Hazon is in discussions to merge with Pearlstone. This staff list will be updated as the merger is effectuated, in 2022.

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.

Nellie A.V. Chaban   Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

As Hazon’s Assistant Director of Foundation Relations, Nellie secures funding to support the organization’s impactful programs and initiatives. She joins Hazon with 15 years of experience in the cultural sector as a program director, fundraiser, educator, and partnership builder. Nellie has completed coursework in civic ecology through Cornell University, and holds a master’s degree in elementary special education from Brooklyn College, along with bachelor’s degrees in theatre and broadcast journalism with a French minor from Pennsylvania State University. Nellie loves to dig for worms in her urban garden, travel the world, cook, dance, and make art, all with her husband and girl-boy twins, and serves as the president of the board of their nature-based, cooperative preschool.

Jersey City, NJ | 212.908.2519 | nellie.chaban@hazon.org
Aharon Ariel Lavi   Director of Hakhel

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of Hakhel: The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora, at Hazon.

Lavi is a serial social entrepreneur and a professional community organizer, who believes that networks are key to shaping our reality. He founded his community in Shuva in Israel, the Nettiot network and was also Co-founder of MAKOM: the national umbrella organization of intentional communities in Israel.

In 2020, Hakhel was awarded the Jerusalem Unity Prize, by the President of Israel.

Lavi is also a thinker who believes Judaism can inspire and inform all walks of life, and vice versa. He holds Rabbinic Semicha, as well as academic degrees in Economics, Geography and History and Philosophy of ideas. He writes his dissertation on migration of ideas between US Jewry and the Israeli society. He was a fellow in several research institutions in Israel and wrote extensively on Judaism and economics, environmentalism and other issues.

Lavi lives with his wife, Liat, and their five children in Shuva, and in his spare time he is also a professional mountain biking racer and trainer. His recent book, Seven, deals with Shmita inspired economic, social and environmental ideas.

Shuva, Israel | 718.305.7075 (US) | 972.50.473.4513 (Israel) | lavi@hazon.org
Adam Berman   Chief Strategy Advisor

Adam Berman founded Urban Adamah, a Jewish community farm and environmental education center in Berkeley, CA, and served as its first Executive Director from 2010 – 2019. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center (2002 – 2009), where he also founded and served as the first director of the Adamah Fellowship.  From 1996 – 1999, he served as an educator at the Teva Learning Center and subsequently became its Director. Adam currently runs a non-profit consulting practice, leveraging his experience in the JOFEE world to support other organizations seeking to maximize their impact. His focus areas include organizational development and culture, pedagogy, greening of physical infrastructure, Jewish Environmental education, fundraising and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). He’s delighted to serve in a part-time role as Hazon’s Chief Strategy Officer. He has an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Environmental Policy and an MBA from the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife Deena Aranoff and two children, Shira and Maya.  

Berkeley, CA | adam.berman@hazon.org
Aliza Blumenfeld   Development Associate

As the Development Associate for Hazon, Aliza supports the goals of the Development Department, primarily focusing on managing and supporting the work within the database, grant proposals, and reports. Prior to joining Hazon, Aliza worked in development for the Mid-Atlantic Executive Director at the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and the National Director of Development for the Israeli-American Council. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Aliza immigrated to Israel after college and lived there for 10 years. She now lives in the metro DC area with her incredible husband and three amazing boys and when she’s not working, Aliza loves spending time with her family and enjoying all that the DMV has to offer, especially the museums, monuments, and outdoor excursions.

Silver Spring, MD | 212.908.2501 | aliza.blumenfeld@hazon.org
Abby Bresler   Jewish Youth Climate Movement Manager

Abby Bresler is the Jewish Youth Climate Movement Manager. She has a background in youth climate justice organizing and helping movements center equity and inclusion. She co-founded and co-coordinated Sunrise Movement’s National Disability and Accessibility Volunteer Team, as well as the Dartmouth College Sunrise hub and a campus accessibility group called Access Dartmouth. Abby is a graduate of Dartmouth College and an alum of JOIN for Justice’s Access to Power Fellowship and the Jewish Education Project’s GENERATE Fellowship. In her free time, Abby enjoys cooking, writing poetry, singing, and spending time outdoors.

