Talia Chain
Farm Manager
Talia, who joined the ROI community in 2016, will be moving to the new Jewish UK farm’s location in October this year. She is currently working on a rural community farm in Ireland which grows food for a retirement community. For the previous two years she worked as an Urban farmer in London within and outside the Jewish community. Talia has always been involved in Jewish life through a variety of activities and movements. She attended the Adamah Fellowship at the Isabella Freedman Centre (Jewish farm/environmental centre) in Spring 2014. The experience was spiritually invigorating and environmentally enlightening. It motivated Talia to create a similar programme in the UK so others may engage with such a transformative style of Judaism which has environmentalism at its heart. Talia also founded a charity supporting survivors of human trafficking, The charity runs large scale artistic events and funds survivors living in the UK to reintegrate into society. She has run several events in Parliament and the charity has created a tech product to spread awareness on trafficking
Danielle Oxenham
Danielle comes from multicultural family and is rooted strongly in her Jewish heritage. Raised in the diverse city of London, she is passionate about bringing communities together, connecting with one’s cultural background and the surrounding environment. She is particularly interested in the transactions of food heritage within community and family and is a budding ‘food story’ collector. With experience in the speciality coffee industry, Danielle identifies the significance of celebrating the journey that our food takes from seed to table. Actively engaged in working with young people, ranging from Jewish movement work to advocacy for young refugees she hopes to further this engagement, connecting with her current degree in Occupational Therapy.
Roxana Jebreel
Roxana is a creative and curious soul, currently living in a Jewish community House in NW London, Moishe House. She has worked with teenagers with profound special needs for the past few years, whilst volunteering this year with adults with mental health issues and is committed to working with vulnerable people. She also loves being craftsy, dancing and being in the outdoors. Roxana just came back from Adamah and is full of song and fresh rainbow chard. She is resisting the urge to compulsively weed wherever she goes.
Gabrielle Gershuny
Art Director
Gabi Gershuny is a London-based artist and writer. Her work aims to place creativity at the centre of raising awareness about and inspiring action on environmental issues, with the belief that art can help visualise and materialise a more balanced world. As well as freelance illustration work, she is currently Research and Editorial Assistant for Human Nature environmental art platform, and recently co-founded Anthropo.cine, an environmental film night in New Cross, London. Her own artwork is content-led, but she mostly works with drawing and painting. Read more about Human Nature’s work: Check out her work at Sadeh here
Nataly Raab
Creative Director
Nataly is a specialist in community engagement and sustainable design. With a background in architecture, she has worked, studied and travelled in Europe and South America with communities of different scales to empower them to change and influence their built environment. She is passionate about sustainability, in particular experimenting with natural and recycled materials and has worked on various mud and cob construction projects. Having written her master thesis on methods of interdisciplinary design, Nataly is fascinated by the power and benefit of bringing people from different backgrounds together, she loves to facilitate these dialogues - and speaking four languages also helps!
Deana Gershuny
Deana is currently a final year medical student. She was one of the 2016 Spring farming fellows at the Adamah Organic Farm, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Centre. She loves being outdoors, connecting with the land and with others, experimenting with earthy grassroots spiritual Judaism and always trying to live in evermore sustainable ways. She is passionate about pursuing a holistic approach to healthcare, interested in integrative medicine and the health benefits of living sustainably and in community. A big fan of being in the mountains, hiking, doing yoga, rock climbing, vegan food, growing, foraging, reading and learning.
Sara Moon
Sara grew up in Manchester and had a full Jewish education and extensive youth movement participation before fleeing to Sheffield for University. Studying Geography and Sociology coupled with Judaism's central value – 'to love your neighbour as yourself' led her to social justice and environmental activism. Sara cycled to Israel/Palestine in 2014 and is now writing a book about her transformative experiences on the road and living in the West Bank. Sara is interested in the meeting of spirituality and activism and supporting Jewish journeys grounded in nature.
Gabriel Chain
Gabriel is currently finishing a degree in Medicine at University College London. Having met his fiancé Connor in the USA, they joined New North London Synagogue and have since been heavily involved in community life. Having worked with groups such as Diversity Role Models (a school based anti-bullying campaign) and Oz (a support network for Orthodox LGBT Jews) Gabriel is a strong member of the Jewish LGBT movement. Having visited Adamah in 2014, Gabriel became interested in the idea of a Jewish farming movement and now sits on the Sadeh Board where he works to bring the Sadeh to the community.
Sara Bloch
Sara has been involved in youth work since 2008 and worked for Noam and Marom as a Youth Worker & Community Organiser in 2015. She enjoys working with young people to offer them opportunities for self-development, particularly through immersive experiences. She was a fellow at Urban Adamah in the Fall 2015 cohort and would like to play an instrumental role developing the world of Judaism and sustainability in the UK.
Josh Charig
For the past 5 years, Josh has worked as a technical SEO analyst for agencies and in house, which has given him an important skill to help business gain more traffic to their websites. Using this, and his passion for helping the environment, he is helping create the website for the Sadeh and looks forward to growing the farm in the future. Josh is also a passionate home brewer.
Lucy Newman
Lucy is interested in global justice from a Jewish perspective. She went to Ghana with Tzedek, a UK Jewish development charity, where she did an internship with a local anti-trafficking NGO. She also did the NIF Shatil fellowship and worked with Refugees in Israel. Lucy is currently a secondary school history teacher and is interested in education on the farm specifically and how to engage young people in these issues.
Hannah Brady
Food Blogger
Obsessed with most things edible, Hannah has been experimenting with recipes and enjoying lunchtime ever since childhood. Having most recently served as the 2015-16 President for the Union of Jewish Students, Hannah has worked to improve the visibility of disabled and women leaders in the community, using her own experiences of being hearing impaired to educate others about the need for greater accessibility. She is very excited to create recipes for Sadeh and spread the culinary love! Her parents are also excited that she has finally settled on life in government and will be starting work in the Civil Service this autumn.