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.
Your next adventures
Whether it’s a party, a huge Friday night dinner, a seminar in our Multimedia Library or a trip away, there’s always something going on at Aish.
19 MAY Shavuot is the festival which marks the completion of the 7-week period following Pesach. All Jewish festivals revolve around food, and this time it’s dairy. No less important than cheesecake (if that’s possible), it’s also the day the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai.
Join us on Saturday night 19 May at 6 Lockhart Street, South Caulfield as we explore what difference the Torah can make in your life. And what difference 10 flavours of ice-cream can make to your taste buds.
25 MAY Please join us for a meaningful and authentic family Shabbat dinner at the Saffers’. We invite Aish friends and family – both old and new – to come together for one night on Friday 25 May: to eat, sing and be present in each other’s sacred company. The vibe will be warm and welcoming, just like a bowl of hot chicken soup.
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.
Find out more at the world’s most popular Jewish content website, aish.com.
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.