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ABOUT YJP

 

We'd love to meet you and welcome you into the YJP community!

YJP seeks to empower young professionals by connecting them through business, educational and social events.

This international movement has successfully engaged, involved and inspired thousands of members across the world since 2013.

Widely recognised as one of Melbourne’s foremost organisations of its kind within the Jewish community, YJP succeeds in providing unique opportunities for Jewish Young Professionals.

The non-profit Melbourne branch of YJP was created with the aim of bringing together like-minded visionaries, entrepreneurs and professionals to support and empower their peers.

Our members come from diverse backgrounds within the Jewish community and hold shared values of being driven to leadership and professional success. For emerging leaders, being a part of YJP enables the rapid growth of both personal and professional networks and the chance to develop meaningful relationships.

YJP facilitates a range of events throughout the year, including talks led by some of Australia’s brightest minds, networking for young professionals and social events to celebrate religious holidays.

 
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Rabbi Moshe Kahn

Co-Founder

Moshe Kahn is a driven, dedicated and devoted Rabbi and community worker. Renowned for his dynamic and contemporary style, Moshe moved from London to Australia in 1997 and has since continued to engage the young Jewish community.

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Rikkie Wolf

Co-Director

Rikkie launched her professional experiences as a graphic designer. She has since pivoted to hone in on her passion for mental health returning to studying psychology full time at Monash.

Yosi and Rikkie met in New York whilst working at the Rohr Jewish learning Institute before tying the knot and becoming an inspired Rabbi and Rebbetzin team.

Passionate about Jewish life, Rikkie is excited to give back to Melbourne’s Jewish community.

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Dina Kahn

Co-Founder

Dina is a multi-talented community leader, with 20 years of experience in organisation, team leading and education. Aside from her full time work in childcare, Dina has Co-Directed YJP since its inception in 2013.

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Rabbi Brian Berger

Operations & Marketing Manager

Founder of Blooming Brainstorms, a day in the life of Brian is filled with consulting and delivering his clients immediately implementable marketing strategies.

Brian is an instrumental and integral part of the YJP team, from planning events and programs to overseeing the legwork that brings our evolving offerings to life.

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Rabbi Yossi Wolf

Co-Director

Yosi comes from a Rabbinics and Jewish-adult-education background. Recently returning home to Melbourne from living abroad, Yosi brings to YJP a diverse range of worldly Rabbinic and teaching experience from his travels through New York, Miami, Israel and Florence.

Yosi will be serving as Rabbi at YJP Melbourne. Whether you are interested in exploring your Judaism, securing your home with a Mezuzah, hosting a Torah study Shiur for yourself or a group through to Koshering your kitchen… these services and programs among others are becoming more accessible with Yosi full time on the YJP frontline ready to assist!

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Meet the Team!

Meet the YJP Committee Members!

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Michelle Jacobs

Connector

Originally from Sydney, Michelle is passionate about helping others in the community share knowledge, feel connected and achieve their best. Working as a teacher, as well as in marketing, media and communications on the side, she is a member of our YJP Matchmaking Committee and a mother to two young children.

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Eli Vayn

Connector

What’s the worst thing that could happen? A bad coffee?

Eli has an attitude of ‘just give it a go and let fate do the rest’ .

He does his homework and is well prepared. When he gives you a call, be sure he’s found some worthy suggestions!

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Nat Mittelman

Connector

I am a High School Science and Maths Teacher with over 10 years experience in formal and informal education. I am a committed member of the jewish community. I am a matchmaker for yjp because I genuinely want to help people find their partners in life and crime. I have strong communication skills and I am here to listen and help support you in whatever way I can. I'm your friendly social extrovert who is honest and trustworthy and here to help.

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Bianca Kaplan

Connector

Bianca aims to help people find their bashert so that all Jewish mothers and grandmothers stop asking their children and grandchildren why they are single.


Bianca is a matchmaker because she wants to ensure that Jewish traditions are kept alive and that people are able to find their soulmate and have a life filled with joy and love. She also really wants to go to heaven.

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Steph Potaznik

Connector

A dedicated internal recruiter in my professional life and a dedicated matchmaker in my personal life. I use my inherent ability to generate genuine connections with people and in turn match the perfect couple!

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