Hazon staff are located across the United States and are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Click here for contact information by region and department.


Aharon Ariel Lavi   Director of Hakhel

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of Hakhel: The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora. Lavi is a professional community organizer and serial social entrepreneur who believes that networks are key to shaping our reality. Lavi is co-founder of Garin Shuva on the Gaza border; the Nettiot Intentional Communities Network, reengaging Haredi Ba’aley Teshuva into society; And MAKOM: the national umbrella organization of intentional communities in Israel. Lavi lives with is wife Liat, their four children, and a dog in the Negev and when he doesn’t work or study Torah he likes riding his bikes in the open fields of the Negev, and desperately trying to learn to play the flute, a guitar or anything that makes music.

Shuva, Israel | 718.305.7075 (US) | 972.50.473.4513 (Israel) | lavi@hazon.org
Arielle Aronoff   Teva Lead Educator and Camp Teva Manager
In her role, Arielle manages the children’s programming during retreats at Isabella Freedman. She supports and trains seasonal Teva educators and leads immersive, experiential education programs for youth and adults alike in the forests and fields of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Before coming to Hazon, Arielle worked as a baker, outdoor educator, farmer, healthy school food advocate, and youth job training mentor. Arielle is a current participant in the Kohenet Priestess Training Institute, and an alumna of Kibbutz Lotan: Center for Creative Ecology.
Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x401 | arielle.aronoff@hazon.org
Judith Belasco   Executive Vice President

Judith Belasco is the Executive Vice President at Hazon. In this role, she serves as the Chief Program Officer and oversees the growth and development of Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) through transformative experiences, thought-leadership, and capacity-building. She strengthens program delivery and operations across all of Hazon’s programs, and manages development, marketing and communications. She brings to the role extensive experience with staff development and training, new program expansion, and evaluation-based program improvements. Prior to joining Hazon in 2007, Judith was the Program Coordinator at Linking Food & the Environment (LiFE) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a Program Associate at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Judith is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University and holds a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies from Vassar College. Judith lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY with her husband and two children.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x308 | judith.belasco@hazon.org
Catherine Bell   Managing Director of National Programs

As the Managing Director of National Programs, Catherine Bell oversees Hazon’s programs for developing leadership and building the field of Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education (JOFEE). She manages the incredible team that leads Hazon’s work with rabbis, the JOFEE Fellowship and JOFEE Network Gathering, the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, and Hazon’s work in Detroit. She brings to this role two decades of experience organizing, educating, and driving programmatic growth in a Jewish social justice context. Prior to joining Hazon, she was the Chief Program Officer at Keshet, and before that served as the Director of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice. Catherine holds a BA from Amherst College and an MA in Sociology of Education from New York University. She lives in Dorchester, MA with her spouse and two young children.

Dorchester, MA | 212.644.2332 x306 | catherine.bell@hazon.org
Jess Berlin   Director of Retreats
As the Director of Retreats at Isabella Freedman, Jess Berlin leads the talented Retreats team who produce and host over 70 events each year.  Jess is a strong believer in the power of multi-day immersive experiences as a tool for creating long-lasting positive change in a person’s life.  She has a lifelong passion for Judaism and spirituality, having spent four years studying and teaching in Israel as well several months studying meditation in India. After graduating from Queens College, with a degree in Urban Planning, she served as a key administrator at American Jewish World Service and AVODAH and a farm educator at Eden Village Camp. Jess enjoys being part of two meditation communities, practicing and teaching visualization techniques, rockhounding, and caring for her cast iron cookware.
Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x305 | jessica.berlin@hazon.org
Samantha Biamonte   Guest Services Specialist

Samantha Biamonte is the Guest Services Specialist at Isabella Freedman, where she supports both IF Staff and Guests. Sam obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2018; she worked in the college system in Florida for over 5 years before returning to her roots in Connecticut. Sam feels lucky to be in an environment where she can get more involved in the Jewish community and be surrounded by nature. You will always find Sam with a smile on her face and a camera in her hand.

