Advisory Boards

Colorado Advisory Board

Lauren Beno
Cece Bloomfield
Josh Dinar
Paul Gillis
Bryan Goldstein
Sandra Guidicelli
Noah Herreid
Susan Kodish

Brett Robbins
Caron Robinson
Kira Rukin
Shari Blake Schnee
Julie Shaffer
Rabbi Marc Soloway
Helaine Unger
Michele Weingarden

 

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Lauren Beno

Originally from New Jersey, Lauren moved to Boulder in 2006 to attend CU and has yet to leave. Loving all that Colorado has to offer, she loves hiking, snowboarding, and hanging outside with her puppy and friends. Lauren has worked in the natural and organic food industry as a marketing and communications professional. Her love for food and sustainability began while in college when she started working on organic farms. After attending an inspiring Hazon Food Conference in Monterey, CA, she knew she wanted to continue spreading the message of health and wellness. She is extremely honored and excited to be part of the Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board.

Boulder, CO
Cece Bloomfield

Cece Bloomfield moved with her husband, Tom, and their kids, Abby and Sol, to Boulder in 2003, lured by the great outdoors, terrific schools, and friends in the local Jewish community. Grateful for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and to volunteer in her community, Cece kept herself busy with kids’ activities and passion projects. After attending the first Hazon Jewish food festival in Boulder, Cece was recruited by Rabbi Bronstein to help Congregation Har HaShem set up its composting program. That conference also sparked Cece’s interest in meat by-products, animal welfare, and agriculture’s impact on the environment. Cece’s “aha moment” came while organizing a Tu b’Shvat teaching session on soil and the role animals play in soil carbon sequestration. Cece is Co-Founder of Farm Leather, a sourcing and marketing company for traceable, ethical, sustainable leather.

Boulder, CO
Josh Dinar

Josh Dinar is the co-founder of Pearl Publishing Media Group, which publishes, among other things, DiningOut Magazine, a national network of dining publications and the DiningOut Passbook series. DiningOut Events produces large scale festivals including Top Taco in Denver and New Orleans, Chicken Fight, and the Velorama Food Park. He has authored a pictorial history of Denver, entitled Denver Then & Now and co-authored the book, The Conscious Cleanse: Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days. He is also an owner of both River and Woods and T/ACO restaurants in Boulder and a forthcoming concept in Golden. Josh is on the board of Lighthouse Writers and the Boulder Food Film Festival. He is the vice president of the Board of the Boulder JCC, and sits on the Jewish Life Committee and the Board of Trustees at Rose Community Foundation and is an alum of the Wexner Heritage Program. And, Josh is a founding member of Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board.

Boulder, CO
Paul Gillis
Denver, Colorado
Bryan Goldstein

Bryan Goldstein has been active in the Denver music scene for the past 10 years, and upon last year’s graduation from the CU Denver Music Business program (upright bass), he set out to be a farmer and Shepard of the earth. “They kept asking me how I am going to eat, being a musician and all” which is the question that we as a society continually have to face. As a current Moishe House Boulder resident, Bryan brings food consciousness, community gardening, and sustainable solutions to the young “professional” Jewish community in Boulder and abroad. While Bryan is still active on the music scene with Hadgaba, a Balkan-style Klezmer band, the honey comes from his employment at Highland Honey where he processes raw, local, real honey to share powerful food and healing herbal blends with the people. Bryan also works at a glass blowing studio teaching classes and creating hand blown custom works, including a series called “Sukkot,” which was all sorts of realistic veggies and “Yadim” consisting of hand washing cups. Through working with various Hazon mini-grant projects and larger Hazon programs, Bryan has been inspired by the mission and is excited to be part of the team.

