Rabbi Jacob Fine serves as the Director of Abundance Farm.  For the past 15 years Jacob has worked and taught in the field of Jewish environmental and agricultural education.  He has served as a rabbi and educator for a number of leading Jewish environmental organizations including the Teva Learning Alliance, Adamah, Hazon and, most recently, the Jewish Farm School, where he served as the Director of Programs (2011-2013) and now serves on its Board of Directors.  A Wexner Graduate Fellow and former Rabbi and Assistant Director at Hillel at the University of Washington (2007-2011), Jacob was ordained as a rabbi from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles where he also received a M.A. in Rabbinic Studies. Jacob is also a graduate of Vassar College where he received a B.A. in environmental studies and religion.  Jacob has authored widely used curriculum including "Jewish Food Rules: Principles of a Contemporary Jewish Food Ethic," and teaches widely on issues related to Judaism, ecology and food justice.  Jacob can be reached at rabbijacob@abundancefarm.org and 413-584-3593 x203.

Rose Cherneff serves as the Farm Manager for Abundance Farm. Rose got her start in the farming world as a teenager working at The Food Project in Boston, MA. Since then she has worked for a variety of educational and production farms throughout New England including Sawyer Farm- a horse powered CSA, Villageside Farm- a diversified vegetable operation, and Rebel Hill Farm- a native and perennial plant nursery.  Rose is interested in the ways in which farming and land-based relationships can help bring people together, and how connecting with each other can help us connect to the land.  Rose can be reached at rose@abundancefarm.org.      

Amy Meltzer serves as the Director of Young Family Engagement for Abundance Farm. Amy is the lead kindergarten teacher and Director of Family Engagement at Lander-Grinspoon Academy.  Amy is the author of two children's books, A Mezuzah on the Door and The Shabbat Princess, and the Jewish parenting blog Homeshuling. She is a former wilderness guide, Nature's Classroom instructor, and the founding director of Teva.  Amy is the 2015 recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.  You can contact Amy at amy@abundancefarm.org.

Nili Simhai serves as the Director of Outdoor Education for Abundance Farm. Nili served as the Director of Teva, a leading Jewish environmental education organization, for fourteen years.  A recipient of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili has been recognized for her leadership in training and counseling hundreds of educators in the tenets of Jewish environmental education.  One of her current passions is outdoor classrooms in Jewish institutions.  Nili can be reached at nili@abundancefarm.org.

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Ashley Davenport serves as the Outdoor Classroom Coordinator and classroom teacher at Gan Keshet Jewish Community Preschool, working closely with Abundance Farm to bring outdoor education to the preschool community. Ashley is a certified yoga teacher, blending movement and mindfulness with eco-literacy, traditional skill building, and authentic agricultural experiences to help children learn to live in harmony with the land.

 

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Liz Knoll serves as the Communications and Administrative Associate for Abundance Farm. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2016, where she concentrated in Jewish & Muslim theology. Liz is a librarian-to-be, and enjoys keeping things organized while being a friendly face to anyone with a question. She is very excited to be part of an organization that uplifts the natural world and connects it to the community. You can reach her at liz@cbinorthampton.org.