Chicago, IL | abigail.bresler@hazon.org
Madeline Canfield   Jewish Youth Climate Movement Organizing Coordinator

Madeline Canfield is the Jewish Youth Climate Movement Organizing Coordinator. She joined Hazon with a background in youth climate justice activism, having previously organized with the Sunrise Movement, co-founded Houston Youth Climate Strike, co-led the Youth Working Group for the City of Houston Climate Action Plan, and served on the Zero Hour Partnerships Team. She is also a co-founder of the anti-sexual assault organization Jewish Teens for Empowered Consent. She is currently an undergraduate at Brown University, where she spends her breaks from schoolwork sitting outside, either reading or writing.

Providence, RI | madeline.canfield@hazon.org
Ari Cohen   Program Coordinator, Hazon Detroit

Ari’s passion for the environment began at a young age and has been a central focus in his life. He cultivated this passion during his time at The University of Michigan where he received an environmental sciences B.S. degree. While in Ann Arbor, Ari was fortunate to spend time with the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and the Erb Institute Undergraduate Fellows Program. Born and raised in SE Michigan, Ari enjoys growing a summer garden and spending time exploring Michigan’s outdoors. He is excited to be part of a team working to integrate environmental education and stewardship into Jewish life in Southeast Michigan and to work in support of environmental justice.

Detroit, MI | 248.419.9084 | ari.cohen@hazon.org
Libba Cooper   Marketing and Communications Coordinator

As Hazon’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator Libba helps to drive forward the organization’s MarCom strategy. She helps highlight and share the amazing work of Hazon and Pearlstone with polished digital communications and supports all marketing efforts and organizational goals. Libba joined Hazon in 2020 and previously served as the National Programs Coordinator, supporting the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program and programming events. She resides in Roanoke, VA, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you can often find her exploring the many hiking trails.

Roanoke, VA | 212.908.2508 | libba.cooper@hazon.org
Risa Alyson Cooper   Chief Climate Officer

Risa’s journey to Hazon began in 2005, when she joined Teva as an environmental educator. In 2008, she grew veggies, milked goats, and dabbled in the art of fermentation as an Adamah fellow. In 2009, Risa returned home and served for 13 years as the founding Executive Director of Shoresh, a Toronto-based non-profit committed to leading, inspiring, and empowering community members to be Shomrei Adamah, protectors of the earth, through nature-based Jewish education and environmental action. Risa holds a B.A. Honours from Queen’s University in Religious Studies, a M.A. from the University of Toronto in Contemporary Jewish Environmental Ethics, and is a certified Ontario Master Naturalist by Lakehead University. She currently lives in Toronto with her partner and two children and is happiest when frolicking in fields and forests.

Toronto, ON | 212.908.2503 | risa@hazon.org
Julia Cunnien   Seal of Sustainability Program Manager for Hazon Detroit

Julia is Hazon Detroit’s Seal of Sustainability Program Manager and is excited to help put more gardens and other sustainable projects into action. Julia fell into a relationship with urban farming during her time as a PeerCorps member (Repair the World’s teen program). She went off to the University of Michigan to obtain an environmental studies degree and then headed straight for Detroit. She had a wonderful experience working as an Americorps VISTA as a Youth Engagement Coordinator and the garden assistant at Yad Ezra. In her free time Julia enjoys reading, yoga, biking, and convincing all her friends to come to Shabbat dinner!

Detroit, MI | (248) 419-9083 | julia.cunnien@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. She received her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations from NYIT and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego. Rebecca lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and fur baby, Maisy.

