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 The Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship

After completing the undergraduate phase of The Nachshon Project, you will become eligible to apply for The Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship. This highly-sought-after Fellowship will help you pursue a graduate-level degree to train you for leadership positions in Jewish communal life.

The Graduate Fellowship is also available via the "Launchpad" Track of The Nachshon Projch Graduate Fellowship to a small number of elite young professionals who have worked between 3 and 10 years and now seek to prepare themselves for high-level Jewish professional leadership positions. Applicants can be current professionals in Jewish careers or career-switchers who now seek to bring their skills from other professions into the Jewish professional world. . 

As a Graduate Fellow, you will receive very significant funding for your graduate studies. You will also participate in annual conferences and distance learning, which will supplement your graduate studies and provide you with skills, tools, and a professional network that will help you succeed as you start your career, and help you develop into the best Jewish professional you can be.

In order to apply to the Graduate Fellowship, Nachshon Project Undergraduate Fellows undergo a separate application and interview process, after successfully completing their undergraduate fellowship requirements. Visit our Launchpad page to learn more about applying to the Graduate Fellowship via the Launchpad Track.

Meet Our Graduate Fellows

KVUTZA HEY

Sam Balogh

SAM BALOGH

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Emory University, BA
Camp Ramah in California
Liora Bernstein

LIORA BERNSTEIN

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management 2023 University of Southern California Masters in Social Work 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
George Washington University, BA
URJ Eisner Camp 
Maia Cattan

MAIA CATTAN

New York University
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Master of Public Administration 2023
Graduate School of Arts and Science
Master of Hebrew and Judaic Studies 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 5 
Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary, BA
Camp Ramah Darom 
Micah Cowan

MICAH COWAN

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2026 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary, BA
Camp Ramah in New England 
Pamela Kekst

PAMELA KEKST

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership 2023
Columbia University
Masters in Social Work 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
University of Maryland, BA
Ramah Day Camp in Nyack 
Julia Lustig

JULIA LUSTIG

New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 5
Binghamton University, BA
Ramah Day Camp in Nyack 
Michael Mitgang

MICHAEL MITGANG

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination 2026 

Undergraduate Cohort: 6
Indiana University, BA
URJ Camp Harlam 
Elana Pogal

ELANA POGAL

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
Binghamton University, BA
Camp Ramah in Canada/URJ Camp George 
Nathan Schachter

NATHAN SCHACHTER

George Washington University
The iCenter’s Graduate Degree in Israel Education 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
University of Connecticut, BA 
Leah Sherin

LEAH SHERIN

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination 2026 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4 Brandeis University, BA
URJ OSRUI 
Hannah Taylor

HANNAH TAYLOR

University of Southern California
Master of Public Administration 2023
Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
Brandeis University, BA
URJ Eisner Camp 
Tamar Tecktiel

TAMAR TECKTIEL

Touro College
Masters in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education 2023 

Undergraduate Cohort: 5
Indiana University, BA
Camp Ramah Darom 

KVUTZA DALET

DAN AFRIAT

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
University of California Santa Barbara, BA
Camp Ramah in California

Grants Management Associate
Repair the World

JOEY BARR

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/EdM Jewish Professional Leadership and Jewish Educational Leadership 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Brandeis University, BA
URJ OSRUI

ANINA DASSA

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2025

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
University of Michigan, BA
Camp Ramah in California

SHIRA FORESTER

The William Davidson School of Jewish Education
MA in Jewish Education 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

Judaic Studies Teacher
Luria Academy of Brooklyn

ARIEL GLUECK

Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Masters of Social Work 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Hunter College, BA
Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake

Director of Youth Programming and Engagement
Park Avenue Synagogue

MOLLY KAZAN

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA
Camp Interlaken JCC

Development Manager
Mayyim Hayyim

MIRIAM LICHTENBERG

Yeshivat Hadar, Advanced Kollel
Rabbinic Ordination 2024

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
Barnard College, BA
Camp Ramah in Northern California

YOSEF NEMANPOUR

Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
University of California Los Angeles, BA
Camp Moshava Alevy

Director of Community Programs
JQ International

ALEX RUBIN

University of Southern California
Masters in Social Entrepreneurship 2022
Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
Northwestern University, BA
Camp Havaya/Capital Camp

