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 email@example.com and 413-584-3593 x203.
Rose Cherneff serves as the Farm Manager and Director of Shefa 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Bajgot serves as Coordinator for Young Family Engagement and Shabbat Shabloom. She is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. Molly attended Arizona State University, and then the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for her undergrad. Molly graduated in 2014 with a B.S. degree in Sustainable Food and Farming and then moved to Boston where she found strong Jewish community. Molly was a JOIN (Jewish Organizing Institute and Network) for Justice Fellowship, 2014-15, and also as a Resident Organizer at the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice house, 2015-16. Most recently Molly was working as the Western Mass Organizer for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA). She is a singer, songwriter, bodywork enthusiast, and systems thinker. You can reach Molly at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Leung serves as the Farm Educator for Abundance Farm. Rebecca became interested in gardening while doing an AmeriCorps program at an elementary school in California, where rosemary grows as a bush and kale is a perennial. Since then, she's worked at a variety of CSA and wholesale farms in Massachusetts, including Brookfield Farm and most recently Old Friends Farm in Amherst, MA. Rebecca is excited to facilitate her own and young people's Jewish learning through farming and being connected to land.
Merideth Lively serves as the Communications and Administrative Associate for Abundance Farm. Prior to this position, Merideth worked in organic and ecological agriculture. Merideth manages Lively LittleField, an autoethnographic Appalachian farm project, which in past years has provided a CSA and served a gleaning source for local food banks. Merideth studied anthropology and studio art at Smith College and the Ohio State University, and is currently in training to become a certified yoga teacher. You can reach Merideth at email@example.com .