New York, NY | 212.908.2511 | rebecca.eisen@hazon.org
Hannah Elovitz   Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

As Hazon’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications (MarCom), Hannah oversees the successful execution of Hazon’s MarCom strategy, ensuring that program, fundraising, and organizational goals are met. Hannah joined Hazon in 2018, and previously worked in communications for Hillel International. 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 in marketing and religious studies.

New York, NY | 212.908.2517 | hannah.elovitz@hazon.org
Elana Eyal   Associate Director of Special Initiatives

Elana Eyal is Hazon’s Associate Director of Special Initiatives, dedicated to the organization and smooth sailing of our special events, including the Israel Ride. Prior to joining Hazon, she worked for a renewable energy (biogas) startup, and at a socially-conscious video production company. Elana is very connected to Israel, where she lived for 8 years after graduating from Tel Aviv University. She loves all things outdoors, creating art, practicing yoga, and has backpacked solo throughout the world.

New York, NY | 212.908.2513 | elana.eyal@hazon.org
Hannah Fine   Adamah Apprentice

As an Adamah Apprentice, Hannah is excited to get her hands dirty, reestablish a physical connection to the earth, and continue exploring the intersections of food, justice, and Judaism. Hannah comes to the apprenticeship after 3+ years on the Hazon Detroit team where she also served as a JOFEE (Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education) Fellow. A transplant to Detroit from the suburbs, Hannah is energized and inspired by the city’s deep sense of community, especially as it relates to building resilience around food and land. She is excited to bring that with her to Adamah.
Hannah enjoys wandering, pondering, and incomplete rhyme schemes.

Falls Village, CT | hannah.fine@hazon.org
Luna Manela   Adamah Apprentice

As an Adamah Apprentice Luna is excited to get her hands dirty working the land, expand her knowledge on social justice, and more deeply explore her Jewish identity. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in musical theater, she decided to pull a 180° and learn about organic agriculture and permaculture, living communally at Hava ve Adam Eco-Educational Farm in Israel. She is a book nerd, a shruti box enthusiast, and loves cooking up a storm while simultaneously busting out her ever growing repertoire of kitchen dance moves.

Falls Village, CT | luna.manela@hazon.org
Jakir Manela   CEO

Jakir Manela is the CEO of Hazon and Pearlstone. Born and raised in the Washington DC metropolitan area, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2004 and went to work at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center as a Teva Jewish outdoor environmental educator. He then moved back to the Chesapeake region in order to establish North America’s first Jewish Community Farm, Kayam Farm at Pearlstone, in 2006. Jakir was promoted to become Pearlstone’s Executive Director in 2012, and for the past ten years, Jakir has helped lead Pearlstone to its perennial status in the Slingshot Guide as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America- helping to lead an amazing team engaging over 22,000 participants each year in immersive retreats, experiential Jewish outdoor education, and community sustainability initiatives. Jakir also served on the Hazon board during that time, advising Hazon’s leadership as the largest faith-based environmental organization in the United States. Today, Jakir works collaboratively with wonderful staff and board members at Hazon and Pearlstone, as well as funders and partners across the country, leading the new Hazon-Pearlstone entity into a new chapter of growth and impact. Jakir lives just up the road from Pearlstone with his amazing wife, Nets, and their four boys. He coaches youth sports and loves building campfires and making music with friends.

Reisterstown, MD
Liore Milgrom-Gartner

As Hazon’s Deputy Climate Action Director, Liore inspires and supports American Jewish communities in taking bold and just action to address the climate crisis. She most recently was CA Interfaith Power & Light’s NorCal Director, where she mobilized communities of faith & conscience to advocate for strong climate policy and green their congregations. With nearly two decades of experience in leading community-based sustainability programs, Liore is honored to return to Hazon with a focus on climate action. She earned an MPS in Environmental Economics and BS in Environmental Science, both from Cornell University. While not at work, Liore can be spotted with her family at myriad farmers markets, gardening at home or biking around San Francisco.