Assistant Director
Ramah Sports Academy

RAYA SEIDMAN

Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Masters of Social Work 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Indiana University, BA
URJ OSRUI

YONINA SILVERMAN ROSENTHAL

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MA in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Education 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 5
Hunter College, BA
Camp Stone

Director of Summer Programs
OU-JLIC

IANNE SHERRY

Brandeis University
MA in Teaching, Concentration in Teaching in a Jewish Day School 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
Brandeis University, BA
Camp Ramah in New England

Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Epstein Hillel School

KVUTZA GIMMEL

DANIEL ALBERT

Yeshiva University
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Rabbinical Studies 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Queens College, BA
Camp Moshava I.O.

OU-JLIC Rabbi
Brooklyn College

EVA BOGOMOLNY

The William Davidson School of Jewish Education
MA in Pedagogy and Teaching, Concentration in Disability, Inclusion and Advocacy 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 4
The Ohio State University, BA
Camp Wise


The Shefa School

MADELINE BUDMAN

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination 2024

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Georgetown University, BA
URJ Camp Coleman

GRACIE GOTTLIEB NEWMARK

New York University
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Master of Public Administration 2021
Graduate School of Arts and Science
Master of Hebrew and Judaic Studies 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Muhlenberg College, BA
Camp Ramah in the Poconos/Camp Stone

Associate Director
Yavneh on Campus

BEN HERSCH

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
American University, BA
Camp Ramah in the Poconos

Assistant Director of Development, Washington Regional Office
Anti-Defamation League

SIMON LUXEMBURG

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Connecticut College, BA
Camp Ramah in New England

Strategy and Innovation Manager

Gann Academy

LARA RODIN

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2024
Hebrew College & Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
MA Jewish Education 2020

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
McGill University, BA
Camp BB Riback/Camp BBYO

ILANA SANDBERG

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2024

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Barnard College & The Jewish Theological Seminary, BA
Camp Ramah in Northern California

LEAH SPELLBERG

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
University of Michigan, BA
Camp Ramah Darom

Senior Associate, Finance and Operations
Leading Edge

BETTY SOIBEL

Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
MA in Teaching Jewish Studies 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
Columbia University & The Jewish Theological Seminary, BA
Eden Village Camp

Rosh Havura, Machon L'Madrichim
The Jewish Agency for Israel

NOAM SPIRA

Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Masters of Social Work 2021

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
Queens College, BA
Camp Moshava I.O.

Assistant Director of Student Life
Nativ College Leadership Program

AARON TOROP

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination 2024

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
American University, BA
URJ Camp Coleman

KVUTZA BET

LEAH BECK BORDMAN

Hebrew College
MA Jewish Experiential Education & MA Jewish Studies 2020

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
Western Washington University, BA
URJ Camp Kalsman/URJ Eisner Camp

Director of Education

Congregation Beth Israel, Bellingham

BENJY FORESTER

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
Washington University in St. Louis, BA
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

ELIANA KAHAN

Tel Aviv University
MA in Talmud 2020

Undergraduate Cohort: 3
Barnard College, BA
Camp Stone

Talmud Educator

Hevruta Gap-Year Program, Shalom Hartman Institute

Director of North American Engagement and Educational Programming
Yakar Tel Aviv

PETER YOUNG

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Ordination 2024

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
San Diego State University, BA
Camp Hess Kramer

KVUTZA ALEPH

MEGAN BRUMER

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbinic Education 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
University of Washington, BA
URJ Camp Kalsman

JONATHAN MARX

Brandeis University, Hornstein Program
MA/MBA Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management 2019

Undergraduate Cohort: 2
Yale University, BA
Camp Havaya

Program Associate

UJA-Federation of New York

JACKSON MERCER

Hebrew College
Rabbinical Studies 2023

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
University of California Los Angeles, BA
URJ Camp Newman

JESSE NAGELBERG

The Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinic Ordination 2022

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
University of Houston, BA
Ramah Day Camp in Nyack

Senior Rabbi
B'nai Shalom of Olney

EMILY ROTHSTEIN

University of Southern California
Master of Public Administration 2019
Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
MA in Jewish Nonprofit Management 2019

Undergraduate Cohort: 1
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA
URJ OSRUI

Community Engagement Manager

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger