VOLUNTEERING AND INTERNSHIPS
We thank all our Interns - current and past - for their hard work and commitment to fulfilling our goal of working towards a greener, cleaner and healthier Jerusalem. If you would like to Intern with us please send us an email with your CV /Resume attached.
Aryeh (Eric) Ackerman
Aryeh Ackerman is currently studying at Ohr Somayach Yeshiva in Jerusalem and plans to stay in Israel until August 2023. He first became an intern for the Jerusalem Green Fund in 2020 online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and conducted valuable research. Now Aryeh is in Jerusalem and loves being in-person as an intern. Since 2020 graduating York University, located in Toronto, Canada, with a BA in Geography. During the last 2 years Aryeh took relevant courses to the areas of activity of the Jerusalem Green Fund such as; food systems/security, sustainability, urban gardening, urban environmental justice, urban geography, vegetation and soils, Climate Change and GIS. He is very passionate about bringing his new learned information to the Jerusalem Green Fund!
נגה ריפין, גדלה במושב בית יהושע, הדריכה טיולים בבית ספר שדה בשדה-בוקר ושם התאהבה בטבע ובמדבר והתחילה את דרכה בתחום הסביבתי. בשנים האחרונות עבדה במסגרות שונות בעיקר בחינוך והדרכה בשטח וגם טיילה בארץ ובעולם. לפני שנה עברה לגור בירושלים, כאן נחשפה לשילוב המרתק שבין עיר וסביבה, והשתתפה בפרויקטים סביבתיים וחברתיים שונים בעיר כמו "מצילות המזון" וקורס מובילי קיימות של עיריית ירושלים. לאחר סמסטר של לימודים במכון ערבה, התחילה השנה ללמוד באוניברסיטה העברית גיאוגרפיה ומדעי הסביבה. נגה הצטרפה לקרן ירושלים ירוקה כמלגאית במסגרת כפר הסטודנטים בו היא לוקחת חלק. היא חיפשה מקום בו תוכל לתרום ולהתעסק בתחומים שמעניינים אותה - לשמור על הירוק והטבע בירושלים, ולחבר אליו את התושבים. היא מצטרפת לריכוז קבוצת שומרים על העצים בירושלים, ומקווה שתוכל לקדם את הפעילות ואת הנושא החשוב הזה בעיר.
Avital Adest, who lives in Modiin, went to Pelech high school in Jerusalem and is currently a participant in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s gap year program called Hevruta. It is a mixed program of Israeli and North American youth, from varying backgrounds and affiliations from orthodox to secular, and everyone in between. The first time she took interest in the environment was through an English project she researched about the environmental costs of the fast fashion industry and how it is the third most polluting industry. She was connected with the Jerusalem Green Fund through her Gap Year program and is happy to take part in an organization that is actively working on fixing environmental problems.
Ethan Lapp, from Yonkers, New York is currently here on the “Hevruta” gap year program at the Hartman Institute. He attended SAR school in Riverdale.
His biggest environmentalist inspiration is his older sister, who consistently makes an active effort to reduce plastic and better the environment in any way possible, including her efforts as a vegan. He spent much of his high school experience educating himself and peers on the effects of climate change and the benefits of switching to reusable materials. He learnt over the years that being educated and being able to explain pollution’s impact on the environment can make a real difference in the actions of those around him. His goals during his Internship is to help his program and other programs reduce their use of disposable materials and lessen their environment damage. Additionally, working with the Israeli community as a whole and in a more hands on approach to make a tangible impact on Israel’s pollution reduction. He can’t wait to make a difference throughout this year.
Jason Ludwig, born and raised in New York City, developed a strong passion for environmental stewardship at the University of Maryland where he received a BA in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. Now a college graduate, Jason is seeking ways to get involved with the solutions that exist to end our society’s wasteful habits. Jason has been in Jerusalem since June 2021 and has been interning for GreenQ- a technology company helping waste collectors and municipalities across Israel optimize their collection process, volunteering with the JLM Food Rescuers, and taking classes at Ohr Sameyah.
Jason is excited to continue exploring Israel, learn about Israeli culture, and use his four month internship at the Jerusalem Green Fund to make a positive impact on people and the environment in Jerusalem.
LEILA HALLER AND RAQUEL SHAPIRO
Leila Haller and Raquel Shapiro are currently gap year students in Jerusalem attending Bnei Akiva’s Midreshet Torah V’Avodah.
Leila and Raquel have spent the last eight months studying judaic studies while traveling the country and developing a love for Jerusalem. At the Jerusalem Green Fund they have learned about the significant work that has to be done in the city in order to build sustainable communities and educate on the importance of living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
They are excited by the opportunity to give back to their communities both in Jerusalem, and back at home in the US. Leila is from Bronx, New York and plans to attend Brandeis University next year. Leila’s passion for the environment has been a driving force in her life from a young age, fostering a love for the outdoors and political and environmental activism. Raquel is from Chicago, Illinois. Next year she will be studying to become an Environmental Engineer at Rutgers University. She is an eager activist for the environment and hopes to persuade others in her life to live a cleaner and greener lifestyle.
Yana holds a BA degree in International Business, an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management and a Diploma in Law with an emphasis on environmental law. Previously Yana participated in a shark conservation research in Bahamas and in water contamination projects in Iceland. She has worked as an environmental impact assessment consultant for a steel company in Russia. Yana is extremely interested in reduction of plastic usage in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem as well as in conservation of species native to Israel. Yana will do her PhD in Israel, which will bring her closer to be a researcher and to help Israel to become a more sustainable country.
