Rabbi Nesselson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in Jewish History. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Northwestern University School of Law, and her Rabbinic Ordination from The Hebrew Seminary For The Deaf in Skokie, Illinois.
Rabbi Nesselson served as rabbi for some 10 years at Congregation B'nai Torah in Highland Park, Illinois. She has served as a faculty member of the Dawn Schuman Institute of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education for 20 years teaching a broad spectrum of courses in Judaica. Rabbi Nesselson is the former Midwest Civil Rights Director for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and a former member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission where she adjudicated appeals of discrimination complaints.
Rabbi Nesselson has lectured on topics of interest in Jewish life throughout the country and has written numerous articles published in various popular and academic journals. She has served on the Boards of various Jewish organizations. Rabbi Nesselson is a strong advocate for the State of Israel, is a former National Council member of AIPAC, and in 2010 was invited to the White House twice as one of fifteen rabbis nationwide to discuss the Obama Administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
She is married and she and her husband are blessed with three wonderful children.