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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Joseph Reimer
is the Academic Advisor to The Nachshon Project. He is a professor of Jewish education at Brandeis University where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. Trained at Harvard as a developmental psychologist, he currently focuses his research on experiential Jewish learning, Jewish camping, and the professional development of educators. Professor Reimer serves as a consultant to the Foundation for Jewish Camp on their Hiddur project to enhance Jewish life at summer camp, and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Jewish Education.