RABBI YONATAN SADOFF
Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff recently arrived in Melbourne from Israel and is now serving as the spiritual leader of Kehilat Nitzan, Melbourne's Masorti/Conservative congregation. He came to this position after serving as rabbi of Kehilat Magen Avraham in Omer, Israel, and as Associate Rabbi at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis. Ordained by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, Rabbi Sadoff has a great passion for the study of Kabbalah, Hasidism, Musar (Jewish Ethics), art, film and music, and has great hopes of growing the Masorti approach to Judaism in Australia, generally, and in Melbourne, specifically.
RABBI RAFAEL KAISERBLUETH
Rabbi Kaiserblueth is a world traveller, having spent time in the United States, Argentina, Israel, and the United Kingdom. He was born in Puerto Rico and is married with 3 children.
He was ordained in 2010 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and has dedicated his rabbinate to making the texts and rituals of our tradition relevant and accessible to those he teaches, trying to always be influenced by the words, "ivdu et hashem b’simcha, serve God with joy” (Ps 100:2). For thirteen years, Rabbi Kaiserblueth served as a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve. He enjoys cooking, travel, and anything to do with airplanes!
DR. MOSHE PERL
Dr. Moshe Perl, PhD holds a BS in Physics from the University of Tel Aviv, an MS in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Behavioural Medicine from the University of North Texas, in 1982. Since that time, he has worked as a consultant to schools, Departments of Juvenile Justice, and the Children’s Court, both in the United States and in Australia. In the late 1990s Dr. Perl received additional training in psychotherapy as well as EEG biofeedback and has incorporated both of these into his practice since that time. He has presented his work at conferences and has run professional trainings for the last 20 years.
RABBI DR. ORNA TRIGUBOFF
Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff is a Kabbalah scholar, meditation and mindfulness advocate and yoga buff. She lives in Sydney and is a loving grandmother of 2.
Rabbi Triguboff was ordained by the Aleph Jewish Renewal movement in 2010 and is passionate about fostering spiritual, compassionate community. She serves as rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue and is spiritual director of Neshama Life - Kabbalah for the Soul. She leads a "Land and Spirit - Kabbalah Tour of Israel" every two years, the next one is in 2021, and is researching Angels in the Jewish tradition.
Jeremy is Bialik College’s Principal, having previously led the UK's Jewish Community Secondary School, both pluralistic Jewish schools. A fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders for services to education, a history and philosophy teacher and an MBA graduate, Jeremy has a tolerant wife and two wonderful children.
CANTOR GEORGE MORDECAI
After serving as the cantor at congregations throughout the USA, Cantor George Mordecai recently returned to Emanuel Synagogue. George weaves his rich cultural heritage into his work as both a cantor and performer plus has over 20 years’ experience in building community. He is well known to many in our community having grown up in Sydney. In addition to his musical and liturgical expertise he is an engaging educator. George infuses his teaching with a deep sense of spirituality and historical perspective, always mindful of the needs and aspirations of his students.