Now What? A Post-COP26 Conversation with Elders and Movement Townhall

Nov 21, 2021 - 8:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

This event took place on Sunday, November 21 from 8-9:30pm ET

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After COP26, let’s take stock: what happened in Glasgow, where does that leave us, and where do we go from here? Hazon CEO Jakir Manela will be in dialogue with Elders, Ruth Messinger and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, regarding these essential questions and challenges at a crucial crossroads for our movement. Then we’ll have time for breakout rooms – with plenty of topics – options to choose from, lead by a cadre of amazing Jewish environmental leaders – to give everyone a chance to process & discuss in more intimate, smaller groups. Join us! Sunday, November 21 from 8-9:30pm ET

Ruth W. Messinger is an emerita board member of Hazon.  She is the Global Ambassador of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and she serves as a social justice consultant and activist for The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Meyerson JCC and several other organizations. Ruth has three children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., founded and is director of The Shalom Center and is the author or editor of about twenty books on US public policy and on religious thought and practice. He has also taken a vigorous part in public advocacy and nonviolent protest on behalf of peace, civil rights, full equality for women and gay people, freedom for Soviet Jewry, and healing for the wounded earth.



Breakout Discussions

Climate Grief

Janna Diamond (she/her) is a somatic practitioner working at the intersection of trauma healing, consciousness, and the climate crisis. Her work focuses on supporting people to cultivate inner resources for collective evolution. Janna has a private therapeutic practice and leads groups internationally. She is also an Adamah alumni, has had the blessing of returning to Adamah as a teacher, and has been a leader in the Jewish climate movement for over a decade.


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.


Fossil Fuel Finance

Phil Aroneanu is an organizer, strategist and campaigner. He co-founded, worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, and help build organizations, movements and electoral efforts. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action.




Institutional Greening

Adam Berman serving as Senior Advisor at Hazon. Adam helped launch the JOFEE movement during his tenure as Isabella Freedman’s Executive Director. He previously served as Urban Adamah’s President and Founding Executive Director.



Hannah is the Director of National Programs at Hazon, 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.


Youth Leadership

Aliza Cotton is in the 12th grade and serves as co-director of Jewish rituals and culture on the executive board of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement.




Liana Rothman is the  co-founder and manager 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.


Sarah Gorbatov is in the 12th grade, and serves as the education director on the executive board of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement