Aleph Melbourne offers a safe and inclusive environment for those people in the Jewish community who are gender diverse and/or have intersex variations.
If you are transgender, gender-fluid, gender questioning, gender neutral, gender queer, and/or have intersex variations, then you are welcome here.
Transgender & Gender Diversity support team
If you need to speak with someone who has undergone gender transition, or want to find out more about gender identity, gender expression, non-binary gender, or a related issue, we have a gender support team available for you to contact.
The profile and contact details of each member of our team are listed below. We invite you to contact them with your enquiries. Alternatively, you are welcome to use our main contact page. All contact will be handled in strict confidence.
Kochava Lilit is a Jewish non-binary bisexual activist who uses they/them pronouns. Since coming out as transgender in high school they’ve advocacted for queer and trans rights and supported other queer and trans people and their families. Kochava volunteers at Ygender, a peer support and advocacy collective for trans youth. They’re also autistic and ADHD and always happy to talk about what it’s like to be neurodivergent, disabled, queer, and Jewish.
Alex came out as trans in their Modern Orthodox Jewish high school. Since then, Alex has been a passionate and outspoken advocate for trans rights, particularly within the Jewish community, with a particular interest in helping Jewish trans youth. They identify as trans masculine and non-binary. Alex would like to offer an ear for anyone dealing with gender/trans issues and their families.
Hi my name is Elizabeth Shoshana Syber. I live as a transgendered female, having transitioned five years ago. I grew up in the Adelaide. I attended the Liberal Synagogue there and was active in Ichud Habonim, and AUJS. I moved to Melbourne 31 years ago. I have been married and have three children. Whilst married I attended Beit Haroah at Mizrachi and was an active parent for many years with the Yavneh Parents group assisting their fetes. Recently my partner and I have attended Leo Baeck and have been warmly welcomed. I no longer have contact with my children. I have been an antiques dealer for these 31 years and have recently become a member of the peak body of Antique dealers in Australia, the Australian Antique and art dealers Association. As an active participant in the transgender and Jewish communities I have a broad range of experiences to offer people who need support about services and networking, or just a friendly ear.
Nevo Zisin is a young activist, student, public speaker and the author of newly released Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. Nevo engages in activism which attempts to spread awareness and understanding around LGBTIQA+ issues. Nevo was assigned female at birth and has had a complex relationship with gender. Coming out as a lesbian at 14 and as transgender at 17, Nevo now identifies outside of a female / male gender binary. They are a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives.
Susie & Dudi (parents)
We were a young couple in Israel in the early eighties. Dudi was barely out of the army and I was visiting from Melbourne where I was born and schooled at Mount Scopus College. We returned to Australia, married, worked in our own business and had three glorious children.
Life was unremarkable in that we faced the usual challenges and daily grind, until our youngest child, aged 14 and assigned female at birth, came out and identified as male.
This was undeniably extremely difficult to process and come to terms with. It was 2011 and the environment seemed more hostile and secretive regarding Transgender and gender diverse phenomenon. We felt isolated and unique in our situation and highly inequipped. So too were the schools, counsellors, doctors etc. All sectors were unconfident and somewhat struggling.
Fast forward to 2016 and today Dudi and I have come far and beyond in every facet. We are happy to share our journey and offer any nugget that can help parents avoid, face and overcome the hurdles that are inevitable and that we experienced and continue to address.
Intersex specific resources
- Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia
- Darlington Statement
- Intersex Human Rights Australia
- Understanding intersex people
Gender specific resources
- Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre
- Family Building Options for Transgender
- Gender Dysphoria Affirmative Working Group
- OMG I’m Trans
- Parents of Gender Diverse Children
- Seahorse Victoria
- The Genderbread Person (ver 4)
- Transgender Victoria
- Trans Health Australia
- Yiddish Transgender/Nonbinary Terms
If you would like to suggest a resource to list here or would like to feature as a support contact on this page, please get in touch.