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Nora Feldhusen started her Joshua Venture Group journey as a co-founder and manager of PeerCorps Detroit where she worked with Jewish youth to build meaningful relationships with communities throughout Detroit through service and learning. After three years of nurturing PeerCorps, Nora transitioned her leadership and moved on to become the Educational Program Manager at Coastal Roots Farm. As the Farm’s Educational Program Manager, she is responsible for volunteer coordination, school and youth group coordination, holiday celebrations, tours as well as family and intergenerational programming.
Nora holds a B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Community Development. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she spent ten years in Michigan and is excited to begin this new chapter of building community in Encinitas, CA.
PeerCorps is a mentorship program that invites Jewish teens and b’nai mitzvah students to build meaningful relationships with one another and with community-building work in Detroit. Students join together from different cities, denominations, and congregations with shared commitments to Jewish life and to serve and build relationships with the City of Detroit. PeerCorps partners with grassroots initiatives within the city that are rich and diverse with respect to their missions and populations served, from an Afro-centric farm addressing issues of food security to temporary housing for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter in the United States.
PeerCorps seeks to nurture and support a culture of curiosity, empathy, critical thinking, and commitment through the lens of Judaism and in service to the City of Detroit. PeerCorps builds bridges between teens and tweens, Jews and non-Jews, city and suburbs in a way that is intentional, respectful, and fun.
PeerCorps was founded in partnership with Repair the World: Detroit and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Alliance for Jewish Education.