We have compiled here a list of speakers that you may like to invite to your community events.  

EcoSynagogue cannot give personal recommendations for these speakers although they do come highly recommended! If you are interested in connecting with them to participate in your community event, please be in direct contact to arrange along with honorarium (if any).  

EcoSynagogue Rabbis (email team@ecosynagogue.org to arrange for the EcoSynagogue Rabbis to speak at your event):  

  • Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg 
  • Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovic 
  • Rabbi David Mason 
  • Rabbi Mark Goldsmith 

Andrea Passe, EcoSynagogue Project Manager – andrea@ecosynagogue.org  

Angelina Doherty, EcoSynagogue Project Coordinator & JTree – team@ecosynagogue.org / info@jtree.org.uk


Graham CarpenterOLAM – graham@olamtogether.org. Please also liaise directly with Graham if you would like the following speakers at your events: 

  • Danielle Abraham, Volcani International Partnerships. Everything to do with Israel, agriculture, climate change and sharing its knowledge and innovations around the world. For example: How Israel can be / should be / is a leading actor for climate change action, including the expertise it has to contribute, the innovations it has / is developing, the projects it is initiating around the world. 
  • Rabbi Yonatan NerilInterfaith Centre for Sustainable Development. ICSD’s work, Religious and Jewish approaches to sustainability. 
  • Dr. Tomer Malchi, Cultivaid. International Agricultural Development, knowledge and technology Transfer, Ethiopia, Africa, capacity building. 
  • Prof Uri Mingelgrin, Volcani International Partnerships. Environmental sustainability, soil science, scientific research. 
  • Prof. Uri Mingelgrin is the Chairman of the Board of Volcani International Partnerships. He is also active as an emeritus scientist at the Volcani Center, Institute of Soils, Water and Environmental Sciences. In this capacity, he has chaired and is a member of a number of important committees that deal with environmental issues. For example, Prof. Mingelgrin chaired the joint government-private sector committee that determined the methodology, later adopted by the Israeli government, for formulating environmental laws and regulations. Since 2007 Prof. Mingelgrin has also served as an environmental consultant, specializing in environmental issues, in particular as related to soil and water pollution and remediation. Between 1994 and 1999 he served as the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Environment and for over two years (2005-2007) as the Director of Scientific Affairs of the Volcani Center. Prior to this position, Prof. Uri Mingelgrin served as a researcher in the Institute of Soils, water and environmental sciences of the Volcani Center. 
  • Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, Tevel B’Tzedek. Tevel B’Tzedek’s work in Nepal, his personal story, climate justice 
  • Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair, Independent (formerly of Energiya Global). Focuses on his work in clean tech. In addition, he is a rabbi (originally from the UK), served as Hazon’s Senior Rabbinic scholar, translated Rav Kook’s book on the shmitta year into English, and has taught extensively about Judaism and climate change. 
  • Tali Gottlieb, Volcani International Partnerships. Tikun Olam – with a focus on Israel’s responsibility to be a light unto the nations, and its moral and cultural obligation to feed the world, and how Israel is achieving that.


Benita Matofska benita@thepeoplewhoshare.com Benita is a world-leading speaker and changemaker. She helps businesses and organisations to build back better for people and planet. Benita is the author of Generation Share, a ground-breaking book, published in June 2019, containing the world’s first collection of inspiring stories of the changemakers building a new, sustainable economy. A global changemaker and Sharing Economy expert, she is the founder of The People Who Share (TPWS). TPWS is a non-profit on a mission to demonstrate that sharing resources can alleviate poverty, tackle isolation and protect the planet. 


Friends of The Earth Regional Speakers – contact your regional Friends of The Earth Office to book a representative  

Laura HendyWorld Jewish Relief 

Naomi VerberSadeh / Dorot

Anna LawtonCommonwealth Jewish Council 

Joseph GitlerLeket Israel 

Mia Hasenson-Gross / Prof. Geraldine Van Bueren – Rene Cassin 

Jonathan Fenton (Ethical Investments Expert). Please email team@ecosynagogue.org to contact

Akiva Gersh – Vegan Rabbi akivagersh.com/veganrabbi . Please email akivagersh@yahoo.com

Mark Jacobs – Seed Madagascar mark@seedmadagascar.org


Michael Popper MA (Cantab) CEng MCIBSE MEI, Director at P3r Engineers Ltd mike.popper@p3r-engineers.co.uk

Michael is experienced in a wide range of building sectors: education (primary, secondary and higher),
ecclesiastical, culture (museums, galleries and performance spaces), residential (private houses,
apartment buildings, student residences) and commercial (offices and retail). He has worked on
numerous Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings and has collaborated on many projects which have
received RIBA and Civic Trust Awards. He has written on low energy design in museum buildings and has been a visiting tutor at the
University of Cambridge Department of Architecture and Kent University. He is Sustainability Advisor on the Watford Shaping Panel and The Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Topics include:

    • Basics of saving energy in existing buildings
    • Principles of low energy design in new buildings and extensions
    • Understanding heating controls and how to optimise them