Adam Berman

Senior Educator
510.649.1595 x 102

Hi I’m Adam, Urban Adamah’s President and Founding Executive Director. Living and teaching the integration of mindfulness, Jewish Tradition, environmental stewardship and social justice has been my lifelong passion. My first real gig in this field was at the Teva Learning Center, where I served as an educator and then as the director from 1996 – 1999. After getting my MBA, I returned to Connecticut to serve as the Executive Director at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, from 2002 – 2009. While at Isabella Freedman, I founded ADAMAH: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship, a three-month leadership training program for Jewish young adults that integrates Jewish learning and living with sustainable agriculture, ecological literacy, leadership training and contemplative spiritual practice. In 2010, I founded Urban Adamah here in Berkeley, and served as its first Executive Director until June of 2019. In this new role, I spend my time on high level strategy, new business initiatives, consulting to other organizations, teaching and fundraising. I live in Berkeley with my wife Deena Aranoff and two children, Shira and Maya.