Falls Village, CT | samantha.biamonte@hazon.org
Rebecca Bloomfield   Director of Adamah

As the Director of Adamah, Rebecca recruits, teaches, and mentors Adamah fellows. Since being an Adamah fellow herself in the Fall of 2005, Rebecca has taught at The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, managed the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University, and operated her own small farm business, Bloomfield Farm, in Ottawa, Canada.  Her values of good food, strong community, and the connection to something-greater has brought her back to Adamah. She loves yoga, coffee shops, walking in the woods, and any time spent at her family cottage in Temagami, Ontario.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x306 | rebecca.bloomfield@hazon.org
Merav Cohen   Manager, Hazon Seal of Sustainability

Merav Cohen manages the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program and in this role she supports organizations and congregations in their efforts to adopt more sustainable practices. Prior to coming to NY, Merav lived in Beijing and worked with an EU aid program to help the Chinese government improve its environmental governance and prior to that, Merav practiced corporate law at a leading Israeli law firm, focusing on infrastructure and energy projects. Merav holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and specialized in international law at Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Merav also holds a Master’s of Public Administration specializing in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is an avid traveler, a tree-hugger, passionate about all things culture, nature and science. In her free time she enjoys Israeli Folk Dancing, hiking, opera and classical music.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x352 | merav.cohen@hazon.org
Mike Davino   Managing Director, Facilities

Mike is the Director of Campus Operations at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. In the past he’s been an emergency services dispatch supervisor, paramedic, and carpenter. Mike likes the challenges of organizing, scheduling, communicating, and meeting. Mike also enjoys the many varied and great people he’s met through his work with Hazon. His hobbies include backpacking, fly-fishing, biking, traveling, reading, eating chocolate, cooking and bursting out in spontaneous song.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x106 | mike.davino@hazon.org
Nate DeGroot   Hazon Detroit Associate Director, Spiritual & Program Director

Rabbi Nate DeGroot is the Hazon Detroit Associate Director and Spiritual & Program Director. In this role, he is helping the Detroit Metro Jewish community to reconnect with their own inherited earth-based Jewish spirituality and reinvest in their historic relationship with the Detroit community around its transformative environmental justice work. He was ordained at Hebrew College in Boston, where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. He most recently served as the inaugural Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR in Los Angeles, and before that founded a grassroots cooperative Jewish community in Portland, Oregon. He is a lover of the wild and is excited to bring his passion for all things sacred to his work at Hazon.

Detroit, MI | nate.degroot@hazon.org
Morgan Dorsch   Associate Director of Development

Morgan serves as Hazon’s Associate Director of Development in the New York office, supporting both foundation and individual fundraising. Prior to joining Hazon she was a Program Associate at a private foundation. Morgan earned her bachelor’s degrees from List College, the joint program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, receiving a B.S. in Environmental Biology at Columbia University, and a B.A. in Bible at JTS. She can often be found in one of New York City’s many parks.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x307 | morgan.dorsch@hazon.org
Rebecca Eisen   Human Resources Manager

Rebecca Eisen is the Human Resources Manager. She works with and for the employees, dealing with training, benefits, and ensuring all policies and procedures are followed. Rebecca has worked in the financial, retail, health, and start up industries. The bulk of her HR experience comes from IKEA Long Island where she was responsible for training and development of all employees. She received her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from NYIT where she was the Vice President for the SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) student chapter. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego. Rebecca lives in Queens with her husband and plays both indoor and outdoor volleyball.

New York, NY | 212.908.2511 | rebecca.eisen@hazon.org
Hannah Elovitz   Digital Marketing Strategist

Hannah is Hazon’s digital marketing strategist, responsible for managing and utilizing digital platforms to help increase revenue and brand awareness. Previously, she worked in communications for Hillel International in Washington, DC for three years. She spent a year of study each at Yeshivat Hadar and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Originally from Olney, MD, Hannah earned her B.S. at the University of Maryland, where she studied marketing and religious studies.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x328 | hannah.elovitz@hazon.org
Brittany Feldman   Manager, Sustainability and Outdoor Engagement

Brittany Feldman is the Program Coordinator for Environmental and Outdoor Engagement at Hazon Detroit. She attended Central Michigan University where she studied Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration. Prior to joining Hazon, she worked as an Outdoor Educator for Tamarack Camps and a Program Coordinator at the Farmington Hills Nature Center. Her background includes leading educational programs in teambuilding, adventure courses and environmental wilderness classes. In her spare time Brittany enjoys hiking, tie-dyeing, and watching the Food Network.

Detroit, MI | 248.752.4294 | brittany.feldman@hazon.org
Hannah Fine   Program Coordinator for Food and Environmental Justice, Hazon Detroit

Hannah previously worked in environmental consulting and has lived and worked on organic farms across North and South America. A transplant to Detroit from the metropolitan area, Hannah has fallen in love with the city’s urban agriculture scene and when not getting her hands dirty she can be found exploring, talking to strangers, or planning her next trip. Hannah attended Wayne State University where she studied biochemistry and chemical biology with a focus in environmental science.

