Religious Leadership

 

Rabbi Asher and Rachel Oser

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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 four children and are proud parents at the Carmel School. 

 

 

Program and Education Directors Alex & Maddy Drucker

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Maddy & Alex Drucker joined us from London with their son Yishai to serve as Program & Education Directors.

After growing up in London, Alex spent 2 years in Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem and then returned to London to complete an Law degree at City University, The City Law School. During his studies Alex focused on the relationship with and legal implications of the United Nations’ attitudes towards Israel. Following graduation, Alex went on to work at JFS School in London where he was Head of the Jewish Informal Education Program department where he designed, created and implemented programming for high school students. He has spent many years involved in religious education and has worked closely with organizations including Bnei Akiva, Tribe and the JNF.

Also originally from London, Maddy successfully completed a degree in Modern & Contemporary History at QMUL. Following this she spent a year in Israel as a counselor for teenage girls spending their gap year in Israel. Since returning to the UK she has been working at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue as the Community & Educational Administrator where she has had the opportunity to assist in developing exciting programming for all ages as well as co-ordinate the Bnei Mitzvah courses.

Between them they have a wealth of experience developing and running and sessions, classes, organizing and facilitating overseas trips. They look forward to becoming a part of this incredible community and offering exciting and innovative programming for all.