Andrew S.

Executive Director
Melbourne, Australia


Born in Melbourne late last century, Rabbi Andrew Saffer went to Mount Scopus and studied Arts/Law at Monash University, anticipating a career in law at a Big Six firm. And a 7-series BMW.

His first trip to Jerusalem changed all that. What was meant to be a four-week tour became a seven-year love affair. Inspired by the insights into character development and positive psychology he found in the Old City, Andrew traded the Menzies Building for the Kotel.

While studying at Aish HaTorah, Andrew worked part-time as a graphic designer and portrait photographer. He met and photographed various Israeli prime ministers, Dame Margaret Thatcher and Fran Drescher (from The Nanny. 'She really does talk like that!')

After six years in Jerusalem, Andrew became a rabbi, specialising in relationship counselling. He met his wife, Rachelle (also from Melbourne) in Jerusalem the very next day. They married, moved back to Melbourne, and now share five very cute children.

Andrew now directs the Australian branch of Aish, spending his days helping young Jews build lives they love. He spends his spare time singing, listening to classic rock, funk and soul, and chauffeuring his teens.

He longs for the day when every person in the world knows why they were created. And that BMW...


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