Reviews

Reviews and Comments on Torah Flora Programs

“On behalf of the Boca Raton Synagogue, we extend a heartfelt thanks to you for teaching the Beer and Wine in Torah class on Monday, for participating in our Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, for leading the tour of Mounts Botanical Garden on Thursday, and for joining us last Shabbat. Your lectures and classes were all extremely informative, engaging, and interesting. Your breadth of knowledge and your ability to communicate it in an effective and enjoyable way resonated greatly with our membership.

It was an honor to have you in our community and to learn from you. We’ve had wonderful feedback and we look forward to future opportunities to learn together.”
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Philip Moskowitz, Assistant Rabbi
Boca Raton Synagogue, Boca Raton, FL

“On behalf of the Congregation Rinat Yisrael Adult Education Committee, thank you for your informative and entertaining presentation last motzei Shabbos. Your breadth of knowledge, humor, and style created a unique event that was enjoyed by all. It was a pleasure learning from you, and we look forward to additional such opportunities in the future.”
Aryeh Haselkorn, Adult Education Committee
Cong. Rinat Yisrael, Teaneck, NJ

“Jon Greenberg taught a lecture series during our largest retreat of the year and people have not stopped raving about it. His talks were engaging, relevant, and reached a wide audience. People were amazed at the connections he explored between botany and Torah with such depth of knowledge and clarity of language. As guests departed at the close of the retreat, many asked us to bring him back next year, which we hope to do!”
Rikki SaNogueira, Program Coordinator
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

“Jon Greenberg has presented at Congregation Shearith Israel – The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue twice already. He is so beloved, we are bringing him in for a third time, as a Shabbat dinner speaker. His presentations are unique, well-informed, and fascinating.”
Alana Shultz, Program Director
Congregation Shearith Israel – The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, New York City

“Jon’s wealth of knowledge about all things flora and especially as it relates to Torah was hugely enjoyable, provided lots of ‘food’ for thought and conversation afterwards and will surely provide nourishment for many dinner discussions to come! I assure anyone interested in bringing him in that they will learn things outside the scope of the usual dvar Torah.”
Lily Rosenblatt, Adult Education Committee
Young Israel of Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“Dr. Greenberg was wonderfully engaging and very funny. His mix of discussion, stories, and text made for a great event that folks are still talking about. We can’t wait to have him back again!”
Rabbi James Greene, Program Director
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community of Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA

“Dr. Greenberg drew a record Lunch & Learn crowd at JCC/UJA Greenwich, and now we’re inviting him back by popular demand. His riveting presentation brought scripture and botany to life and, as one participant observed, he was “super-prepared.” Other comments included, “A very innovative approach to Torah!” and, quite simply, “excellent!”
Laura Blum, Program Director
JCC Greenwich, Greenwich, CT

“For me the subject of botany is off the beaten path. However, with rich description and patient insight Doctor Greenberg’s presentation made Pesukim in Tanach, verses and ideas – otherwise abstract – come alive. Relevant, highly intelligent and a wonderful pleasure to work with.”
Rabbi Dov Drizin, Director
Valley Chabad, Woodcliff Lake, NJ

“Thank you so much for your fascinating talk at the Bayit this past February. It was enjoyable and well-received. You were clear and interesting, and really highlighted how much botany is critical for our understanding of Torah. I enjoyed working with you, and we’d look forward to having you again.”
Rabbi Steven Exler
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (The Bayit), New York City

“What a brilliant presentation you gave today! I hope you saw from the students’–and my–enthralled expressions that your work is quite remarkable and fascinating, and I hope as well that today will lead to many speaking engagements; you deserve a wide audience. I am grateful for your knowledge and your wonderful way of sharing it.”
Prof. Karen Shawn
Azrieli Graduate school, Yeshiva University

“On behalf of our entire congregation, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful program you presented at Kol Ami last Friday. Everyone I talked to thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and I’ve heard nothing but praise from members and guests alike. It was both informative and very interesting. How in the world do you keep all those facts at your fingertips? Your knowledge of Torah and flora seemed boundless! Apparently many people were interested in learning more about the subject, and we were very pleased with the turnout. Our small congregation rarely gets such a large crowd for any event. We are very happy that you were able to work out the logistics for this trip to South Florida, and hope that we will be able to plan a repeat performance for next season.”
Stephanie Wasserman, Administator
Congregation Kol Ami, Boca Raton, Florida

