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 in the Urban Adamah Fellowship. In addition, the following individuals serve as regular adjunct faculty.
Joanna Kent Katz
Joanna Kent Katz is a social justice educator, urban farmer, Theater of the Oppressed practitioner and amateur harmonica player. She creates and facilitates dynamic, embodied workshops to support young adults in strengthening themselves as agents of social change. Joanna has lead workshops about liberation and oppression for young adult leaders for Avodah, Pursue, Jewish Funds for Justice, Eden Village Camp and The Jewish Farm School. She brought social justice education to the Adamah curriculum in Connecticut where she has been a central part of the program for the last six years. Joanna was most recently the Assistant Farm Educator at Martin Luther King High School food justice program in North West Philadelphia. She is currently a Masters student of Drama Therapy at The California Institute for Integral Studies, learning to incorporate more creative, radical personal and collective healing practices into her justice work. And bravely risking foolishness.
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 Weinberg - bio coming soon!
Wiley Rogers – bio coming soon!
Adam Berman, Urban Adamah’s Executive Director, and Casey Yurow, our Director of Education, teach the core Jewish Curriculum in the Urban Adamah Fellowship. In addition, the following individuals occasionally serve as adjunct faculty.
Deena Aranoff, Ph.D.
Prof. 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 – bio coming soon!
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.