Denver, CO
Sandra Guidicelli

Sandra Guidicelli was first introduced to Hazon in 2015 when she attended the Hazon Food Conference, which she again attended in 2018. There, she was inspired by other women to pay more attention to food and the environment. She completed a 9-month Permaculture Design Course, which taught her to bring sustainability thinking into her home. She is currently a Bilingual Transitional Housing and Property Manager for a non-profit working with 20 families. She is an active member of Congregation Har HaShem and a life member of the Boulder chapter of Hadassah.

Boulder, CO
Noah Herreid
Noah Herreid grew up in Boulder and has been active in the Jewish community from a young age. After graduation from the University of Colorado – Boulder, Noah began working at CU Boulder Hillel and is currently the Program Director. Working towards living a more sustainable lifestyle is a driving value in Noah’s life and he has spearheaded initiatives at Hillel to implement sustainability at an institutional level. After discovering Hazon, Noah felt a natural fit with its work and sought out more ways to be involved, including attending the 2018 Hazon Food Conference. Noah lives in Lafayette with his girlfriend and their dog and cat and enjoys spending time with his family, many of whom also live in the area. Noah looks forward to diving in deep with Hazon and contributing to the health of this community and our planet as a whole!
Boulder, CO
Susan Kodish

Susan Kodish moved to Boulder from Youngstown, Ohio in 1982 to go to the University of Colorado. Susan and her husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Lucy and Molly, share a love of the outdoors and being in the mountains. They are members of Congregation Har HaShem. Susan has worked as the Coordinator of Volunteers for Eco-cycle and as a Paralegal for The Nature Conservancy. Since 2011 she has worked for African Market Baskets. Her work provided her with the opportunity to visit Ghana, meet many weavers and their families and better understand the connection between weaving, food and community. She served on the District Attorney’s Victim Compensation Board, helping distribute court ordered funds to victims of crime. She also volunteered with Jewish Family Services for four years. She has been a member of the Red Wagon Organic Farm Tuv Ha’aretz CSA for several years. She is excited about combining her interests in sustainable food production and the environment with her inherent Judaism to contribute to Hazon.

Boulder, CO
Brett Robbins

Brett Robbins is passionate about Judaism and the environment. Since graduating from the University of Vermont with a major in Resource Ecology and studying abroad in the rain forest of Australia, he’s become an accomplished entrepreneur with 15 years combined experience in finance, real estate and environmental business sectors. His passion for helping people and the environment has resulted in environmental leadership through professional and personal ventures including solar finance consulting, organizing local community programming as a Board Member for the San Diego Jewish Federation, and being chosen to represent the environmental track in ROI 120; a global Jewish leadership conference in Jerusalem. He’s extremely excited and honored to be part of the Colorado Advisory Board, an opportunity that truly brings his two passions of Judaism and the environment together!

Boulder, CO
Caron Robinson

Caron and her husband moved to Boulder from Dallas in 2017. Caron taught at Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, for ten years. During her time as a middle school math teacher, she created a Chesed program in the middle school, infusing Jewish values while cooking with the students to serve residents in local shelters. Since moving to Boulder, Caron has continued to be a CASA advocate, volunteers at the amazing Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC, cooks and serves breakfast weekly at the Boulder Homeless Shelter, and is the Chesed Committee Chair at her wonderful synagogue, Bonai Shalom. Caron is an avid cook (vegetarian) and loves the ability to be so connected to local produce and seasonal eating in beautiful Boulder. She is excited to be part of the mission of Hazon.

Boulder, CO
Kira Rukin

Kira Rukin grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a small town northwest of Boston. As a young girl of 13, on a business trip with her father, she became curious about food scarcity after seeing a homeless person living on the streets of Washington, D.C. With a degree in Hotel and Food Management from Boston University and a Garden Design degree from London, England, Kira combines her passion for food and the earth by teaching vegan cooking workshops in her home and designing whimsical gardens for clients. She relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 2016 after selling all of their belongings and taking a year-long journey with her children around the U.S., living in a 30’ Airstream. She looks to Judaism to inform some of her life decisions, but enjoys a secular life where hiking, cycling, baking, and exploring create a very rich life!

