ABOUT THE NACHSHON PROJECT

Our mission is to inspire and empower you to embark on a journey of professional Jewish leadership. Together with a cohort of peers, you will be provided with an in-depth Israel education, an immersion in Jewish texts, exposure to a variety of Jewish beliefs and observances, and a wider understanding of Jewish career opportunities. Throughout the program, you will be challenged to choose the best individual path for personal and professional success as a leader who will shape the future of North American Jewry.

Your academic home will be at the center of Israeli scholarship – the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Beyond the classroom, you will experience Israel and explore exciting career opportunities through regular trips, Shabbatonim, and programs. These are led by Jewish thought-leaders, innovators, and activists from different backgrounds, representing varied social, political and cultural voices.

In previous years, participants have met with:

  • Visionary leaders like President Shimon Peres and Natan Sharansky
  • Renowned authors Etgar Keret, Yossi Klein Halevi, Meir Shalev, and Sarah Tuttle Singer
  • Prominent figures in Israeli politics, including Matti Friedman, Hagit Ofran, and Rav Yoel Ben Nun
  • Insightful Jewish educators such as Raba Tamar Elad Appelbaum, Shalom Orzach, Rabbi Susan Silverman, Rav Michael Melchior, and Rabbi Donniel Hartman
Fellows meet with rabbis and educators from the Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox and Haredi movements, as well as with Jewish professional leaders serving the North American community, such as educators, pulpit rabbis, Hillel and summer camp executives, social workers and nonprofit professionals.

Fellows emerge from the program with a deeper understanding of both Israeli life and the wider Jewish community and have acquired the tools to leverage that knowledge along their future professional paths.
     
     

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