Becky O'Brien   Director of Food & Climate

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 | becky.o'brien@hazon.org
David Rendsburg   Chief Finance & Administration Officer

David Rendsburg is currently the Budget Director at Hazon, and the incoming Chief Finance and Administration Officer, supporting all departments with number-crunching. Originally from Binghamton, NY, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a degree in Jewish Studies, and spent time living and learning in Israel as well. David has held many roles since joining Hazon in 2006, including Director of Bicycle Rides and Director of Data and Analytics. He has participated in or staffed over 40 bicycle rides with Hazon and has attended many holiday retreats at Isabella Freedman. After 15 years in New York City, David moved to Philadelphia in 2020 with his wife and two children.

Philadelphia, PA | 212.644.2332 x302 | david.rendsburg@hazon.org
Liana Rothman   Jewish Youth Climate Movement Director

Liana Rothman is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, where she supports Jewish teens in taking climate action, and promoting climate justice within Jewish institutions nationally. Liana also supports 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 from 2018-2020. Liana is pursuing a MPA in nonprofit management and public policy from New York University. Liana loves to go on hikes, spend long hours on porches with friends, and is committed to building a more just society.

New York, NY | 212.908.2526 | liana.rothman@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 x363 | shamu.sadeh@hazon.org
Nigel Savage   Founder & Former CEO

Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000. He served as its CEO for 21 years, stepping down in July 2021.

Under his leadership, Hazon became the largest environmental organization in the American Jewish community.

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

Nigel has been a popular teacher and speaker in a wide range of venues.
In recognition for his work, in 2015 he 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 worked in asset management in London for NM Rothschild and as 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.

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
Rachel Siegal   Chief Development Officer

Rachel Siegal loves bringing big ideas to life. She steps in as Hazon’s Chief Development Officer having served as the Managing Director of The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Center for Healing & Spirituality, aka The Soul Center, since 2016. From 2010-2016, she served as the Development Director for the Pearlstone Center. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at The Associated (the Jewish federation in Baltimore), for four years, focusing on financial resource development.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Rachel holds an MBA and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies and Africana Studies from Brown University.  She and her husband Sam Andorsky have three children. She is an active volunteer with JPRIDE Baltimore, Mitsui Collective, Eden Village Camp, and Baltimore Station. She loves live music, being active, reading historical fiction, and cooking vegetarian meals. 

Baltimore, MD | rachel.siegal@hazon.org
Jacob Siegel   Director of Climate Engagement

As Director of Climate Engagement at Hazon, Rabbi Jacob Siegel works with Jewish institutions across North America to begin their journey toward climate action. Rabbi Siegel is an expert in Jewish values and ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues, and previously served as Director of Engagement for JLens, the Jewish impact investing organization. He is the author of Put Your Money Where Your Soul Is (forthcoming April 2022, Ben Yehuda Press) and serves on the board of his local credit union.

Eugene, OR | jacob.siegel@hazon.org
Janna Siller   Farm Director and Advocacy Coordinator

Janna wears a few hats at Hazon. As the Adamah Farm Director, Janna leads apprentices, residential fellows, and volunteers in growing organic vegetables for the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, local customers, and food banks while maintaining the fields as resonant learning space. She teaches about growing food, climate change, policy, food systems, and Jewish tradition. As Hazon’s advocacy coordinator, Janna leads grassroots efforts to raise Jewish voices on behalf of a more just and regenerative food system. Janna has been farming since 2005 and has been at Adamah since 2011. Physical work with community and in the soil informs and inspires her approach as an advocate and educator.

Falls Village, CT | janna.siller@hazon.org
Carly Silverman   Education and Program Manager of Hazon Detroit

Carly is the Education and Program Manager for Hazon, working to develop and facilitate immersive outdoor experiences, environmental education and stewardship programming in Detroit. Prior to Hazon, Carly was the Director of Youth Programs at the Peninsula JCC, working to create transformative and engaging camp and afterschool programs. Carly has a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, concentrating on urban environmental education and environmental justice and is excited to be back in Michigan (her home state) with her wife and two cats, after living in Bay Area, California for 10 years. When not at work, you can find Carly at the climbing gym, learning the banjo, planning her next camping trip, and trying new food.

