About - Shalom


Who We Are

Shalom College has been known for its personal, academic and inclusive community since it was established in 1973. We attract residents of all denominations who want to succeed in academic studies while meeting friends through social, sporting and cultural activities.


Shalom College is run by Shalom, a not-for-profit organization committed to community building. As well as running Shalom College, Shalom powers vibrant Jewish life in the Sydney community. Click here to find out more about these programs.

What We Do

With only 133 students and a caring office team, Shalom residents enjoy a supportive cohort and ‘home away from home’ while living on UNSW’s Kensington campus. As well as our office staff, six resident advisors and four residential academic tutors means you can find support without leaving the college.


We attract students who want to succeed in their studies. Our students consistently perform well at university and many have won academic awards. Our collegiate culture means that everyone helps each other to achieve their best. We have students across all faculties and stages of study, and you’re bound to find a friend to study with in one of our many study rooms.


We celebrate diversity and welcome residents from multicultural backgrounds, faiths and affiliations. Our values of community, learning and giving are inspired by the Jewish founders of the college. We celebrate Jewish traditions as well as a range of other cultural festivals and holidays that are important to our diverse residents. With students from around the world and across Australia, including many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, you will make life-long friends with people you may never have met otherwise.

Meet the Team

Office Members


Tamara Samuel

CEO and Head of College

Tamara Samuel has led Shalom College and the Shalom Institute since 2016. She is a UNSW and a Co-Op scholarship alumnus. Her management experience has spanned several industries, competencies and continents - from banking, airlines to beauty products, Sydney to New York.


Michelle Kubie

Shalom College Director

Michelle has been part of the Shalom College team for 10 years. She taught science for several years before working as an Education Officer at a wildlife park and then at the NSW Red Cross Blood Service.


Emma Parker

Resident Director

Emma joined Shalom in 2018 and has worked in youth leadership, wellbeing, and education. She has lived at several other colleges and countries in leadership roles. Emma thrives in diverse and multicultural environments like Shalom.


Shana Kantor

Office Manager

Shana has been at Shalom for four years. Shana is an experienced educator and was the Director of a Preschool for many years. Shana enjoys running, reading and going to the beach.


Shelly Sacks

Financial Controller

Shelley has worked at Shalom for 18 years. She is an experienced chartered accountant. Shelley enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her two dogs.


Nadia Wolf

Technology Manager

Nadia has been part of the Shalom College team for 15 years. She is an IT specialist and previously served as the IT Manager for a large advertising agency.


Peter Thlivitis

Facilities Manager

Peter manages the maintenance and cleaning staff of the college. Peter keeps our facilities running well and ensures everything is well-maintained. Peter's previous experience was in the hotel industry.


Christene Faragher

Chef Manager

Chrissie is originally from New Zealand. She is a talented artist and has considerable skills as a chef in residential catering. Chrissie is assisted by Teh Fa our dinner chef, Farah who is a cook and catering assistants Christina and Annie.

Residential Advisors

Our Resident Advisors support community life and the wellbeing of our residents. They provide informal counselling, mentoring and referrals and host resident gatherings that build community around residents’ interests.



  • From Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • In 5th year of a Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry degree.



  • From Canberra, Australia
  • In 6th year of Medicine
  • 3rd year as a resident advisor



  • From Dunbogan, Australia
  • In 3rd year of a double degree in Software Engineering and Arts



  • From Armidale, Australia
  • In 4th year of a double degree in Advanced Mathematics and Actuarial Studies



  • From Tehran, Iran
  • In 3rd year of studying Law/Software Engineering



  • From New Zealand
  • In 4th year of Petroleum Engineering degree

Academic Tutors

Our four residential academic tutors have strong academic records, experience at tutoring and are senior college residents.



  • 4th year medicine
  • Looking forward to running medical tutorials for students in their first and second years



  • 4th year Advanced Science
  • Excited to provide support with essay writing, computer science, psychology, biology, chemistry and mathematics.



  • 4th year Aeronautical Engineering
  • Looking forward to providing support with study skills, time management, physics and mathematics



  • 4th year of a Bachelor of Nanoscience (Honours)
  • Available to support essay writing, study skills, time management, chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and job applications