Isaac Hametz, Agronomist – Founding Director
Before moving to Israel, Isaac worked for years with local and national environmental NGO’s (non governmental organizations) in the United States. He has organized major policy campaigns with the Maryland Public Interest Research Group and the Sierra Club, and has spearheaded grassroots initiatives with the College Park Environmental Group, and the Maryland Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. As an agronomist, Isaac specializes in sustainable agriculture and has field experience managing an 8-acre (32 dunam) organic farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Stuart Cohen, Ph.D. – Treasurer
Now retired, he was an instructor and Director of a hydrodynamics laboratory at the University of Michigan, USA. Among other local interests, he provides technical assistance to the Center for Rehabilitation, helps the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel assist prospective olim and supplies furnishings to olim new to Be’er Sheva. He is currently registered in the United States as a Professional Engineer.
Josh Stramer, MSc Environmental Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Board member
Josh is a Be’er Sheva resident and has been a member of the board of Earth’s Promise since its inception. Josh has a B. Sc in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He currently works in the field on Environmental Rehabilitation, and Environmental surveys. Together with his son Negev, Josh volunteers at the Ye’elim Absorbtion Center garden, the Netivey Am school community garden, and the Be’erot synagogue.
For more than 38 years Ethelea “Leah” Katzenell has been involved in voluntary social and “green” activism in Be’er-Sheva and the Negev, both as a member of the AACI (American and Canadians in Israel) and of local and national “green” organizations. She is a registered “Volunteer Cleanliness Trustee”. She participated in projects ranging from initiating a community clean-up campaign; collecting and transporting used clothing & household items to new immigrants; managing a joint AACI/Soviet immigrant youth basketball team; lobbying for more environmental and social legislation (e.g., against smoking in public places; for discounts for senior citizens on public transportation; for air pollution & noise regulation; for third sector participation in local planning, etc.); setting up paper & plastic recycling in the City; initiating a city-wide survey of environmental problems in the residential areas with a team of 50 volunteers she drafted; creating a pro-Be’er-Sheva website to put out useful, positive information, etc. Ethelea sits on the Be’er-Sheva municipal committees dealing with: Environment, Health, City Image & Beautification, Historic Preservation, Tourism, etc. as a representative of “Green Be’er-Sheva” and the local “Green Forum”. She tries to represent the informed citizenry and to provide relevant information.
Ayelet Arnoni – Board member
Ayelet is the founder and former coordinator for the “Social Fabrics” project, a communal sewing project for the women in Kalisher absorption center. Ayelet has a B.A. in English literature and gender studies, and is cuurently studying group facilitation. Ayelet is the coordinator of the southern branch of Bina- a center for Jewish identity and Israeli culture. Ayelet is active and involved in several communal social initiatives in Beer-Sheva.