New spiritual leader for Southern Sydney

September 26, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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The Southern Sydney Synagogue has welcomed its new Minister and Spiritual Leader, Tzuriel Avila.

Tzuri replaces Rabbi Yosef Feldman , spiritual leader of the Synagogue for 22 years.

Fiona and Tsuri Avila with

Fiona and Tsuri Avila with their children Shira and Matis

A spokesperson for the Southern Sydney Synagogue told J-Wire: “Tzuri brings to our Synagogue a young and vibrant approach. He and his wife Fiona hope to reach out to the Jewish people in the areas of Southern Sydney with this vibrancy. Their goal is to grow the Southern Sydney community by offering a Sunday Cheder, weekly Shabbat kid’s programs, Yom Tov Services and Torah classes. Their vision is to positively inspire every individual who walks through our Synagogue doors to reach their spiritual desires.

Tzuri Avila was raised in Los Angeles and has extensive religious experience, both in the United States and Australia. He has completed a Bachelor Arts in religious studies. It was while on a sponsored trip to Sydney that he met his wife, Fiona who also had strong religious convictions both through schooling and spending time in Israel.

Tzuri and Fiona have two young children, Shira and Matis.

Whilst much of Tzuri’s original learning was through Chabad, he has since developed and experienced a new course of Torah study and Jewish tradition not found in Chabad which he says gave him the skills to lead an Ashkenazi modern orthodox community.

Southern Sydney Synagogue looks forward to a long and strong association with Tzuri and Fiona.

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