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Becoming Shomrei Adamah

“Becoming ‘Shomrei Adamah’” is a program that is intended to serve a large audience with a wide age range and little or no experience in the natural world or with nature-based Judaism. It is a stations-based program in which small groups (in this case, groups of 4-8) travel from activity to activity on a rotation, […]

Divine Dyeing

This program is an interactive color exploration through natural dyeing. Participants will learn about the symbolism and holiness associated with certain colors in Judaism, specifically the blue of tekhelet that is found in Tzitzit. They will also learn how to harvest and use different parts of plants to create their own dye and take home […]

Havdallah Candle Making

This program is an introduction to Havdallah and DIY candle making. Participants will learn about a Havdallah candle and leave with their own candle. Students will leave with an understanding of what renewable resources are. This program was created by Danielle Smith as part of the JOFEE Fellowship. Click here to access this resource.

Privilege and Oppression in the American Food System

This program is an introduction to the workers within the American food system, ranging from migrant farm workers, to CEOs of large GMO’s, to the average consumer in Berkeley, CA. This program reflects on the Jewish morals of Oschek (how to treat laborers) and explores this morals’ relevance to our American food system. Lastly, this […]

Topsy Turvy Bus

The Topsy Turvy Bus facilitates rethinking the current, nonrenewable, and often damaging systems of the world we live in. This summer’s theme was focused on water usage and conservation. Through hands on activities, the programs aims for participants to understand how we can keep our resources in the cycle. Specifically, this curriculum touches upon the […]

Shabbat, Melachot, and Challah-Cover Making

This lesson will introduce students to traditional Jewish understandings of work and rest. They will understand that “work” traditionally meant interacting with the environment, and the connection between Melachot and Shabbat. They will also create challah covers and learn about Shabbat symbols like hallah and challah covers. This lesson was prepared by Rachel Aronson as […]

Learn About Composting

The process of composting is an accessible way to get connected to sustainability efforts. Here are a few angles with which to introduce the concept to children. These curricula were prepared as part of the JOFEE Fellowship. “Bal Taschit/Compost” is a curriculum designed by Jaclyn Kellner for children aged 10-12. This program is an introduction to […]

Natural Sofer (Torah Art Explorah)

This program is an exploration into the Jewish tradition of Torah making. Through learning the traditional process of a sofer, the participants will get a hands-on painting/calligraphy activity. Incorporating homemade inks from plants furthers the connection to the Jewish nature world. The Torah is a central component of Judaism. Together, develop a further and deeper […]

Torah Theater: Ancestral Wisdom in the Wilderness

This program, called Torah Theater, is about drawing from the strength of our ancestors, and the robustness of Jewish tradition, while preparing for a wilderness challenge. Serach Bat-Asher is a mystical, mysterious, wise, and perhaps immortal woman – what can we learn from her stories? This program invites the kids to act out some of […]

Meditations in the Desert

The goal of this program is to create a meaningful experience that ultimately facilitates a more intimate connection between participants and their personal beliefs about Judaism, Israel, and G-d through stargazing and self-reflection. Participants will engage in an immersive reflective experience, through guided and silent meditation in a nighttime desert setting. This program is intended for […]

TEVA Bingo

Originally made for TEVA’s four day intensive outdoor learning experience, it can be adapted to any outdoor educational hike. This is a tool to help introduce the outdoor experience, allowing the participants to get excited for what’s to come, to be more engaged during the field trip, and to connect to nature in their own […]

Food Systems and Jewish Values

In this lesson, participants will have the opportunity to think beyond their own garden and analyze two food systems at play in the world–local and global. Once students grasp these two simplified food systems that represent how our food is currently produced, they will explore which system aligns best with Jewish values. This lesson was […]