Zelig’s vision for a thriving, earth-based Jewish tradition developed out of a lifetime of nature connection, Jewish leadership, and commitment to environmental advocacy. Zelig invokes mentorship, facilitation, and ceremonial tools to guide an annual cycle of land-based festivals, nature-based rites of passage, and mentorship for emerging young leaders.
Nancy brings more than twenty years experience to Wilderness Torah, where she’s responsible for fundraising, marketing and operations. Nancy previously served as director of the Craigslist Foundation, manager at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, founder of the environmental responsibility program at Blue Shield of California, and in marketing for Fortune 500 companies.
Aya manages Wilderness Torah’s youth programs. She brings three years experience in the field with Wilderness Torah and has served as lead mentor for B’hootz and B’naiture, and pioneered the teen program at festivals.
Flora manages Wilderness Torah’s Training Institute and oversees program logistics staff. She is the project manager for the design, execution, and evaluation of Wilderness Torah’s international Training Institute and curriculum, and previously spent four years as Wilderness Torah’s Logistics Manager for the festivals, youth programs, and community programs.
Ophir manages the festivals as well as the festival leadership training program for Wilderness Torah. Ophir comes with a passion for whole-system design and a purpose to integrate intention into all that he does. He graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a BS in Economics and BA in International Development with an Environmental Science Focus. There, he started several programs for the university including The Hope Gardens Project, an urban gardening program for the university, and the Green Wave Community Market, a local market to link students with local businesses and farms. He then completed two Permaculture Design Courses, one with Turtle Lake Refuge in Durango, Colorado and one with the Center for Creative Ecology in Kibbutz Lotan, Israel. He also spent 10 months in Southern Vietnam as part of a Fulbright Fellowship.
Julia MilmedDevelopment & Operations Associate
Julia comes to this community with the belief that communing with nature can be the most fertile ground for spiritual development, self-reflection, and community building.
Ben RosenthalRegistrar and Tech Support
Ben spent five years at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut before migrating to the Bay to continue living and working in the same community. After completing his Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication at Ithaca College, Ben worked on faith-based and sustainability projects for the DC Government, started participating in and organizing Hazon Bike Rides, and found his way to the communities of Teva, Isabella Freedman, and Adamah.
Karina recently joined the Wilderness Torah team to support its growing communication efforts. She is a writer, editor, and programs specialist with over fifteen years of professional experience in marketing communications and web management for both non-profit and high-tech organizations.
Daniella is our pioneer JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education) Fellow. When she first joined the Wilderness Torah tribe three years ago, she knew she was home. Daniella brings a deep love of community building, Earth-connection, and Jewish spirituality. She is an alumni of the Urban Adamah Fellowship, worked in groundwater conservation at Friends of the Earth Middle East, and was an educator at Urban Adamah and The Kitchen. She is particularly passionate about connecting others to the natural world and to their own sense of creativity, exploration, and wonder.
Co-Founder of Wilderness Torah, Julie now works as a business coach helping other visionaries express their gifts in the world. She works with teacher-guides, consultant-experts, holistic healers, and other mission-driven entrepreneurs to create successful businesses that provide transformative and connective experiences for their clients. Previous to founding Wilderness Torah, she worked for ten years in environmental and social justice advocacy.
Adam Edell is an alumnus of Adamah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center with Zelig Golden. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area in 2006, he launched a site for Hazon’s national CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, which led to the first Sukkot on the Farm. Adam was also chair of the Sukkot on the Farm Festival planning committee in 2009 and 2010.
Dr. Jonathan Rosenfield
Dr. Jonathan Rosenfield works to protect aquatic ecosystems, endangered species, and freshwater sources as a Conservation Biologist for The Bay Institute and president of SalmonAID. He is a Wilderness First Responder and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Outdoor Educator training program. He integrates his passion for wilderness and living systems with his evolving spiritual practice.
Jon helped found and define Wilderness Torah and for two years played an integral role in creating Wilderness Torah programs and building the organization. Jon graduated from Cornell University and holds a PhD in biology from the University of New Mexico.