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Alumni

Our alumni walk many paths after their time at Adamah. Here is a sampling of what some of them are up to now.

We are proud that the following organizations & businesses were started by Adamah Alumni!

We are proud to say that our alumni have worked (or currently work) for the following organizations:

PAST ALUMNI NEWS

Jeffrey Yoskowitz (Summer 2007) was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2014 and is cooking in the kitchen of the James Beard House, a big honor in the food world.

Rachel English (Summer 2010) works as a community organizer for Jewish Community Action in Minnesota.

Daniel Lichman (Summer 2010) is in Israel as part of his second year at Leo Baeck College rabbinical school in London.

Braeden Cohen (Summer 2011) is a Sustainability Specialist at the Greenburgh Nauture Center, and has started a organic waste consulting company, NatureCycle.

Andi Yumansky (Summer 2013) gave his first Dvar Torah ever at a Toronto Queer Shabbat.

Jo Kent Katz (Fall 2005) completed her degree in Drama Therapy and continues to teach social justice workshops for Urban Adamah.

Adina Allen (Fall 2005) is receiving rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in June, 2014.

Avi Strausberg (fall 2008) is one year away from being a rabbi!

Steven Wynbrandt (Fall 2010) made 50,000 lbs of his distinguished Biodynamic compost in 3 days and does song leading at an L.A. Shul.

Rebekah Robinson (Fall 2005) Finished her Master of Arts in Jewish Studies Degree in 2013

Glenn Katz and Steve Sherman have moved to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for the summer. Glenn is working for Lazy Lady Farm, a farmstead goat dairy, and Steve will be managing the farm at Hosmer Point Camp. They are in the process of completing an Adamah dairy feasibility study!

Emma Stuhl (Fall 2011) will be starting the Field Naturalist graduate program at UVM  this fall. Please let her know if you have any Burlington, VT Jewish connections!

Garth Silberstein (Fall 2011) just founded Organic Yeshiva, an outdoor summer learning program that combines advanced talmud study with work on an organic farm. Garth will be running the program’s first season this summer at the Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva, IL.

Margot Seigle (Fall 2012) moved back to Freedman this past Fall and has since joined the Transformative Experiences Department (translation: retreats) as the Social Justice Enrichment Coordinator

Michael Friedman (Fall 2009) graduated YU and started Semicha at RIETS.

Renna Khuner-Haber (Summer 2008) will be completing her Masters of Science in Nutrition in June and will be staying in Seattle another year to do her dietetic internship at Bastyr University. Selah Seattle Minyan, the minyan she started, is still going strong. If you know of any Yids in Seattle, send them our way!

Neshama Erika Littman and her partner Garnet Morgan celebrated the birth of Moishe Dov Zamba Littman-Morgan on March 10 in Asheville, NC.

Rebecca Bloomfield (Fall 2005) manages the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University.

Melanie Rivkin (Fall 2012) has recently secured land for her urban garden project through the Repair the World: Pittsburgh fellowship. The garden is a partnership with NCJW’s Pittsburgh chapter and the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry to provide fresh produce to pantry clients and to serve as a Jewish garden.space.

Ben Friedman (Fall 2007) is studying at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, deepening his relationship to his roots while working on a number of creative writing projects.

Jacob Fine (2004-2005 faculty) is really, really enjoying working as Rabbi and Director of Programs for the Jewish Farm School and is happy to be back with the east coast chevre.

Abby Streusand (Summer ’07) is currently working at Kayam Farm as CSA/Field Manager (collaborating with fellow alum Josh “The Pickler” Rosenstein and Ian Hertzmark), and also preparing for her upcoming wedding to Gabe Greenberg on the second of Cheshvan.

Daniel Bowman Simon (Summer ’09), founder of SNAP Gardens tells us that most SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) recipients are unaware that they can garden with their incredible growing power of food stamps. In 2011, over 45 million people, or more than one in seven Americans, rely on SNAP to put food on the table.

Davida Ginsberg (Fall ’10) is living and working not far from Adamah at Gould Farm, a therapeutic community for adults with mental illness, where she is working in the garden, harvesting vegetables, and learning how healing farm work can be for people.

Erin Taylor (Summer ’10) is representing Adamah in the first class of Food Corps, a new service year program focusing on school gardens, food education, and getting healthy local food into cafeterias. She says, “I work in Gloucester, MA and I draw on what I learned at Adamah all the time. I’m sure I won’t be the last Adamahnik to serve with Food Corps!” Read about Erin and other Jewish Food Corps members in the Jew and the Carrot.

Bonnie Wolf (Summer ’10) is living in Tucson, AZ and is working for the Community Food Bank, specifically in the Community Food Resource Center in the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center, a program that works to find more sustainable solutions to the issue of hunger.

Rachel Freyja Bedick (Fall ’10) is living in a delicious cooperative house in Somerville, MA with a great group of folks, including Becca Weaver (Fall ‘06), and wonderful shabbat dinners and lunches. She recently began a Master’s of Social Work graduate program at Simmons College.

