Staff

RABBI MAURY KELMAN, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

Maury Kelman is a rabbi and attorney, chairman of Kedma, and also oversees Route 613, a halakhic conversion program. Rabbi Kelman started Kedma in September 1996 in order to enable gap year students to give back within Israeli society, and has overseen the organization’s growth ever since. He resides in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

ORIT BARNEA SEIF, DIRECTOR

Orit Seif has been working in the Jewish community for nearly twenty years. Following her graduation from Columbia University, Orit, along with her husband, Yehuda, started the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught and ran innovative programs for University students for four years. Following her work at Penn, Orit practiced law at a tax litigation firm representing Fortune 500 companies. Orit’s true passion for working in the Jewish community beckoned, and in 2012, Orit joined a Philadelphia-based Foundation where she started and managed a project geared at enhancing the Jewish Day Schools in the Philadelphia region. Orit made Aliyah to Efrat, Gush Etzion with her husband and five sons. She joined Kedma as its Director in 2018.

YIFAT ADLER, SPECIAL PROGRAMS MANAGER 

Yifat Adler originally hails from Teaneck, New Jersey. While at Queens College Yifat pursued a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was actively involved the OU-JLIC on campus, helping with programming and creating QC’s original HaMidrasha @ QC. After moving to Israel two years ago, Yifat has been focusing on community work and Jewish Education; Kedma is a perfect blend as it includes both these values. Yifat is looking forward another great year with Kedma.

TALIA BEGOUN, SPECIAL PROGRAMS MANAGER 

Talia Begoun grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin and made Aliyah in 2017. She did a year of Sheirut Leumi (national service) in Bet Elzraki Childrens’ home and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Bar Ilan University. She has worked for Kedma for 4 years and loves giving back to Israeli society!

RACHEL FISHBEIN, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER 

Rachel Fishbein grew up in Woodmere, New York. She spent her high school years devoting her time to chesed and Israel programs. After graduating from high school, she attended Midreshet Torat Chesed – where she fell in love with Israel and made aliyah. She has been working for Kedma since 2019 and also works at Aleh, a school for kids with special needs. She is excited to help Kedma expand its social media platform and presence.