Rabbi Jeff is the Founding Director of Camp JRF and Noar Hadash. In over 36 years as a rabbi, he has served congregations in Plantation, FL, Philadelphia and State College, PA, directed Hillel at Penn State and has also run summer camps, youth programs, family retreats and family trips to Israel. He received his Masters in Education from Temple University and is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
While at RRC he created an alternative Jewish high school program which was the genesis of experiential learning which guided his work with youth and camping and was featured at the very first CAJE Conference in 1976.
At RRC Rabbi Jeff has taught courses for Rabbi as Educator, Merging Formal and Informal Jewish Learning and at present is facilitating Transformative Text Experiences. Among his writings are studies in creating family davening experiences, teaching the Civilization Approach and The Values of Spiritual Peoplehood. Jeff has also made some musical recordings.
Jeff is a recipient of the Ira Eisenstein Lifetime Achievement Award from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Jeff is married to Rabbi Sarah Messinger where together they have founded Congregation Shireinu where they use their experiential skills in creative prayer. They have three children; Ari, Miriam and Rachel.