People of Eden Village
Yoni Stadlin, a passionate and talented educator, activist and community builder, founded Eden Village Camp in 2008 with his wife, Vivian Lehrer Stadlin. In 2010, the Jewish Week recognized Yoni and Vivian as two of the “36 under 36” (the 36 most influential Jewish leaders under the age of 36). Yoni holds an M.A. in Informal Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and directed the 92nd Street Y’s science and nature day camp for two years, where he garnered rave reviews from campers, parents and staff. He is a veteran educator for the Teva Learning Center, the country’s leading Jewish environmental education program. Yoni has taught Judaism and environmental justice internationally with the American Jewish World Service, taught environmental science from an educational sailboat on which he lived, co-organized earthquake relief trips to India and Turkey, and led Birthright Israel trips. In 1999 and 2006, Yoni spent several months living aloft in ancient redwood trees that were slated to be cut, as an environmental protection initiative. Today, those trees are alive and well. Yoni has a natural gift for sharing his vision, leading raucous song sessions and connecting with people of all ages.
Vivian Lehrer Stadlin grew up in Jewish and outdoor camps and believes in camp’s power for good. Pre-Eden Village, she graduated from Columbia University and Columbia Law School, carried out a two-year legal fellowship at the Urban Justice Center, served as adjunct professor at Boricua College, and led Jewish service-learning trips for teens in Israel and New Orleans. Her interest in wellness led her to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and she brings a holistic perspective to Eden Village. People often ask if she misses working as a lawyer, and the truth is, no: Eden Village is justice work, and it is profoundly fulfilling to help create an experience for campers and teens that is fun, dynamic, and, just maybe, life-changing.
Simone Lindenbaum, Program Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Simone is totally thrilled to be working at Eden Village. After graduating from McGill University, Simone worked for a sustainability non-profit in the Philadelphia area. Simone has grown up in camp and in community; she spent 13 years learning and educating with Habonim Dror. She’s worked in synagogues, community centers and after-school programs to facilitate creative Jewish experiential learning. Most recently, her spiritual and environmental practice has been shaped through living in community at Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, participating in the ADAMAH fellowship at Isabella Freedman, and working as a Jewish environmental educator with the TEVA Learning Alliance. Simone can be found hanging out in the forest, singing loudly, putting on shows, rap battling, crafting and playing the 4 chords she knows on guitar again and again and again.
Amanda Playford, Office Manager - email@example.com
Amanda studied early childhood education and psychology at SUNY New Paltz. Her learning led her to a more spiritual and healthy lifestyle, with newfound appreciation for the little things in life… the same values that brought her to Eden Village Camp. She enjoys yoga and meditation, and is an animal lover and ASPCA supporter. She grew up in nearby Cold Spring and has hiked many of the trails this area has to offer. She is excited to spread Eden Village’s mission and be part of this community.
Baruch Shapiro, Medical Herbalist, is a founding staff member at Eden Village camp where he happily directs the Herb Program each summer. He is also the founder and director of the Israel Herb School, which is in the Emek Haela region of Israel. Baruch grew up in the gardens and wild places of California and Nevada. Growing up around Native American healers and the leaders of the Jewish Renewal Movement he had close contact as a youth with Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi and Reb Shlomo. First introduced to herbs by Rolling Thunder, he then studied, worked with, and was finally certified to practice and teach herbal medicine by the most distinguished herbal medicine teachers of this day, including David Hoffman, NIMH, and Tierraona Lowdog, M.D. He has been practicing and continuing to study the healing arts with a passion since 1986. Now living in an old refurbished farmstead in the Emek Haelah, Israel, self built from stone and wood he has created a living, breathing permaculture farm with a green house, herbal laboratory, and teaching center where he lives most of the year with his wife Keter and their five children growing and preparing herbal elixirs for clients and other therapists as well as doing consulting and design work for individuals, homes, businesses, and gardens throughout the country. His website is www.israelherbschool.com.
Ilana Cloud, Events & Engagement Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilana is an artist, designer, educator and an earth dweller with consistent dirt under her nails.She received her undergraduate degree in Painting and Printmaking from Boston University and Rutgers University.She is passionate about sustainable, clean, and communal living and eating. Since doing the Adamah Farm Fellowship program in 2013, she has been working with goats and chickens, and sticking her hands in the soil as often as possible.
Our Farm Staff
Sarah Brown, Farm Director - email@example.com
Sarah received a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University where she focused on understanding the complexity of food deserts and sustainable food systems. In 2007, she lived in a community on Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, which inspired her to spend the next five years studying, traveling and learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. In her journeys, Sarah accumulated ample crew and management experience on organic farms in Michigan, Connecticut (as an Adamah fellow), California and in the Hudson River Valley of New York. As a child Sarah attended Habonim Dror Camp Tavor, later spending five years on staff and as the Camp Director. She loves to grow, harvest, dance and eat delicious food with intention and community.
Avi Katzman, Farmer/Educator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hailing from the midwest, Avi came east to attend the School of Visual Arts in NYC to study photography. After graduating Avigail realized she was destined for the rolling hills of Putnam Valley, doing small scale farming and experiential education in a Jewish setting. And then she found Eden Village- and her dream came true! She loves working with groups of all ages and sharing her joy and laughter with anyone who comes her way. She can usually be found singing to the goats, making caraway sauerkraut, or dancing with friends!
Rachel hails from Evanston, IL where she spent many a shabbat afternoon in her backyard making dirt pies and steeping in the wonders of nature. She is thrilled to begin her farming apprenticeship in the Hudson Valley, excited to learn more about using the farm as a classroom and as a community building tool. Rachel majored in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, focusing on different peoples’ relationships with the earth. Teaching a hebrew school course in jewish ecology and attending the Hazon Food Conference in 2012 ignited her passion for Jewish Environmentalism. She can’t wait to develop more skills as a Jewish Environmental Educator and to grow food in community. She loves tying knots, eating apples and their cores, working hard, lounging in hammocks, diving into natural bodies of water, and singing in harmony.
Zach Goldberg - Farm Apprentice
After graduating from the McGill Univerisity School of Environment, Zach decided to come to Eden Village to grow his farm skills and connection with nature. Zach spent last summer working with goats on a government research farm in Barbados, where he was researching goat nutrition and diet. Zach is excited to be in this vibrant educational community!
Zach is one of those tree hugging, composting, soy milk drinking, bike ridding, war hating, vegan liberals.