Tiferet Nashman, Acting Director
Tiferet is a Jewish environmental educator and community builder. She holds a Masters in Education and a B.A. in Diaspora and Transnational Studies with a focus on relationships between diasporic and indigenous communities. Tiferet completed the Wild Deer wilderness skills training, and is a recipient of the David Suzuki Award for environmental educators. She has worked with the TDSB, the Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Department, the University of Toronto’s Multifaith Centre and is founding resident of Moishe Pod Toronto. Tiferet’s life has been woven with Shoresh since its inception and she is thrilled to be serving as Co-Director.
Sabrina Malach, Director of Engagement
Sabrina began working with Shoresh in 2011 after spending six years working and volunteering in the Jewish Food Movement in New York and Israel. She participated in the Adamah in 2005, studied at the Eco-Activist Beit Midrash in Jerusalem in 2006, and worked with Hazon from 2006-2007. Upon returning to Toronto, Sabrina got an MES from York University with a focus on pollinator protection in urban centres. In 2010, Sabrina was awarded the Canadian Pollinator Advocacy Award from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Sabrina is a new mom and Shoresh’s resident beekeeper.
Tamar Goldberg, Interim Managing Director
Tamar is a talmud-toting tree hugger. Her work as an arborist and leading canoe trips for Camp Ramah have led her to the inevitable conclusion that the best place to be is outside. Tamar has studied at TanenbaumCHAT, Associated Hebrew Schools, Pardes, BASE, and Urban Adamah. She draws on her diverse experiences in the Jewish and natural world to help others to become students of the wilderness. As a founding resident of Moishe Pod Toronto, she is dedicated to creating and facilitating Jewish community gatherings focused on ritual, song, and nature connection, with the ultimate goal of building a just society.
Ellis Goldstein, Primary Lead Educator
Ellis has a B.A. in Psychology from York University. In 2018, they participated in the Adamah Jewish farming fellowship in Connecticut. Ellis is a justice-oriented Queer Jewish community organizer, a previous resident at Moishe House Toronto, and co-founder of Eshel Toronto. Prior to joining Shoresh, they worked and learned at Jewish day camps and Synagogue children’s programs. They are passionate about accessible, inclusive, and fun Jewish education. When not exploring the ravine systems with children, Ellis can be found growing plants, studying Torah, organizing liberatory community events, or dreaming about mycelium.
Iris Benedikt, Lead Educator
Iris is an artist educator who uses imagination to artfully uncover mysteries of the land alongside youth. She studied Studio Arts and Geography, has a Bachelor of Education and is a certified teacher. Iris prioritizes youth empowerment and critical thinking in her facilitation practice, and has worked as an outdoor educator, a social justice Jewish educator and a visual arts instructor. She’s been involved with Shoresh since its inception and was the first to have a Shoresh b’nei mitzvah! Iris’s Jewish identity is intimately rooted in working towards a world with less hierarchy and more solidarity. When Iris is not at Shoresh, she is doing art and exploring nature.
Paul Kitz, Outdoor Educator – Yesod Mentor
Paul is drawn to big questions: Where does Truth lie? How can I grow more intimate with life? How can we, collectively, live in a way that honours the dignity of life in ourselves and others? What does healing look like? These questions have taken Paul into politics, the wilderness, and on a spiritual journey that has included being ba’al teshuvah, leaving Judaism, and connecting with teachers from various traditions before reconnecting with Judaism through family, lineage and ancestry. Paul finds joy, connection and purpose spending time with young people. He is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner that has worked with individuals and groups from family homes to summer camps, ballet schools to hospices. He is blessed to work in a mentorship role with people of all ages in the context of nature, and is excited to support B’nei Mitzvahs living into their own big questions at such a potent time in their lives.
Josh Kleinberg, Program Associate
Josh began volunteering for Shoresh in May 2018 at the Kavanah Garden. He enjoys carpentry and has built numerous projects including cutting boards, trays, desks and shelving units. Josh built Shoresh’s solar beeswax melter for Bela Farm, among other things. In 2021, Josh completed a beekeeping course through the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. He was a recipient of a volunteer recognition award for his contributions to Shoresh. Josh is passionate about his work at Shoresh as he enjoys learning about nature in a hands-on way. Outside of Shoresh, you can find Josh riding his bike or enjoying a slice of pizza.
Currently on parental leave.
Allie is a social and eco-justice advocate and loves spending her spare time crafting, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and baking sourdough bread. She has an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has dedicated her work to empowering youth, refugees, and women in Canada and internationally. Recently, she coordinated a national resettlement program for Government Assisted Refugees at the YMCA of Greater Toronto and worked with women in India at RangSutra Crafts through the Aga Khan Foundation. Allie favourite vegetables are beets and cauliflower.
Risa Alyson Cooper, Founder of Shoresh
Risa is an outdoor educator, environmentalist, and urban homesteader. For 13 years, she served as the Founding Executive Director of Shoresh, grateful for the endless opportunities Shoresh offers to explore Jewish traditions in the fields and forests of southern Ontario. After proudly celebrating Shoresh’s B’nei Mitzvah, Risa retired from the organization in 2021. Her favourite vegetable is the beet.