Nafshenu was born out of the realization that Judaism needs to be bold, courageous, and transformative to meet the diversity of needs in the Jewish community today.
— Rabbi Larry Sernovitz

Our Vision

Nafshenu seeks to reclaim and reimagine Judaism in an ever changing modern world. We believe that Judaism can and must be relevant and spiritual, provide inspirational learning, build organic community, and be a powerful voice for social change.


Our Mission

Nafshenu is a dynamic local Jewish community that exists to nurture each soul to:

   •     Develop a healthy spiritual life;

   •     Connect through engaging and experiential learning opportunities;

   •     Fulfill the Jewish mandate to pursue social justice; and

   •     Create an organic and authentic community connecting souls to each other


Our Core Values

In order to accomplish our vision, Nafshenu is different than the traditional model of Jewish life; it is the kind of community that recognizes the power that Judaism has to transform our lives-it is in the uncomfortable moments of life when we grow the most. We are a community of seekers: each one of us is on our own journey bringing our own gifts and our own sacred stories. This is what makes our community strong.

We are a community that acknowledges that there are multiple access points to Jewish life and each person is welcome, without judgment. Among us are believers and doubters, those with years of Jewish learning and those who are just beginning, social justice activists and those looking to find their own voice. We are comprised of different backgrounds but come together as one community.

We are partners with God and with each other in making our community, the greater South Jersey area, and our greater world, a better place. These our our Core Values and they define us, guide us, and ensure that everything we do is aligned with our vision and mission.

To join our community or for general inquiries, fill out the form below.

Name *