Amanda is from California and is presently a graduate student at Hebrew University. She is obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Amanda received her undergraduate degree of Political Science and Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University in California. She will be in Jerusalem for the year and is expressly looking forward to her internship at the Jerusalem Green Fund. Amanda is incredibly interested in eliminating food waste and environmental education initiatives. Her love for the environment comes from her three years spent abroad living in Guinea, West Africa. During this time, she was able to see the benefits of a farm-to-table lifestyle while at the same time combating various non-environmental farming practices.
Emily, from New Jersey, began her BA in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability at the University of Tampa. She has spent the past 5 months in Israel exploring her passions for volunteering on various agricultural projects in different communities. She is eager to deepen her love for the environment professionally as an intern for the Jerusalem Green Fund. Wanting to continue to connect with her Israeli roots, Emily will continue her degree in Israel. Her ambition is to explore the interface between communities and their environments. Emily advocates for proactive environmental change wherever she goes, and is extremely excited to learn from and be a part of the JGF this summer!
Abby is a student at the University of Georgia, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Sustainability. She has a passion for people and enjoys building and fortifying compassionate communities. Her love for the environment was instilled in her by her parents from a young age, and it has become a major driving force in her life. Abby is vegan, loves the outdoors, and practices a sustainable life style. Her internship this summer with the Jerusalem Green Fund has already been incredible, and she is extremely grateful to be learning from and working with such accomplished environmental activists.
Normandy is from Dallas and is currently pursuing an Urban Studies and Economics degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She is involved with various sustainability organizations around campus and is spending her summer in Jerusalem interning for the Romema Community Center and the Jerusalem Green Fund. She is passionate about working to improve the environment and loves being outdoors. She is excited to learn about how Jerusalem deals with its sustainability issues and wants to become more involved with the environmental scene around Jerusalem.
Bradley has worked with the JGF on reaching more grassroots communities by establishing a database and designing workflows. He is currently an undergraduate exploring sustainability in urban design, technology and economic policy. He has experience working for a market-based water infrastructure social impact startup, prolonging the longevity of water infrastructure systems in developing countries, volunteering at urban farms with aquaponic, hydroponic and permaculture components. He writes a column in a Singaporean media outfit, and blogs about sustainability, technology and culture.
Davina, from Los Angeles, is a student at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo studying Environmental Management and Protection with a focus on Environmental Policy. Currently, Davina is spending her summer in Jerusalem interning for the Jerusalem Green Fund. She is excited to learn more about how Jerusalem tackles its environmental issues and to get more involved with the Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby!
SHARON BEREZIN ALVES
Sharon, from Brazil, has a BA in Agronomic Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo. During her MASA's program, she's interning in JGF, focusing in urban food growing and volunteering in the Romema's Community Center and in the Community Garden in the Natural Museum. She always has interest with subjects related with the environment and nature and she's excited to this opportunity of interning with it in Jerusalem.
HILA LEO SHAPIRO
Hila is a member of the JGF writing team and the Jerusalem Green Business Forum professional consultant for Strategic Sustainable Development. Hila is the founder and partner of the strategic sustainability consulting firm Ayana. She holds a M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge institute of Technology and a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Ben Gurion University. Previously she worked as an economist in the business sector, monitoring and analyzing brand financial performance and innovation. Hila instructed and guided many groups in Israel and the world, and was part of managing different local and international socio-environmental projects. Hila enjoys hiking, bird watching and music. She loves working on matters that she's passionate about, and seeks to learn from any challenge and experience.
Professional Volunteer 2018
Growing up in a small town in Southern Oregon, Noah was exposed to sustainability and environmental conservation from a young age. Presently, Noah is living in Jerusalem for two months until he returns to the U.S. to complete his undergraduate degree. Noah Falkner is currently pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and a Minor in Economics from the University of Maine. Noah is passionate about both local and global politics and is excited to assist in the protection and environmental advancement of Jerusalem!
Jeremy is an environmentalist and sustainable-food advocate. He received his BA in environmental studies from Washington University in St. Louis and proceeded to work in various environmental, food, and social justice non-profits over the next five years. Originally from New York, he is living in Jerusalem before he returns to Boston to begin a master's degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at Tufts University, on his quest to improve food policy in the US. Jeremy has been instrumental in the JGF's young lobby, the Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby, focusing our efforts, consulting in numerous activities, and making contacts with environmental activists around the city. He is honored to be working with JGF during his time in Jerusalem!
Professional Volunteer 2017
Du, originally from China, is an intern from the Rothberg International School at HU. He has spent his internship researching carbon offsetting, green roofs, and urban bio-spheres. He has also volunteered with the Food for Jerusalem forum working in Ein Kerem and at a local community garden.
Intern Oct 2016-July 2017
Sara is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at the Hebrew University. She graduated with a BA in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara in southern California and currently lives in Kochav Yaakov with her husband, Yosef. In her internship, Sara is helping to develop resources for the JGF website and social media.
Intern October 2015-July 2016
Sonti has a BA in History and an MA in Eastern European and Slavonic Studies from the University College of London. Sonti has specialised in European Jewish diaspora history as well as the contemporary history and politics of Israel. In the past, she has worked on a number of projects to do with urban social development, both in Israel and Europe. During her internship, Sonti investigated the impact of the Jerusalem Railway Park on nearby neighbourhoods. Read her report here.
Intern Sept 2015