Life’s like snowboarding: it’s a lot more fun when you know what you’re doing.
Join the action at Aish Australia. Connect with other young Jews in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Learn Jewish wisdom to help you get more pleasure out of life and get yourself closer to reaching your potential. And have a lot of fun along the way.
16 October – What is Shabbat? And Why is it Such a Big Deal?
Shabbat is one of the foundations of the Torah and of Jewish practice. It is a day of holiness and family and disconnection from work and technology. Join us this Tuesday as we dive in for a deeper understanding of what Shabbat represents, why it is so fundamental and what it looks like in practice.
Meet our students
Meet the team
Rabbi Andrew Saffer
Rabbi Andrew Saffer went to Scopus and Monash, 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 at Aish Jerusalem (while moonlighting as a graphic designer and events photographer — he shot Dame Margaret Thatcher!), Andrew became a rabbi.
He met his wife, Rachelle (also from Melbourne) in Jerusalem the very next day. They married, moved back to Australia and now share five very cute children. 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, went to school and university for a bit before deciding that working in Consulting and IT were more fun. After maxing out his corporate life, Jon moved to Israel, and spent 7 years learning at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and working to expand Aish’s international outreach efforts.
In 2006, Jon moved back to Melbourne to join Aish Australia and help teach and share the wisdom of Torah with the local community.
Jon is married to Rivka and they have four amazing children who specialise in coming up with new schemes to ensure their parents don’t have too much free time on their hands.
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.
Aish Australia is part of a global network of dozens of branches and programs, with headquarters directly across from the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Our goal is to revitalise the Jewish people, and we’re regarded as a world leader in creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training.
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Browse our library
Aish Australia has one of Australia’s largest public collection of books on Jewish thought. Our library has opening hours every day, so drop in during the week or on a Sunday to browse our collection.
Meet our ambassadors
Aish HaTorah enables young Jews to visit their heritage, to become immersed in it, to understand the fount of inspiration that drives Jewish history, to become better Jews, prouder Jews and more secure Jews.Bibi Netanyahu
Aish HaTorah means to me the passion of teaching, the passion of learning. The study of Torah, the source of Jewish values, is the way to Jewish survival.Elie Wiesel
Thank you Aish HaTorah for the good work you do, and the message you put out. I could have used you in my life about 25 years ago.Steven Spielberg
Aish HaTorah has made tremendous strides in highlighting the key contributions of Jewish heritage to Western civilization. Keep up your excellent educational endeavors.Dame Margaret Thatcher
Support our work
Through our weekly learning opportunities, Shabbat dinners and events, we have created a place for young Jews from all Jewish backgrounds.
We are a tax deductible charity organisation. All our activities rely on private donations and corporate sponsorships.
If you’d like to see real opportunities for Jewish twentysomethings in Australia, click here to discuss sponsorship opportunities with Aish Australia’s Executive Director, Rabbi Andrew Saffer.