The People of Teva Ivri

Teva Ivri’s Honorary President
Rabbi Michael Melchior, activist, educator, and former MK, has served as Minister of Social and Diaspora  Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister, and Deputy Minister of Education.  He has held numerous positions in religious and charitable organizations, and was the Chief Rabbi of Norway.  He has been a leader of the Knesset’s environmental lobby and led the Yeruka-Meimad party in the last election.


Board of Directors

Dr. Jeremy Benstein is the associate director of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership in Tel Aviv, and the author of The Way into Judaism and the Environment (Jewish Lights, 2006).  He holds a master's degree in Judaic Studies and a doctorate from the Hebrew University in environmental anthropology.  He works extensively in leadership development and capacity building with environmental activists and educators in Israel, and has lectured widely (US, Canada, England, Italy, Spain, Turkey) on Judaism, Israel, and the environment, including the environment as a focus of shared citizenship between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Petach Tikva, a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and a retired major in the IDF.   Rabbi Cherlow helped to found the Tzohar Foundation, a Modern Orthodox organization which works to build bridges between the religious and secular worlds.  He is a member of Governmental Ethical Committees and of the Presidential Press Council of Israel.  Rabbi Cherlow’s publications include a commentary on Shir Hashirim, books on Rav Kook and Rav Soloveitchik and a book on Prophecy.  

Naomi Tsur is the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, where she heads the city’s environment, urban-planning and historic-conservation committees.
Before joining city government, Naomi directed the Jerusalem branch of theSociety for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and gained approval for the preservation of Gazelle Valley, the first urban nature park in Israel. She also founded the Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition, which successfully campaigned to protect the Jerusalem Hills.


Einat Kramer, Founder and Executive Director

Einat Kramer is the founder and director of Teva Ivri, an organization dedicated to the interplay of Judaism and the environment. Einat is a member of the steering committee of Life and Environment, Israel’s umbrella organization for environmental NGO’s, and of the Mirkam Network for Mixed (Religious and Non-Religious) Communities. She has spearheaded a variety of initiatives, including a well-received position paper on Jewish-Israeli approaches to sustainable economy for the Rio +20 Summit, an online learning center about Jewish sustainability issues, and the recently established Israeli Shmita Council. Einat was a fellow in the Environmental Fellows Program of The Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, and is a graduate of the Tehuda professional Jewish leadership program. Einat holds an MA in Bible and Jewish Thought, and is a popular lecturer and consultant on Judaism, environment and social issues. She lives in the northern Israeli community of Eshchar with her husband and four children.


Hadas Yellinek, Website and Content Coordinator
Hadas worked for three years as an educator for The Society for the Protection of Nature, both as a guide in schools and as coordinator of the “Chevruta Yeruka” Environmental Beit Midrash program.  As an undergraduate, she was active in Megama Yeruka, Israel’s environmental student organization.  She is currently studying for her MA in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Haifa University.  Hadas lives with her husband and son in Jerusalem.


Yardena Kramer, Office and Project Manager










R Shaul Judelman- Director of JiVE! program
After completing a BA at Pitzer College, Shaul made aliya and completed ordination at the Bat Ayin Yeshiva. He founded and directed the Eco-Activist Beit Midrash and participated in Halichot Olam, a halachic think-tank on environmental issues and was involved with environmental initiatives in the Jerusalem area. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Gush Etzion.