What makes Pesach at Pearlstone so special?
Our guest Scholars in Residence along with our talented Educators and other support staff work with passion and creativity to create a Pesach experience unlike any other.
Hands-on activities, thought-provoking lectures, and inspiring programs integrate Jewish wisdom with nature connection.
Grounded in earth-based Torah, a robust schedule of thoughtful Jewish content enables connection to Judaism, community, and the natural world across different ages, Jewish backgrounds, and religious approaches.
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, Scholar-in-Residence
Currently the Chair of the Department of Talmud at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beis Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha’ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma’ayanot High School for Girls and SAR High School. Rabbi Katz was appointed as Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, NY and currently holds several positions including Director of the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies and Educational Director of Judaic Studies at Luria Academy in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Sharon Flatto, Scholar-in-Residence
A professor of Judaic Studies and the Director of the Judaic Studies Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, she received her Ph.D. in Jewish history from Yale University, her B.A. from Barnard College, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Specializing in early modern Jewish history and Kabbalah, Professor Flatto has taught at a broad range of educational institutions, including Yale, Queens College and Brown, and at numerous adult education programs. She has received multiple awards and grants, and is the author of “The Kabbalistic Culture of Eighteenth-Century Prague: Ezekiel Landau (the ‘Noda Biyehudah’) and his Contemporaries” (Littman Press, 2010) and various scholarly articles.
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman has forty years of experience in the field of Jewish education. He was a founding family of Moshav Meor Modiim in 1976, where he served several years as the Director of the Center of Jewish Education, which successfully ran programs for over 5,000 participants from over 25 countries. In 1988, Rabbi Trugman and his wife took the position of Regional Directors of NCSY in Denver, Colorado. The Trugmans returned to Israel in 1995 and are now the Directors of Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, a dynamic program they created that has run programs for tens of thousands of participants. Their website, you-tube channel and facebook have gotten millions of visits. Rabbi Trugman has visited over 45 cities world-wide, leading Shabbatons, giving classes, performing music and serving as scholars-in-residence.
Rachel Trugman, Scholar-in-Residence
Rachel Trugman, along with her work for Ohr Chadash, is also a family therapist with a private practice and an artist who has published a coloring book with poetry entitled Tales of the Talmud.
Rabbi Petahya Wolf Lichtenstein, Education Director
Teacher, farmer, scribe, and designer. He serves as Director of Education at Pearlstone. Petahya graduated from the Rabbinical College of America and Pratt Institute of Design. He has served the Jewish community as a mentor and teacher of Earth-Based Torah and Jewish mysticism in both the US and Israel for over 20 years. As a Rabbi and speaker, Petahya has built trans-denominational relationships across every boundary and met in interfaith dialogue with the Vatican’s liaison to the Jewish people.
PEARLSTONE EDUCATORS & PROGRAM STAFF
Stern Christian, Lead Educator
Stern has worked as a JOFEE (Jewish outdoor food farming and environmental Education) Educator at Pearlstone for years with experience working with people of all ages. He has built a deep relationship to this land and is an all around earthy guy who facilitates immersion and connection to people, land, and community.
Greg Strella, Director of Stewardship
Greg and his team spend their time stewarding the plants and animals that bring the Pearlstone Campus to life for visitors and guests. Greg has grown organic vegetables for more than a decade and has worked in leadership positions for Baltimore City Public Schools’ Great Kids Farm and Future Harvest: A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. As someone who works with Pearlstone’s living landscape each day, he welcomes the opportunity to share it with you warmly and informally through walking, dialogue, and all of your senses.
Joe Murray, Caretaker/ Naturalist
At Pearlstone since 2015, Joe Murray has been teaching nature connection since 1997 and has made it his life’s work to learn from the indigenous peoples of the earth and share the old ways with as many people as possible. Joe teaches wilderness survival, naturalist and Indigenous skills to homeschooling groups, school field trips, adult classes, Tiyul adventurers and retreat guests. Additionally, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge of the wild and the animals that live there.
Eve Wachhaus, COO
Eve has 29 years in the Hospitality industry, managing over a dozen food and beverage operations, restaurants, entertainment venues, and catering companies, and loves bringing meaning to people’s simchas. With over eight years as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, Eve earned her place in Harrisburg’s top Movers and Shapers list, was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the City of Harrisburg, and was active in Habitat for Humanity International's disaster response. Eve has also spent her adult life in community service including serving as reluctant president of several boards. When not working, Eve is happiest cooking and dancing around her kitchen with her husband, adult kids, and foster dogs.
Ann Ulick, Program Coordinator
Ann has been with Pearlstone for five months and comes from the for-profit world, where she planned conventions, trade shows and seminars all over North America. She is the Program Coordinator at Pearlstone and is very much looking forward to a robust and joyous Pesach!