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 leaders.
Zelig received rabbinic ordination from ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal, supported by the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and was previously ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi ztz”l. He holds a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. He previously worked as an environmental lawyer protecting food and farms and has long guided groups into the wilderness.
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.
Nancy received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Presidio Graduate School. Her Jewish community experience includes serving on her synagogue’s board and on the executive committee for the 2009 Hazon Food Conference. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and their dog.
Halley BassInterim Marketing Manager
Halley has been in various communications roles over the past ten years. Currently, she wears many hats in the field of marketing and business, including social media content creator, graphic designer, branding consultant, and business coach for solo entrepreneurs. She has worked on campaigns for large corporations like Adobe, HP, and Sony, as well as supported smaller Jewish non-profits in the Bay Area, like Jewish Studio Project, Urban Adamah, and Moishe House.
What she loves about marketing is that it’s all about engaging with people and solving problems. It’s about finding a common language that resonates with customers, so that it’s easier to make exchanges where everyone benefits! When not doing marketing and business, Halley studies Energy Medicine at the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito, California. She is an avid spiritual seeker, and loves exploring new ways of understanding life.
Flora GoldmanCommunity Programs Director
Flora directs the Wilderness Torah’s community programs. Prior to this, she launched and managed our International Training Institute, which trained over 100 educators over the last two years, and served as Logistics Manager for festivals, youth programs, and community offerings, where she managed the inner workings of each village-building experience.
Flora previously was Farm Manager for the Regenerative Design Institute, overseeing a 17-acre educational farm and its substantial volunteer program, and completed the Eco Israel program at Chava V’Adam. Flora holds a BA from the University of Colorado. She has completed holistic nutrition training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010 and permaculture teacher training in 2011. Flora is the creator of nutritional permaculture, a new branch of the movement, and has taught in Israel and the United States.
Becca HeislerYouth Programs Coordinator
Becca is Wilderness Torah’s Youth Programs Coordinator and Lead B’hootz Mentor. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she’s been playing in the dirt and playing with Jewish identity her whole life. A passionate leader and learner, Becca has spent the past six years working with Jewish organizations, outdoor programs, and in the JOFEE field (Jewish Outdoor Food/Farming and Environmental Education), where she put her energy into leading backpacking trips, kabbalat shabbat services, bike tours, rosh chodesh circles, backcountry leadership trainings, and Jewish text studies. She is deeply passionate about creative Jewish ritual, social justice, the Hebrew calendar, and reveling in the divine.
Becca graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Environmental Studies and a BS in Mathematics. She participated in the Urban Adamah Fellowship in 2016, and the JOFEE Fellowship in 2017-2018.
Sofia MarbachDevelopment & Operations Associate 2018-19 JOFEE Fellow
Sofia comes to Wilderness Torah with a personal commitment to make our global community’s relationship to land an equitable and nourishing one. She has also became our 2018-19 JOFEE Fellow, supporting with the development of our youth programming.
Sofia holds a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Environment & Development and Latin American Studies from the University of San Francisco. Before joining Wilderness Torah, Sofia worked as a language teacher, a Fellow and Farm Hand at Urban Adamah, and in support roles at the University of San Francisco, Columbia Center for the Arts, and the Pachamama Alliance. She is thrilled to be learning and working with Wilderness Torah to grow sustainable and loving community.
Ariella Bea PowersInfrastructure Coordinator
Ariella comes to the position with a passion for creating sacred spaces for prayer and devotion. Growing up in the Sierra Foothills, she spent her young life exploring the natural world.
She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Art
and Social Change. She co-founded a community center in 2016, is a CA certified counselor and
life coach, a professional personal organizer and an altar maker.
In her recent return to Judaism, Ariella has been inspired by the interconnectedness of Torah,
earth-based practices, the cycles of the Hebrew calendar and the Sefirot. Ariella is committed to gender justice & radical inclusion, she is rejuvenated by community empowerment and devoted to being a good ancestor.
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.
Since completing his MBA in 2013, Ben has returned to his passions of technology, efficiency, and helping people, and his business of coaching Mac users.
Daniel SchoenYouth Programs Manager
Daniel (aka DanDan) is transitioning into the role of Youth Programs Manager this summer with the intention to support youth and families coming together as a regenerative, earth-based Jewish community.
Daniel joins the staff team after three years as a B’naiture Lead Mentor and many years building the Wilderness Torah community with his cultural creativity. He brings years of nature-connection, youth mentoring, and community facilitation to his new role. DanDan holds a BA in Nature & Culture from UC Davis and has also been a Stepping Stones mentor, Forest School Teacher, and Weaving Earth Immersion participant. He resides at Oakland’s Canticle Farm — a community practicing at the intersection of faith-based, earth-based, and social-justice-based nonviolent activism.
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.
Julie is a Certified Co-Active Coach and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and ecology from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. She spends a lot of time doing yoga and wandering through the East Bay hills.
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.
Adam is a garden-based nutrition educator for children and adults. Adam’s profound joys come from witnessing the connections people make to themselves, each other, and the Earth, as they constantly seek new meaning in Jewish ritual.
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.