Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder and Executive Director
A native of California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment, and organized three interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem in which religious leaders of several faiths spoke. He is the lead author and general editor of two publications on Jewish environmental ethics including Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment. Yonatan also co-authored ICSD’s Report on Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries and a separate Report on Faith and Ecology Teaching in Holy Land Seminaries and was a Dorot and PresenTense Fellow. He lives with his wife, Shana and their two children in Jerusalem.
Phillipa Friedland, Deputy Director
Phillipa completed a B.A. in Law and Industrial Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was here, due to the racist policies of the apartheid regime, that her interest in social justice issues emerged and she joined the banned organization ‘Jews for Social Justice’ where she taught History to Black domestic workers. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Holocaust Studies through the University of Haifa. Phillipa’s affinity for the natural world and appreciation of the environment emerged as result of her childhood spent in rural South Africa, in very close proximity to the Kruger National Park. Her interest in sustainability and economic development emerged as a result of a trip to Rural Uganda. She has spent the past 23 years living in Vancouver, Canada, where she was the Education Coordinator of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. She currently lives in Raanana, Israel with her daughter and has a son studying in Vancouver.
Marcos completed a B.A. in architecture and urbanism at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, and an M.A. in environmental studies at Tel Aviv University, with a focus on arid lands. He founded and co-directed the Urban Environmental Collective (Colectivo Urbano Ambiental), an international platform of professionals who aim to promote, coordinate, implement and operate environmental systems through urban planning and architecture. He also founded Global Woods, a company dedicated to the commercialization of certified wood, from Forest Stewardship Council, LEED and Global Relief organizations. Prior to that he worked as a project manager for CAPA Lab, a think tank focused on generating sustainable urban development proposals for the area of the peninsula of Baja California Sur, Mexico. In addition, he taught seminars on urban projects at the Iberoamericana University. He lives with his wife and two children in Jerusalem, and likes studying Torah, exploring ecosystems through trail running, and practicing chi kung.
Henry Mapwesera, Web Programmer
Malawian by nationality, Henry earned a Master of Science in Fisheries from Junagadh Agricultural University (India) and a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Science (Honours) from University of Namibia. He also obtained a Diploma in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management from Natural Resources College (Malawi), and a Diploma in Web Programming. He lives in Malawi. He has worked with ICSD since 2013.
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