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Groups Archives: Isabella Freedman Staff

Carly Sugar

Carly Sugar   Adamah Program Manager
As Adamah Program Manager, 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

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Simone Stallman

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

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Vlastik Valasek

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

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Shamu Sadeh

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 | shamu.sadeh@hazon.org

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Janna Siller

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

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