Mentorship & Professional Development

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Professional Development

In addition to the immersive training seminars, monthly webinars augment learning and professional support for JOFEE Fellows. Webinars are led by JOFEE Fellowship staff, external JOFEE professionals, and other experts in Jewish education, communal work, and related fields such as food justice education and  environmental literacy.

Fellows are supported by JOFEE Fellowship staff, with additional assistance and support for curriculum and program development from other Hazon staff and the JOFEE professional network at large.

Mentorship

JOFEE Fellows are matched with a mentor from the JOFEE professional network to complement supervision and support from their host institution. Together with their mentors, Fellows:

  • identify areas for growth through the fellowship year;
  • plan for structuring this growth and receiving feedback and advice;
  • and provide documentation of this process for the purposes of JOFEE certification.

Mentors also assist fellows in developing and implementing their final presentations, presented at the closing seminar.

Our incredible JOFEE Mentors (Cohorts 1, 2, and/or 3) include the following veteran JOFEE professionals:

Adam Berman

Current Affiliation
Executive Director
Urban Adamah

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Isabella Freedman (Exec. Director), Adamah (Co-founder & Director), Jewish Greening Fellowship (Founder), Teva (Director)

 

Anna Hanau

Current Affiliation
Chief Marketing Officer
Grow and Behold Foods

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Hazon (Assoc. Director of Food Programs), Adamah (Farm Manager & Assoc. Director, Fellow)

 

Ariela Ronay-Jinich

Current Affiliation
Director of Youth and Family Programs
Urban Adamah

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Edah (Education Director), Wilderness Torah (B’Chootz Program Founder), Teva (Educator)

 

Becca Weaver

Current Affiliation
Farm & Sustainability Director
Milk & Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Ekar Farm (Lead Educator), Kayam Farm / Pearlstone Center (Volunteer Coordinator/Educator), Adamah (Fellow)

 

Becky O’Brien

Current Affiliation
Director
Hazon Boulder

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Media in the Public Interest (Exec. Director), Congregation Har HaShem (Program Director), Jews of the Earth (Board member)

 

Cara Silverberg

Current Affiliation
Camp Shemesh Director / Youth & Teen Programs Coordinator
Jewish Community of Amherst

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Seminar Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Educator), Vermont Wilderness School (Wilderness Mentor)

 

Deborah Newbrun

Current Affiliation
Founder
Get Set Go Adventures

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Camp Tawonga (Director)

 

Elan Margulies

Current Affiliation
Director
Teva (Hazon)

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Student Conservation Association (Educator), Cornell University Naturalist Outreach Program (Educator), Pushing the Envelope Farm (Director), Teva (Educator)

 

Elizabeth Dubinsky

Current Affiliation
Social Systems Professional

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Achdut Coordinator, Educator)

 

Jonathan Dubinsky

Current Affiliation
Sustainability Scientist & PhD Candidate
Univ of Colorado, Sustainable Infrastructure

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Topsy Turvy Bus Engineer/Educator, Special Programs Coordinator, Educator)

 

Judith Belasco

Current Affiliation
Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer
Hazon

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Linking Food & the Environment (LiFE) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University (Program Coordinator)

 

Joanna Kent Katz

Current Affiliation

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Social Justice Educator, Kohenet, Urban Adamah / Adamah (faculty and fellow)

 

Laura Bellows

Current Affiliation

Rabbinical Student
Director of BIMA/Genesis and Senior Jewish Educator at Brandeis Precollege Programs;
Rabbinical Candidate,
Hebrew College

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Director of Congregational & Community Programs)

Leora Mallach

Current Affiliation
Director & Co-founder
Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Educator, Seminar Coordinator); Adva Network Coordinator

 

Rabbi Mat Tonti

Current Affiliation
Gesher Green Director, Judaics and Music Teacher
Gesher Jewish Day School

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Am Kolel (Camp Director), Teva (Educator)

 

Mollie Andron

Current Affiliation
Assistant Director
Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience at Hillel International

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Educator)

 

Morris Panitz

Current Affiliation
Director
Brandeis Collegiate Institute

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (current student), Pearlstone Center (Program Director), Adamah (Fellow)

 

Nati Passow

Current Affiliation
Executive Director and Co-founder
Jewish Farm School

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Educator)

 

Nili Simhai

Current Affiliation
Director of Outdoor Education
Abundance Farm

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Director)

 

Paul Entis

Current Affiliation
Director
Jewish Food Experience (DC)

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Avodah: DC, USC Hillel, UMass/Amherst Hillel

 

Rebecca Bloomfield

Current Affiliation
Associate Director
Adamah (Hazon)

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Berkeley Edible Schoolyard (Teacher), Adamah (Fellow)

 

Sabrina Malach

Current Affiliation
Director of Engagement
Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Eco-Activist Beit Midrash (student), Adamah (Fellow)

 

Sarah Chandler

Current Affiliation
Chief Compassion Officer & Team Leader
Jewish Initiative for Animals

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Isabella Freedman (Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice), Adamah (Associate Director), Teva (Educator), Ramah Berkshires (“Al Hagova” outdoor trips staff)

 

Sarah Kornhauser

Current Affiliation:
Director
Hazon, Denver

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Birthright:NEXT, Denver

 

Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh, PhD

Current Affiliation
Managing Director & Co-founder
Adamah (Hazon)

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Director), Environmental studies professor

 

Simcha Schwartz

Current Affiliation
Chaplain and Spiritual Care Provider

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Coastal Roots Farm at Leichtag Commons (Assoc. Program Director), Jewish Farm School (Co-founder & Associate Director), Hazon (Ride Director), Teva (Lead Coordinator, Educator)

 

Simone Lindenbaum

Current Affiliation
Assistant Director
Eden Village Camp

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Teva (Educator), Adamah (Fellow)

 

Rabbi Zelig Golden

Current Affiliation
Founding Director
Wilderness Torah

Prior JOFEE (and related) affiliations
Center for Food Safety (Environmental Attorney), Hazon (Food Conference Co-chair), Adamah (Fellow), Northwest Jewish Environmental Project (Program Director)