About Adamah

Adamah is the largest Jewish environmental organization in North America.

Our mission is to cultivate vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the earth. We believe in the deep connection between people & planet, adam adamah.

Our Impact:

20,000 people participated in Immersive Retreats and Jewish Environmental Education

12,000 people participated in community engagement efforts, including retreat rentals, campus use and farming

Over 200 organizations are members the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition

Our Mission

We cultivate vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the earth,
 catalyzing culture change and systemic change through immersive experiences, Jewish environmental education, leadership development, and climate action.

Our Values

Community and Belonging
We build authentic relationships and embrace diversity.

Joy, Love, & Hope
We create joyous experiences filled with love that give people hope for the future. 

Nature Connection
We tap into the healing inspiration and wisdom of the natural world.

Jewish Wisdom
We draw guidance & inspiration from Jewish text, prayer, ritual, calendar, stories, and song.

Peoplehood & Planethood
The Jewish people need to come together, in Israel and the diaspora, to respond to this moment.

Youth Empowerment
We center and support rising generations as they find their voice and drive change toward a brighter future.

Collective Action
We learn from our elders that we go farther together, building momentum with our partners and allies.

Our Leadership Team

Jakir Manela

Jakir Manela

Chief Executive Officer

Reisterstown, MD

Jakir’s Bio
Rachel Siegal

Rachel Siegal

Chief Development Officer

Baltimore, MD

Rachel’s Bio


Eve Wachhaus

Chief Operating Officer

Towson, MD

Eve’s Bio
Yoni Stadlin

Yoni Stadlin

Chief Program Officer

Philadelphia, PA

Yoni’s Bio
Risa Alyson Cooper

Risa Alyson Cooper

Chief National Programs Officer

Toronto, Canada

Risa’s Bio
David Rendsburg

David Rendsburg

Chief Finance & Administration Officer

Philadelphia, PA

David’s Bio