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.
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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.
Prior to his role at Wilderness Torah, Simcha co-founded and directed the Jewish Farm School for 6 years. He has also worked and and directed programs for Hazon Inc, American Jewish World Service, Teva Learning Center, Wilderness Torah and Eden Village Camp. Simcha is an ordained clergy by The Chaplaincy Institute, and for the past several years he was employed as Chaplain and Director & Founder of Camp Heart for Vitas Healthcare.
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.
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.
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.
Outside of her role with Wilderness Torah, she serves as the Events Coordinator at PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, as well as a Co-Producer of the Northern California Permaculture Convergence.
Malka holds a BA from the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and Art with a concentration in Community, Culture, and Justice. She feels most joyful when basking in the sun, taking her cats on hikes, making art, and deepening her relationships with spirit, plants and community.
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.
Rebecca is excited to return to her roots and community in the Bay Area. When she’s not working, she can be found biking and hiking around the East Bay, drawing comics and working on her first graphic novel.
Sylvie is from New York and holds two BA’s from Barnard College and JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary) where she studied environmental history and Bible respectively. She spent many summers leading farm programs and backcountry trips at a Jewish summer camp in Colorado. Outside of her work with Wilderness Torah, she is committed to creating a just, sustainable, and equitable food system. Sylvie is particularly interested in transforming food distribution systems away from the supermarket model to a environmentally regenerative structure.