Boulder, CO
Shari Blake Schnee

Shari Blake Schnee has been involved in the Boulder Jewish Community for almost 20 years and is currently the Specialty Camps Director at the Boulder JCC. Shari first became involved with Hazon through her job, but it immediately became a personal passion after attending a local Hazon Food Festival. It was inspiring for her to see the food and environmental movement through a Jewish lens. Shari and her family are members of Congregation Har HaShem and she is a past member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz CSA Steering Committee. She is a member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA. Shari lives in Louisville with her husband Jonathan and her two teenage children, Jared and Mollie. She is excited to be part of the Advisory Board and to help Hazon create a healthier and more sustainable community in Boulder.

Julie Shaffer

Julie Shaffer is the Executive Director of the Oreg Foundation in Boulder. She has been involved in Colorado’s non-profit world as a professional and lay leader for over 20 years. Julie serves on Hazon’s national Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Encounter and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Colorado. She serves on several committees of the Boulder JCC where she was the honored for her leadership at their annual gala. Julie was a founding board member of the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and was honored by them for her dedication and extraordinary work in the Boulder Jewish Community. Julie and her husband, Bruce, raised their three kids in Boulder.

Boulder, CO
Marc Soloway

Rabbi Marc Soloway has served as the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado since 2004. He has always loved food, perhaps a little too much, and in recent years has thought more deeply about where this food comes from, how it is produced and how all of that fits with deep Jewish obligations and values. Marc has ridden twice in the Hazon-Arava Institute Israel Ride in 2008 and 2010. Marc co-chaired two Hazon Food Conferences on the west coast in 2010 and 2011, he is on the Hazon Steering Team in Colorado as well as the Jewish Life team for the Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit in April 2012. Marc was instrumental in bringing Boulder’s first Jewish CSA through Hazon, which is now a collaboration of five synagogues and the JCC with two weekly drop-off sites. Marc is also a proud member of a Jewish goat and chicken co-op across the street from his synagogue. Marc was very active with the Limmud Conference in the UK, serving as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and he was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008, which has informed his work with Hazon. He was in Ghana as part of the second AJWS Rabbinic Delegation, volunteering with a grantee in the south, as well as a fellow of the Rabbis without Borders program with CLAL. Marc is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Before becoming a rabbi, Marc was an actor, storyteller and massage therapist in his native London and currently is the narrator of a documentary film about the Baal Shem Tov.

Boulder, CO
Helaine Unger

Helaine Unger lives in Boulder with her partner, Jed. Together they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Helaine enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, biking and traveling. She is a retired early childhood special educator and is always looking for interesting activities to participate in. Her youngest daughter works for Hazon in Detroit and inspired her to join the board in Boulder.

Boulder, CO
Michele Weingarden
Michele Weingarden is a Jewish mom out to make the planet a better place for her children. She has been connected to Hazon for several years, previously serving on the Colorado Advisory Board once before. She is honored to have come in second place for her challah during a Hazon Jewish Food Festival! Michele works for JEWISHcolorado in communications and public affairs. She also works in magazine production, currently serving as managing editor for Real Producers Denver. Michele has been involved in environmental activism for decades, working for CALPIRG, the Sierra Club, Save the San Francisco Bay, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as statewide environmental advisor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Denver office. She is newly relocated to the Boulder area with her husband, David, and children, Sabine and Gideon. Returning to the Colorado Advisory Board is a great step back into environmental advocacy!
Boulder, CO
 

Philadelphia Advisory Board

Abby Contract
Lori Dafilou
Sally Eisenberg
Daniella Eskenazi
Marty Feigenbaum
Joy Finkel
Eli Freedman
Mark Kaplan
Laurel Klein
Larry Kagel
Lisa Kagel, Co-Chair
Stuart Kurtz
Amanda Ross
Mark Taylor
Mike Yasner
Val Yasner, Co-Chair
 

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Sally Eisenberg

Recently dubbed the “Queen of Quinoa,” by writer Sally Friedman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sally Eisenberg is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and founder of Nourish Ur Life – a nutrition/healthy lifestyle practice located in Center City Philadelphia. As a multi-media artist, Sally has always been passionate about food and healthy living and integrating nutritional counseling with her artistic vision.

