Rabbi Dr. Nachshon Siritsky

(He/They)

Reform

rabbi nay siritsky

Conversion requirements

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required

Mikvah:

Not required

Beit din:

Required (rabbis, cantors, and/or lay leaders) virtually

Conversion location:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (all conversion virtual)

Mentoring sessions available in:

English, French

Conversion requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Brit milah/Hatafat dam brit:

Not required (No change)

Mikvah:

Not required (No change)

Beit din:

Required virtually (No change)

I am happy to work with

Families with children, People who identify as LGBTQ+, People in interfaith or dual-faith relationships

Personal statement

All conversions with Rabbi Siritsky are fully virtual. Rabbi Siritsky speaks French, and they are happy to work with students who would prefer to have a French-speaking mentor as well.

Rabbi Dr Nachshon Siritsky, MA, MSSW, RSW, BCC, PP (he/they) is ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and is also a board certified interfaith chaplain with Neshamah Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). He served with the American Red Cross after September 11th, providing spiritual counseling in English and Spanish at the Family Assistance Center, Ground Zero and the New York City Morgue.
In addition to being the first transgender Reform rabbi in Canada, Rabbi Dr. Siritsky is one of co-founders of the Queer Interfaith Coalition. He serves as the spiritual leader of The Chavurah Collective: Decolonizing Judaism in Mi’kma’ki and Beyond which includes a number of smaller hybrid post-denominational chavurot (spiritual communities) of diverse denominational approaches as well as Reform Judaism in Atlantic Canada and Kol Israel Community of Kentucky which is affiliated with ALEPH – the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Rabbi Dr. Siritsky’s doctoral research in Ministry and Pastoral Counseling was focused on burnout amongst health care workers, and his post-graduate studies included coursework at both HUC-JIR and the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. He is a second generation-Holocaust survivor, who is also social worker, psychotherapist, Reiki practioner and trained mediator. With extensive experience in palliative care and hospice, as well as healthcare leadership and community advocacy, he is an avid teacher, writer and aspiring vegan chef.

Education

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Master of Arts, Hebrew Letters

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination)

Postgraduate Center for Mental Health
Doctorate of Ministry and Pastoral Counseling

Louisville Kent School of Social Work
Master of Social Work, Social Work and Counseling

Board Certified Chaplain