Detroit, MI | hannah.fine@hazon.org
Colleen Granahan   Special Events Manager
Colleen joins Hazon as Special Events Manager at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center with an extensive background in wedding planning and curating experiences for diverse clientele at Gedney Farm in the Berkshires. She is excited to be a member of the Hazon community and participate in practices of sustainability, giving, and spirituality. She graduated from Hamilton College in 2008 and went on to pursue her master’s education at New York University in Human Rights and Child Advocacy. Recreationally, she enjoys organic gardening, creating healthy meals, practicing calligraphy and exploring with her two dogs, Odie & Sal. She looks forward to being a positive influence on your journey here at Isabella Freedman.
Falls Village, CT | 860.453.3964 | colleen.granahan@hazon.org
Wren Hack   Hazon Detroit Director

Wren is passionate about the outdoors and living sustainably. She grew up on a small animal farm in Southeastern Massachusetts where chickens and turkeys roamed free, and the woods, lakes, and cranberry bogs were her first playgrounds. She learned to organic farm between the pine trees and has continued the practice for over 30 years. Hence, coming to Hazon completes a life circle. She sharpened her horticultural instincts while managing greenhouses, and her love of natural healing was fostered in the health food industry and honed while raising her children, Maggie and Aaron. Education was a natural next step for Wren; she spent the next chapter of her life working in Waldorf and Jewish experiential education. Thus began her Jewish professional journey: she progressed from teacher to Director of Education at a Reform/Renewal synagogue to Director of the Berman Center for Jewish Education at a Conservative Synagogue to Senior Director of Adult Jewish Engagement at the Jewish Community Center.
Having recently completed building an eco-friendly house in Milford, you can find her in her off time protectively watching over her bees and seedling trees as she learns the ways of her land and her tractor. She is beyond excited to be working at Hazon – blending her love for Judaism, her talent for active community collaboration, and her passion for living sustainably.

Detroit, MI | 248.535.7110 | wren.hack@hazon.org
Amy Hannes   Managing Director of Operations

Amy Hannes is the Managing Director of Operations at Hazon. In this role, she oversees human resources, marketing and communications, information technology, and legal matters. Prior to joining Hazon via the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in 2006, Amy worked as an attorney at WilmerHale, a mediator with the Boston Law Collaborative, and a personal chef in the Greater Boston area. She began her career as a Jewish non-profit professional at the Jewish Community Relations Council in Boston in 1995. She spent several years working in the legal and non-profit sectors in Israel, where she also facilitated dialogue among Israeli and Palestinian women as part of a Dorot Fellowship. Amy received a law degree from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University. Working at Hazon serves as a wonderful intersection for Amy’s JOFEE experience as a personal chef, a recreational triathlete, and a former rabbinic student. Amy lives in New Paltz, NY with her daughter.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x310 | amy.hannes@hazon.org
Hannah Henza   JOFEE Program Manager

Hannah works to collaboratively build the JOFEE filed, specifically leading and directing the JOFEE Network Gathering, the JOFEE Leaders Institute, and supporting the JOFEE Fellowship. Previously Hannah has worked in non-profit event management, fundraising, and outdoor education for a variety of different organizations across the United States. Hannah was a Legacy Heritage Fellow at Gratz College where she earned an M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies from North Carolina State University and is a certified Yoga teacher. She is an avid outdoors-woman and proudly shares her home – a self-built tiny house on wheels – with her husband, dog, and cat.

New York, NY | (212) 908-2516 | hannah.henza@hazon.org
Dahlia Herzog   Post-Harvest Specialist, Adamah

Dahlia came to Adamah as an apprentice after participating in the 2018 summer fellowship.  She’s worked in interfaith relations and studied Judaism/religion in both Jewish settings and academically.  Dahlia’s excited to be back on the east coast farming, pickling, jamming, and learning all other sorts of food growing and preserving at Isabella Freedman.