Jacob Siegel & Eric Wehlitz (Summer ’11), new Jerusalem roommates, tell us: “We want you to know that we carry the energy and spirit of Adamah with us every day: in our eating practices, in what we buy (from an Organic local CSA!), and in song.”

Simchas WEDDINGS AND BABIES Shir Yaakov (Fall ‘03) and Emily Peck on their marriage and birth of baby Ivy Lila.Sara Teitelbaum (Summer ’06) and Mark Pruce on their wedding in June in New York.

ENGAGEMENTS Abby Streusand (Summer ’07) & Gabe Greenberg (Fall ’05).

Bonnie Wolf (Adamah Summer ’10) & Frank Harris

NEW DIRECTORS AND PROFESSIONAL TRANSITIONS Sabrina Malach (Fall ’05) has been hired as the Director of Outreach and Development for Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto, Canada.

Clare Hyre (Fall ’09) reached her fundraising goal to launch Cloud NineRooftop garden in Philadelphia.

Yisroel Bass (Summer ’10) on the inaugural summer of Yiddish Farm.

Eden Pearlstein (Summer ’07) recently began his studies at JTS Masters in Jewish Experiential Education program in NYC.

Rachel Ackoff (Summer ’11), who will be studying Jewish Professional Leadership at NYU and

Avi Strausberg (Fall ’08), who will be studying for the rabbinate at Hebrew College in Boston, were cccepted into the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Class XXIV.

Seth Shames, Ariela Summit Program Staff at Ecoagriculture Partners: An international non-profit organization that works with farmers, conservationists, researchers, leaders in rural development, entrepreneurs and policymakers around the world to sustain, develop and promote eco-agriculture.

Yigal Deustcher Director of Shorashim: A farm program in Israel that connects school children to Jewish teachings and community living, founded by ADAMAH Alumni.

Aitan Mizrachi Founder: ADVA Dairy: crafting locally-made, organic and kosher goat milk, cheeses and yogurts.

Rebecca Bloomfield Program Staff: Edible School Yard, Berkeley, CA

Dana Cordozo Chair of Environmental Advisory Commission for City Government. Progressive Jewish Alliance Jeremiah Fellow

Rebekah Robinson Master of Jewish Music program (cantorial track) at Gratz College in Philadelphia.

Nati Passow Co-founder and director of Jewish Farm School; Garden Construction Coordinator

Kevin (Zelig) Golden Staff Attorney: Center for Food Safety; Co-chair of the 2008 Hazon Food Conference

Alexander Sharone Directs the Jeremiah Fellowship: a social justice program for young Jewish adults for the Progressive Jewish Alliance in San Francisco

Rebekah Baron, Nellie Krentzman Program Directors: Hillel at Northwestern University and University of Vermont

Jason Ross Crew Leader: Sunlight Solar Installation

Noah Goldstein Student at Pardes Year Course in Jerusalem, Israel

Jeffrey Yoskowitz Year-long documentary project on pork farms in Israel

Leah Katz Environmental Planner: Biological Associates

Gabe Greenberg, Adina Allen, Getzel Davis, Elana Rosen-Brown Rabbinical School Students at Chovevei Torah, Hebrew College, and Hebrew Union Institute

Robbie Freedman, Shema Blumm-Evitts, Rachel Tali Kaplan, Ian Roblee Hertzmark The Jewish Farm School: A Jewish Environmental Education Collective founded by ADAMAHniks.

Netzitzah Greenfield and Jakir Manela Founder and Director: Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center: An educational Jewish farm founded by Adamahniks serving the Baltimore community

Ian Roblee-Hertzmark High School Science teacher, New York, NY

Anne Fox Organizer for Local 26, participant in Jewish Organizing Initiative social justice fellowship

Lauren Weinberg Staff on on Kopali Organics Conscious Goods Alliance Bus Tour

Aaron Desatik LEED AP, Events and Marketing Coordinator: The Green Roundtable.

Naftali Hanau Student at the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanic Garden, Bronx, NY

Megan Jensen, Joshua Rosenstein, Anna Stevenson, Miriam Feiner ADAMAH Faculty: Greenhouse and Garden Manager, Value-Added Products Manager, Farm Manager

Adam Edell School Garden Manager: Hayward Nutritional Learning Community Project

Elizabeth Cossin, Batya Schuman Educators: The Teva Learning Center—North America’s foremost Jewish Environmental Education Institute, a non-denominational educational program serving over 2,000 youth annually.

Ahron Lerman Masters Program: Conway School of Landscape Design

Joshua Lichtman Director, Avodah House in New Orleans, LA

Joanna Kent Katz Masters Program: Social Justice Education from Umass Amherst

Rachel Kriger Masters Program: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Aviva Allen Holistic nutritional consultant and author of The Organic Kosher Cookbook.

Eden “Eprhyme” Pearlstein An up and coming Jewish hip hop artist who recently released his first solo album WAYWORDWONDERWILL. Hear Eprhyme’s music at http://www.myspace.com/eprhyme.