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Rachel Swartz

After completing social work degree and working in child protection, Rachel established a youth drug and alcohol service with Rabbi Mendel Kastel in 2003. In 2007 Rachel returned to child protection but moved into Policy and Program development within the Department of Community Services head office. From there Rabbi Kastel once again asked her to set up another communal service, this time J-junction, a Jewish matchmaking service. This then lead to Rachel establishing her own consultancy business working with not-for-profit organisations in program and organisation development.

Since 2015 Rachel has also headed the Shabbat Project in Sydney.

“Israel has always played a pivotal role in shaping my Jewish Identity. I was an active member of Habonim Dror and participated in their 12 month shnat program after school. My emotional connection and love for Israel grew through my time spent there. Y2i will shape a stronger and more committed community, as we enrich the Jewish and Zionistic lives of our young people. With two young children of my own, I can’t wait for them to experience Israel, and continue their journey of Jewish connections.”

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