At Adamah, we inspire and empower people to feel and act on the deep connection between people and planet.
We build community and cultivate a more sustainable future through immersive experiences, inspiring programs, and collective action. In this moment, we must be the bridge between our ancestors and our descendants, mobilizing the power of the Jewish people to respond to the existential crises of our time.
We cultivate vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the Earth, catalyzing culture change and systemic change through Jewish Environmental Education, Immersive Retreats, and Climate Action.
We cultivate connections
We learn from the Earth
We take care of each other
We educate through experience
And, if not now — when?
Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Jakir was trained as a Teva educator in 2004, established Kayam Farm at Pearlstone in 2006, and served as the Executive Director of Pearlstone and as a Hazon board member from 2012-2021. In 2022, he became the CEO of Hazon-Pearlstone, leading the merger into Adamah. Jakir is deeply inspired by Adamah’s amazing team and holy work happening every day. He lives just up the road from Pearlstone with his family, coaches youth sports, and loves night hikes and campfires.
Chief Operating Officer
Eve is a 30+year hospitality industry veteran and non-profit leader having worked with Hershey Entertainment, Hyatt, Habitat for Humanity, and 15+ food operations. Eve is certified by the National Restaurant Assn. and a graduate of Johns Hopkins U.
Chief Program Officer
From 2008-2021, Yoni Stadlin served as founding director of Eden Village Camp, the Jewish environmental sleepaway camp. Yoni’s recognitions include the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize and Jewish Week’s “36 under 36”, and he holds an MA in Informal Jewish Education from JTS. He has traveled extensively as an environmental educator and activist. Yoni lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Risa Alyson Cooper
Chief National Programs Officer
Risa Alyson Cooper supports the incredible teams driving Adamah’s Youth Empowerment and Climate Action work, along with the outstanding humans who are manifesting Adamah’s mission within our regional community impact hubs. Risa currently lives in Toronto with her partner and two children and is happiest when frolicking in fields and forests.
Chief Development Officer
Rachel Siegal has a 20 year career in fundraising and board development. She loves helping bring big ideas to life, and is inspired by her family, colleagues and leaders who are moved by Adamah’s mission to unite people and planet.
Chief Finance & Administration Officer
David started at Hazon in 2006 and staffed over 40 bike rides for Hazon before transitioning to the Director of Data and Analytics and then to Adamah CFO. After 15 years in Manhattan, David and his family moved to Philadelphia in summer 2020.
Chief Strategy Advisor
Adam founded Urban Adamah and served as its first Executive Director from 2010 – 2019. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center (2002 – 2009), where he also founded the Adamah Fellowship.