April 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Beth Am Synagogue
2501 Eutaw Place
Jamie Aaron


The Beth Am Environmental Team is proud to present a panel discussion on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  The panel is composed of a talented group of five Beth Am members who are active in improving the environment and reducing climate change through their work and volunteer efforts.  While you know these members you may not know all the things they do to improve our environment.  Come hear these members talk about their work:

Miriam Avins   In 2007 Miriam founded Baltimore Green Space, a nonprofit land trust that works with neighborhoods to preserve and support community-managed open spaces such as community gardens and forests on behalf of neighborhoods in the city.  Her group helped identify forest patches as an important asset in Baltimore City.  Miriam is currently a co-chair of the Baltimore Sustainability Commission.

Dr. Emile Bendit   Besides being a practicing psychiatrist connected to Johns Hopkins Medical School and maintaining a private practice, Emile is First Vice President and Governance Chair at Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center in Reisterstown.  The Center has a working organic farm and promotes environmentally sustainable practices within a Jewish context.

Rafael Coven  Rafael has been working for over 25 years as a private consultant in providing clean technology solutions to businesses and governments.  His focus has been to help companies and governments realize energy and environmental improvements while saving money.

Ben Fertig  Ben has a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science investigating the health of Chesapeake Bay and Maryland/New Jersey coastal bays. He is currently the Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, an environmental education nonprofit educating and inspiring current and future generations to explore, protect and respect nature.

Evie Schwartz  Evie works at Retrofit Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that promotes use of solar energy where she is the Associate Director of Outreach and Production. Retrofit Baltimore, an offshoot of Baltimore Civic Works, provides homeowners with personalized assistance and guidance to install solar energy in their homes using local quality solar energy contractors.