This program is an introduction to Jewish agricultural law. Pairing them with sustainable agriculture projects offers a taste of what it might have been like for our ancestors to follow these laws. Participants will have the opportunity to farm in small groups and to learn how many of our earth based laws also help us […]
This program can be incorporated into holiday programs for a harvest holiday (Sukkot, Passover, or Shavuot) especially during a Shmita year. It provides an interactive introduction to Shmita, including the basis of Shmita in Jewish text and the connection between Shmita and sustainable agriculture. It was designed by Rachel Aronson as part of the JOFEE […]
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 […]
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 […]
The “Stones” text (Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Bava Kama 50b) is one of the foundational texts of Hazon, and perhaps of the entire Jewish ecological movement. “This text provides no answers. But it poses important questions, and establishes a framework for relating to a range of contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish tradition,” wrote Nigel […]
Provided are perspectives on urban living through a Jewish lens and includes biblical texts on communal responsibility, urban farming, and moral thoughts regarding where we live, as well as how to start worm composting.
Provided are the JFS resource Judaism and Sustainability, includng text studies, discussion guides, and facilitator guides on Creation, Mishkan, Shmita, and Yovel.
Includes text studies, activities, and resource sheets dedicated to learning about the Jewish calendar and its agricultural roots.
Background information, lesson plans, and program activities around Tisha B’Av.