Yesterday’s campers. Today’s students. Tomorrow’s leaders.

Is this you? For openers, a college student who relishes learning, is ready to try new things, loves people, and enjoys living a meaningful Jewish life. But that’s not all. You are not afraid to grow, and you’re definitely an individual capable of independent thinking and have your own ideas.

Why? Because Nachshon Project fellows are expected to be creative, smart, and very strong. And, yes, you love Israel — warts and all.

If all of this adds up to YOU, you may be among the up to 40 Nachshon Project fellows departing for Jerusalem for the spring semester. We encourage you to apply for a Nachshon Project Fellow scholarship now.

Senior Staff

Rabbi Todd Zeff has spent his professional life working with children and young adults, exemplifying his passion for Jewish life. 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 lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children. 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. 

Rabbi Joshua B. Cohen has served as the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and in pulpits at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton, MA, and Temple Emanuel in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Rabbi Cohen made aliyah to Modiin where he lives with his wife and three children. Rabbi Cohen has taught for Young Judaea Year Course, Aardvark, Tel Aviv University, and worked for Marom Olami in Jerusalem. Rabbi Cohen holds dual 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. 



Dr. Joseph Reimer is a professor of Jewish education at Brandeis where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. Trained at Harvard in Developmental Psychology, Joe began his scholarly career researching kibbutz adolescents in moral development. When he came to Brandeis in 1986 he began focusing on Jewish education and has become known for studying Jewish camps and experiential Jewish learning. He has also served on the board of the Covenant Foundation and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. At Brandeis, he created and ran the Institute for Informal Jewish Education. He then became the lead faculty member for the Foundation of Jewish Camp’s ELI program -a leadership program for camp directors.

Miri Furst Homa
works on logistics and operations of the undergraduate phase of the Nachshon Project. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, she received her B.A. in Psychology and Jewish History from Bar Ilan University and her Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. Miri worked at Camp Moshava Indian Orchard and previously served as the Director of Extracurricular Programming at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerusalayim (MMY). She has also worked as a clinical Social Worker at a number of agencies. Miri now lives in Jerusalem with her family and also works as a professional photographer in her free time.



Batsheva Gross is responsible for the Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship and directs all marketing efforts for the program. Batsheva joined the Nachshon Project after six years 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 Indian Orchard, before moving to Israel in 2007. She has a BA in Political Science and Communications from Bar Ilan University and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Batsheva lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two children.