Rabbi Andrew Saffer
Rabbi Andrew Saffer went to Mount Scopus
College, and then studied Law and Information Technology at Monash
University, anticipating a career in internet law at the same
commercial law firm as his many cousins.
A six-week Jerusalem Fellowship summer trip
to Israel changed that. Andrew stayed on after the program ended, and
after six years of full-time study at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and
moonlighting as a graphic designer and events photographer, Andrew was
ordained as a Rabbi.
He met his wife, Rachelle (also from
Melbourne) in Jerusalem the very next day. They married and moved back
to Australia to have their first child, and now have five very cute
children: Yaakov, Shira, Sara, Yehuda and Akiva.
Andrew spends his spare time listening to
the same music your parents did and making 'dad' jokes.
Rabbi Jon Neumann
Rabbi Jon Neumann grew up in Melbourne,
Australia and studied Commerce at Melbourne University while
concurrently working in Management Consulting in Australia and the USA.
After 6 years of corporate life, Jon moved
to Israel, and spent 6 years learning at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem. Jon
also spent 2 years working with Aish International in Jerusalem and
internationally to improve and expand Aish's outreach efforts.
In 2006, Jon moved back to Melbourne joining
Aish Australia to help teach and share the wisdom of Torah with the
Rachelle Saffer went to Beth Rivkah Ladies
College and Lauriston Girls School, planning to study psychology. After
Year 12, she also went on a Jerusalem Fellowship program to Israel –
While at Neve Yerushalayim Seminary, where
she studied in the Moreshet teacher training program and the Maalot
University program, she met Andrew. They were married soon after.
Rachelle now divides her time between
preparing exquisite salads and explaining her husband’s bad jokes to
people who don’t catch his obscure cultural references.