Rabbi Zelig Golden
Rabbi Zelig GoldenExecutive Director
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.

Check out his teachings here.

Flora Goldman
Flora GoldmanAdministrative 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.

Simcha Schwartz
Simcha SchwartzDevelopment Director
Simcha Schwartz is a passionate Jewish leader and co-collaborator with over 20 years of experience in Jewish education and community building. After participating in Wilderness Torah’s programs since 2010, and playing a key role on the board of directors, he is now joining as Wilderness Torah’s Director of Development, bridging his many layers of expertise and wisdom in development.

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.

Halley Bass
Halley BassMarketing 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.

Daniel Schoen
Daniel SchoenYouth Programs Director
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.

Ariella Bea Powers
Ariella Bea PowersFestivals Manager
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.

Malka Hoffman
Malka HoffmanLogistics Coordinator
Malka is a community organizer, place maker, permaculture educator, and multi-disciplinary designer. Her work is driven by the understanding that the collective liberation of all peoples is not mutually exclusive to the regeneration of our planet. She is most inspired by organizing gatherings that focus on the intersection of environmental justice and creative expression.

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.

Ben Rosenthal
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.

Rebecca Schuchat
Rebecca SchuchatDevelopment & Operations Associate
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Rebecca comes to this position with a passion for activism, fundraising, and community engagement. After receiving a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production, where she focused her studies on socially engaged art practices, animation and visual storytelling, she began teaching animation, filmmaking and illustration across NYC’s five boroughs and working with donors at The Children’s Museum of the Arts to fund accessible arts education. While living in New York, she enjoyed hosting and planning events to raise money for both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

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 Rosen
Sylvie RosenYouth Programs Coordinator
Sylvie approaches the role of Youth Programs Coordinator with passion for experiential outdoor and environmental education and she is committed to making Jewish education and community accessible for people from all backgrounds.

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.