In addition to working with private clients, Sally offers cooking classes out of her home, empowering her attendees to cook healthfully in their OWN kitchens. Her classes bring out the FUN and DELICIOUSNESS in “healthy” while creating community among her participants.

Sally’s involvement with Hazon is a perfect blend of combining her love of Judaism with her passion for sustainable living.

You can also find Nourish Ur Life on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Daniela Eskenazi
Marty Feigenbaum

Marty has been Co-Coordinator for the Hazon CSA of Southern New Jersey since 2008. He conceived the Sukkot Harvest Supper and was on the event planning committee. He also co-chaired the Hazon Lag B’Omer BBQ, and “A Taste of Hazon; A Culinary Celebration of Tu B’Shvat”. Marty’s most recent involvement with Hazon Philadelphia was as an active member of the planning committee for 1st Annual Hazon Philadelphia Food Festival. Marty has been a real estate developer and builder in Cherry Hill, NJ since 1984.

Joy Finkel   Co-Chair

I am a self employed real estate and estate planning attorney practicing in Bucks County Pa for the past 29 years. I am also licensed to practice in New Jersey. I have been married to Marc Finkel for 27 years and have two children, Benjamin age 24 and Molly age 20. I am an active member of Congregation Beth El of Yardley Pa having served as Vice President of the congregation and currently serve on the Board of Directors and the religious activities committee. I am the founder and coordinator of the Min Haaretz Hazon CSA at Beth El which serves over 85 families from the synagogue and the general community. I love travel, reading and organizing.

Lisa Kagel

Lisa’s first introduction to Hazon was the Sukkoth Harvest Supper 4 years ago, where she realized that Hazon, with its commitment to food issues and a unique perspective on Jewish identity, was a unique community she could call her own. Since then, she has participated in numerous Hazon activities and events – co-founding the Center City CSA in partnership with Laurel Klein and Sara Levy, attending the NY Food Conference twice, participating in the Israel Food Tour, and even volunteering on crew for the New York Ride. She loves the learning that prevails at every event, as well as the camaraderie that occurs, among this diverse group of Jews across every denomination and age group.

Professionally, Lisa works for a Digital Strategy Consultancy. In her spare time, when she isn’t involved in Hazon, she loves cooking, traveling, hiking, yoga, movies, and reading.

Mark A. Kaplan

Mark is a pathologist by profession, a sailor, outdoor enthusiast, foodie and chef by avocation.  Mark first connected with Hazon on Israel Ride 05 and since then is an avid cyclist.  He was inspired by Hazon to found the first Philly area Tuv Ha Aretz Hazon CSA at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park in 07, currently in its seventh year. Mark has been instrumental in the CSA s success, leading an annual community Tu B Shvat Seder, Sukkot trips to the farm, and producing many successful educational programs relating to Judaism, food and sustainability for the area community.   As a member of Philly Hazon Advisory Board since its inception, Mark served on the planning committee for the 11 Sukkot Harvest Supper and 13 inaugural Philly Hazon Food Festival.  He is co-chair of the 14 Philly Hazon Environmental Bike Ride.  His is married to Karin Chernoff Kaplan and has two daughters, Molly and Ellie.

Michael Solomonov

A 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” Chef Michael Solomonov is the executive chef at Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800), Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant. Known for his extraordinary skill at transforming simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces, he is widely regarded as one of the city’s top young chefs and entrepreneurs. In addition to his duties at Zahav, of which is he co-owner, Chef Solomonov is a partner in Percy Street Barbecue (900 South Street, 215-625-8510), a Southern inspired barbecue restaurant and bar on South Street that has quickly become known as the best place in Philadelphia for smoked meats, and Federal Donuts (two locations: 1219 South 2nd Street and 1632 Sansom Street) a mostly take-out, donuts-and-fried-chicken shop serving exceptional coffee, cake donuts and fried chicken.

