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.
LAUREN KIRSCHENBAUM, SPECIAL PROGRAMS MANAGER
Lauren Kirschenbaum made Aliyah three years ago from Fair Lawn, NJ. Lauren has a masters in Jewish education and a masters in social work, and works as a therapist in Jerusalem in addition to the work she does for Kedma.
TALIA KRIEF, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Talia Krief grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and made Aliyah in 2017. She served for 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. Talia has worked for Kedma for 4 years and loves giving back to Israeli society!