Tzama Nafshi (lit. "my soul thirsts") is a new organization dedicated to fostering Jewish unity, identity, education, inspiration and participation, committed to working to bridge the ever widening gap between Jews in Israel, and the Diaspora.

Tzama Nafshi recognizes the fundamental spiritual thirst and inner yearning of the individual & collective Jewish soul to connect - with Jewish life, learning, tradition, culture, and above all, with each other.

Creating opportunities and the context for Jews of various backgrounds to engage in dialogue, textual study, and activism- together.

Developing meaningful programming for Jews from all walks of life and levels of affiliation to explore and participate in the vibrant spiritual traditions and cultural heritage of Am Yisrael. Our activities & events engage participants in a broad spectrum of programs geared toward strengthening Jewish identity, values, unity and collective responsibility.

In the footsteps of Tzadikim

B'nei Aliyah Initiative

Seasonal Newsletter

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A Heartzig rendition of lev tahor

Posted by Tzama Nafshi on Sunday, December 6, 2015

Niggun Tzemach Tzedek with Rav Mike Sohn, Rav Mo Kaplan, Zachary Frisch, Uriel Krauss, R' Josh Seidman, R' Zev Kahane, Dani Caplan, Yaakov Citron and scores of others

Posted by Tzama Nafshi on Monday, September 21, 2015

Our Challenge

Tzama Nafshi seeks to address the growing trend of young men who have returned from Yeshiva gap year programs in Eretz Yisrael and struggle to maintain their commitment to Torah and Mitzvot, often to the point of abandoning basic involvement in Jewish daily practice.


Tzama Nafshi is proud to partner with & support the following organizations and projects:


U of P

Wisdom Tribe

Events & Programming

Tzama Nafshi is dedicated to the Renaissance of the Holy, and to enabling the spiritual & cultural revolution unfolding in Eretz Hakodesh. Through direct support for artists, authors and musicians as well as with our programs and events, Tzama Nafshi helps to advance authentic Jewish creativity and Torah content to inspire our generation.




Keeping up with Tzama


The Founder of Tzama Nafshi, Rav Judah is Executive Director of Camp HASC, the Hebrew Academy for Special Children, the Jewish community’s premier Summer program for individuals with special needs. Prior to assuming a full time role at Camp HASC, Rav Judah was a Maggid Shiur & Director of Programing at Yeshivat Reishit in Beit Shemesh, and continues to give regular shiurim at Yeshivot and Seminaries in Eretz Yisrael, including Lev Hatorah and Tiferet.

A talmid of Yeshivat Shaalvim, he received Semicha from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, a BA in History from Yeshiva University, an MA in Education from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School, and was a Graduate Fellow at the CUNY Center for Coexistence at the School for Public Affairs. Rav Judah was Director of Student Activities and a member of the Judaic Studies faculty at the Frisch School, in Paramus, NJ, and led Aish HaTorah Jerusalem's Return & Learn Program.

Rav Judah & his wife Ora, live in Ramat Beit Shemesh with their seven children.


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