Detroit, MI | 248.419.9446 | carly.silverman@hazon.org
Bruce Spierer   Program Manager, Climate Action

Bruce is a Program Manager at Hazon working on Climate Action. He supports Jewish institutions to develop and integrate actions to address the climate crisis. Bruce brings ten years of experience working in urban agriculture, community composting, and public horticulture. Additionally, Bruce has worked in nonprofit strategic planning and leadership development. He holds a Masters degree from New York University in Environmental Conservation Education focusing on Nonprofit Management. Bruce is an amateur naturalist, lover of composting, and an avid fermenter of food and drink.

New York, NY | 212.644.2332 x319 | bruce.spierer@hazon.org
Yoni Stadlin   Chief Program Officer

From 2008-2021, Yoni Stadlin served as founding director of Eden Village Camp, the Jewish environmental sleepaway camp with locations in New York and California as a place where Jewish education is synonymous with fostering each child’s self-confidence, empathy and social responsibility. Yoni’s recognitions include the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize and Jewish Week’s “36 under 36”, and he holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Informal Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to founding Eden Village, Yoni traveled extensively as an environmental educator and activist. He worked for many Jewish organizations including American Jewish World Service, Birthright Israel, Teva, the 92nd Street Y, and six Jewish summer camps. As a formative experience of environmental activism, in his mid-20s, Yoni spent several months living aloft in ancient redwood trees that were slated to be cut. Yoni lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children. He acknowledges the extensive privilege he has been given and aims to leverage it toward meaningful change. 

Philadelphia, PA | 212.908.2516 | yoni.stadlin@hazon.org
Simone Stallman   Managing Director of Hospitality

Simone Stallman is the Managing Director of Hospitality at Isabella Freedman. She comes to Hazon with extensive experience in hospitality management, event planning and catering and has had various roles at Isabella Freedman since 2017. A native New Yorker, Simone spends her time both at Isabella Freedman and in the East Village in New York City. She studied fashion and art at Syracuse University and enjoys going to see live music, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with her pup, Magenta.

Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x3 | simone.stallman@hazon.org
Eli Steinberg   Apprentice at Adamah

Eli Steinberg is an Adamah apprentice, from Memphis Tennessee, who has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Warren Wilson College in Asheville North Carolina, a work college where he also worked as a garden educator, waste/recycling worker, vegan chef, and daycare teacher.  In college, he spent a semester abroad studying food security comparing and contrasting the food systems of Tanzania, India, and Italy. Eli has worked and volunteered on a number of farms across the country and is very passionate about regenerative agriculture, ecological land management, food, food/climate justice and education. Besides food and agriculture, Eli loves live music, outdoor recreation, his family and friends, Memphis basketball, and wild animals.

Falls Village, CT | eli.steinberg@hazon.org
Carly Sugar   Adamah Program Director
As Adamah Program Director, Carly Sugar (she/her) is the point of contact for all things Adamah Fellowship. A Summer 2015 Alum, Carly is grateful to return to Falls Village to organize and facilitate dynamic, immersive programming for fellows and alumni.
Carly most recently served as Founding Director of Giving Gardens at Yad Ezra– an educational garden and greenhouse at a kosher food pantry in Detroit’s suburbs. Through her life and work in the city of Detroit, on Anishinaabe land, she has explored the intersection of food skills, Jewish ritual, and social change work, driven by the wisdom of Detroit’s food system workers and activists. Carly enjoys long, often unfruitful, foraging walks in the woods, and hoarding frozen chicken stock.
Falls Village, CT | 860.824.5991 x364 | carly.sugar@hazon.org
Sonja Sugerman   Chief of Staff

