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Meet the Team

Joshua B. Cohen

Rabbi Joshua B. Cohen

co-directs The Nachshon Project. He has served as the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and as rabbi at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton, MA, and Temple Emanuel in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He has taught for Young Judaea Year Course, Aardvark, and Tel Aviv University, and worked for MAROM Olami in Jerusalem. Originally from Skokie, IL, Rabbi Cohen holds degrees from Columbia University and List College, an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of Education, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Batsheva Gross

Batsheva Gross

is the Associate Program Officer for The Nachshon Project, responsible for directing the program’s marketing and recruitment efforts. She previously served as a marketing and project manager at Jerusalem U, an organization dedicated to film-based Jewish and Israel education. Originally from Woodmere, NY, Batsheva spent ten summers at Camp Moshava IO. She has a BA in Political Science and Communications from Bar Ilan University and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Todd Zeff

Rabbi Todd Zeff

co-directs The Nachshon Project. He has spent his professional life working with children and young adults. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rabbi Zeff served as the director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos for over a decade before moving to Israel in 2012. He holds dual degrees in Communication Arts and Hebrew Language from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he received his M.A. in Non-Profit Business Administration from the American Jewish University, and a Master’s Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Larry Braman

is the Career Advisor for the Nachshon Project. Through workshops and individual coaching sessions, Larry has worked closely with each Nachshon Project cohort to help them envision and pursue fulfilling Jewish careers. Larry has over 15 years of experience in the field of career and professional development, initially as an independent consultant and currently as a Director of Career Services at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Larry draws on his extensive network of Jewish professionals and his in-depth knowledge of the organizations they serve.
Dr. Alisa Rubin Kurshan

Dr. Alisa Rubin Kurshan

serves as a mentor to alumni of the Graduate Fellowship, and all who are working in Jewish careers. A Jewish educator by training, Alisa served for two decades as a senior strategic planner and executive at UJA-Federation, including as Executive Vice President. Alisa has published numerous articles on contemporary Jewish issues including Jewish peoplehood, Jewish leadership, and Jewish education. She focuses her professional energy today on mentoring and coaching the next generation of leaders. Among her current projects is the Education Director of Project Accelerate.