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Marley Benshalom is originally from Israel and was brought to the U.S. at a very young age. Her early years were spent in an environment filled with emotional abuse and drug addiction that ultimately resulted in the loss of her brother and hospitalization of her mother. She returned to Israel at age nineteen to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and love despite her past. She is dedicated to a life of service and believes all beings should have access to food, shelter, and love.
Marley Bensahlom is passionate about community healing and environmental restoration. Currently she is pursuing a degree in Natural Conservation & Research at UCB. She is dedicated to a life of service and believes all beings should have access to food, shelter, and love. Marley is the Co-Founder of the Mindful Garden Collective which began as the Laney College garden restoration and is currently building a wellness program for the campus. She continuously creates monthly events around health and wellness to empower the community and give back to those in need. When she is not being a community connector, she is on her bike, hiking, practicing yoga, and most importantly spending time with mother earth. She believes the most important part of life is the present moment and sharing authentically with those around you.
2016 Convergence Panel: Food Justice Through the Lens of Race