Adamah Detroit

cultivating vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the earth in Southeast Michigan

Adamah Detroit implements Adamah’s national mission at a local scale: connecting people and planet in Detroit through Jewish environmental education, leadership development, and climate action programs and initiatives.

Our team provides critical and practical resources, support, and programming to over 40 local Jewish organizations integrating environmental values into Jewish life. We inspire and empower Jewish youth, teens, families, leaders, and institutions through programs and events that cultivate environmental stewardship through Earth-rooted holiday celebrations and experiential, nature-based programming. Our programs cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders, and support institutions in the development and implementation of climate action plans.

Meet Our Team

Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen

Climate Action Coordinator

Ari cultivated a passion for the environment at The University of Michigan where he studied environmental sciences. Ari enjoys growing a summer garden and exploring Michigan’s outdoors. Ari supports a wide array of programming in Detroit.


Detroit, MI

Carly Silverman

Carly Silverman

Community Engagement Manager

Carly develops and facilitates immersive outdoor experiences, environmental education and stewardship programming in Detroit. When not at work, Carly likes to rock climb and play the banjo!


Detroit, MI

Carly Sugar

Carly Sugar

Program Development and Education Specialist

After four years of directing Adamah’s Jewish Farming Fellowship, Carly has returned home and will be working with the Detroit team to facilitate meaningful food, garden and environmental programming.


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Amit Weitzer

Amit Weitzer

Director, Adamah Detroit

For the past 15 years, Amit has supported collaborative teams committed to youth leadership and community development. Amit has a MSW from the University of Michigan and loves spending time outside with family and friends.


Detroit, MI

Community Programs

Adamah Detroit community programs cultivate vibrant Jewish life through Jewish environmental education, leadership development and action.

Nature Chuggim

Through partnership with local day schools, camps, and religious schools, Nature Chuggim programs connect students to the earth through experiential learning, fostering a deep connection to the earth and Jewish identity. Our activities and programs are integrated with the Jewish calendar, and evolve with the seasons, so children can explore and learn from nature in new and exciting ways all throughout the year.
To bring Nature Chuggim to your youth-serving organization, please contact Carly Silverman, Education and Program Manager.

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Jewish Environmental Educator Training and Development 

Adamah Detroit is building and stewarding the field of Jewish environmental education in Southeast Michigan. Local Jewish educators are invited to join a collective focused on building skills and connections to integrate nature-based learning and Jewish environmental values into year-round Jewish learning at day schools, camps and religious/Hebrew schools. Participants are encouraged to join quarterly learning sessions throughout the year, and participants may receive continuing education credits to support their ongoing professional development.
To learn more and join us, contact Carly Silverman, Education and Program Manager.

Jewish Environmental Education and Stewardship 

Adamah Detroit cultivates deepened connection with Jewish identity and community through Earth-rooted holiday celebrations and environmental stewardship programming.
To coordinate an environmental education and action event with your community, reach out to Ari Cohen, Climate Action Coordinator..

Shomrei Adamah (Climate Conversations)

Our Shomrei Adamah (Climate Conversations) initiative builds community and connection through rich dialogue about Judaism, Jewish identity, and the climate crisis. Following an initial dialogue session, participants work together to create a climate action initiative for their Jewish organization. This program, coordinated in partnership with local Jewish community organizations, aims to develop and strengthen your organization’s Green Team, cultivate connection and engagement for lay-leaders and staff, and provide engaging content for your teens.
To learn more, reach out to Ari Cohen, Climate Action Coordinator.

Upcoming Detroit Events

Explore events in the Metro Detroit area or see our full calendar for national programs that may be of interest to our local audience.

Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition

Powered by Adamah, the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition is a network of Jewish community organizations who recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and are committed to taking action.

The Adamah Detroit team works with local Jewish institutions to develop and implement organizational Climate Action Plans that both reduce institutional emissions and mobilize the broader Detroit Jewish community around climate action.

For more information about the Coalition in Detroit, please email Ari Cohen, Climate Action Coordinator, Detroit at

Jewish Youth Climate Movement

The Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM) is a Gen Z-led movement integrating Jewish identity and leadership development with community building and climate action. JYCM supports and empowers the next generation of Jewish youth to be leaders in the work to build a sustainable and equitable world for all.

Adamah Detroit supports and works to expand the impact of JYCM chapters in Detroit.

For more information about JYCM in Detroit, please email

Adamah on Campus

Adamah on Campus is building a joyful, resilient generation of Jewish environmental leaders through education, action and community building.

Adamah Detroit supports and works to expand the impact of Adamah on Campus, and establish more chapters in Detroit-based university and college campuses.

For more information about Adamah on Campus in Detroit, please email

Detroit Advisory Council

Rabbi Ari Witkin
Rabbi Blair Nosanwisch
David Goldman
Jodee Fishman Raines
Judy Loebl
Professor Karla Goldman
Marni Cherrin
Paul Beshouri
Rachel Jacobson
Rebecca Starr
Ryan Hertz
Dr. Sam Stolper
For more information, contact

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