Falls Village, CT | dahlia.herzog@hazon.org
Chaya Itzkowitz   Retreat Coordinator

Chaya grew up in Elizabeth, NJ as the oldest of 8 children. Homeschooled as a child, she was provided with the opportunity to be a part of and learn from many different types of communities. She appreciates the diversity and authenticity of Jewish spaces that are different from her own because that is where she learns the most about herself and those around her and this reflects itself in all of the work that Chaya does. She has been teaching in Jewish education for 10 years and she has been involved in event and program coordination with Jewish non-profit organizations for 5 years, including JDC Entwine and The Beis Community. Chaya is passionate about creating meaningful and comfortable spaces for people to explore and connect to their Judaism.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x307 | chaya.itzkowitz@hazon.org
Lisa Kaplan   Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Lisa joined the Hazon staff after many years of involvement as an intern, freelance graphic designer, and member of the NY Ride & Retreat planning team. To say Hazon has had a huge impact on her life is an understatement. Lisa is an experienced cyclist and composts her food scraps weekly – two things she could never have imagined doing before learning of Hazon’s work. Lisa is an avid traveler and has been to more than 35 countries. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, where she co-founded the University’s chapter of Challah for Hunger.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x331 | lisa.kaplan@hazon.org
Jessie Karsif   Associate Director of Cycling Events and Engagement

Jessie Karsif is the Associate Director of Cycling Events at Hazon. Her resume
is a mix of fundraising, database management, managing summer camps, and
organizing programs (like bike rides!). Originally from New Haven, she knows
empirically that her home city has the best pizza. Jessie lives in Brooklyn with her
husband, Eli, and their cats Dot and Zelda.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x324 | jessie.karsif@hazon.org
Chaya Klein   Lead Mashgicha

Chaya Klein is a Mashgicha at Isabella Freedman. She joined Hazon after serving as the co-director of Chabad of Evanston, Illinois, servicing Northwestern University and the surrounding community. She taught adult education classes and was an early childhood educator for 21 years. She subsequently got her licensure in massage therapy, specializing in oncology massage. When she is not at Isabella Freedman she enjoys spending time with her three children who reside in New York and Israel, as well as her extended family on the East Coast and in St. Louis.

Falls Village, CT | chaya.klein@hazon.org
Miriam Leichtling   Director of Cycling Events and Engagement

Miriam Leichtling crafts and executes the organization’s largest fundraisers which include the New York Ride and Retreat, The Israel Ride, and a host of supporting programs throughout the year. Previously, Miriam was the lead programmatic director at Manhattan Jewish Experience. She has degrees in linguistics, language development, and gemology. A huge fan of creativity and entrepreneurship, Miriam‘s background includes running her own jewelry company, five years of program development in the Jewish non-profit world, and eight years of marketing/business development on the Israeli start-up scene. Miriam enjoys hosting Shabbat dinners, traveling, hiking, reading, knitting, yoga, cycling, and cranking out burpees at her Crossfit box.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x361 | miriam.leichtling@hazon.org
Ariel Marantz   Associate, Hazon Seal of Sustainability

Ariel Marantz is an Associate for the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program. A 2017 Binghamton University graduate, Ariel studied Applied Behavior Analysis, Health & Wellness, and Education as an undergraduate, and performed nutrition and psychology research. Since college, Ariel has worked as a teacher at a private elementary school where she spearheaded and oversees a composting and recycling program. With her passion for sustainability, Ariel often gives presentations to students about the environment and volunteers in her town with respect to sustainability initiatives for various institutions. Ariel is grateful for the opportunity to be a catalyst for further sustainable program implementation through her work at Hazon.

New York, NY | ariel.marantz@hazon.org
Tonia Moody   Housekeeping Manager

Tonia joined Isabella Freedman more than 20 years ago, and has worked in a variety of capacities including porter, dishwasher, prep cook, dining hall manager and now leads the housekeeping team. Tonia has enjoyed her travel through the United States during her younger years. Tonia never turns down an opportunity to relax, and on special occasions, she’ll sit with her favorite snack Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Falls Village, CT
Becky O'Brien   Director, Boulder

Becky O’Brien is Hazon’s Director for Boulder, Colorado. She has worked for a variety of social justice causes in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years. She has a background in volunteer coordinating, programming, political advocacy, fundraising, communications, and non-profit administration. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude from both. She enjoys her family, hiking and camping in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, gardening, knitting, and applying the principles of Voluntary Simplicity to her life.