“Most of our members are elderly and have been members of our congregation for decades. As we are ten miles from Manhattan, some of the Jewish world’s best-known scholars have graced our programs. Dr. Greenberg’s presentation was as well-received as any we have offered. He received the ultimate compliment from one crusty curmudgeon who said, ‘Rabbi, I have never liked any of the speakers you’ve presented over your tenure. But this one was really interesting. If Dr. Greenberg can make it here, he can make it anywhere.’ Bravo and Yasher koach!”
Rabbi Moses A.Birnbaum, D.D.
The Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, Flushing, New York

“I could have sat all day and listened to Jon share his knowledge and passion about TorahFlora. Jon’s botanical depth of knowledge and the way that he aligns it to history and to the Torah is an unique blend. In the one program that Jon presented for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, I went away having learned much about specific plants that are available to us and how we might discover their properties and applications in both our secular and in our Judaic lives.”
Nancy Maurice Rogers, Program Director
Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

“A thoughtful, intellectual, and relevant take on our rich Jewish history. Greenberg combines Biblical, rabbinic, modern, scientific and historical into one captivating story. A beautiful blend of the traditional, the spiritual, and the edible as we strive to live a life of consciousness and dignity toward all of God’s creations.”
Rabbi Corey Helfand
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Foster City, CA

“You did a terrific presentation on Spices and Herbs Around the World, for Paramus Bat Sheva Hadassah.”
Rita C. Levin, Vice President of Membership
Paramus, NJ Bat Sheva Chapter, Hadassah

“I took part in a walking tour at Isabella Friedman in the summer with Dr. Jon Greenberg, and found it most enlightening and interesting! The stories he told were quite engaging and the amount of knowledge I gained in such a short amount of time was amazing. I look forward to learning more!”
Bess Adler, Principal
The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, NJ

“Thank you for adding an important resource in the toolbox of us Jewish educators.”
Rabbi Howard Jachter
Torah Academy of Bergen County, NJ

“It was our pleasure to have you at Cong. AABJ&D for Shabbat. Your 2 talks were extremely enjoyable and informative and I received excellent feedback. What a great win/win – we were inspired with great lectures and we enjoyed your company. You truly enhanced our celebration of Tu B’Shevat. Thanks again for a wonderful Shabbat.”
Larry Rein, Adult Education Committee
Cong. Ahawat Achim Beth Jacob & David, W. Orange, NJ

“Your presentation on Passover was fun, lively, scholarly and original. Our congregation loved the way you drew unexpected connections between ancient texts, modern science, careful observation of the natural world, and even contemporary issues of science and religion. Yashar koach! We look forward to your next visit to southern Florida.”
Rabbi Jeffrey Goldwasser
Temple Beit HaYam, Stuart, FL

Article about Torah Flora and Purim in the Forward (online) Mar. 18, 2016

Article about Torah Flora in the NJ Jewish Standard, Dec. 3, 2015

Article about Torah Flora in the Jewish Link of Bergen County (NJ), Sept. 4, 2014

Article about Torah Flora in the New Jersey Jewish Standard, Oct. 12, 2014

Podcast of radio interview broadcast Dec. 19, 2013 on KZCT 89.5 FM, Vallejo, CA

Article in the J Weekly, the San Francisco Bay area Jewish newspaper, Dec. 19, 2013

Review of a Biblical and Talmudic botany tour of the New York Botanic Garden (Bronx, NY)

“I would like to thank you very much for the wonderful tour on Sunday. I have been to the Gardens many times but never really appreciated it. All of sudden it became so interesting, thanks to you.”
Mordechai Dinerman
Brooklyn, NY

“I attended your Torahflora botany tour yesterday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Thank you, I enjoyed it immensely. I see that you are having a tour at the NY Botanical Gardens. If it were not so far I would be tempted to attend. Thank you again.”
Chana Lieberman
Brooklyn, NY

“Thanks for all you taught us on the wonderful Torah Flora tour.  It was an eye-opener to a field generally unknown to us. We all felt enriched by what we learned. Enjoyed by all.”
In appreciation,
Mrs. S. Cohen
Boro Park, NY

“Thanks for a wonderful (educational AND entertaining) issue!”
Michael Poppers