fellows learning circle

The Urban Adamah Fellowship educational curriculum is taught by in-house staff and an extraordinary group of visiting scholars and practitioners. They come from a range of backgrounds, and together bring amazing perspective, diversity and richness to the Urban Adamah Fellowship experience.  The individuals below serve as regular teachers in the Fellowship.

Environmental, Agricultural, Social Justice Training

Willow Rosenthal, Urban Adamah’s Farm Manager, and Sarah Karlson, our Senior Farm Educator, teach the core Urban Agriculture and Permaculture Curriculum and Chloe Zelkha, our Fellowship Manager, teaches the core liberation curriculum in the Urban Adamah Fellowship.

In addition, the following individuals serve as regular adjunct faculty.

Arielle Cohen
Arielle Cohen is a professional hospice chaplain in the East Bay who also likes to work at farmers markets.  She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at UCSF Medical Center and spent a year training on the Palliative Care Service also at UCSF. Arielle earned a Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion and spent two years studying at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  A long-time Buddhist practitioner, she is endorsed through Spirit Rock Buddhist Meditation Center and completed the Sati Center Training for Buddhist Chaplaincy. Arielle studied Non-Violent Communication with Bay NVC and loves teaching NVC to the fellows.

Tali Biale
Tali first fell in love with cooking while living in Bologna, Italy. From there, she went on to work as a pastry chef at Union Square Cafe in Manhattan and as a farmer in Vermont and upstate New York. While farming, and faced with fields exploding with produce, she began to learn the joys of food preservation, especially canning and fermenting. Tali loves teaching and sharing these skills with others. In addition, she runs her own business, Kitchen Doula, cooking for families with brand-new babies. Tali’s favorite things in life are woodstoves, maple syrup, goats, and all her friends sitting around one table.

Tali Weinberg  – bio coming soon!

Wiley Rogers
Wiley Rogers is a Berkeley Native bee keeper. He can be seen sailing around the bay or driving in his blue school bus. He manages media projects for Planting Justice and teaches bee keeping workshops on the side. Growing up with a commercial beekeeper father, Wiley learned a lot of tricks of the trade that he is excited to pass on.

Jewish Learning

Adam Berman, Urban Adamah’s Executive Director teaches the core Jewish Curriculum in the Urban Adamah Fellowship. In addition, the following individuals occasionally serve as adjunct faculty.

Deena Aranoff, Ph.D.
Professor Deena Aranoff teaches courses on Jewish history, culture and mysticism at the Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) at the Graduate Theological Union. She also serves as a scholar at Wexner Heritage Foundation programs throughout the country. In addition to her Jewish scholarly pursuits, Professor Aranoff has been a dedicated yoga student for many years and now teaches widely in the Bay Area. She completed her Ph.D. in 2006 in the department of history at Columbia University.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb – bio coming soon!

Rabbi David Kasher 
Rabbi David Kasher was part of the founding team at Kevah and now serves on their faculty as the Senior Rabbinic Educator. After studying at Wesleyan University and spending several years at yeshivot in Israel, he went to rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York and was ordained there in 2007. Previously, he worked as the Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel and as a lecturer at Berkeley Law. He received his masters in law at Berkeley and is currently a doctoral candidate there, writing his dissertation on religious and secular jurisprudence. Check out his weekly blog on the Torah portion at www.parshanut.com

Shulamit Wise Fairman – bio coming soon!

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Rabbi Lerner is a political activist, and the editor of Tikkun, a prominent progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California. Rabbi Lerner received a B.A. from Columbia University, studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and became a protégé of Abraham Joshua Heschel. In 1964, he started his graduate studies in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, eventually earning in 1972 a Ph.D. in philosophy. His dissertation argued for an objective foundation to ethics and against various forms of ethical relativism.He completed a second Ph.D. in 1977, this one is social/clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

In 1976 Lerner founded the Institute for Labor and Mental Health to work with the labor movement and do research on the psychodynamics of American society. In 1979 he received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to train union shop stewards as agents of prevention for mental health disorders, and he simultaneously extended his previous study of the psychodynamics of American society. With a subsequent grant from the NIMH he studied American politics and reported that “a spiritual crisis” was at the heart of the political transformation of American society as well as at the heart of much of the psychic pain that was being treated in individual therapy.