‘He’s not like the other religious people I met,’ said Gadi, a friend who I grew up with in a suburb of north Tel Aviv who’s even less spiritual than I am.
— Gil Shefler, Yedioth Ahronoth

About Saadya Notik

What does a girl in an Eastern meditation cult in Iowa have in common with a young drug addict from Florida? Or a former gang-banger with a child out of wedlock from Texas with a Rastafarian Jew from Serbia who wants to be a rabbi? Or a gay soul- searching Jew with an Episcopalian teenager from Memphis who never knew he was Jewish?

They share the same rabbi.

Meet Saadya Notik: a rabbi without borders who leads a synagogue without walls. In this global community are men, women and children, Jews and non-Jews, the rich and poor, the famous and infamous.

Its members are mostly unaffiliated with any synagogue or Jewish organization. Some are atheistic or agnostic, others deeply religious. Some have minimal Jewish education, most none.

The one thing they have in common is a friend and spiritual guide in Saadya, a nonjudgmental rabbi who accepts them as they are and helps them to grow in their understanding of their self and the world around them, each at their own pace.

Saadya has traveled to over 60 cities in over 10 countries and over 30 of the United States to reach out, connect and inspire his fellow brothers and sisters, leading some to dub him their “International Rabbi.”

Saadya lives with his wife Mushky and their almost three-years-old son Yaakov in Brooklyn, NY. Mushky is a fashion designer and the cofounder of the fashion line Mimu Maxi.