Shabbat Behar 2014: May 9-10 2014
Behar Events 2014: April 27th – June 5th
As we continue to deepen into the process of re-acquainting ourselves with the Shmita tradition, we are very excited to use the opportunity of Parshat Behar as an annual mark, as a reminder, and as a guide. The parsha (weekly Torah reading) of Behar, which literally means ‘On The Mountain,’ introduces the detailed, visionary teachings of Shmita. This particular section of the Torah is located towards the end of the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and is read each year about a week or two before Shavuot.
Here is the vision and dream: Each year, during the week leading up to, and including, Shabbat Behar, Jewish communities across North America, in conjunction with simultaneous happenings in Israel, will claim this moment in time to host events, teachings, and activities all focused on the possibilities of bringing to life the Shmita tradition. Events will unfold on a micro-local level, throughout communities involved with the Shmita Network, creating a widespread mosaic of Shmita in action.
Save the date. Parshat Behar in 2014 will fall on the Shabbat of May 9-10. We anticipate events to be scheduled the weeks before and after Shabbat Behar, from mid April to late May. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share Shmita educational and experiential offerings in your local synagogue, school, community center, community garden, etc.
This upcoming Parshat Behar will fall on the sixth year of the Shmita Cycle, and will be just over 4 months away from the arrival of the Shmita Year! How will you use this week to bring Shmita education & action into your own community? This year’s Behar campaign will be a wonderful opportunity to begin visioning and preparing for how you would like to recognize and celebrate the Shmita Year in your community.
- Here are some ideas you might consider bringing Shmita awareness into your community during this period of time.
- And here are some educational resources & tools you might use to bring Shmita learning to your community.
- Also, this year’s Shabbat Behar also happens to fall on World Fair Trade Day, and Fair Trade Judaica is linking Behar with the important efforts of bringing fair trade education, awareness, and products into our communities. Learn about Fair Trade & Shabbat Behar, and see how this all connects with Shmita.
If you would like guidance and support in organizing a Shmita learning event or activity for your community, feel free to reach out at email@example.com.
BEHAR Events 2014:
More events coming soon! If you are planning on hosting an event, please be sure to let us know and we’ll gladly add your happening to the wider collective and help with your marketing outreach and publicity.
Sunday, May 11 (1-4pm):
Urban Adamah & 7Seeds:
Shmita Community Skillshare & Swap Meet
Sunday, April 27th (2-4pm):
Interfaith Council Gathering ~ Food Relief in our Institutions: Justice not Charity
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Sunday, May 11 (9.30-11.30am):
Hazon & Go Wild Consulting
Wild Edible Plant Walk in the San Francisco Presidio
Sunday, April 27th:
Teen Earth Day Celebration
Friday, May 9th (9-10.30am):
Shmita Mindfulness & Movement
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Saturday, May 10th:
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue
Shabbat Behar Day-Long Celebration: Community Learning, First Fruits, and Social Activism
Evening Live Music w/ David Broza
Saturday, April 26, May 3, May 10 (12.30-1.30pm):
Ahavat Achim Synagogue
Getting Ready For Shmita: A Community Beit Midrash
Sunday, May 18 (3-7pm):
Nehar Shalom & Ganei Beantown
Shmita Community Skillshare & Lag B’Omer Party
Friday, May 9th (7.30pm):
Ma’ayan Tikvah & Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Club
Outdoor Shabbat Service & Shmita Seder/Potluck
Saturday, May 10th (9-10am):
West End Synagogue
Let It Go: The Personal, Environmental, and Spiritual Practice of Shmita
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Saturday, May 10th (10am-12.30pm):
Let It Be: Shmita Learning & StorahTelling
Saturday, May 10th
Minyan Dorshei Derech
Shabbat Services Shmita Learning
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Sunday, June 1st (1-4pm):
Jewish Farm School
Shtetl Skills Building Series: Seed Saving