In 2012, Food & Wine magazine named Chef Solomonov among the country’s top “Empire Builders,” admiring his devotion “to reinventing overlooked cuisines.” Chef Solomonov was also the subject of a New York Times feature in 2011 that explored the genesis and continued success of Zahav, which praised his “simple food with layers of flavor.” That same year, Zahav was elevated to a coveted “Four Bells: Superior” rating from the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of only four restaurants citywide to attain that elite status. Both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure named Zahav among the top restaurants in the nation in their May 2009 issues, and Esquire named Zahav among their “Best New Restaurants, 2008.” Zahav has also been featured in Bon Appetit, which selected the restaurant as one of their “Hot 10 Summer Blockbusters.” Philadelphia magazine named Zahav “Best New Restaurant, 2008” in their annual “Best of Philly” issue.

Before opening Zahav, which means “gold” in Hebrew, in 2008, Chef Solomonov was the executive chef at West Philadelphia’s Marigold Kitchen, which he and restaurateur Steven Cook co-owned until 2009. There, he was named “Rising Star Chef, 2007” by Restaurant Hospitality magazine, as well as “Best Chef, 2006” by Philadelphia magazine. Prior to joining Cook at Marigold Kitchen, Chef Solomonov worked under such top chefs as Marc Vetri at Vetri and Terence Feury at Striped Bass. He is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. Born in Israel, he grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and now calls Philadelphia home. He frequently travels back to Israel, including an epic 2008 trip with the entire opening team from Zahav to introduce them to the cuisine they would be preparing and serving.

For more information about Chef Michael Solomonov or any of the restaurants that he co-owns with Steven Cook, please visit www.cooknsolo.com and follow them on Twitter (@cooknsolo).

Michael Yasner

Michael Yasner enjoys participating in all things Hazon. Mike is currently co-chair of the upcoming Philly Hazon bike ride, a Philly Hazon Board member, and a core member of the Hazon CSA of Southern New Jersey. In between Hazon bike rides, food conferences and other events Mike is a Periodontist in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Val Yasner   Co-Chair

Val Yasner practiced Endodontics and taught at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine for 15 years. After severe carpal tunnel Val retired from Endodontics and rediscovered her love of food.

Val’s involvement with Hazon began when she helped bring Hazon CSA of Southern New Jersey to her Cherry Hill community. Over the years Val has participated and taken leadership positions in the full range of Hazon activities including riding and crewing the NY Labor Day Ride, cycling in the California Ride and a portion of the Israel Ride. She has attended multiple Hazon Food Conferences on both coasts as well. Under her leadership Philly Hazon is continuing to expand its role in the community.

Val brings her health care perspective to the world of food and nutrition. She has a passion for cooking, eating, and talking about food while tying all of this to our Jewish heritage and tradition.

Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Hazon Advisory Board

Jonathan Ariel
David Arnow
Martin Kaminer
Rabbi Daniel Lehman
David Lehrer
Aliza Mazor
Rabbi Michael Melchior
Senator Charles Schumer
Dr. Eilon Schwartz
Karen Shapira z”l
Ruth Cummings Lehman
Michal Smart
Dr. Alon Tal
Rabbi Gordon Tucker
 

Rabbinical Council

The Hazon Rabbinical Council (RC) is a mutually beneficial and supportive avenue for Hazon to help religious leaders (rabbis, cantors, rabbinic and cantorial students, and other spiritual leaders of all denominations) who support Hazon’s work and programs within their communities. The RC catalyzes rabbis to use Hazon as a portal for action, helping them be leaders in creating a healthy and sustainable community in the Jewish world and beyond.

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