Hi, I’m Rabbi Paul Lewin and I’d like to welcome you to my site. Let me tell you a little about me and why you should follow me. My journey begins with a life-changing experience.
In 1989 I had the chance to attend a week-long Yeshiva programme in Johannesburg, South Africa. When I returned, I went to my parents and told them that I want to become a Rabbi. They, a little shocked asked me a reasonable question, a simple but deep one, why?
The answer that I gave them then, has been the same one I have been giving for the past 30 years. I want to share the beauty, depth, and grandeur of Judaism with my friends. This single event set me on a path that I continue to this day.
I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After school, I went on a gap year to the famous Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, where I studied for 10 years. During this time I completed a BA in Psychology and Education from UNISA as well as a Diploma of Education through the Herzog Institute.
In 1994, I went back to South Africa to pilot a learning programme for the community known as the Yeshiva of Cape Town, a unique educational model to bring Hesder Yeshiva boys to teach in a Diaspora community. The success of that pilot programme has seen the emergence of similar programmes worldwide.
In 1997 I traveled to Australia as part of a team to inspire Jewish students in Sydney and Melbourne. It was in Sydney that I met my wife Talya and was offered a job. From 2000-2003 I worked as the Head of Informal Jewish Education at Masada College and Youth Rabbi at Kehillat Masada.
In 2004, I was appointed the Senior Rabbi of The North Shore Synagogue, a position that I hold till today. I have a passion for teaching. My youngest students are aged 3 and my oldest is a spritely 98-year-old!
In addition to my role as Rabbi of The North Shore Synagogue, which sees me involved in all aspects of the life of my community, I also serve as the College Rabbi of Masada College. There I teach across all ages from the preschool students to senior high school.
My experience in the field of education has meant that I am a sought after teacher and lecturer on Judaism on behalf of the New South Wales Jewish Board of education, lecturing senior students as well as staff on the HSC (year12) Studies of Religion syllabus, as well as guiding 100s of school groups in the Shul.
I run weekly Shiurim, including with the seniors’ group where I lecture on the weekly events and upcoming Chaggim.
Together with Pastor Paul Jung, we helped to launch the Israel Institute of Sydney dedicated to teaching the Korean community about Judaism and Israel.
My role has given me the chance to meet incredible people. From famous Rabbis and educators to politicians and living legends like Natan Sharansky. These encounters have shaped me and given me insights and messages that I share with my students.
Talya and I are blessed with seven children.
Together let’s work to inspire you and the next generation.
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