Behar: National Week of Shmita Awareness

Save the Date! Behar 2014: May 4-10 2014

Register Your 2014 Behar Event

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 ways you might consider bringing Shmita awareness into your community during this period of time. And check out how communities in North America celebrated Behar in 2013.

Register Your 2014 Behar Event

If you would like guidance and support in organizing a Shmita learning event or activity for your community, feel free to reach out at shmitaproject@hazon.org.

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,

BEHAR Events 2013:

In partnership with the Green Hevra

San Francisco, CA 
Berkeley, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Austin, Texas
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Chicago
Detroit
Baltimore, Maryland
West Philadelphia
New York City
New Jersey
Boston
Toronto
Montreal

San Francisco, CA

Saturday, Shabbat May 4:
Congregation Beth Shalom
Morning Learning w/ Rabbi Micah Hyman
http://www.bethsholomsf.org/

Sunday, May 5:
Hazon & Go Wild Consulting
Wild Edible Plant Walk
http://hazon.org/behar-bay-area-may-5/

Berkeley, CA

Sunday, May 5:
Urban Adamah, 7Seeds & Hazon
Shmita Community Skillshare & Swap Meet
http://urbanadamah.org/events/community-exchange-market-and-re-skilling-fair/

Sunday, May 19:

Wilderness Torah
First Fruits Festival, Shmita & Community
http://www.wildernesstorah.org/programs/festivals-general/shavuot/

Los Angeles, CA

Monday, April 29:
Netiya & Valley Beth Shalom
Movie Screening: A Place At The Table
Followed by panel conversation: Shmita & Food Security
http://netiya.eventbrite.com/

Austin, Texas

Shavuot Eve, Tuesday, May 14:
Congregation Agudas Achim Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Shmita Learning w/ Yaira Robinson
For more info, contact yaira@texasinterfaith.org

Boulder, CO

Saturday, Shabbat May 4:
Congregation Bonei Shalom
Shabbat Learning w/ Rabbi Marc Soloway
http://bonaishalom.org/

Shavuot Eve, Tuesday, May 14:
Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Exploring the Rhythm of 6, 7 and 7+1 in Jewish Tradition

Denver, CO

Tuesday, May 7th:
Ekar Farm & Moishe House
Food Justice Film Festival: Screening of ‘Fresh’
Shmita & Food Security conversation w/ Aaron Ney
https://sites.google.com/a/ekarfarm.org/ekar-farm/home/moishe-house-growing-and-giving

Chicago

Sunday May 5:
KAM Isiah Israel
Farm Work Day & Learning: Shmita & Food Security
http://kamii.org/
Contact rebecca.incledon@gmail.com for more details

Detroit

Friday, June 7:
IA Downtown Synagogue
Community Lunch: Shmita As A Portal To Fair Food Access/Distribution
http://downtownsynagogue.org/
For further details, contact Ariel at postropheb@gmail.com

Reistertown, Maryland

Sunday, April 28:
Pearsltone Retreat Center
Chespake Shmita Summit: What Could Shmita Look Like In Baltimore, DC, and Across the Mid-Atlantic?
http://pearlstonecenter.org/

West Philadelphia

Sunday, May 5:
Jewish Farm School
Shtetl Skills Building Series
Shmita & Applied Social Permaculture
http://www.jewishfarmschool.org/shtetl/

New York City

Friday, Shabbat May 3:
Carlebach Shul
Dinner & Learning, “Shmita: The Purpose of Sinai” w/ Rabbi David Seidenberg
http://carlebachshul.org/UpSchedule/Shabbat/SpecialGuest.htm#0503

Friday, Shabbat May 3:
Romemu
Shabbat Drash w/ Rabbi David Ingber
http://romemu.org/

Saturday, Shabbat May 4:
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Shabbat Drash w/ Rabbi Ari Hart
http://www.thebayit.org/

Sunday, May 5:
Eden Village Camp
Shmita & Fruit Tree Planting in the Pardes Brachot Community Orchard
W/ Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County & Temple Sha’arei Tefila NYC
http://edenvillagecamp.org/
For further details, contact ellen@edenvillagecamp.org

New Jersey

Saturday, Shabbat May 4:
Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim
Shmita Scholar In-Residence, Nigel Savage
http://tbemc.org/index.php

Boston

Saturday, Shabbat May 4:
Kavod Moishe House & Ganei Beantown
Shabbat Afternoon Learning: Shmita, the Omer & Shavuot
http://www.kavodhouse.com/
For more info, contact sbolts@gmail.com

Toronto

Sunday May 19 – Monday May 20
Shoresh
Shmita Learning & Applications: Bela Farm Kollel
https://www.facebook.com/events/179858132168970/?fref=ts 

Montreal

Friday, Shabbat April 26:
Shefa Project & the Ghetto Shul
Lag B’Omer Shabbaton: Shmita & Transition Cycles
http://shefaproject.wordpress.com/