People of Eden Village

Founding Directors

Yoni StadlinYoni 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

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.

Our Staff 

Simone LindenbaumProgram Director - 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

Amanda Playford, Office Manager - 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.

Our Farm Staff

Avi Katzman, Farm Director - 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 Bin 
Rachel Binstock, Farm Apprentice/Educator 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.