Rabbi Zalman Kastel AM
Judaism, Cultural diversity, Social cohesion, Education, Diversity, Youth, Interfaith, Interfaith dialogue, Religious extremism, Prejudice, Cross-cultural understanding, Intercultural understanding, Social inclusion, Multi-faith
Rabbi Zalman Kastel AM is the National Director of Together For Humanity. Rabbi Kastel was raised in the ultra-orthodox Hasidic tradition in the racially divided Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York. He saw the world through the lens of his absolute tradition and the narrative of his community. This changed in 2001 when encounters with Christians and Muslims transformed him. He has had a lot of laughter, surprises and dilemmas on his journey of interfaith cooperation and bringing positive experiences of diversity to over 100,000 young Australians. He is still a Hasidic Rabbi teaching bible study at Chabad House North Shore in Sydney. He was ordained as a Rabbi after study in the UK, Australia and the US, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Education with the University of New England, Armidale. In 2020 he was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his work on interfaith and intercultural understanding.
Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England, Armidale, Member of the Order of Australia