Presenter Bios Welfare to Justice for All Living Beings, Fri. 9:00-10:15 AM, Synagogue Book Signing, Fri. 12:00-1:00 PM, Sunroom Julie Seltzer started learning the scribal arts in 2007, while working as the baker at Isabella Freedman. She went on to write a Torah on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, making her the second woman in history known to have written a Torah. Julie is part of a group working to obtain humanely-sourced animal-skin parchment. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her Israeli mutt, Shusha. Behind the Hide: The Profane Production of Sacred Ritual Objects, Sat. 8:00-9:15 PM, Arts and Crafts Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, The Dr. Oz Show and many more. Board certified in adult and child neurology as well as pediatrics, Dr. Maya completed the University of Arizona’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, and now serves on their faculty. She works and studies with indigenous communities and healers in Ecuador. In her book and her practice, she offers an integrative and spiritual approach to allow moving beyond chronic health problems in children and adults. She also founded the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain Medicine™, an earth-based program for transformational healing. Book Signing, Thurs. 1:00-2:00 PM, Sunroom Fat: Is It Good or Bad for Us?, Thurs. 5:15-6:30 PM, Red Yurt Healing our Bioterrain: The Missing Piece in Our Health and Wellbeing, Fri. 2:00-3:15 PM, Red Yurt Open Heart Meditation, Sat. 8:00-9:15 PM, Red Yurt Janna Siller leads the Adamah crew in growing organic vegetables for CSA distribution, value-added production, Isabella Freedman food service, and donations, while maintaining the fields as resonant learning space for fellows and visitors. She teaches classes on practical farming and gardening skills as well as classes that explore the big picture systems, policies and issues that shape what we eat and how it is grown. Janna lives in Falls Village with her family: Arthur, Tzuf, and the cats.
Comparative Agricultures: Behind the Labels, Fri. 9:00-10:15 AM, Sunroom Donna Simons is founder of Pound Ridge Organics, a dynamic food hub in the lower Hudson Valley of NY, dedicated to providing the community with the most nourishing, cleanly, and ethically produced meat, vegetables, dairy and eggs. Pound Ridge Organics is the first known CSA in the country to offer APA Approved organic heritage breed chicken and eggs – and now kosher poultry as well. Donna is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, and, as such, has been awarded AWA (Animal Welfare Approved) certification for her farm. Pound Ridge Organics is the first and only Jewish farm to receive AWA Certification. Donna recently returned from Turin Italy where was part of the US delegation for Slow Food USA. As chairman of her regional chapter, Donna is taking the lead on projects relating to hunger, education, sustainability and peace through food. Kosher Soul Food, Thurs. 9:00-10:15 AM, Great Hall Heritage Breed Animals As Ambassadors for Jewish Values, Sat. 8:00-9:15 PM, Beige Yurt Dr. Healy Smith, M.D. found in psychiatry a meeting of science and soul, brain and gut. She practices adult psychiatry, specializing in integrative approaches and the perinatal period, and has published and lectured in these fields. She has a private practice in downtown Manhattan, and teaches at Weill-Cornell/ NY Presbyterian Hospital. She received a B.S. in biology from Brown and completed medical school and residency at UCLA, followed by a reproductive psychiatry fellowship at Cornell/ NYP Hospital. She is board certified in Psychiatry, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Most recently, she’s been captivated by the emerging research on the microbiome, its existential implications, relevance to psychiatry, illumination of the interconnected web within us and amidst us, and the perspectives it shines on food, ecology, and environmentalism. Microbiome and the Mind, Thurs. 10:30-11:45 AM, Beige Yurt Microbiome and Community, Thurs. 2:15-3:45 PM, Library Dr. Ken Sonnenschein, M.D. is the co-founder of Mitzvah Garden KC, a gardening project of the Kansas City Jewish community where volunteers grow produce which is then
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