Naomi Tsur is the initiating founder of the Jerusalem Green Fund. After 12 years as Director of the Society for the Protection of Nature and Coordinator of the Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition, she served for 5 years as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (2008-2013). Under Tsur’s leadership, the Gazelle Valley, originally a real-estate project, became Israel’s first Urban Nature Park and the abandoned eight kilometers of the Old Railway track between Malha and the First Station evolved into the much-loved Railway Park. Tsur opened up municipal committees to the public and also created new frameworks for civic engagement in urban planning and policy. Tsur currently chairs the Israel Urban Forum.
Richard serves as the Development Executive at the Jerusalem office of StandWithUs. He also volunteers as the Vice President of Community Services for the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin. Richard and his wife Jean made aliyah from New Jersey in July 2011. In the U.S., Richard had an extensive career in Jewish Communal Service, notably as the President of Rutgers University Hillel and the Executive Director of the JCC of Central N.J. for 21 years.
Prof. Ehud Ziv
Prof. Ehud Ziv is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, after serving for many years as Director of the Lipid Research Lab and Diabetes Unit, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Ziv served as Chair of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel from 1998-2012 and is active in the Israel Diabetic Society.
Dr. Yoel Siegel
Yoel Segal works as a senior consultant to U.N. Habitat. In his capacity as an organizational advisor, Segal works with government ministries, local government and neighborhood councils. Segal is the consultant to the Jerusalem Bioregion Center, an important initiative now working within the Jerusalem Green Fund.
Dr. Chariklia Segal Tziraki MD PhD
Prof. Chariklia Tziraki is an MD, PhD, and expert in Medical Technology Assessment. She is affiliated with the Hebrew University and serves on the medical board of the Association of Community Clubs for Elders and directs its Research Unit. Before she made Aliyah, Chariklia served in senior positions, both public and academic, in the U.S. Her special interests include healthy aging and special needs populations.
Count Phillipe Piccapietra
Count Philippe Piccapietra, Grand Chancellor of the Order of St. Lazarus in Jerusalem, has been instrumental in re-establishing the base of the Order in Jerusalem. He is committed to projects that improve life for all the communities in Jerusalem, and St. Lazare Holy Land has embraced and supported the Green Pilgrim Jerusalem initiative.
Dr. Yaffa Schuster
Dr. Yaffa Schuster is the founder and head of the African Israeli Stage, an organization that aims to bring African theatre to Israel and African actors to perform in Israel. Her work has resulted in cross-cultural cooperation and important collaboration with Nigeria. Her company recently participated in the Akko Theatre Festival.
Mr. Naor Yerushalmi, until recently, served as Director of Life and Environment, the umbrella organization of the environmental movement in Israel. During his work there, Yerushalmi emphasized the need for greater democratization of local government and for better opportunities for civic engagement. Today he directs Green Jobs Israel, helping people find employment in the environmental sector throughout the country.
Prof. Ehud Ziv
Tsvi Gassner received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in San Diego at California State University. He went on to spend 45 years in the industry, spending 15 years specializing in Aircraft and Jet engines maintenance and 4 years in Medical equipment development. He ran two private companies. Additionally, Tsvi studied marketing at the Technion Out Studies Division and has extensive experience in Product Development and International Marketing in a number of different companies, and holds patents for ten different products. Tsvi went on to teach Marketing at the Industrial Product Design at Bezalel Academy. Currently retired, Tsvi continues to assist, advise, and provide guidance to numerous companies and organizations, both young and old.
Batel Meshel Spivack is finishing her Master's degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on urban sustainability at Tel Aviv University's Porter School and has a BA in Political Science from Stern College Yeshiva University. She came to JGF from coordinating the Merkaz Kayamut of Gilo, Jerusalem, a program of Beit Israel and the Heschel Center for Sustainability, where she worked with residents and elementary schools on sustainable life-practice programs. Batel made aliyah in 2004 and lives in Tekoa with her husband and 3 children.
JGF Board and Staff
Interns and Volunteer Professionals
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 Shapira
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.
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!
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
During Jason's internship he worked with Helene Roumani at the Bio-Region Center.
Intern Summer 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.