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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 local community.

Jon is married to Rivka and they have four children who ensure their parents don't have too much free time on their hands.

Rachelle Saffer

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 – and stayed…

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.

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