Boulder, CO | 303.886.5865 | becky.o'brien@hazon.org
Karen Pettinelli   Teva Director

Karen Pettinelli leads youth and adults in experiential ecological education in farm and wilderness settings. She has most recently held roles as Director at Two Coyotes Wilderness School in southern CT, Lead Mentor at Wild Earth in High Falls NY, and prior to that, also managed Holcomb Farm in Granby, CT and The Food Project Farm in Lincoln, MA. Karen has a diverse Jewish educational background including Ulpan Etzion and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Kohenet, and Bi-Cultural Day School as a child. In her role as Teva Director, Karen looks forward to crafting programming that weaves ancestry and nature connection together for the purpose of building a thriving and engaged Jewish community.  

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x401 | karen.pettinelli@hazon.org
David Rendsburg   Director of Data and Analytics

David Rendsburg is the Director of Data and Analytics at Hazon, supporting all departments with number-crunching. David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a degree in Jewish Studies, and spent time learning in Israel as well. David cycles about 1000 miles each summer, commutes to work regularly by bike, and has participated in every Hazon bike ride since 2005.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x302 | david.rendsburg@hazon.org
Yosef Resnick   Mashgiach

Rabbi Yosef Resnick is a Mashgiach for Hazon who takes great care and pride in his role of helping the guests at Isabella Freedman partake in kosher food. Outside of his work at Hazon, he works as a certified holistic health practitioner, a trained Torah scribe, a teacher of Torah to both adults and children, and a musician, whose work has been featured on the radio, in clubs, and in the Isabella Freedman dining room! He has a master’s in Education, as well as Rabbinical ordination, and two bachelor’s degrees in audio engineering and religious studies. Rabbi Resnick enjoys meditation, reading, and playing guitar.

Falls Village, CT | yosef.resnick@hazon.org
Isaiah Rothstein   Rabbi-in-residence

Isaiah serves as the Rabbi-in-residence for Hazon. Growing up in a multi-racial Chabad family in Monsey, NY, Isaiah sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community. Isaiah went to Yeshiva University for rabbinical school and to receive his Master of Social Work. During his spare time, Isaiah is a Jewish Engagement and Diversity Consultant with his organization, the Union Street Sanctuary, and plays music with his band Zayah. Isaiah currently lives in Harlem, NY.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x319 | isaiah.rothstein@hazon.org
Shamu Sadeh   Managing Director of Education, Isabella Freedman

Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh is the Managing Director of Education at Isabella Freedman. He is the co-founder and former director of Adamah, and prior to that he worked as the Director of Teva, and now he leads our efforts to educate all Isabella Freedman guests. He teaches Judaism and ecology, turns the compost piles, maintains the orchards, and supervises and mentors staff and Adamah Fellows. His wife Jaimie and kids Yonah, Ibby, and Lev help harvest and pickle, and DJ staff dance parties.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x300 | shamu.sadeh@hazon.org
Sue Salinger   Director, Denver Region

Sue Salinger creates the direction of and manages Hazon’s program in Denver. She leads Ekar Farm and brings Hazon’s strength in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education to Ekar’s goal of addressing the root causes of hunger through sustainable ag-based initiatives. She partners to build capacity within existing Jewish institutions in JOFEE, and creates new programs and experiences that bring people together across difference around health and sustainability. Sue was most recently Managing Director for the startup of Hazon in Detroit. Sue was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, Michigan, and Director of Education at Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, an MA in Communications and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. While at Naropa, Sue was a teaching assistant to Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, zt”l. She’s a Master Gardener.

Denver, CO | 720.434.0470 | sue.salinger@hazon.org
Nigel Savage   President & CEO

Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000.
We have grown steadily each year since then. Today we have a wide range of programs, all focused on turning Jewish life outwards to create a more sustainable world for all – and strengthening Jewish life in the process in vital and innovative ways.

Hazon is one of only two groups to have been recognized in every single Slingshot guide. We have been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations.

In 2015 Nigel was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award, and has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011), at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014) and at Spertus (in Chicago, in 2018).

Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu.

Nigel executive produced the British independent movies Solitaire For 2 and Stiff Upper Lips and had an acclaimed cameo appearance in the cult Anglo-Jewish comic movie, Leon The Pig Farmer. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.

