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Day of Awe-some: A Rosh Hashanah Family Program

This program is an opportunity for families with young children to engage in the Jewish rituals and traditions surrounding the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. They will be able to meet other families like themselves while spending the morning creating a meaningful and educational connection with a Jewish holiday. Bring the holiday to life for families […]

A JOFEE Passover

The Passover story is deeply multivalent: it has been interpreted and re-interpreted by Jews for thousands of years, remaining pertinent despite the changing realities of those who celebrate it. Here are four curricula for the days leading up to Passover (and one for the holiday itself), which give an ecological spin to the story in distinct […]

Tu B’shevat Seders

A Tu B’shevat Seder is a fun experiential way to connect to an increasingly well-known Jewish holiday, bringing to life ecological teachings, enjoying fruit from around the world, and of fostering social connections. Here are four distinct ideas for a Seder to celebrate this Jewish “New Year for the trees”, all of which combine traditional […]

Jewish Time and Space

Lesson plan for adults This session activates participants with a philosophical framing of holiness in time and space using Heschel’s The Sabbath. Participants then map out the holiday cycle and follow its path around the seasons, moons, solar cycle, and cardinal directions illuminating the layers of connection between the Jewish concept of time and nature’s. […]

Pickling Activities

Pickling is easy, fun, highly adaptable, and deeply connected to Jewish history and tradition. Here are two different ideas for a pickling curriculum, prepared as part of the JOFEE Fellowship: In Nicole Cruz’s workshop “Pickling for Families”, explore new ways to preserve and eat seasonal food with your children, learn about the history of pickling […]

Preschool Bee Activity

Using Rosh Hashanah as a springboard, preschool children will learn about bees and how they make honey. They will participate in a hide and seek type game before a wrap up discussion and honey taste test. This activity was created by Josh Kleymeyer as part of the JOFEE Fellowship. Access this resource here.

Shmita and Foraged Foods

This program is a unique, interactive activity for a festival-style event that combines knowledge of local wild edible plants and the Jewish tradition of Shmita. For this program, the educator creates four unique “trading cards” to pass out at the event, and two examples of local, foraged food. The trading cards serve as a way […]

Sukkot and Cover Cropping

This two part program will emphasizes the Jewish year as a cycle by highlighting Sukkot as a time of merging the gifts of the previous year with the new year. The first part is an experiential cover crop and garlic planting lesson, while the second part emphasizes family life. Families will connect to Sukkot, beyond […]

Jewish Rainmakers and Tashlich

This Rosh Hashanah we will connect ecology with the ritual of tashlich. Connections will be made between our observations to Jewish text about the cycle of rain as a reflection of our relationship with God. This lesson plan is geared towards adults. This lesson plan was created by Jess Berlin as part of the JOFEE […]

JOFEE Gardening Activities

Here are some ideas for different activities to introduce children to gardening through a Jewish lens. These resources were prepared as part of the JOFEE Fellowship. “Farmer Michael’s Wagon Garden” is a 4 week curriculum created by Michael Fraade for 2-4 year olds. Children plant seeds in a soil-filled wagon and watch them grow over the […]

Field to feast: Tiny pizzas with a whole lot of taste.

A farm-to-table lesson for 6-11 year olds. This program was created by Mira Menyuk as part of the JOFEE Fellowship. Access this resource here.

Let’s Go Solar

This website offers an interactive consumer guide to purchasing solar.