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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 four children and are proud parents at the Carmel School.
Program and Education Directors Shay & Michal Tyk
Shay (43) Michal (40) and their 3 children Dvir (18), Avigail (16) and Ahinoam (13) Tyk are from Petah Tikva.
Michal in her original profession is a fashion designer and for the last decade works as an Art Therapist in Oncological wards.
Shay works as an Analyst for the Prime Minister Office and took two years of absence to come to HK. He also serves as a co-cantor at his community for the high holidays.
Dvir is about to start Yeshivat Hesder in Ako this September as part of his military service and will come for visits throughout the year.
Avigail and Ahinoam are high school students and will attend Elsa High school. At home, Avigail was a Bnei Akiva instructor among other volunteering activities.
The Tyk’s had a foster daughter named Ella since her birth for a year and a half. On last December Ella returned to her biological mother. They still see her every week and act as grandparents.
The Tyk’s brings joy, high energies and good vibes in order to make their mission successful.