New York, NY | 212.908.2503 | nigel@hazon.org
Marla Schloss   Detroit Food Festival Manager
Marla Schloss is the Detroit Food Festival Manager. Working with Hazon gives Marla the opportunity to combine her commitment to the Jewish community with her desire to create healthy, sustainable, and green living practices. Marla became aware of Hazon when she, her husband, and her daughter, all Jewish educators, were part of a JOFEE certification program offered through the Jewish Federation and led by the Hazon staff in Detroit.
Prior to her current position, Marla was an art teacher for 30 years in the Detroit public school system. She was recognized for having the largest student involvement in the Detroit Institute of Arts Student Exhibition. Marla is a native Detroiter who enjoys spending time with her family and pets, creating art, attending Broadway shows, movies, shopping, and then resting on Shabbat.
Detroit, MI | marla.schloss@hazon.org
Leah Schwartz   Development Associate

Leah Schwartz is a Development Associate for Hazon. Her first interaction with
Hazon was at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center as a sixth grader participating in Teva. Leah studied at the University of Rochester and received a BA in Anthropology and English. Following graduation, she completed a year of service through AmeriCorps VISTA with a local land trust in Rochester and later worked for the Jewish Labor Committee in Manhattan. Leah is a film enthusiast and enjoys visiting public markets and parks in her spare time.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x326 | leah.schwartz@hazon.org
Adam Segulah Sher   General Manager, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

Adam serves as the General Manager of Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. Adam leads the fantastic Isabella Freedman team, who produce and host over 70 events each year including pilgrimage holidays, conferences, spiritual retreats, family celebrations, and synagogue retreats. He enjoys classic reggae and soul music, mystical poetry, disc golf, and purple things. He lives in Falls Village with his sons Eli and Noah, and wife Megan – whom he met at Isabella Freedman in 2007 when she staffed the Adamah Farm & Fellowship.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x203 | adam.sher@hazon.org
Cole Siegel   Lead Field Apprentice

Cole is excited to be continuing their work as an Adamah Apprentice for a second season and to be a 2019-2020 JOFEE Fellow. Cole was an Adamah fellow in the Fall of 2017, and developed a passion for farming, pickling, and the Adamah program. Cole is from Chatham, NY and graduated from Brandeis University. Post-college, they have worked in Boston in the Jewish non-profit sector, as a union organizer, and in the service industry. Cole loves vegetables, green-houses and Sauerkraut.

Falls Village, CT | cole.siegel@hazon.org
Janna Siller   Adamah Farm Director

Janna leads the Adamah crew in growing organic vegetables for CSA distribution, value-added production, Isabella Freedman food service, and donations, while maintaining the fields as resonant learning space for fellows and visitors. She teaches classes on practical farming and gardening skills as well as classes that explore the big picture systems, policies and issues that shape what we eat and how it is grown. Janna lives in Falls Village with her daughter Tzuf and their cats.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x303 | janna.siller@hazon.org
Yoshi Silverstein   Director of JOFEE Fellowship
Yoshi Silverstein is Director of the JOFEE Fellowship, Hazon’s flagship training and certification program for Jewish outdoor, food, farming & environmental education professionals. A landscape designer, writer, and educator with over fourteen years of experience in JOFEE and related fields, Yoshi holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in European Cultural Studies and Near Eastern/Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is a proud alumnus of the Dorot Fellowship, the Selah leadership program (Cohort 14 – Jewish Leaders of Color), and the PresenTense NYC Fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs. Yoshi really likes Fellowships. He has also worked as Education Director at the Pearlstone Center (back when it was still Kayam Farm) and has taught throughout the US and Israel, including several seasons as a Teva educator and stints at Camp Wise in Cleveland and Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, WA. Originally from Spokane, WA, Yoshi has resided in roughly thirteen different places since his eighteenth birthday – including the Olympic Mountains, central and northern Idaho Rockies, Berkshire Mountains, and the Arava Valley – and now lives in the Bushwick Plains of Northern Brooklyn with his wife Abby and their pup, Norman Jellybean.


New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x356 | yoshi.silverstein@hazon.org
Neshama Sonnenschein   Teva Education Coordinator

Neshama Sonnenschein is the Teva Education Coordinator. In this role, she is excited to support students and educators and develop curriculum for experiential learning. She originally came to Teva as a student in 2003 and returned as an educator. Before coming to Isabella Freedman, Neshama worked in the outdoor education departments of a few summer camps and attended Muhlenberg College, where she graduated with a major in Environmental Science. In her free time she likes to rock climb, dance, crochet, and make collages.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x400 | neshama.sonnenschein@hazon.org
Simone Stallman   Director of Retreat Sales and Outreach

