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Who We Are

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About US

ABOUT US
• We are a non-profit organisation
• We are a Jewish outreach dedicated to establishing a strong and proud Jewish identity for Jewish university students.
• We co ordinate annual student tours to Israel and New York.
• We have a student Shul operating on Shabboses and have a number of weekly lectures and programs operating during weekdays.
Our mission is to provide an enriching, powerful and genuine Jewish experience for Jewish youth in South Africa.
We at Ohrsom Student want to enrich the student of tomorrow with an eternal message: that a deep understanding of Jewish identity and our
We use a multifaceted approach to acheive this ideal. We aim to inspire students through international trips to Israel and America; to enrich their minds through night learning programs co-ordinated by talented educators; and to build a sense of community and belonging through a Shabbos shul and student centre.

“Learn it, Live it and Love it.”

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TESTIMONIALS

What people say about us

I WAS AT A STAGE IN MY LIFE WHERE I DIDN’T SEE THE IMPORTANCE AND SIMCHA IN LIVING A JEWISH LIFE. I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON THE OHRSOM GAP YEAR, WHICH SERIOUSLY CHANGED MY LIFE IN MANY ASPECTS. IF IT WASN’T FOR THE OHRSOM RABBIS, STAFF, CRAIG AND JENA, MY EYES WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN OPENED TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN THE CORRECT WAY TO TAKE MY AFE FORWARD. NOT ONLY DID OHRSOM GUIDE ME IN THIS DIRECTION BUT INSTILLED IN ME A • TREMENDOUS ATTRACTION TO LIVE MY LIFE AS A COMMITTED JEW. I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL TO THE OHRSOM TEAM AND THE DONORS WHO SUPPORT THE OHRSOM FAMILY.

JOSH TROPE

OHRSOM GAP YEAR WAS AN AMAZING YEAR, FILLED WITH EXTREME GROWTH IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE. LIVING IN ISRAEL FOR A FULL YEAR WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT I CANNOT EXPLAIN. I DEVELOPED A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH MYSELF AND G-D. I FEEL THAT I EXPERIENCED LIFE IN A WAY THAT I NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE.

JESSE NATHAN

MY GAP YEAR WITH OHRSOM STUDENT NURTURED MY LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH CLASSES AT NEVE, TAI-LOR-MADE GROUP LEARNING IN THE EVENING, CHAVRUTA PARSHA LEARNING AT COFIX AND ALSO THROUGH LIVING AN INSPIRED JEWISH LIFE IN THE HEART OF JEWISH LIFE, JERUSALEM. EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WE WERE ENCOUR-AGED TO RELATE WHAT WE HAD LEARNED THAT WEEK AND THAT TAUGHT ME THE BEAUTIFUL SKILL OF SEE-ING HASHEM’S HAND IN ALL THE NUANCES OF LIFE. MY GAP YEAR WITH OHRSOM STUDENT WAS A PRIVILEGE THAT MY 17 YEAR OLD SELF COULDN’T EVEN DREAM OF BUT THAT MY 20+ SELF WILL FOREVER WE GRATEFUL FOR.

GILA DOVE

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Rabbi Evan Widmonte

Rabbi Evan is all about the vision. He truly believes that Australian Uni Students will unite together and be a part of the Ohrsom dream. His passion is to give young aspiring Jewish Students the tools to be proud of their Jewish values and embrace them and integrate them into the world they live in. Rabbi Evan has travelled the world and grew up in South Africa, lived in Israel for 8 years and then Sydney for 5. He is all about family and his wife and 4 children are always game for an adventure. He has degrees in Accounting and Finance (CFA), Studied in the Ohr Somayach and Mir Yeshivas and worked in a variety of fields, including, Youth Rabbi in Kehillat Masada Sydney, Head of Informal Education in Masada College. He currently runs a successful company (Rimon) which focuses on the startup revolution in Australia.