East Bay B’hootz Mentors
Daniella brings a deep love of community building, Earth-connection, and Jewish spirituality. She is an alumnus 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.
Daniella holds a BA in International Development and a minor in Dance from UC Berkeley.
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.
Bekkah currently works with Education Outside in San Francisco as an elementary school garden teacher. As a B’Hootz mentor, she is excited to work in the intersections of her two favorite things — Jewish identity and eco-literacy, helping cultivate the next generation of mindful, curious, culturally-rooted stewards of the Earth.
Peninsula B’hootz Mentors
Margot graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Environmental Science and minors in Jewish Studies and Sustainable Business. She also graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Elementary Education. She holds her teaching credential, recognition from Hazon for her curricular excellence, certification as a master gardener, and is currently Assistant Director of Oakland Afterschool at the JCC of the East Bay. She participated in the Urban Adamah Fellowship in 2014, and the JOFEE Fellowship in 2017-2018.
Daniel completed a degree in Nature & Culture at UC Davis and was incredibly blessed to study deep nature connection with Weaving Earth for two years. The Baal Shem Tov, the ancient Hebrew poets, and his grandmother Pauline are all huge inspirations in Daniel’s Jewish learning adventure. In addition to B’naiture, Daniel directs a forest kindergarten class in the Oakland hills and lives/creates at Canticle Farm — a multi-racial and interfaith community in Fruitvale.
Rebecca holds a BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University. She currently resides in the east bay, where she also teaches mindfulness and yoga in Richmond public schools and makes art in her home studio.
Cedar’s creative and professional work dances at the intersection of art, spirituality, ancestors and social change. In addition to their work with B’Naiture, Cedar teaches Hebrew at a local synagogue, works as a Digital Storyteller with their company Sacred Witness Media, creates and performs liturgical and loop music, and studies movement-based expressive art therapy with Tamalpa Institute. Cedar is beyond thrilled to be supporting B’Naiture’s teens as a mentor and looks forward to continuing to weave our community with song, story, wilderness skills and earth-based Jewish wisdom!
Deep nature connection, rites of passage, community building, and expressive arts all led John to work with youth in refugee crises from rural Guatemala to the edge of the Syrian Civil War, and to the inner cities of the Bay Area.
John gives deep bows to his many lineages: Wilderness Torah, Weaving Earth, Stephen Jenkinson, The Tamera Peace Project, Gigi Coyle (School of Lost Borders), the Tamalpa Insititute, and Walking Water. He co-founded the Re/Culture Collective in 2016, which is dedicated to telling stories of the regenerative culture. Read more about John’s work here.
Teen Shoreshim Apprentice Mentors
Our teen apprentice mentors play a unique role in our youth programs as intermediaries between youth and adults. While they are still in touch with the magic of childhood, they are also stepping into responsibility for the mizvot (Jewish teachings on how to live responsibly and compassionately). Each teen mentor is paired with an experienced adult mentor and helps lead a group of kids grades K–7.
Find out more about our Teen Shomrim.