Today is December 4, 2016 -


 Yitzchak R. Jacobsen, Associate Director, Fuchsberg Center

Yitz is a graduate of the Hebrew University and persued M.A. studies at Neve Schecter. He was the first USCJ Shaliach in 1969 and has been with USCJ since. Among his many areas of expertise, Yitz is the overall supervisor of Center programs, budgets and the development of the beautiful Fuchsberg campus.

Rabbi Edward S. Romm, Director of Education – retired

Rabbi Romm continues to coordinate the Fuchsberg web site and the weekly Haftarah commentary.
He received his Rabbinical Ordination, M.A. and D.D. (h.c.) from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Before joining the staff of USCJ Israel in 1985 he was the founder (1978) and first director of the Israeli Masorti “Noam Youth Movement”.


David Keren, Director of Youth Programs in Israel

Graduate of the Hebrew University and certified tour guide. Served as the head of Education at camp Ramah Wisconsin and as the director of Nativ for 15 years.

Yossi Garr, Director of Nativ

Yossi has been working with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nativ for over 14 years beginning as a Madrich for Nativ 16 and the Assistant Director of Nativ 18 & 19. Yossi also served as the USY Central Shaliach in New York for four years. Yossi’s undergraduate degree in Jewish History is from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and he has an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.

Nahum Binder, Director of Youth Department Operations.

Nahum works with all high school aged trips that come to Israel through the Center and coordinates the Lone Soldier Program. Previously, Nahum served for three years as the World Zionist Organization Central Shaliach to USY. Before that Nahum was the Assistant Director of Nativ and USY Programs in Israel. He has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and an M.A. in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Avital Kellen, Assistant  Nativ Director for Programming

Avital was born in South Africa and made Aliyah with her family at age 5 to a community near Jerusalem called Telzstone. Avital did Sherut Leumi (national service) after high school and graduated from Bar Ilan University with a degree in Sociology-Anthropology and Israel Studies. Avital was a Madricha for Nativ 32 (2012-2013) on the Yerucham track, and became the Assistant Director in 2014. Avital has staffed several USCJ teen programs in Israel as a Madricha and as a group leader. Avital lives in Jerusalem with her husband Ido.

David Abraham, Assistant Director for Yozma

David grew up in New Mexico and Arizona, where he was very involved with the Far West chapter of USY and went on to be a participant on Nativ 24 (2004-2005). After attending the University of Arizona, where he received a B.A. in Elementary Education, David made Aliyah with with Garin Tzabar and served as a tank commander for two years. Later, he return to the states and recieved an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. David is excited to be back living in Israel, and taking on a new role with Nativ as the Assistant Director for Yozma.

Na’ama Levitz Applbaum, Director , Golda Och Academy Programs in Israel

Naama has spent the last decade working and teaching in various informal educational settings. She has served as a Program Director at The Israel Experience, managing educational groups from the US, training staff and overseeing client relations and budgets. In addition she spent two years in Boston as Director of The High School Curriculum at The David Project. She is finishing her MA in Talmud and Halahka and is pursuing her Rabbinic ordination. She is currently part of the leadership teams both at Yeshivat Talpiot and Minyan Sod Siach, and enjoys leading different communities in davening. Naama lives in Jerusalem with her husband Ari and twin boys Roni and Yuval.


Rabbi Joel Levy, Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Levy studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, was chair of the Program at Limmud conference and is an ex-director of NOAM England. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. Joel also teaches in the Jewish Studies Faculty of the Machon L’Madrichei Chul and for Ta Shma. He has been the part-time rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, Britain’s only fully egalitarian traditional shul, since 2001. He teaches Talmud and Practical Halacha.

Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva
is co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 20 years. He is the author of the recently published book Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) as well as the The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008). Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2013, Dr. Kulp authored a commentary in English on the entire Mishnah, which served as the basis for the Mishnah Yomit project. In 2013 Dr. Kulp began the Daf Shevui program, the study of one daf of Talmud per week and has so far completed a commentary on Tractates Sukkah and Megillah and has begun work on Tractate Ketubot. Dr. Kulp was raised in Margate, New Jersey, where his family was active in the Conservative Movement. He spent his summers at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Camp Ramah in Canada and for the last ten summers, he has served as the scholar-in-residence at Camp Ramah in New England. Dr. Kulp made aliyah in 1994 and currently lives in Modiin with his wife, Julie Zuckerman, and their four children. In his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and runner and has completed three Ironmans.

Rabbi Joel Roth, Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus
The Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He formerly served as Dean of the Rabbinical School at JTS and Chair of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He gives shiurim during his frequent visits to Israel.

Rabbi Pesach Schindler, Rosh Yeshiva Emeritus (retired)

Rabbi Schindler received rabbinic ordination from Rav Elimelech Bar-Shaul, Chief Rabbi of Rechovot, and a Ph.D. in Jewish History and Philosophy from New York University. He was Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Studies in the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University and a Senior Faculty member of the International School of Yad Vashem (Theology and Rabbinic Studies). He served as the director of the Shirley & Jacob Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for twenty-five years.

Jen Kanter, Director, Yeshiva Operations


Elyse Kruger, Office Manager
With a BFA degree, Elyse recently returned to Jerusalem after spending over 20 years in Netanya, working for a book publishing company. As the wife of a rabbi, she has vast experience in community work and organizations, serving Jewish communities in the USA, South America and Israel. Her office and computer skills contribute to the administration of the Fuchsberg Center. She also administers Project Oded and the Monday Evening Forum.

Rabbi Paul Freedman, Director of Israel Commission

Rabbi Paul Freedman, currently Director of the USCJ Israel Commission and Israel Liaison for Project Reconnect, served as USY’s first International president and directed the USCJ Department of Youth Activities from 1967 till he and his wife, Nina made aliyah in 1991.Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1970,he views one of his most significant achievements the launching of Nativ in 1980.They have three sons and ten grandchildren, all living in Israel.