Joel Gerwein

Dr. Joel Gerwein is an ecologist who manages environmental projects for the California Coastal Conservancy.  Joel has a longstanding interest in the connection between Judaism and the environment.  He co-wrote a curriculum on the subject entitled "Roots and Branches" for the Boston chapter of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life and continues to teach and advocate about the subject at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.  While studying at UMass Boston, he helped unionize his fellow graduate students. Joel grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, where he could always find a good protest rally.  He now lives in Berkeley with his wife Katya Gerwein, who is a pediatrician, and their two sons, Jesse and Zeke, to whom he has taught the blessing over composting.