Jewish National Fund Real Estate Presents:
The Future of New York’s Restaurant Landscape & JNF’s Culinary Institute in the Galilee

GCI, Cooking, Culinary, Blue Box

About Our Event

Join Jewish National Fund’s Real Estate Division for a private and interactive conversation about how COVID-19 has transformed the restaurant industry in New York City as well as an insight into the new Galilee Culinary Institute by JNF.

Guest Speakers


Joshua Kessler

Executive Chef & Owner, Barnea Bistro

Joshua Kessler’s career in food began with a decision to follow a deep rooted passion for cooking. Family is a foundation for Josh’s culinary pursuits. He is surrounded by generations of expertise and talent in the food and hospitality business that both guided and energized his cooking ambition. While spending years working in the corporate insurance industry, Josh quietly pursued his dream–moonlighting in kitchens in and around NYC. In this early part of his path to becoming a professional, Josh spent time cooking at Mike’s Bistro (NYC). After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Josh worked at Union Square Hospitality Group. Barnea is the culmination of a dream fueled by passion and desire


Nathan Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer, the Galilee Culinary Institute by JNF

Nathan Hoffman is the CEO of the Galilee Culinary Institute ("GCI") by JNF, located on the eastern side of the Galilee in the Greater Kiryat Shmona area. He is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of the Institute's operational and change management processes. Hoffman started his Jewish National Fund journey by helping to start the Arizona JNFuture chapter. He made Aliyah (immigration to Israel) with Nefesh B'Nefesh, another Jewish National Fund affiliate in 2017 with his wife to Tzvat, and settled in northern Israel. Hoffman has over 18 years of diverse experience leading business operations for both startups and established organizations.  

Event Chairs

Joshua Gelb, JSR Development

Michael Mintz, MD Squared Property Group

Real Estate Cabinet Co-Chairs

Michelle Bernstein, Miter Construction

Scott Nadler, loanDepot

More Information

Sarah Azizi, Director, Manhattan

[email protected] or 212.879.9305 x505