Netiya Leadership 2018-03-15T21:12:14+00:00

Netiya’s Staff

Devorah Brous

Devorah Brous is the Founding Executive Director of Netiya. She is a community organizer with two Masters degrees in Development Studies and Israel Studies from Hebrew University and has been trained extensively in facilitation, mediation, and nonviolent communication. She immigrated to Israel and lived there for 15 years, where she organized on the front lines as the founder of Bustan (orchard), an award-winning Jewish/Bedouin environmental justice NGO. Since moving to LA in 2008,

Founding Executive Director

she became a UC Master Gardener, a Food Preserver, a certified composter, and a permaculture designer. Devorah is passionate about fermenting and canning homegrown food; aquaponics; and wildcrafting medicine for family and friends. She speaks Hebrew and Arabic and believes in the power of the land to bring us all together. She lives with her husband Laurence Weber; their two little wizards, Sela and Zeke; and seven happy hens.

Erin Harris

Erin Mahoney Harris is a certified UCCE Master Gardener and the author of agritourism guidebook Visit California Farms. In researching the book, she spent over two years visiting small farms throughout the state with her two kids, West and Avery; this ignited her passion not only for growing and preparing healthy, seasonal food for her family and friends, but for empowering young people with the enthusiasm, skills and work ethic required to be successful gardeners or farmers.

Development Coordinator

Over the past five years, Erin has been a docent and parent volunteer for the edible gardening program at Grant Elementary School in Santa Monica. There she provides hands-on weekly lessons to kindergarten through 5th grade students and theirteachers. She has also worked as a Garden Teacher for the Palos Verdes School Gardens organization and currently acts as the Garden Lead for the Lawndale School District, preparing and presenting weekly garden lessons to students ranging from in age from preschool to 5th grade.

Netiya’s Executive Board

Rabbi Adam M. Allenberg

Rabbi Allenberg is the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admission for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been personally exploring and teaching about Judaism and its relationship to the environment for over a decade and currently serves on the Board of Netiya, an interfaith just food organization committed to strengthening food quality and food security in Los Angeles; and has served on Hazon’s Food Advisory Council; and the Executive Board of Hazon’s Jewish Food Conference, a multi-generational and multi-denominational gathering of rabbis and farmers, journalists and activists .

Board Member

He and his family are slowly reclaiming traditional food preparation techniques such as pickling, soap making, baking with wild yeasts and brewing beers and meads.​

Lisa Friedman

Lisa has been a leader in Netiya since it’s inception. She is the founder and director of the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation.

Board Member

Fueled by Lisa’s passion for the environment, Judaism and Israel, the foundation’s current focus is on school and community gardens and farms, which Lisa considers an ideal tool for teaching community environmental education and peaceful cooperation. This is reflected in all of the organizations she works with, both in the U.S. and Israel.

Lisa Lainer-Fagan

Lisa is a San Fernando Valley native, has been active in local Jewish life for many years.

Board Member

She is currently very involved at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School where she has led many projects including chairing four Mitzvah Days and more recently starting a Community Supported Agriculture program at the school.

Alan Paul

Alan is President and Managing Partner of Giant Angstrom Partners, where he provides consulting, training, and project design services for university, K-14, and NGO clients (especially faith-based organizations).

Board Member

His work includes : proposal development for university institutes and centers; startup business planning for NGOs; board retreats for government and NGOs; policy analysis for state government; regional economic development planning; and executive education for government and military agencies.

Jessica Ritz

Jessica is a freelance writer and journalist in Los Angeles covering a range of topics including food, design, architecture, and travel. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Sunset, Tablet, KCET, the Jewish Journal, Angeleno, and Los Angeles Magazine.

Board Member

Jessica was previously an architectural historic preservation consultant for many years, and she also sat on the board of directors of LACER Afterschool Programs based in Hollywood. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from U.C.L.A. and a B.A. in Art History and American studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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