Contact Us

For general Shmita Project inquiries, please email shmitaproject@hazon.org

nati-passowThe Shmita Project is currently being managed by Nati Passow. Nati is a writer, carpenter and educator living in Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2007 Nati ran an award-winning garden construction program for the Urban Nutrition Initiative at University City High School. Over the last several years Nati has led service–learning trips in the developing world for American Jewish World Service, and in the US for Jewish Funds for Justice. He enjoyed two fall seasons at the Teva Learning Center and has continued to work for Teva as a curriculum writer. Nati has studied sustainable building design and natural building and is a certified Permaculture designer. Nati holds a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. Nati can be reached at nati.passow@hazon.org.


For 7Seeds Shmita educational offerings and consultations, please email yigal@7seeds.org

Yigal Deutscher is an educator, farmer and permaculture designer. He has participated in the Adamah fellowship, and trained with the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (UC Satna Cruz), as well as the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. From 2006-2010, he was the farm manager and permaculture educator at the Chava v’Adam farm in Israel, where he also founded the Shorashim/Eco-Israel apprenticeship program. Yigal served as the founding manager of the Shmita Project and now directs 7Seeds, an educational platform weaving together Jewish wisdom traditions & Permaculture Design strategies. He is the co-author of the Hazon Shmita Sourcebook, and the author of Envisioning Sabbatical Culture: A Shmita Manifesto. You can reach him directly at yigal@7seeds.org