Sonja Sugerman loves creating order and systems.  As the Chief of Staff at Hazon she works with the Senior Executive team to actualize and communicate the strategic priorities of the CEO.  Her prior roles at Pearlstone include the Director of HR and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Culture and the Director of Programs.  She brings a love of systems, project management, and a sense of humor to her role as well as extensive knowledge and experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Sonja received a BA from Barnard College and an M.Phil from the University of Glasgow/Christie’s both in Art History and an M.A.T in Museum Education from George Washington University, and from 1997-2017 worked in various facets of the art and museum world. A New York native, she has lived in Baltimore since 2004. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three boys, and two dogs cooking, playing board games, travelling, and spending time with friends.  In her spare time, she is also a board member at the Krieger Schechter Day School and loves volunteering and doing Pilates. 

Baltimore, MD
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 | vlastik.valasek@hazon.org
Erin Viola   NY Kvutzah Cohort Coordinator, JYCM
Erin Viola (they/she) is the NY Kvutzah Cohort Organizer. They received their B.A. from Tufts University in Arabic and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and are excited to bring an intersectional feminist lens to JYCM organizing. Erin has a background in anti-violence organizing and restorative justice. In their free time, you can find Erin putzing around their fire escape garden or cooking elaborate meals with loved ones.
Brooklyn, NY | erin.viola@hazon.org
Eve Wachhaus   Chief Operating Officer

Eve Wachhaus (WALK-HOUSE) builds hospitality systems. She is an experienced hospitality director, a former non-profit executive director and a foodie. Eve’s lively past includes Principal Investigator on a dirt-eating research project for National Institutes of Health, sole proprietor of her own catering company, and management positions with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and several museums. Eve has managed over a dozen food and beverage operations, banquets, catering, restaurants, entertainment catering venues, in the corporate, social and Kosher markets, and loves bringing meaning to people’s simchas. As Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, Eve earned her place in Harrisburg’s top Movers and Shapers list and was a recipient of both the Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Public Beautification Award from the City of Harrisburg. Eve was a frequent webinar and conference presenter for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) with expertise in community engagement, home preservation, marketing and ReStore leadership. She also served in her community’s Long Term Disaster Recovery Committee. As a side hustle, Eve owns Do What Ema Says, a Mediterranean Food Blog and catering company, where you will find she heaps on the spices and encouragement, and also, she’s got a killer Baba Ganoush recipe. When not working, Eve is happiest cooking and dancing around her kitchen with her husband, adult kids, and foster dogs. 

Baltimore, MD
Amit Weitzer   Director of Hazon, Detroit

Amit is the Director of Hazon, Detroit and for the past 15 years, Amit has supported collaborative teams committed to cultivating youth leadership and igniting young people to become involved in social and environmental movements. As the Camp Tavor Executive Director, Amit oversaw programs that empower and equip young people and young adults to act on critical social and environmental issues. Amit has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, focused on youth and community development. Amit lives in Hamtramck, Michigan and loves to spend time hiking, canoeing, picnicking and potlucking with her partner, Evan, her children, Raviv and Lior, and her extraordinary community of friends and family.

Detroit, MI | 248.275.1950 | amit.weitzer@hazon.org
Sarah Wolk   Information Systems Manager

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.

Philadelphia, PA | 212.908.2500 | sarah.wolk@hazon.org
Sarah Young   Director of Strategic Partnerships

Sarah Zell Young is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Interim Director of Retreats at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Sarah comes to Hazon with over a decade of educational and nonprofit management experience. She most recently was the Director of Finance at a flagship Jewish day school and a co-director of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Boston University partnering with Hillel. While living In Israel, she earned a certificate in educational and spiritual leadership at the Claudia Cohen Women’s Educators Institute, was an inaugural art fellow at Pardes, and a Dorot Fellow. Sarah is also a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and an award-winning visual artist and is excited to be bringing her creativity to an organization that shares her values of learning from the wisdom of Jewish tradition to create a sustainable world for all.

New York, NY | 212.908.2504 | sarah.young@hazon.org