Simone Stallman is the Retreat Sales & Outreach Manager at Isabella Freedman. She comes to Hazon with extensive experience in hospitality management and event planning. A native New Yorker, Simone moved upstate to the Catskills five years ago. She studied fashion and art at Syracuse University and enjoys going to see live music, snowboarding, and cooking. She is excited to be a part of the Isabella Freedman family.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x101 | simone.stallman@hazon.org
Vlastik Valasek   Senior Event Coordinator

Vlastik Valasek is the Senior Event Coordinator at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. In his native Czech Republic, Vlastik was a social worker, motivated by his love for and interest in people. He completed the Multinational Leadership Training Program twice – once he focused on Education, Social Services, Management, Customer Service, and Counseling, and the second time he focused on Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance. Vlastik is responsible for many of the organizational aspects of our organizational retreats and family simchas, working closely on logistics with families and group leaders to ensure that Isabella Freedman provides the best food, programming, and services possible. Vlastik likes traveling, modern art, music, literature, and good coffee.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x104 | vlastik.valasek@hazon.org
Michael Vilarello   Director of Development

Michael joins Hazon from UJA-Federation of New York, where he most recently served as the first director of the organization’s Brownstone Brooklyn office, focusing on hyperlocal planning and organizing. Prior to that, Michael worked in development for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and UJA-Federation’s Capital Gifts and Special Initiatives team as well as their Lawyers Division. He began his career in the Jewish nonprofit sector working in anti-bias education at the Anti-Defamation League. He graduated from Middlebury College, majoring in Political Science and Economics while also serving as president of its Hillel, where he established a still-ongoing alternative break program. He is originally from Miami, Florida, but now resides in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids, and big red dog. He is happiest while walking or biking around Brooklyn or hiking any place he can find a trail.

New York, New York | 212.644.2332 x304 | michael.vilarello@hazon.org
Jeff Wallace   Director of Finance and Accounting

Jeff Wallace is the Director of Finance and Accounting at Hazon. Prior to joining Hazon Jeff was the controller for the New York City Ballet. His background also includes working at Deloitte and CBS Television Network. Jeff graduated with an accounting degree from SUNY Albany and an MBA in Finance from Fordham. He is a licensed certified public accountant in New York and is the Treasurer for Limmud NY.

Jeff lives in Westchester with his wife Marla Alt and his two teenage sons.

New York, NY | 212.908.2521 | jeff.wallace@hazon.org
Eliezer Weinbach   Retreat Coordinator

Eliezer Weinbach is the Retreat Coordinator at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Prior to joining Hazon, he worked as a Research Associate for Haskins Laboratories, a research institution affiliated with Yale University. He attended Yeshiva University where he studied Psychology. In his spare time Eli enjoys reading, listening to music, and adventuring.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x114 | eliezer.weinbach@hazon.org
Rachel Wetter   Development Associate

Rachel Wetter supports the fundraising efforts of Hazon as a Development Associate. She holds degrees in History and Jewish Studies from Rutgers University, and comes to Hazon with a background in (and passion for) experiential education and community building. Prior to joining Hazon, Rachel taught with a number of museums and Jewish education programs in New York City. She loves learning Jewish texts, a good walk in a forest or down crowded city streets, and is an avid contra dancer.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x353 | rachel.wetter@hazon.org
Noah Wolf-Prusan   Barnyard and Farming Apprentice, Adamah

Noah Wolf-Prusan is the Barnyard and Farming Apprentice for Adamah. He grew up in San Francisco, CA and spent his childhood summers playing among many different Jewish camp communities on the West Coast. He has a undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, and has spent time as a kayak guide, camp counselor, development associate, and federal consultant. His love of goats, farming, and food brought him back to Adamah where he is excited to be working as an Apprentice.  

Falls Village, CT | noah.wolf@hazon.org
Sarah Wolk   Operations Manager

Sarah is the Operations Manager for Hazon. She derives great pleasure from implementing, maintaining, and tidying systems of all sorts and sizes. Before coming to Hazon, Sarah worked in various Jewish nonprofits, followed by an AmeriCorps service spent with the New York Restoration Project, working in community gardens in the Bronx. Sarah enjoys learning of all kinds, especially Torah, which she focused on for two years as a Fellow at Mechon Hadar, while in the summers she learned Yiddish at Yiddish Farm. Sarah has some of the best coworkers around and is grateful to work for an organization that shares so many of her values.

New York, NY | 212.908.2500 | sarah.wolk@hazon.org