Presenter Bios high-spirited community organizer, seasoned urban farmer, and Jewish educator, Marissa is passionate about the intersection of Judaism and nature — connecting the religious tradition back with its roots, practically and spiritually. Keynote – The Jewish Food Movement as a Vehicle for Social Change, Thurs. 8:00-9:15 PM, Great Hall Pure Olive Oil & The Light of Hanukkah, Fri. 10:30-11:45 AM, Red Yurt Becky O’Brien is Hazon’s Director for Boulder, Colorado. She has worked for a variety of social justice causes in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years. She has a background in volunteer coordinating, programming, political advocacy, fundraising, communications, and nonprofit administration. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude from both. She enjoys her family, hiking, and camping in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, gardening, knitting, and applying the principles of Voluntary Simplicity to her life. Colorado Meetup, Thurs. 1:00-2:00 PM, Great Hall The Ark Project: Bringing a Groundbreaking B’nai Mitzvah Curriculum to Your Community, Fri. 1:00-2:00 PM, Arts and Crafts Eric Robbins is the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and was formally the CEO of Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps for children with serious illnesses and life changes. Eric is a co-founder of Limmud Atlanta SE and now serves on its Board of Directors. Eric received a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Keynote – The Jewish Food Movement as a Vehicle for Social Change, Thurs. 8:00-9:15 PM, Great Hall Jessica Roff is the Programs Manager for Catskill Mountainkeeper and was the Downstate Regional Organizer for New Yorkers Against Fracking, organizing against fracking and its infrastructure mainly in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. She is a lawyer by training, but has been working as a climate justice, antifracking, and food justice activist since moving back to Brooklyn from Washington, DC in 2009, implementing creative actions and community-based educational
events to fight against local pipelines and support communities’ struggles against compressor stations and other infrastructure. She was a full-time relief and rebuilding organizer in the Rockaways after Superstorm Sandy, working closely with community members and organizations. Prior to this, Jessica worked for the US Commission on Civil Rights and then spent nearly eight years practicing Federal Indian law at the Department of the Interior focusing on treaty hunting and fishing rights, law enforcement in Indian Country, and international negotiations on the rights of indigenous peoples. Advocacy 101: Reports from the Field, Thurs. 10:30-11:45 AM, Synagogue Eli Rogosa is an Israeli farmer, artisan baker and anthropologist. She founded and managed the Jerusalem Cityfarm for seven years, worked in the West Bank as an extension for ecological water management and organic farming, and worked with the Israeli gene bank, Machon Volcani, to collect the almost-extinct ancient grains of Eretz Israel. She was funded by the European Union for 5 years to collect rare seeds in Europe with gene banks. Eli is author of Restoring Heritage Grains – Culture, Biodiversity, Resilience and Cuisine published by Chelsea Green, and manages the Heritage Grain Conservancy on her biodiversity farm in Western Massachusetts with her husband Cr Lawn. She bakes amazing sourdough einkorn bread from the einkorn seeds that she collected in Israel and now grows on her biodiversity farm. Part 1 – The Sacred Embrace: RESTORING Ancient Grains – Biodiversity, Culture, Resilience and Torah (two-part series), Fri. 9:00-10:15 AM, Great Hall Part 2 – Bread from the Earth: Einkorn Sourdough Sprouted Bread (two-part series), Fri. 10:30-11:45 AM, Great Hall Book Signing, Fri. 1:00-2:00 PM, Sunroom Sue Salinger creates the direction of and manages Hazon’s program in Metro Detroit. She leads a dedicated team that is re-imagining what it means to be Jewish in a city and region undergoing rapid change, through partnering to build capacity within existing Jewish institutions in Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education, and creating new programs and experiences that bring people together across difference around health and sustainability. Sue was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, Michigan, and Director of Education at Congregation
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