Hazon staff are located across the United States and are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.
Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein
Adam Segulah Sher
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) | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | 212.908.2517 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Feldman Manages the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program at Hazon Detroit. In her role she provides guidance and support to advance sustainability related education, action, and advocacy in Jewish institutions throughout the Metro Detroit community. Prior to joining Hazon she worked as an Outdoor Educator for many years where she helped participants foster deep connections and respect for nature through engaging hands on programming. As a Metro Detroit native Brittany is able to support many of the Jewish institutions she grew up attending. She is continuously inspired by her community’s willingness to learn and adapt in this changing climate and finds her work through the Hazon Seal incredibly impactful and rewarding.Detroit, MI | 248.752.4294 | email@example.com
Hannah engages the Detroit and Metro Detroit community in conversation, education, action, and advocacy as it relates to climate justice. She 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 deep sense of community, especially as it relates to food and environmental justice. Hannah attended Wayne State University where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. When not getting her hands dirty she can be found exploring, cooking, or planning her next trip.Detroit, MI | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 | email@example.com
Hannah is the Director of National Programs, managing programmatic content and outreach across the organization including a variety of field building and climate-related initiatives including JOFEE gatherings, the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, and ongoing efforts to catalyze our community-centered response to a global climate crisis. Hannah has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has previously held positions in fundraising, event management, and community organizing. Additionally, Hannah has worked as an outdoor educator, wilderness guide, and experiential youth educator across the United States. She earned her Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies at Gratz College as a Legacy Heritage Fellow and holds a Bachelors’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies from North Carolina State University. Hannah is a certified yoga teacher, 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa oversees the Marketing & Communications team at Hazon. She 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 40 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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin is Hazon’s Seal of Sustainability Coordinator for the Greater Chicago region. She guides organizations through the Seal process, helping them identify and achieve their sustainability goals. Prior to this role, she represented Fortune 100 companies, feisty start-ups, and underserved communities as an attorney in New Orleans. Erin earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics, and earned her J.D. from Tulane University, where she was a Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review. Recreationally, she enjoys cooking, gardening, vermicomposting, coordinating local environmental initiatives, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and crazy dog.Chicago, IL | email@example.com
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 is Hazon’s Director of Food & Climate. Prior to that, she was Hazon’s Director of Boulder for nearly 9 years. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. She is passionate about Hazon’s mission and brings to her work her experience in project management, volunteer coordinating, programming, advocacy, fundraising, communications, and nonprofit 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. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and camping in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, knitting, and volunteering to make the world a better place.Boulder, CO | 303.886.5865 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Pilavin is the Special Events Coordinator. She joins Hazon after spending the past 8 years working at UJA-Federation of New York in their Fundraising and Marketing departments. She graduated from Queens College with a major in Sociology, and a minor in Student Services and Counseling. Sara enjoys hiking, the beach, extremely dark (and fair trade) chocolate, and owns every John Grisham novel. She is over the moon about working at Hazon – blending her love and passion for Judaism, sustainability, and connection.New York, NY | 212.908.2520 | email@example.com
David Rendsburg is the Budget Director 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
Liana Rothman lives and works at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center as the National Programs Coordinator for Hazon. Liana focuses on the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program and JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education) field-building initiatives. Liana was an Adamah Fellow, Teva Educator, and JOFEE Fellow before beginning this position. Liana loves to go on hikes, spend long hours on porches with friends, and is committed to building a more just and loving society.Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x305 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Simone Stallman is the Director of Retreats 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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah is the Information Systems 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 | email@example.com