoral candidate at Yeshiva University and is writing a dissertation on Judah David Eisenstein and the creation of Otzar Yisrael, the first modern Hebrew Encyclopedia. He has contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia Judaica.

Rabbi Oser did rabbinic internships at Manhattan’s Congregation Adereth El, Stern College for Women and Park East Synagogue. Before moving to Hong Kong he served as the Rabbi of Congregation Brothers of Joseph in Norwich, Connecticut and Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, Rhode Island. He also worked as a chaplain intern at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut where he completed his Clinical Pastoral Education.  

Rabbi Oser is married to Rachel Oser who, in addition to her career as science educator, is active in the Jewish community. She organizes monthly classes for women, tutors adults in Judaism, meets with Bat Mitzvah girls, and is involved with the Hong Kong Mikvah. The Osers are blessed with three children and are proud parents at the Carmel School. 



Assistant Rabbi Ariel Zamir and Youth Director Dr Ayelet Zamir

The Zamir's came to Hong Kong on Shlichut from Israel, with their three children: Roni, Noga, and Yair. They are both graduates of a two year program by the Amiel Institute of advanced training for Rabbis, educators, and spiritual leaders for the specific needs of the Diaspora communities. Rabbi Ariel and Ayelet are a real team and between them they have served Jewish communities in Australia, England, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

Rabbi Ariel served as a Tank Commander in the I.D.F., studied toward a M.Sc in Medical Sciences from the Hebrew University, spent many years at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and was ordained. He is a beloved Bar Mitzva teacher and has worked as a Content Manager for a website that serves the Israeli medical profession. He comes from a Rabbinic family and his father serves as the regional Rabbi of Emek Izrael.

Ayelet is very artistic, and is a highly experienced formal and informal educator. She did her national service in the city of Kiryat Yam, working in high school and being the head of Bnei Akiva there. Ayelet studied advanced Jewish studies in Midreshet Lindenbaum for two years. She is a Bat Mitzva teacher and has a PhD degree in Human Genetics from the Hebrew University.